Fishing Reports for February 24, 2017

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

Oswego River report
With the warmer weather and snow melt, the water flow is up to 12,400cfs this morning.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
We had great weather for our clients yesterday with some good fishing. It was nice to see some new chrome steelhead around along with some spawners. We do have some hold over browns in the mix but strange that we are not seeing many rainbows. All released to fight another day.

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 website at and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page.

Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Yesterday the high flows made things a bit tricky. Most anglers reported at least one tug on the line but a few did not. Some had as many as three hook-ups and two anglers who fished the upper end reported each catching a rainbow (a 3 lb. and a 5 lb.). Flows have increased to 1,600cfs through midnight tonight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
With the recent warm weather the snow is melting quickly and it’s no surprise with the current high water conditions. The high water has kept most anglers away but the driftboat guides are taking advantage of the high water and some bank anglers are still fishing and making the most of conditions. Yesterday the anglers we spoke with reported a few hook-ups in the upper and lower end of the river but overall had a tough day. Those who were bottom bouncing or float fishing had success with egg sacs and beads. Those fly fishing had success with black stoneflies and black hare’s ear.

Oneida Lake report:
There were some anglers venturing out over the weekend and early this week but with several days of 50 to 60 degrees this week, the ice is going to deteriorate quickly.

Sandy Pond report:
The very unseasonable weather this week with temperatures up to 30 degrees above normal is taking a toll on the ice.

Winter Trails Report:

Trails that are closed:
Fulton Area Snow Travelers, Mexico Trail Riders,

According to Square Valley Trail Blazers:
If anyone is looking for a very nice spring type ride may we suggest HappyValley. It has been groomed but is thinning fast with most places having around a 10 inch base.
A perfect place to just take a lesurly ride and enjoy the weather
Everything else is closed due to no snow

According to Redfield Snowmobile Association:
Trail 4K is CLOSED from Country Route 39 to Clark Rd due to a lack of snow across the farmers field. PLEASE RESPECT OUR LANDOWNERS. Gates will be closed at County Rt 39 until we receive adequate snow. All other trails remain open with thin cover. Water holes, water cuts, ice and bare spots are possible.
It’s not looking good for this weekend. FLOOD WATCH, RAIN, WIND, AND VERY WARM TEMPERATURES through Saturday. We will not be grooming until we get snow and cold. Many bare spots and water holes are opening up. Use caution.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The trails have an unstable base due to high temperatures and heavy traffic. Please stay on the trails and stop off trail riding out in the forest.

Cross-Country Skiing:
According to Winona Forest Recreation Association:
We groomed the event loop and put down one set of tracks on Sunday. We have a big thaw going on right now but trails have packed nicely.