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Fishing and Winter Trail Reports for February 26, 2010

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

The following notice has been posted for Lake Ontario waters:
Remember the area around the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Facility is off limits to boating. The restricted area stretches 1,000 yards offshore and extends from the Alcan plant to the Sunset Bay area along Lake Ontario, east of the city of Oswego.

Oswego River/Lake Ontario report:
Oswego River report:
According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
The water level is running just under 6,000cfs but with the heavy wet snow we received and warmer temperatures expected in the next few days, this may increase with run-off. Brown trout are active behind the hotels taking minnows, bucktail jigs, egg sacs and casting spoons. Driftboats have been successful in this area. There are a few steelhead at the dam and down through the river to Bridie Manor but the action has been slow. Maribou jigs, moussies, minnows, trout beads, stone flies and woolly buggers are working well. Additional reports indicate crappy are taking spikes, wax worms and minnows on Lake Neahtahwanta at night and perch are active through the ice behind Black Clawson.

Salmon River/Pulaski Area report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The water will be running at 500cfs through tomorrow and then down to 285cfs until next Thursday. Wednesday was another mild day and the temperature reached into the mid 30’s. We only spoke with a few anglers, but the ones we did reported getting into fish in the upper and lower end of the river. Anglers who fished the DSR did well using bobbers and egg sacs. Anglers staying in the motel who fished the Lower Fly Fishing Area did well using egg patterns and black stoneflies. Thursday was a day of heavy wet snow so it was no surprise that we did not see many anglers.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Anglers on the run the past few days, continue to report good action. Beads and eggs have been the best producers. Fly anglers have been finding some success in swinging big flies or drifting black stone flies.

Oneida Lake report:
The area received over 18 inches of wet snow in the storm which is adding to the slush on top of the ice. This will make it very difficult for walking and using four wheelers. The ice thickness continues to vary around the lake so use caution. Perch are taking minnows and small jigs tipped with moussies. Bluegills are being taken in the Big Bay area.

Sandy Pond report:
There is plenty of ice on the pond. The heavy snow we received since yesterday will make it more difficult to travel on the ice. Yellow perch are taking small minnows. Small jigs tipped with spikes are taking perch and panfish and Northern pike are responding to large shiners and sucker minnows.

Winter Trail Reports:
Cross Country Ski Trails:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
We received lots of heavy wet snow in the last 24 hours. We will do our best to get the southern trails groomed and track set.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We have received another 18 inches of wet snow in the past three days with the season total now 183 inches. The trails are groomed with a 20-28 inch base and track set. With temperatures near 30 degrees, we should have a good weekend of skiing.

Snowmobile Trails:
According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:
The last few days we have received around two or three inches of snow per day but last night we received at least a foot of HEAVY wet snow. With the above freezing temperatures, it is going to be sloppy and hopefully it will go below freezing so we can get the groomers out. We have the snow…now think COLD!

According to the Square Valley Snowmobile Club:
Although we have received a lot of snow, the temperatures are not allowing us to groom.  When it is this warm the snow clogs the drags and the groomers wreck the base.  The operators will keep trying but with the predicted temperatures, it does not look good for grooming.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The snow is over and the trails are covered with several inches of heavy wet snow. We will work to get them groomed but we need temperatures cold enough to do so.