Fishing Reports for February 11, 2016

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

Oswego River report:
Wintry conditions have hit the City of Oswego with heavy lake effect snow falling since last night. Upwards of two feet has fallen by noon today. The water level is up some running at 8,660cfs. The frigid temperatures moving in are the story for the weekend. Daytime highs will be in the single digits with wind chills below 0. Anglers are finding some steelhead and brown trout with egg sacs working well.

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 along the top bar on the home page. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner For Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Late last night a heavy lake effect snow band was south of us between Mexico and Central Square. Mid-morning today it moved over the Pulaski area. Additional lake effect may push through the area later tonight as it moves north with very cold temperatures arriving for Saturday and Sunday. Yesterday we did not speak with many anglers but the best reports came from anglers staying in the motel who fished the Lower Fly Zone. They reported having another good day while landing several steelhead on nymphs and single egg patterns.

Oneida Lake report:
Although we have very cold temperatures coming we also have had varying degrees of snowfall on the lake since yesterday. With conditions being very questionable in many areas of the lake before the snowfall, it will be difficult to determine where safe ice might be. Once this snow event is over, we will update with conditions as they are reported.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is good ice on the pond and with this cold snap we should have 10-12 inches in the next couple of days. Although many areas in Oswego County received 2-3 feet of snow since yesterday, the Sandy Pond area as of Thursday morning has received very little. The area may receive some snow later today as a band of lake effect snow is expected to move to the north. The bite has been decent with a number of small perch but there are some good ones mixed in and anglers are finding a few walleye. Live minnows and small jigs tipped with a maggot are working well.

Winter Trails Report as of 2-12-16

According to the Redfield Snowmobile Association:
We received about 10 inches in town with more to the south and a little less to the north. All our trails were groomed last night with conditions fair to good. There are a few small waterholes so please use caution. With the cold temperatures and the light snowmobile traffic last night the trails should set up nicely. We will be out grooming throughout the weekend.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
Trails are open with the snowfall we have received in the last two days. Use caution as there is no base and no grooming had been done as of Thursday night but please stay on the trails.

According to the Square Valley Trailblazers:
The trails are now open. There is no base but there is between 12 and 36 inches of new snow. Everything has been broken open. There are some water holes but they should freeze with the cold temperature over the next day or so. The snow gets deeper the further north you go. We will be starting our normal grooming schedule, so things should get better from here.

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Possible flurries during the day before lake effect sets up tonight with 3-7 inches predicted. Lake effect is such that we could get nothing or two feet. We have received 14 inches of new snow in the last 36 hours. We have set tracks and skate lanes on the entire system. The trails have a 6-10 inch base and we are back to mid-season conditions.