Fishing Reports for February 13, 2013

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

Oswego River report:

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Over the weekend it was doubles and more doubles and the action continued into this week. Warmer temperatures and a good bite, it doesn’t get any better. This is some of the best February fishing I have seen in a long time. The wind was again an issue some during the week but conditions have settled down. The warmer temperatures earlier in the week helped break up the ice along the river making driftboat fishing easier. Steelhead started responding as the temperature started rising. The longer the sun hit the water, the faster they were coming to the net. With the waterflow running at 10,000cfs, shore anglers have been trying their luck behind the hotels.

Salmon River report:

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Every once in a while it all comes together. Phil, Charlie, and my self had been trying to go fishing for quite some time now but had just never been able to connect. Well we finally did; boy was it worth the wait! It was one of those days that seems like no matter what choice you make, it’s the right one. Steelhead fishing was as good as it gets and needless to say all three of us got spoiled on big fresh chrome. The majority of the fish we got into came on egg sacs and a handful on large steamers with white and pink being the color of choice for both flies and the eggs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

We have had a mixture of weather over the last few days with warmer temperatures, sunshine, rain and a few inches of heavy wet snow Monday night. There were more anglers on the water the last couple of days with the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville getting the most attention. Anglers in the mid to lower end of the river have been finding fish in the Sportsman Pool, Papermill, Town Pool, Longbridge/Staircase, and the Black Hole. Monday we managed to land some fresh fish while covering lots of water and finding fish holding in the deeper holes as well as the transition water.

Oneida Lake report:

Ice fishing was very popular on Oneida Lake over the weekend. Areas along the north shore including North Bay were very active and people were fishing the most popular areas all around the lake. Reports indicated a decent walleye and perch bite with minnows a good choice of bait. Approximately three inches of heavy wet snow fell Monday night in the Constantia area making conditions a bit more difficult. As always use caution and check the ice frequently as you venture out.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The ice is holding up well on the pond. There is 6-10 inches in most areas depending on where you are. Overall the perch bite has been slow. Anglers are finding a decent pike bite especially near Green Point. Minnows are the choice of bait.

Winter Trail Report:

Cross-Country Ski Trails:

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

We keep adding a few inches of new snow as we go along through the season. An additional 5 inches of snow has fallen in the last 24 hours making it 10 inches in 48 hours. All trails have been groomed and have a 14-24 inch base.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

The trails have been groomed and tracked and are in good to excellent shape. Winona Way is in excellent shape, however, on the far northern end do not attempt to ski down hills. They are hazardous due to rocks and washouts.


According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:

Recent warm weather may have reopened waterholes in our trail. Please use caution. Due to logging operations between Oswego River Road and Route 57 there are at least three large waterholes in the trail. We can’t drain them or grade them until next summer so please use caution. We also have been made aware of a large water hole on the trail near Russell Road.

According to the Kasoag Trailblazers:

We did get some rain Monday but there are snow showers in the forecast! If all goes well, once this snow freezes and we get some fresh snow, trails will be in excellent condition.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

Trail C5A (Pulaski to Boylston) was groomed today. The upper section of S51 was done last night and they were able to push the banks back along the plowed roads. S54 bridge has been repaired and the trail has been groomed along with a few others in immediate area. Still didn’t get the S51b trail opened back up due to bridge issue. It looks like grooming is suspended until we get more snow and colder temperatures.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

Everything was groomed in preparation for Monday’s warm-up and rain. Hopefully this quick warm-up and a little rain will actually help. If it is protracted, it will be back to square one so to speak.  We will just have to wait and see. Hopefully the traffic was light after everything was done.