Central New York Fishing Report – March 4th, 2016

It’s been a challenging year for ice anglers, and with the season winding down and the weather continuing to warm use extreme caution and your own good judgment if deciding to venture out. 

Also, a reminder that from Nov. 1 to May 1, all persons regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet in length, must wear a PFD while underway.

A number of county websites offer good information on fishing in the area, including bait shops, guides, etc. A few examples are: Onondaga County (fishonondagacounty.com); Oswego County (visitoswegocounty.com); and Wayne County (waynecountytourism.com). Oswego and Wayne counties also have a weekly fishing hotline on their web pages as well.

Tip of the week: Make sure you are wearing waterproof boots if going out on the ice. On those waters where safe ice exists, it’s often slush covered and sloppy. Standing in slush all day will really test how waterproof your boots really are.

Lake Ontario: Most of the tributaries were up from rain and snow melt, but when they come back down to fishable levels try egg sacs for steelhead in Maxwell and for brown trout and steelhead in Irondequoit Creek.

Oneida Lake: Use extreme caution if going out, especially near the shoreline, road culverts and other areas of flowing water. Rain and warm temps last week didn’t help things, but anglers at last report were getting out in many areas and picking up perch and panfish.

Oswego River: Shore fishing was a challenge with high flows. Anglers were getting steelhead and brown trout on egg sacs or beads.

Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed and there are mandatory PFD zones on the river.

Salmon River: Not a lot of activity on the river of late, with the extreme cold temperatures, then rain and back to being cold again. Steelhead fishing has been slow for the anglers who have been out. For steelhead, try salmon egg sacs with blue, pink or chartreuse mesh, pink trout worms, single egg pattern flies or nymphs; bottom bouncing or float fishing these baits are both productive, depending on the day.

Irondequoit Bay: Not hearing anything after last week’s rains.

Sodus Bay: No report, which is unusual for this time of year and tells you how frustrating an ice season it has been.

Sandy Pond: Snow and slush were making walking difficult. Use extreme caution if going out, especially near the shoreline, road culverts and other areas of flowing water. It may not be fishable now.

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