Fishing and Winter Trail Reports for January 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:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The waterflow is running at 7,300cfs as of this morning. With the snow and the cold we have had the last few days, things are a bit quiet. Even the driftboats are having to cope with some ice in the river. 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 Monday the lake effect snow continued and the temperature was in the mid teens. We spent most of the day plowing and shoveling trying to keep up with the heavy snow. A few groups stopped into the shop in the morning before heading to the river, but no reports from anglers in the afternoon. With cold temperatures and more lake effect snow expected, please check the weather conditions before making the long trip.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
We are still seeing a lot of snow fall in the area. The river is down to 285cfs and has a lot of slush on it. For those of you wanting to brave the cold and snow, your best option would to be Pineville up through the fly zone.

Oneida Lake report:
Anglers are fishing on Big Bay with ice thickness from 2-6 inches. With the snow we have had and the variation in thickness, please use extreme caution when venturing out. Some areas along the shoreline are freezing but we have no reports on the ice thickness.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The ice continues to build on the pond with up to a foot of it in some areas. Although we received significant snow over the weekend, the snow was light and the wind helped to clear 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 Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
The snow keeps falling and we have received almost 20 inches of new snow since the last report. Our season total is up to 105 inches. All trails are open, tracks are set with a 15-20 inch base and a powder/packed powder surface.

According to Winona Forest Recreation Association:
Winter continues to make it presence known. With over 9 inches of new snow through Sunday and Monday, conditions are good for skiing. The trails have a medium base density and light powder top. Hessle Road remains closed by DEC from Bargy to Wart for bridge reconstruction.

Snowmobile Trails:
According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
Wow!!! The snow has been piling up and it looks like we’ve gotten three feet or more over the last few days. As of yesterday, groomers had not been out but were expected to be out soon. All trails are open with plenty of snow. Some riders out on the trails would be helpful to pack the trails before the groomers are out.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
All of our trails are open and have been recently groomed with the exception of the side trail off of Tucker Rd. This area suffered massive blow downs on the trail from the wind. Heavy lake snows have covered the entire system after this weekend’s grooming so there is a ton of fresh fluff to play in. We should have excellent sledding coming our way.