Oswego County Fishing Report for March 8, 2019

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. This report was written on March 8, 2019.

Oswego River report:

According to Oz Angling Tackle:

The water flow dropped significantly over the last few days. This morning it is running at 3,880cfs. This Friday and Saturday (Sunday warmer but some rain expected) should present a great opportunity to fish for steelhead on the Oswego River with relatively mild weather (30’s, light wind, no precipitation) and flows that will allow anglers to fish off the wall. More steelhead and walleye are showing up every day in preparation for their spawn this spring.

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:

Yesterday was a bit windy with cold temperatures, making for a real feel in the teens. A few anglers joined us in the afternoon and tried their luck down on the run. The anglers reported hooking up quite a bit but were unable to bring a fish to hand. The flow dropped to 350cfs last night. Slightly warmer temperatures are moving in for the weekend.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Yesterday morning slush ice was a factor in the lower end of the river but cleared in the afternoon. Mild weather is still in the forecast for the upcoming weekend and with the drop in water level we should see an increase with the number of anglers. Over the last couple of days the few anglers we spoke with have been fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. For those anglers who are fly fishing, dead drifting with nymphs has produced the best results. Anglers who are bottom bouncing or float fishing had the most success with blue egg sacs or beads.

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Oneida Lake report:

Snow and cold temperatures have been the story this week. Temperatures are beginning to moderate today with highs in the 30s and even low to mid 40s in the seven day forecast. Many areas have 12-14 inches of ice but you will find some pressure cracks so do use caution as you go. With the lake effect snow this week there is snow on the ice with some drifts. Walleye seem to be scattered but anglers are finding some perch.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Greene Point Marina:

Conditions should be good for ice fishing Saturday on the pond with sunny skies and a bit warmer temperatures. Sunday, although warmer, is predicted to be rainy. Anglers earlier in the week reported up to 16 inches of ice in some areas. The lake effect snow which hit some local areas this week, left only a couple of inches on the pond. Anglers were out this morning with no issues walking out on the pond. Overall the fishing has been somewhat slow this season.