This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Oswego River report:
After the rain we received last week, we have been in and out of bouts of lake effect snow this week. The precipitation has affected the water with the flow up to 12,000cfs at times but this morning it is running at 9,280cfs. This makes many areas along the river difficult to fish. With the weather conditions we have not had much activity to report. With more lake effect and wind in the forecast, conditions will be harsh for the next day or two. Although still windy on Saturday, 30 degrees is predicted but back into the teens on Sunday. 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.
Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
A few brave fishermen reported several hookups on Monday and were able to land a handful of lunker steelhead. Blue, white, and pink egg sacs continue to prove successful. Water flows are up to 1500cfs through this evening. We are in the midst of another stretch of below normal temperatures with lake effect snow and wind today. Temperatures on Saturday will be in the mid 20s but back into the teens on Sunday. Dress warm if you plan to fish and don’t forget your studded boots!
Oneida Lake report:
We are back into the cold temperatures this week along with a few inches of snow. Wind is also in the forecast for the next couple of days. The action off the north shore has been decent. Walleye have been active in about 30 feet of water and the perch bite has been good in more shallow depths – 15 to 17 feet of water. The temperature may reach 30 degrees on Saturday but only in the mid to upper teens on Friday and Sunday.
Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
We have great conditions on the pond. There is 20 inches of ice on many areas of the pond and not a lot of snow so traveling by snowmobile or ATV is very manageable. More good news involves the perch bite which has definitely picked up the last couple of weeks and we have consistent northern pike action. Small jigs tipped with grubs are working for the perch; tip ups, large minnows and large spikes for the pike.
Winter Trail Reports
Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
It is 10 degrees this morning and a brisk lake effect snow currently. We received four inches of fresh snow and 16 inches over the last 36 hours. Noon forecast 13 degrees and snow. 40k rolled trails. 5-10 inches of snow is predicted during the day today. We currently have 251 inches for the season and counting.
According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Yesterday morning a crew ran the Tucker on trail S51 from Pulaski up and back to New Scriba Drive. The trails south of Pulaski to Albion Cross Roads and out to Selkirk State Park were done with the Tucker in the afternoon. Groomers are out today north of Pulaski to Sandy Pond and in the Boylston area knocking down the 18” of new snow. More snow is on the way in the next 24 hours. Trails should be good this weekend. We ask that you please stay on the trails as we are getting complaints from some land owners. People trespassing has a very negative impact on our sport.
According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
It is snowing again! It’s hard to say how much everywhere has received but system wide from 2-4 feet with more forecasted. We are grooming at least once a day packing what we receive into the trails. The base is starting to build.
According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
S52 from Mexico to Parish has been groomed Tuesday night. We filled a few small washouts and removed a few downed trees. It looks real good out that way. I’m told there is a tree down a cross the trail on S56 somewhere North of Clifford Road. Please use caution around this till someone can get there to remove it. I am also told just south of Clifford Rd on S56 where you have to cross the little stream, there is a hazard. Ice has built up on both sides making this a bit difficult. Tucker 3 is still down. When it’s up and moving this should be able to be handled.
According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
Trails are open and the groomer was scheduled to go out last evening. Due to recent warm weather you may encounter ponded water under the fresh snow on and near the trail edges. The area along Bankrupt Rd. holds many of these ponded areas – please use caution. Also please be advised the necessary roadside edges of our trail are not holding up well to the late winter sun.