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Fishing Reports for January 29, 2012

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

After running near 10,000cfs for several days, the water flow has dropped to 5,200cfs as of this morning. Along with the lower water level, the temperatures will be in the 40s today and perhaps the 50s for tomorrow before winter returns. Anglers are finding a good number of brown trout in the river along with some steelhead.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Slush ice was a factor in the lower end of the river yesterday morning but it did clear late in the afternoon. With the arctic weather from last week shelf ice and anchor ice are scattered throughout the lower end of the river. With mild weather expected the shelf ice will soften and break loose, so if you’re going to fish the lower end of the river please use extra caution while wading. Anglers staying in the motel reported getting into fish in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Egg sacs, beads, pink worms and flies are working well.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Weather conditions finally let up enough yesterday for a handful of guests to get out on the run. Slush ice was still moderate but everyone was able to work around it enough to get a fair amount of fish to the bank. All the fish landed today came on 10mm mottled beads or blue egg sacs. The weather looks tolerable at least for the next couple of days with highs in the 40’s and 50’s but some rain is expected.

Oneida Lake report:

There are reports of some ice on the lake but thickness is varying greatly. Warmer temperatures and high winds are expected tonight and tomorrow creating very changeable conditions on the lake. Colder temperatures are expected to return on Thursday through the weekend.

Sandy Pond report:

We will have to see how the next couple of days affect the ice on the pond. Warm temperatures, rain along with some wind will be here tomorrow. The area around Green Point has had decent ice but we will have to see how conditions are as we go into the weekend.

Winter Trail Report:

Cross-Country Ski Trails:

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:

We have received another couple of inches of snow in the last 48 hours. We have 40 km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing. The trails have a 10-18 inch base.


According to the Mexico Trail Riders:

As of Sunday evening, the trails were in pretty bad shape and there’s not enough snow to groom. There was a lot of traffic on our system over the weekend. We’re getting reports all over that there is mainly snow and dirt left with holes that need to be filled.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

The groomers were out on the secondary trails in Winona and Little John yesterday. Hopefully the rain and warm temperatures in the next couple of days will not damage the trails too much. The warm-up will be short lived as colder temperatures and some snow are expected by the weekend.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Rec. Club:

The trails were last groomed over the weekend and were in good condition with moderate snow and few water holes. Conditions may change over the next couple of days as temperatures are warming and some rain is in the forecast. The extended forecast however shows temperatures dropping below freezing by the end of the week with some snow likely.

According to the Square Valley Snowmobile Club:

Everything was groomed on Sunday but this upcoming warm up is going to set everything back to square one. Everything is getting thin. Grooming is done until after the temperature drops again and we get more snow.

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