Fishing Reports for December 19, 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 9,190cfs. Temperatures are warming up as we head into the weekend. The next couple of days will be in the upper 30s to the mid to upper 40s for Sunday. 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 Wednesday a heavy band of lake effect snow stayed with us for most of the day. The weather conditions are expected to improve as we head into the weekend with mild temperatures in the forecast. With the heavy snow slush ice was a factor in the lower end of the river. The mid to lower section has shelf ice in some of the bigger pools along the edges and anglers should use 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 fly fishing; for spin fishing or float fishing, egg sacs and beads worked well.

According to Douglaston Salmon Run:
Snow, snow, and more snow. The run remained slushy yesterday and again so far today. A band of lake effect set up over the area yesterday again yesterday. 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.

Oneida Lake report:
The report sounds like a repeat of last week. We have had some very cold temperatures this week but as we go into the weekend the thermometer is going up with temperatures in the 40s and rain predicted. Any current ice formation will likely soften so please be patient for safe conditions.

Sandy Pond report:
The very cold temperatures this week will be ending as warmer air is moving into the area. Temperatures will be ranging from the upper 30s to possibly upper 40s on Sunday. Please be patient and wait for safe ice conditions.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We have received twelve inches of fresh snow. The south side will be rolled and will be skate ready but soft. The north side is good for classic but is not skate ready. We have received 100 inches of snow 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.