Fishing Reports for February 11, 2011

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

Oswego River report:

The water level remains about the same running at 3,880 cfs this morning. The area received significant lake effect snow this week so fishing has been a challenge and not much activity has been reported. Before the recent storm, anglers were catching steelhead and brown trout in the Kiddie Pool and Lock 7 with white bucktail jigs or egg sacs fished under floats. Please use caution when fishing along the river.

Salmon River report:

The water flow continues to be running at 285 cfs. The area received heavy lake-effect snow yesterday so conditions have been difficult. Slush and ice remain a problem in the river with the cold temperatures but moderating temperatures are expected over the next few days. The steelhead bite has slowed down with the cold weather but hopefully that will pick up this weekend. Egg sacs, nymphs, woolly buggers, beads and pink worms have been working well.

Oneida Lake report

Snow and slush continue to make travel on the ice difficult for both four wheelers and walking. There are a few reports that this cold snap has firmed things up a little, but moving around on the ice is still difficult. Fishing has slowed during the last week, but anglers fishing the north side of the lake are still getting some walleye and perch. The standard lures such as Kastmasters, Swedish pimples and jigging Rapala’s are all working tipped with spikes, mousies, or fathead minnows.

Sandy Pond report:

The snow continues to make walking on the ice difficult. There are reports of 7 to 9 inches of ice. The perch bite remains good but anglers need to sort through a lot of small fish to find the bigger ones. Caty jigs and Kastmasters tipped with small minnows or spikes are still working well.

Winter Trail report:

Cross-Country Skiing report:

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

We received a total of 6 inches of new snow in the last two days. The Winterfest and Try-It Ski Race is on for tomorrow, February 12. The events loop was groomed Thursday evening and will have a final grooming before the ski event.

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

We received less snow than expected but still got 13 inches in the last three days. Trails are rolled with set track. It is soft for skating, excellent for classic. Today is sunny; Saturday is expected to reach about 30 degrees with snow showers and Sunday the same with a high of around 32.

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

With the lake effect snow we received yesterday, grooming is underway. C5A (groomer barn) to Albion Cross Road where we meet Kasoag was done yesterday and we are out grooming today.

According to the Square Valley Snowmobile Club:

The trails have been groomed and are in fair to good condition with the exception of Section 2 – Co. Rt. 32 (Mallory Bridge) to Parish / Grist Mill Restaurant which is in good condition. Section 3, Parish / Grist Mill Restaurant to Church Hill Rd. & Saint Mary’s Rd., is in fair condition.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

All snowmobile trails will be groomed by Friday evening. Many were groomed yesterday so they have a little loose snow on top. With the snow we received this week, the trails have about an 18 inch base.

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