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Fishing and Winter Trail Reports for February 19, 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 level has been running between 4,000-5,000cfs for most of the week. Driftboats have been on the water but are hoping for a little higher flow. Ice and slush continue to be a factor. Look for steelhead and brown trout using beads, worms, minnows, skein, egg sacs and white bucktail jigs.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The water flow is scheduled to be at 500cfs through Monday. Thursday was another windy day along with flurries in the morning and the temperature reached into the mid 30’s. The majority of anglers we spoke with reported having a good day both in the upper and lower end of the river. The weather and the water level have been stable over the last few days which have allowed the fish to get acclimated. As a result the fishing conditions have been good with no major changes in the weather or water levels. We currently have fish spread out in the river from top to bottom and fresh fish continue to enter the river on a daily basis.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
We only had a few anglers on the run today. However they did report that the fishing was still pretty good. The wind was very gusty and made getting a nice drift tough. Black stones, glo roe beads and white egg sacs all produced fish.

Oneida Lake report:
Ice conditions have improved, but the thickness varies greatly around the lake. We have had a little snow this week, so the slush on the surface may make it a bit difficult to walk on. Fishing for perch has picked up and bluegills are active in the Big Bay area. As always, use caution when venturing out on the ice.

Sandy Pond report:
The fishing on the pond continues to be very good. Many areas have two feet of ice but it does vary somewhat so as always use caution. The yellow perch bite has been good on small minnows and jigs tipped with spikes. Pan fish are taking small jigs tipped with spikes and northern pike are taking large shiners and sucker minnows. Some anglers are even finding an occasional walleye.

Winter Trail Reports:
Cross Country Ski Trails:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The trails are in very good condition. All trails north of and including Hiscock have been run by sled dogs for the events so no tracks will be set on these until the end of the weekend.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Another 5 inches of snow has fallen this week with our season total 158 inches. With the consistent snow every couple of days, the trail base has remained at 14-20 inches.

Snowmobile Trails:
According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:
Another two to three inches of wet snow fell during the week. Snow levels are on the light side down by the County Trail and out toward the Texas area.  If you are planning to use S52B, you may want to use the Texas by-pass and go down the railroad bed between Larkin and George Rds., and then follow George Rd. to Chapman Rd. to pick up S52B again. Also, when traveling along side of Co. Rte. 16 in Texas, PLEASE stay on the shoulder of the road and keep on the designated trail.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Despite very little new snow, all of our trails in the Boylston, Winona, Littlejohn areas are holding up well and groomed to perfection. Our western most trails are still thin.  We’re checking today to see if they can be groomed.

According to the Square Valley Snowmobile Club:
The trails overall are in fair to good condition. Section 4 (Happy Valley) is in the best shape.