This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Oswego River report:
There is not a lot to report from the river. With the snow and the cold over the last week or so, there has not been much activity on the river. Temperatures are expected to moderate some for the upcoming weekend. The water flow has been running at approximately 4,370cfs for the last couple of days.
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. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner For Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.
Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
As of this morning the temperature was well below zero but is expected to reach into the teens this afternoon. Yesterday was very cold with temperatures in the single digits and below zero with the wind chill factor. The upper end of the river in Altmar has not been getting slush ice and is where most anglers are fishing. Anglers stopping into the shop reported having some action in Altmar while bottom bouncing with flies.
Oneida Lake report:
It still remains a tough go on Oneida Lake. With another 5-6 inches of snow and temperatures in the single digits several times in the last few days there has not been a lot of activity on the lake. Getting out on the ice has been difficult with even some snowmobiles having a tough time. Use caution as there is slush under the snow. Some have braved the elements and have found some perch and walleye activity.
Sandy Pond report:
According to Woody’s Tackle:
Things have not changed much on the lake. Deep snow, very cold temperatures and wind chills and a quiet bite have been the story over the last few days. Anglers have found a crappie bite at Greene Point, a decent pike bite and the perch activity has been non-existent.
Winter Trail Report
Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation:
The main trails were groomed on Sunday and track set. Colder temperatures are expected for Thursday and Friday with some warmer air coming in for the weekend. We are expecting the best conditions we have had in years for the Tourathon on Saturday.
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Our noon forecast is for mostly cloudy skies with a daytime high of 15 degrees. We have great snow and cold temperatures. This month will likely go down as the coldest month on record. We have skate lane and set track on the entire system.
According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
S56 was groomed from Palermo to Valero on Sunday. There was also a deep hole reported along the power lines going to Parish over the weekend so use caution.
According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Association:
We had a very good weekend on the trails. The trails were groomed with excellent snow cover and no water holes.
According to the Square Valley Trailblazers:
Overall the trails are in good to excellent shape. It’s cold but the snow seems to be setting up well.