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Fishing Reports for December 23, 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 report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:

Conditions have not changed much on the river. The level continues to drop running at 12,100cfs as of this morning. The same areas are fishable – right on the edges, near the dam, the kiddie pool, lock 7 and the harbor. White bucktail jigs along with pink and chartreuse egg sacs under floats are producing some nice steelhead and plenty of browns. Please use extreme caution when fishing the river as flows do fluctuate.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Yesterday we got mixed reports from anglers depending on where they fished. The anglers we spoke with who fished up river reported having a slow day and the anglers who fished the lower river reported having a good day. Kevin and I had a good day. We landed a mix of fresh females and colored up males while float fishing under very light fishing pressure.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

I personally had a few of the best hours of steelhead fishing on the DSR I have ever enjoyed yesterday afternoon. I was told by several anglers that today was just as rewarding. There are a lot of fresh fish in and many of them are in the upper teens. All techniques have worked well this week with beads and eggs still being the top producers. The run is open all the way to the Lower Clay and anglers have reported good action throughout.

Oneida Lake report

With the cold weather we have been hearing of reports of some ice building in areas around Oneida Lake. Anglers are finding a good blue gill and crappie bite in the Big Bay area. As always, use extreme caution when ice fishing particularly early in the season when conditions can vary and check the ice frequently as you venture out.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The snow we received last week has settled significantly so it is easier to get around. The temperatures have remained cold enough for there to be 4-5 inches of ice in some areas of the pond. The perch bite has been good and Renshaw Bay is producing some nice blue gills.

Winter Trail report:

Cross-Country Skiing report:

According to the Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:

We have not received any new snow in the past 48 hours however we did receive 11 inches in the past week. All trails are groomed and tracks set. The trails have a 3-5 inch base with 8-12 inches in the woods.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

The snow is going fast so get it while you can. The trails have about a 6 inch base and Musher Ridge, Pussy Cat and Tie trails have been groomed in the last 48 hours.

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

Currently the following trails have been signed, groomed, inspected: C5A from Rt17 to Rt11 Pulaski. There is much water and caution must be used to navigate safely. Following trails have been signed and inspected but not yet groomed: C5A from Rt17 to Little John Drive, a few wet areas; C5A from Rt11 through Pulaski; S54 full length. The remaining trails are closed at this time. Please respect our landowners and ride safely.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

All trails are open but think low snow conditions.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:

Yes, we have snow… and lots of water, deep water and muddy water. There is some riding in our area (County Trail) and some fields but we can’t declare the trails open yet. There is simply too much water!