Fishing Reports for February 13, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
With the snow and the cold over the last week or so, there has not been much activity on the river. Anglers who have ventured out have found a mix of steelhead and brown trout. Very cold temperatures including dangerous wind chills are expected for the weekend. The water flow is running at 4,660cfs this morning.
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. 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 Douglaston Salmon Run:
Wednesday was likely the best fishing day of the next several days. The coldest temperatures of the season will begin moving in today. This along with the wind will create frigid wind chills. Slush ice continues to make fishing a bit more difficult. Once the temperature moderates again, we could see some of the best fishing of the year as the pre-spawn steelhead will be preparing for their spawn by fattening up on almost anything including large flesh flies that seem to work well this time of year. The water level will remain at 285 cfs until we get some run off from snow melt or rain.

Oneida Lake report:
Traveling on the lake has been difficult with the amount of snow we have received over the last few days. Reports are indicating the bite has been slow for those that have ventured out. A few small walleye along with some perch activity in 20-30 feet of water has been reported. The ice depth is about 15 inches in many areas but the real news is the artic cold that is coming in for the end of the week. Temperatures may be in the single digits if that with wind chills well below zero.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
We have definitely had cold temperatures and plenty of ice. The snow is now the issue. The snow depth on the ice is making travel very difficult. ATVs are finding it impossible; by foot or snowmobile are your options. The fishing has been slow to fair with some pike activity; less action with the perch. Baits remain the same with small minnows, spikes and wax worms along with large shiners working well.

Winter Trail Report

Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation:
We had deep snow on the main ski trails over the weekend along with some additional snow yesterday. The main trails were groomed and track set this morning so we have great conditions for skiers and snowshoers. At this point we have a good base which should give us excellent conditions for the Tourathon on February 28.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We have skating and set track on both sides of the road. We are expecting rollercoaster temperatures over the next few days. Highs are – today 25, Thursday 23, Friday 0, Saturday 16 and Sunday minus 4. These numbers will change of course, but at least it is a starting point. Just about perfect snow conditions with a 24 inch plus base and 187 inches for the season.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
Trail S51 to Parish was groomed Tuesday night. S52 was groomed by Tucker 2 last night from Mexico to the Pulaski line and then S52B from Chapman Rd in Arthur to Mexico. S52B was groomed today to George Rd. over to Hazzys Tavern, Sticks Sports Bar and Motel, and down S56 to Jeff’s Alignment on Darrow Rd. The area did receive several inches of lake effect snow yesterday.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Association:
Steady snow on Friday and through the weekend along with some additional snow yesterday has finally given us the coverage we’ve been waiting for. Trails are in their best shape of the season and traffic has been moderate. Regular grooming is scheduled through the week and weekend.

According to the Square Valley Trailblazers:
The trails are in mainly fair to good condition. Recent snowfall and the consistent cold temperatures have helped. The exception is Section 4 up near Happy Valley which is in good to excellent condition.

According to the Kasoag Trailblazers:
The Williamstown groomer did C4A from Williamstown to Happy Valley and all of the Altmar trails last night. At least another foot of snow was added to the trails in the last 24 hours. Bundle up if you plan on riding as temperatures/wind chills are supposed to be below zero. Don’t forget to stop and share a hot dog on the trail with us Saturday while the poker run is going on. The Altmar groomer is still waiting on some parts, but hopefully that will be back together soon.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
The club is gearing up for the Great Eastern Whiteout held at the Fulton War Memorial this coming weekend. Visit their web site at for more information.