Fishing Reports for December 12, 2013

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

Oswego River report:
The water level is still over 10,000cfs running at 12,300cfs this afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s for the next few days with some snow expected. These conditions will make fishing difficult for the shore angler. Steelhead continue to be very active along with a few brown trout. The bridge to Leto Island is closed, and there are Mandatory Personal Flotation Device (PFD) zones on the Oswego River below the Varick Dam. For more information, view the Oswego County Tourism web site at and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Winter is back! Wednesday we had 27 degrees and 30 mph winds, it was a perfect day for steelhead! We didn’t get the amount of snow predicted last night and this morning it’s cold at 15 degrees but the sun is out. We have had some great days fishing. The quality of the fish is awesome this year. Saturday we had high dirty water but managed to capture many. Sunday we hit fish in every spot we tried, lots of steelhead and there are some browns back in the mix. All released to fight another day.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The water flow is currently running at 750cfs. With the recent lake effect snow Pulaski looks like a winter wonderland picking up roughly 15-18 inches with more expected. On Wednesday very few anglers were on the water and the few that braved the elements reported having a slow day in the upper end of the river. As of early this morning the temperature was in the single digits so anglers should expect slush ice in the lower end of the river. Cold weather and wind along with some snow is expected over the next couple of days.

According to Salmon Heaven Lodge:
There was very little fishing pressure on Wednesday due to the weather. One angler reported landing steelhead from Altmar to Pineville using mostly lures from the driftboat but also a couple under a float with pink egg sacs.

Oneida Lake report:
The warmer temperatures last week have turned into windy, cold temperatures with some snow. The walleye bite has dropped off some but shore anglers casting stickbaits have been successful. If these cold temperatures stay around over the next couple of weeks we may see some ice fishing before too long.

Sandy Pond report:
We are seeing some cold temperatures but it is a bit early for ice fishing yet.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Winter has arrived! We received well over a foot of snow yesterday and another six inches overnight. Trails were all packed and the base is in excellent shape. Conditions are on the soft side for skating but there is plenty of snow.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
ALL TRAILS are closed until the end of hunting season December 16. Although we have received upwards of two feet plus of snow, there are deep water holes everywhere due to the excessive amount of rain during the fall. Once open, trails will have open water that will require caution to avoid the holes until the groomers can get out and fill them.
PLEASE STAY OFF THE TRAILS. We don’t want to lose any trails due to sleds interfering with landowners hunting.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
There was lake effect snow in the area yesterday however club trails have not yet opened for the season. Trails will open after big game season ends December 17. There must be sufficient snow cover and trails must be signed and marked for the season. We will keep you updated.