Fishing and Winter Trail Reports for February 9, 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:
According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
The water level on the Oswego river is about perfect (running at 7,000cfs) but ice and slush are still a problem on the colder days. Steelhead and brown trout are taking beads, worms, minnows, skein, egg sacs and white bucktail jigs.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:
On the Salmon River the flow is a fantastic 750 cfs.  Fish egg sacs, beads and small flies in blue and white. Fish are scattered from top to bottom with a nice mix of dark and bright fish.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
We haven’t had many anglers on the water the past few days. However the few that were out did have good action in the Flats, the Wall and the Glide. These anglers were running blue and chartreuse egg sacs under floats.

Oneida Lake report:
With more consistent cold temperatures, ice conditions on the lake have improved although they still vary around the lake. Use caution especially in areas near moving water. Reports have been mixed with anglers reporting a few good days but overall things have been rather slow.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The conditions on the pond are excellent and the ice just keeps getting better. We currently have about 16 inches of ice in many areas. The perch bite is very good on emerald shiners and fathead minnows and the northern pike bite has been decent.  Large shiners and sucker minnows are getting their attention. Some anglers are even finding an occasional walleye.

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 and tracks will be set soon.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We had a great weekend of skiing. One inch of new snow fell overnight with our total 145 inches for the season. The trail base remains at 14-20 inches with a powder surface.

Snowmobile Trails:
According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
Groomers are out north and south after an extremely busy weekend – LOTS of traffic. Trails are icy with minimal snow cover but in decent condition overall. Corners and hilltops are extremely icy. We had a light dusting of snow on Monday – no major accumulation.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:
Trails are closed.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
All trails in the Boylston area are open and being groomed regularly and are in good condition. Trail S51 from Little John Road to the Reservoir is open but the lower section doesn’t have enough snow to groom. Trails west of 81 have marginal snow coverage. They are still closed at this time.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The trails throughout the forest are in good to very good condition.