Water Level: 11,300 CFS
River Temp: 32.5 Degrees F
Turbidity: 7.7 FNU
The Oswego River has been producing steelhead, brown trout, and walleye since our last fishing report in mid February. More steelhead and walleye are showing up everyday in preparation for their spawn this spring. Although the water is still relatively cold, anglers are doing very well on walleyes and browns in the lower river using a variety of different methods and baits. Some are jigging along the bottom, some are slip float fishing with Ozzy Jigs or bait, some are throwing hard lures, and some are bottom bouncing with bait. Fresh steelhead are being caught right now, but not too many. Those fishing closer to the dam are capturing more steelhead than anywhere else in the river. The holes at the Varick Dam are likely stacked with steelhead right now, the challenge is accessing those holes. At these flows, only drift boats with a motor can fish in this area of the river.
The Oswego River has been running above 8,000 CFS since October of 2018. Every time the water looks like it might drop below this mark, we have had a warm spell and subsequent snow melt that brings the flow back up above 10,000 CFS. As a result, the Oswego River watershed does not have a huge snowpack right now. This makes me optimistic that the Oz is not going to be completely blown out this spring, which would be a blessing for anglers looking to target steelhead from shore. If the flow dips below 7,000 CFS before the water temp gets above 52 degrees then we will have a great opportunity to target steelhead from shore, especially at 'West Side Riverfront Linear Park' (aka 'The Wall').
Weather forecast is looking good for this weekend. Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high of 35 degrees and 5 mph wind out of the SE. Sunday: Cloudy with a high of 31 degrees and 8 mph wind out of the WNW.
The Oz (Bait & Tackle) has fathead minnows, spikes, wax worms, and egg sacs for bait right now.