Oswego County Fishing Report for March 11, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on March 11, 2019.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The Oswego River has been hot for trout fishing since this past Thursday when the water level dropped. Dark steelhead are stacked up by the dam and browns are consolidating in the lower river. The trout fishing should only get better from here as water temperatures rise and more chromers enter the river. This brown was caught on a swim-bait under a slip float in the lower river yesterday. The current water flow is 6,560cfs.

Notice: The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, view the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely Brochure below.

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Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We did have several anglers brave the wind and rain yesterday. One angler connected with 1 / 2 steelhead drifting blue and pink egg sacs under a float in the middle section. Another managed 4 / 6 steelhead dead drifting black wooly buggers under an indicator in the lower section. All but one of these fish were bright chrome in the 7 to 10 pound range. There have been a few brown trout taken, but the coloration and size seems to indicate holdovers rather than the chromed lake-run brown trout that should be making an appearance within casting distance just offshore and in the lower section of the river very shortly.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

We had mixed reports over the weekend. Some groups got into fish, while others did not but either way everyone said Saturday was a great day to be on the water. On Sunday we had freezing rain in the morning that switched over to just rain in the afternoon along with very high winds. With low water the fish have been holding in and around the deeper holes and larger runs. Anglers who are fly fishing have had the most success dead drifting with black stoneflies or indicator fishing with single egg patterns. The most productive patterns have been wiggle stones, rusher nymphs, black stoneflies, steelhead hammer, wooly buggers, estaz eggs and sucker spawn. For those anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing blue egg sacs, pink worms or beads have produced results.

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Oneida Lake report:

Temperatures did moderate over the weekend and rain and wind moved in on Sunday. Anglers indicated that there was surface slush on the ice. Today is in the lower 30s but the thermometer will be rising into the 40s on Wednesday and reaching 50 degrees on Thursday and Friday. Conditions will begin to change especially around pressure cracks, the shoreline and running water. Walleye seem to be scattered but anglers are finding some perch.

Sandy Pond report:

Anglers enjoyed a nice day on the pond on Saturday. Sunday was a bit rainy and windy. After temperatures in the 40s this weekend, it is cooler today and will be again tomorrow. A warm up is expected mid week through Friday with highs possibly reaching 50 degrees. Conditions will likely change with deterioration along the shoreline and any pressure cracks in the ice.