Oswego County Fishing Report for March 20, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on March 20, 2019.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The water level was running near 12,000cfs for several days. Yesterday it dropped and is flowing at 9,280cfs this morning. Anglers had a good weekend for fishing the Oswego River. Some nice brown trout were taken along with steelhead and even a salmon was reported.

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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Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We had great weather yesterday but fishing was another grind for the anglers who joined us. Clear skies along with clear and high water proved to be a bit of a battle for most of our anglers. A few came up empty handed, the rest of the anglers were able to get into a fish or two. The water flow is 750cfs through tomorrow night.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

The cold weather over the last couple of days has helped with the recent runoff and the water conditions have been stable. With the water being up the fresh fish will be found throughout the river and holding in the transition water. The colored up fish will be staging in and around the deeper holes and larger runs as they get ready for the spring spawning process. For those anglers who are fly fishing dead drifting with nymphs and woolly buggers or indicator fishing with single egg patterns has produced steady results. Anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing had the most success with blue egg sacs, pink worms or beads.

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Oneida Lake report:

Anglers found decent ice conditions over the last few days. Some areas reportedly have 13 inches of ice but there are some pressure cracks. Temperatures may reach 50 degrees today with the mid 40s tomorrow and rain likely. Friday will be windy with some accumulating snow expected. Conditions can change quickly this time of year so use caution. Anglers reported some perch activity but just a reminder that walleye season has ended until the first Saturday in May.

Sandy Pond report:

Anglers are getting out on the pond. Temperatures will warm up today to near 50 degrees with a high in the 40s and rain expected for tomorrow. Colder and some snow predicted for Friday. Use caution as conditions can change quickly this time of year. Anglers are finding some perch but remember that walleye and northern pike season have ended until May.