Fishing Reports for February 17, 2011

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

Oswego River report:

With the warmer temperatures, run-off is a consideration as the water level has risen to 7,590 cfs. With temperatures expected to reach 50 degrees by tomorrow, that level may go up. Anglers have found steelhead and brown trout in the Kiddie Pool and near Lock 7 and driftboats have been seen working the waters between the Utica St. bridge and the Rte. 104 bridge. Please use caution along the river as the level may change rather quickly.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

On Wednesday the mild weather arrived which was greatly appreciated and the temperature reached into the upper 30’s opening up more of the lower end of the river. A warming trend is expected over the next few days which will give anglers a good opportunity to get out of the house and on the water. If you have cabin fever consider this warm up the January thaw we never got. With the low clear water the fish have been holding in the deeper holes.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We are seeing a short warm up for the next few days. The DSR opened up from the Flats upstream and a few anglers reported doing very good on beads and eggs under floats. Hopefully we will see some run off that will open more of the river and drive some fresh fish into the lower end.

Oneida Lake report

The cold snap last week made for good firm conditions. The warmer temperatures we have had likely created some slush conditions but the mercury will be dropping by tomorrow with snow and strong winds expected. Anglers on the north side of the lake are finding some good walleye and perch fishing. The standard lures such as Kastmasters, Swedish pimples and jigging Rapala’s are all working tipped with spikes, mousies, or fathead minnows.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Conditions on Sandy Pond are very good. The warm temperatures over last weekend took the top snow and slush down and turned it into ice. The surface of the pond is smooth and slippery over about 18-20 inches of ice. We have about 10 inches of white ice toward the surface with a solid 8 inches of black ice underneath. The perch bite is very good all around the pond with fathead and buckeye minnows, spikes and grubs suggested baits.

Winter Trail report:

Cross-Country Skiing report:

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

Warm temperatures have lessened snow pack by a few inches and expect more of this in the next couple days. The weekend appears to be heading back to normal temperatures with some snow so we will be back grooming at that time. Currently, conditions are not great but very usable for all groups.

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

We have received no new snow in the past 24 hours. The trails have a 22-36 inch base with 40-50 inches through the woods. Temperatures may reach into the 50s by tomorrow but dropping back into the 30s for the weekend with some snow possible on Saturday.

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:

Even with the warm temperatures, I’m told the trails are holding up so far. Watch for ice everywhere when it’s below freezing. I’m sure George Road is bare, so PLEASE, do not ride on the front lawns of the houses in this area. If you don’t like grinding in the dirt, it may be wise not to travel this 1.7 mile stretch of road. Freezing temperatures and snow are coming for Saturday, so we’ll have to see what’s left then. Watch out for washouts and stumps that may appear in the meantime.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

The following trails were groomed on Monday: S51 from the barn to Salmon River Falls and C5A from the barn to Sandy Pond.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Association:

Temperatures have been up and down this week. Monday in the 30s with about 3 inches of heavy wet snow. Cold on Tuesday but temperatures are on the climb again. Groomers will be out if temperatures allow. All trails were in excellent shape prior to warm up.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

The trails were groomed on Monday and Tuesday. They are in fair to good condition at this point. With warmer temperatures coming, little or no grooming will be done until it gets colder.