Fishing Reports for February 22, 2011

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

Oswego River report:

The water level has reached between 10,000-12,000cfs in the last couple of days. This makes many areas along the river very difficult to fish. 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 at this water level.

Salmon River report:

With the cold weather, the lower river is iced up, and there is some slush on the remainder of the river. The steelhead bite had slowed down with the cold snap but temperatures are expected to work into the thirties for the rest of week. Anglers fishing egg sacs, nymphs, woolly buggers, beads and pink worms in the deeper holes were getting some steelhead before the recent cold front and snow.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The warm weather was short lived and winter has returned to the river. We are going to at least see temperatures in the high twenties and low thirties for most of the week. The run is open from the Flats upstream but from the Flats downstream is frozen solid.

Oneida Lake report

The cold returned the last few days but temperatures are expected to be above 30 through the weekend. This may create some slush on the ice again. Fishing has been spotty but anglers are finding good walleye and perch fishing along the north side of the lake. 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 last week 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:

We still have plenty of snow with no bare ground anywhere. With the warm temperatures from last week, then cold on the weekend has firmed up the snow pack to a very dense state. Currently, conditions are actually quite good for snowmobiling/dog sledding. Conditions for Skiing are fair considering the snow is so hard now. Perhaps by next weekend conditions will be quite good if we get some new snow to mix into the hardpack.

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

After the warm up we had last week, cold temperatures have returned and we did receive a couple of inches of new snow on Monday. The trails have an 18-28 inch base with 30-43 inches through the woods. Temperatures are expected to be in the 30s for the next few days. .

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:

This snow is hard, but there is plenty of it everywhere except for that spot in the woods by Halsey Rd. It gets a little thin there, and there is a slight washout just west of there by the new bridge, so be careful. Going from there to Parish…awesome!! There is some chop, but that’s it. The railbed from Pulaski…plenty of snow, but a good chop and one-foot moguls almost the whole way to Mexico. There is ice everywhere so be careful, especially in the corners.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

The following trails were groomed on Monday: C5A from the Barn to Sandy Pond, C5A from Barn to Winona at Rt. 17.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

The warm temperatures left everything hard and choppy. The groomers have been out and all things considered, the trails are not too bad.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:

West side trails were groomed on Saturday afternoon. Reports are that the trail is in the best condition of the season – perhaps the best condition ever! East side trails were done on Sunday with the Sur-Trac.