Fishing Reports for February 16, 2010

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

The following notice has been posted for Lake Ontario waters:
Remember the area around the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Facility is off limits to boating. The restricted area stretches 1,000 yards offshore and extends from the Alcan plant to the Sunset Bay area along Lake Ontario, east of the city of Oswego.

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:
Oswego River report:
The water level has remained fairly steady running between 4,000-6,000cfs for several days. The ice and slush have been a factor but temperatures are expected to be near 30 degrees this week with no significant precipitation in the forecast.  Steelhead and brown trout are taking beads, worms, minnows, skein, egg sacs and white bucktail jigs.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
On Monday we had lake effect snow showers in the morning and we picked up a few inches of new snow. The snow stopped by mid day and the temperature reached into the 30’s. The anglers we spoke with who fished the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville reported having a good day. We did see an increase in the number of anglers because of the holiday. Suggested patterns: Glo-bugs, estaz eggs, sucker spawn caddis, black stoneflies, soft hackles, pheasant tails and woolly buggers have worked well for those anglers fly fishing. Egg sacs, trout beads and pink worms are working for those anglers float fishing or bottom bouncing.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
We do have some anglers on the water today. The fishing has been good and the few I have spoken to said that it is good again today. White egg sacs, beads, black stones and egg patterns are producing fish.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions have been good in some areas of the lake. With the cold temperatures, there has been some good ice although the thickness does vary and you should, as always, use caution. The fishing has been fair according to reports.

Sandy Pond report:
The fishing on the pond has been very good. We have between a foot and 16 inches of ice in many areas. The yellow perch bite has been good on small minnows and jigs tipped with spikes. Pan fish are taking small jigs tipped with spikes and northern pike are taking large shiners and sucker minnows. Some anglers are even finding an occasional walleye.

Winter Trail Reports:
Cross Country Ski Trails:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The trails were in very good condition over the weekend. They were groomed last Friday and trackset from a week ago held up nicely for the holiday weekend traffic.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We have received some snow with about 7 inches falling since Saturday. Our season total is 153 inches.
Trails are groomed with a 14-20 inch base and tracks are set.

Snowmobile Trails:
According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:
We received about 4 inches of snow over the weekend which puts us over the 3 inch minimum. Please ride with care so that we don’t tear it all up as there is not much for a base, but at least it is frozen for now.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
All the trails west of I-81 are now open with minimal snow. These are trails with narrow culverts and caution must be used. Grooming is not possible at this time and culverts and low spots will be covered up as we get snow to work with. We are starting from scratch so please go easy on what little we have.

According to the Square Valley Snowmobile Club:
Most trails were groomed over the weekend and are in fair to good condition.