Central New York Fishing Report – March 18th, 2016
A reminder that from Nov. 1 to May 1, all persons regardless of age, aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet, must wear a PFD while in motion.
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 page as well.
Tip of the week: With ice fishing season winding down, now can be a good time to pick up gear for next year. Many stores have sales on ice fishing gear as they make room for open water tackle. These sales can be especially good if there is a “big ticket” item you may like, such as a new shelter, auger, etc.
Lake Ontario: Tributaries have improved and if they are at fishable levels try egg sacs for steelhead in Maxwell Crel and for brown trout and steelhead in Irondequoit Creek.
Oneida Lake: Just not a lot happening now, with ice not an option and the walleye, pike and pickerel seasons closed as of March 15.
Oswego River: When flows drop back down try egg sacs or beads for steelhead and brown trout.
Remember, the bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are mandatory PFD zones on the river.
Salmon River: With the warm weather, conditions should improve. 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 working depending on the day.
Sandy Pond: Between seasons now, with hard water no longer an option.