This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Oswego River report:
According to Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:
Over the weekend the water flow was running at about 4,000cfs and the bite was on. We watched five anglers on Saturday, all landing fish in a 10 minute time span. If you are a steelhead angler, now is the time to be at the river. With the rain yesterday and run-off from the warmer temperatures, the water flow rose to 7,000cfs this morning but that is still a very fishable level.
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
It was doubles and more doubles over the last few days. On Sunday the snow came in and the bite was on. Every other drift we were locked again and that action has continued. There has been very good brown trout activity lately. It won’t be long before they will be venturing back out into the lake.
Salmon River report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
What a beautiful day it was on Tuesday with sunny skies and warmer temperatures. As an added bonus, the fish have been cooperative. A nice mix of species including steelhead, brown trout and domestic rainbows have been active throughout the run. As you might imagine, brown and black stone flies #10-14 have caught their share along with several colors of sucker spawn #8-12. Anglers using egg sacs found that changing colors often generated the most bites and 8mm steelhead snot beads also took some fish as well.
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
On Tuesday we had blue skies with plenty of sunshine and the temperature reached into the 40’s. Now that the water level is down (500cfs) and the weather has improved it’s no surprise the fishing pressure has increased. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is getting the most attention. Anglers trying to avoid the crowd and in search of fresh fish have been fishing the mid to lower end of the river. On Tuesday, my Dad and I managed to land some fresh fish, colored up fish and one dropback while spin fishing. Anglers staying in the motel reported getting into fish in the Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool and Pineville.
Oneida Lake report:
There is some nice action being reported on Oneida Lake. Anglers are finding a good walleye bite and some perch activity. Reports from Big Bay include good catches of blue gills along with some crappies. With the thermometer reading in the 30s this week, please use caution and check the ice frequently if you venture out. Colder temperatures are heading our way by the weekend.
Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The ice seems to be holding up on the pond. You will likely find some edges getting soft but if we make it through the next day or so we have a cold snap coming our way. As always please use caution especially in areas near open water. The perch bite has improved in the last couple of weeks – not stock the freezer good but enough for dinner. Pike have also been active.
Winter Trail Report:
Cross-Country Ski Trails:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
The weather this week has been a little warmer but we still managed to get a couple of inches of snow. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 20s for the weekend with some precipitation in the forecast. The trails are groomed and are holding a 22-34 inch base.
According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
The groomer was out on C5A on Tuesday and did from the groomer barn to the Boylston town hall. The trail was fast and smooth and a great job was done with what they had to work with. Trails became very soft in the afternoon but we have some colder temperatures coming and trails should harden up again.
According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Is it ever WET and sloppy. The RR bed is all but bare. Water is moving on and in the trails; everything is soft. We will need some cold for things to get better, but cold is forecasted so we will have to wait and see if we can get any of the groomers out.