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Fishing Reports for February 23, 2012

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

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

With not a lot of precipitation and very low snowfall totals this year, the water level has been below 10,000cfs for a week. This morning it is running at 6,770cfs. With this flow, all areas along the river are accessible. Look for brown trout, steelhead, and rainbows using trout beads, egg sacs, hair jigs, pink bubble gum worms and wax worms. A couple of anglers have reported some brown trout activity off the shoreline of the lake.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

Last night we picked up a couple inches of heavy wet snow. Mild weather and spring like conditions are expected for the next couple days. With the nice weather and low water the fishing pressure has increased. The upper section of river between Altmar and Pineville continues to get the most fishing pressure with the mid to lower section of river a good choice if you’re trying to avoid the crowds. On Wednesday we got mixed reports from anglers, some groups did very well, while others had a really slow day. Anglers staying in the motel reported doing well in the Lower Fly Zone, Pineville and the Douglaston Salmon Run.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Well with the crazy weather on Wednesday, I got mixed reports from the run. Guests that got out early had a decent bite in the morning while the sun was out. Around noon the weather got a bit chaotic with heavy rain and snow which turned into a calm late afternoon. Our guests reported that egg sacks worked well with white and blue mesh being the colors of choice. I also got feedback that small sucker spawn type patterns took fish today. Pink and Oregon cheese in sizes 12-14 were the preference.

Oneida Lake report:

With no prolonged period of colder temperatures and several days of above freezing temperatures, the ice is softening in many areas around the lake and anglers are urged to stay off the ice.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

There is no safe ice to report on the pond.

Winter Trail Report:

Some areas received a couple of inches of snow overnight but temperatures are again near 40 degrees today. There is some snow in the forecast for tomorrow into Saturday but amount and exact location are still being determined. We will update this information as it becomes available.

Cross-Country Skiing:

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

We received another couple of inches of wet snow overnight. Temperatures are expected to be near 40 into tomorrow but dropping into the 30s for the weekend. We currently have a 4-9 inch base on the trails and 10-15 inches through the woods with a powder/wet snow surface.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

As of Wednesday, the Woodland trails are wet and icy…..use caution! The entire event loop including the leader from P1/Wart Rd was groomed and track set on 2/21. Colder temperatures and some possible lake effect snow are expected tomorrow into Saturday.