Fishing Reports for December 18, 2013

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

Oswego River report:
The water level has been running between 8,000-12,000cfs. This morning it is currently flowing at 9,120cfs. Temperatures are forecast to be in the 20s for the next few days with some snow expected. This flow makes show fishing difficult but driftboats are doing well. Egg sacs in pink, white and chartreuse are working well along with egg imitating flies and trout beads. 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:
The cold weather has been difficult for our anglers but they have been tough. Although the bite was not fast and furious on Monday, it was a good day considering the conditions. With 30 degree temperatures today, it was amazing how warm it felt and the fish were liking it too. More double digit days.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
On Tuesday the cold weather continued with single digit temperatures in the morning and the afternoon high reached into the teens. With the wind chill factor the temperature was below zero. Slush ice continues to be a factor in the lower end of the river and we are also getting shelf ice in the lower end of the river with the low water conditions. Anglers should use extra caution when wading. Yesterday anglers reported getting into a few fish in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Egg patterns produced the best results for those anglers who were fly fishing. For those anglers who were spin fishing or float fishing, egg sacs and beads produced the best results. As of early this morning heavy lake effect snow was moving through our area.
According to Salmon Heaven Lodge:
Snow, snow, and more snow. The run remained slushy yesterday and again so far today. A band of lake effect has set up seemingly right over the Salmon River this morning. However, the forecast heading into the weekend looks like an improvement. Highs are forecasted to be in the 30’s-40’s and rain rather than snow is expected for precipitation. There are a few anglers down on the run today so we will keep everyone posted on the action reported.

Oneida Lake report:
We have had a stretch of cold weather and although there is some ice formation around the lake, it is not safe at this point. Warmer temperatures are expected for the next few days, so any current ice will likely soften. The walleye bite has dropped off some but shore anglers casting stickbaits have been successful.

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:
We have received three inches of fresh snow so far today. The south side is rolled and soft but classic or skate is available. The north side is very nice for classic but is not skate ready. It is currently snowing which will add to our 88 inch total so far for the season.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The ski season is off to a good start with plenty of snow. The following trails are groomed and in very good condition: Alice’s Alley, Hiscock, Frank’s Fancy South, Sally’s Ride, Ted’s Turn and Winona Way.

As the winter season gets underway, the county has received various amounts of snow over the last week. Areas to the east of Lake Ontario and the Tug Hill are measuring upwards of two to three feet or more. The club trails are opening as conditions warrant. With not a lot of cold weather before the snow, the ground may be soft and wet in many areas leaving no solid base on the trails. Please use caution and respect the trail signs and closures as posted.
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According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
We have received quite a bit of snow over the last few days. There is over 2′ on the ground in town and more as you head north. All the gates on our trails are now open and all trails have been cleared of blow downs. All trails were groomed Saturday night 12/14.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Trails are open! Think early season as there is no solid base. We are going to let sleds run the trail for a bit before bringing out the Groomers. There is a new trail re-route. As you head north on C-5 and cross Co. Rt. 84 you will now continue straight on the power lines.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
Good news! It looks like the soonest we will open the trails will be December 23. That is two days earlier than expected. We will be signing from New Haven to Palermo to Phoenix on Saturday with hopes of holding to the 23rd as opening day.