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Fishing and Winter Reports for January 8, 2010

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

The following notice has been posted for Lake Ontario waters:
Remember the area around the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Facility is off limits to boating. The restricted area stretches 1,000 yards offshore and extends from the Alcan plant to the Sunset Bay area along Lake Ontario, east of the city of Oswego.

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:
Oswego River report:
The water flow is running at 4,060cfs as of this morning. Mother Nature had given us a break from the snow for a couple of days although more lake effect is expected over the weekend with temperatures in the teens. When the weather cooperates, look for steelhead and browns taking trout beads, nightcrawlers, wax worms, egg sacs and fathead minnows.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
On Thursday we got a break with the weather because it didn’t snow and the temperature reached near 30 degrees. In the afternoon I went down to check out the river conditions. As you’re looking down stream the river is completely frozen over from the Picnic Area to the Estuary. As you head upstream from the Joss Hole, Flats, Wall Hole and into the Glide you will find wide areas of shelf ice and anchor ice along the bottom. There were sections of open water and I fished for a couple of hours and managed to land 3 steelhead while float fishing with blue, pink and chart eggs. Over the last few days the fishing pressure has been very light and anglers have reported having action in the Lower Fly Fishing Area, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole and Ellis Cove.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The snow stopped on Thursday and the day was clear. However, there is snow in the air again this morning. We still are seeing very cold temperatures and the river has a lot of slush on the lower end. Anglers fishing from Pineville up stream through the fly zone have been seeing some action. I went and fished the lower fly zone on Wednesday for a few hours and was lucky enough to hook two nice fish.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
The New Year is here and old man winter is out in full force. Is it April yet?? Strong winds and below zero wind chills have been making things just a little tough. Beads, egg pattern flies, stoneflies and blue egg sacs are taking the majority of the fish. The upper river is where the action is as we have heavy slush from Pineville down just about everyday. This has been the year of the Cohos. They just keep coming and we are getting at least one a trip.

Oneida Lake report:
Firefighters along the Oneida Lake area are reporting many areas with unsafe conditions. They have had several rescues earlier this week. With the amount of snow the area has received, it serves as insulation and the ice has not had a chance to thicken. The northern end of the lake seems to be less frozen. Check the ice thickness every couple of steps if you do venture out and use extreme caution.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The ice is good on the pond with about 10 inches in some areas. The snow that remains on the pond has settled and been packed down some from traffic making it easier to get out on the ice. Perch are taking live bait such as emerald shiners and fathead minnows. Pike are responding to large shiners and sucker minnows and jigs tipped with spikes are working for panfish.

Winter Trail Reports:
Cross Country Ski Trails:
According to Dick Drosse of Friends of Great Bear:
The area has about two feet of snow for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The main trails have snowshoe trail packed channels over the trails. The north end of Purple/Tow Path and Flow Lands connecting the east mainland section of Purple will be icy and wet under the snow accessing between Whiskey Island and mainland at the northeast end.

According to Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The trails in the forest are in very good condition. They have a 6-10 inch base of medium density with an inch or so of light snow on top. More snow is expected over the weekend.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
The snow has tapered off in the last couple of days with only a couple of inches of new snow making our season total 107 inches to date. Conditions are very good with all trails open, tracks set and trails have a 15-20 inch base.

Snowmobile Trails:
According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
Tuesday night into Wednesday, the area received another four inches of snow. Trails that have been groomed are Simpelaars Fruit Farm around the Mexico by-pass down the rail road bed, S52 north to Atkinson Road; the leg over to the Mexico Town Park Park-N-Ride; Red Schoolhouse Road at Co. Rte. 45 north to the turnaround on Darrow Road on S56. There is some water around the Rogers’ farm – not deep and should freeze rather quickly.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
S52 from Pulaski to Port Ontario, C5a Albion Cross Rd. to Pulaski has good snow cover, not enough to groom with some waterholes but passable. S51 has been groomed and is now open. C5a Pulaski to Little John Rd., Little John secondary trails open with a few minor water holes. Grooming is occurring on the eastern most area and will continue further west as conditions allow.

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
The whole system has been groomed twice this week and groomers will be out again today. The trails are in good shape although the south end needs more snow. Reports of 50” of new snow are a bit off – the North has more but not 50”. Woods trails have some water holes again particularly on the south end. Traffic will be picking up toward the weekend – stay right and watch for the groomer and other riders.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
All trails are in fair to good condition with a few water spots along C5, S-59 and Mallory Spurs and also along C4.