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Fishing and Winter Trail Reports for February 5, 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 a bit higher running between 9,000-12,000cfs.  Although temperatures will be cooler this weekend (highs near 20 on Saturday and only in the teens on Sunday), precipitation should not be a factor until later Sunday evening.  Steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river. Good baits to try are egg sacs, Glo-bug yarn, crazy eggs, pink worms and fathead minnows.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Thursday morning started out cold, but with blue skies and plenty of sunshine the temperature reached near 30 degrees. The lower end of the river had slush ice in the morning but with sunny skies it cleared by mid day. Some anglers reported doing well in the afternoon once the slush ice cleared and other anglers reported having another good day in the Lower Fly Fishing Area. Suggested patterns: Glo-bugs, estaz eggs, sucker spawn, black stoneflies, and woolly buggers have worked well for those anglers fly fishing. Egg sacs, trout beads and pink worms are working for those anglers float fishing or bottom bouncing.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Fishing on the run was very good yesterday! The higher water (750cfs) has brought in a new batch of fresh steelies. Anglers reported good action from the Joss Hole all the way up to the Little Black. Chartreuse egg sacs, glo roe beads and pink worms were hot. A few folks that were fly fishing said they did have a bit slower action than the anglers using traditional baits. However they did pick up some fish on stone flies and swinging bigger flies in the tail outs of the bigger pools.

Oneida Lake report:
The very cold temperatures over the weekend have improved the ice in some areas. Continue to use extreme caution as we have not had an extended period of cold weather. The ice thickness is varying around the lake with 2-10 inches reported. The fishing activity reportedly has been slow.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Conditions on the pond are excellent. We have 10-14 inches of ice and the surface of the pond is easy to travel on. Perch are taking emerald shiners and fathead minnows; northern 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 the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
Conditions are good to very good on the trails. The trails have a packed high density base with a couple of inches of light snow on top.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Four more inches of new snow this week bringing our total to 144 inches. The trails have a good 14-20 inch base with a packed powder/powder surface. Trails have been groomed and tracks set.

Snowmobile Trails:
According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
There has been some light snow several days this week but no major accumulations. Trails are shaping up but conditions change quickly with semi-heavy traffic. North trail is good but with some icy spots so ride with caution. South toward Florence/Osceola has minimal snow cover with some grass and rocks showing.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:
With just an inch or two of new snow this week, there is no definite on whether trails are open or not. Pulaski’s trails west of Rte. 11 are closed as of right now. East or northeast of our system there is plenty of snow. So it may be better to trailer 15 or 20 miles rather than tearing up your sled or the fields.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Trails east of I-81 are looking better, further east they are excellent. There is no where near the usual snow depth for this time of year but there is enough to ride and groomers have been out. All trails west of I-81 remain closed due to lack of snow. Please respect our landowners to prevent permanent trail closures. If there is less than 3 inches of snow cover it is against New York State law to ride the trails.

According to the Square Valley Snowmobile Club:
The area from Central Square to Happy Valley is thin and choppy. Happy Valley is in good condition.