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Fishing Reports for February 20, 2014

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

Oswego River report:
The water flow has not been much over 5,000cfs for this week. This afternoon it is 3,640cfs. This level makes more areas along the river accessible. However with heavy rain moving into the area over the next 24 hours along with snow melt, this level may change. There has not been a lot of activity but a few steelhead have been taken. 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 www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
For the first time in several days the weather cooperated with fishermen yesterday. A handful of guests took the opportunity to chase some fresh steel down on the run. Anglers had to work for their catch but most were able to land some fish, including a brown trout or two. #10-12 stoneflies were the most successful and single egg patterns in cream, pink, and blue also brought a few fish to hand. White and blue egg sacs took some fish as well.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
On Wednesday the weather improved with morning temperatures in the mid 20’s and afternoon temperatures reaching into the upper 30’s. Yesterday anglers we have staying in the motel reported having another good day in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. The Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool, Pineville and Sportsman’s Pool have produced steady action on a daily basis. Anglers who are fly fishing have done well with nymphs in black, brown or olive and single egg patterns in pale colors. Anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have done well with egg sacs, beads and pink worms.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions will be difficult over the next couple of days. With the warmer temperatures, the snow is melting on the ice and it is slushy and more challenging to get around. Rain is expected to move into the area this evening through tomorrow morning and may be heavy at times. The good news is colder temperatures will be returning by the end of the weekend. Anglers have found a decent perch bite in about 20 feet of water.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The fishing on the pond is good. We have not lost ice on the pond with the warmer temperatures but the top of the ice is a little sloppy and slushy. There shouldn’t be a problem with the ice as cold temperatures will be returning on Sunday. The perch bite has been fair with small jigs tipped with grubs. The northern pike bite continues to be good with tip ups, large minnows and large spikes working well.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
All woodland trails are groomed and tracked. All attention is on the 2014 Winona Forest Tourathon this coming weekend.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We received three inches of fresh snow on Tuesday, mostly in the afternoon. The skiing is good so I will stay off the groomer. If we do get light rain, snow without being packed first lets the moisture work into the snow and when I groom next the snow stays much softer. If I pack and it does rain all the moisture is on top. We have 234 inches for the season.

Snowmobiling:

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
The groomer ran C5A from Little John Road all the way down McKibben Road on Monday. We also did C5A, C5B, and C5C. These trails are in great shape. Tuesday C5A was groomed from McKibben Road to Albion Cross Roads, S54 from Tucker Road to Blount Mills Road and S51 from the Gather Place down to Route 2l. Ride safe and enjoy.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Sunday night was very cold and that was good for grooming. Everything was groomed Sunday night and again on Monday. Overall Conditions are fair to good.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
S56 was groomed from Mexico to Pulaski on the rail bed on Tuesday and from Mexico to Parish Tuesday night. S52B was groomed on Wednesday the whole length from Dahl’s to George Rd. down S56 south to Darrow Rd. to the turn around. The trails are looking really good.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
Trails are open and have been groomed many times over the last two weeks. The full trail system was completed once again on Sunday. We are ready for grooming again if we survive the warm temperatures and rain of next few days.