Fishing Reports for February 12, 2014

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

Oswego River report:
The water flow has been under 6,000cfs since Friday. This morning it is flowing at 4,610cfs. This level makes more areas along the river accessible. Drift boats were out over the weekend in search of steelhead with some success. 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.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Monday was another cold day and we picked up another couple of inches of snow overnight. The temperature is expected to hit the upper 20s over the next few days. The slush ice did clear from the lower end of the river late in the afternoon but we did not speak with any anglers who fished it. The anglers staying in the motel have been fishing the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville and getting into fish. Nymphs, single egg patterns, egg sacs, beads and pink worms are working well.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Yesterday despite the cold temperatures, we had a couple fishermen brave the elements for an afternoon of fishing down on the Run. The lull in the lake effect snow during the afternoon allowed the slush to clear out for a bit and the fish were ready for action. Egg sacs in pink, chartreuse and white were the ticket. Flows will remain at 285cfs through this Saturday and temperatures will warm slightly towards the end of the week.

Oneida Lake report:
Reports from Oneida Lake over the weekend varied depending on whom you spoke with. Some anglers did well getting into perch and walleye while others reported having a slow day. The wind has made snow drifts in areas across the lake so use caution as you move around. Walleye were taken in the 20-30 foot water depth. Jigging spoons and blade baits tipped with minnows are working well. Blue gills are still being taken in Big Bay on jigs.

Sandy Pond report:
We have plenty of ice and temperatures over the next week are expected to moderate to the upper 20s to low 30s. The perch bite has picked up particularly on the Elm’s side of the pond. Anglers are reporting a good number of northern pike. Minnows are the bait of choice.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
All woodland trails are groomed and tracked as of Sunday evening. We have really nice conditions with some warmer temperatures coming for the next few days.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
This morning it was 5 degrees and clear with a projected high of 18. We received three more inches of snow overnight with 221 inches for the season. 40k is open for skating and set track.

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
We received a few more inches of new snow over the weekend. Statewide snow lightened the traffic which made for some of the best weekend conditions of the year. Trails all have good coverage, but inside of some corners are still getting icy as they wear. Regular grooming is scheduled to continue through the week and weekend.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
All 3 big groomers were out until the early morning on Saturday. All PBSC trails were groomed and trails were smooth and beautiful throughout the system. Enjoy the trails responsibly and keep right!

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Overall the trails are in fair condition. Sections 1-3 were groomed yesterday with section 4 (Happy Valley) groomed on Sunday. Section 5 (Stone Hill Rd. to Panther Lake to Jamieson Corners) was last groomed on Friday. This area has no base as the snow is the soft non-packing type.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
The 14th Annual Great Eastern Whiteout is in the books – we had some remarkable weather and a lot of really great people participating and volunteering to make this event a success. Trails are open and have been groomed many times over the last several days in preparation for the Whiteout. Mike and Travis got out again Sunday evening after the show to touch things up again. Lake effect snow was hitting the area last night with several more inches by this morning.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
Reports indicate that trails were in good condition for the weekend. Rumor has it that S56 was groomed Sunday afternoon in its entirety. That’s the first time this year we’ve had enough snow to do this.