Fishing Reports for February 3, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
We have not had many reports from the Oswego River over the last couple of days. With very cold temperatures over the weekend and the snow storm yesterday, activity has been light. Driftboats reported some good action with steelhead, rainbows and brown trout last week. The water flow is running at 3,710cfs as of this morning.
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 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 & Motel:
On Monday winter storm Linus moved through our area leaving behind over a foot of new snow. Over the last couple of days the weather continues to be cold with the high reaching into the teens and lows in the single digits or below zero with the wind chill factor. Conditions have remained about the same. When the temperature is in the teens and single digits, slush ice becomes a factor in the lower end of the river, but will clear if it gets warm enough. The upper end of the river in Altmar has not been getting slush ice and is where most anglers are fishing on a daily basis. With the recent cold temperatures most anglers have been fishing late morning through early afternoon which has been the warmest part of the day.

Oneida Lake report:
The cold temperatures have continued but snow has also been a factor over the last couple of days. Yesterday we received about 8-10 inches of snow. Keep this in mind as you venture out over the next couple of days as the snow will cover pressure cracks. There is not a lot to report due to the weather. Tomorrow’s high temperature should be near 30 degrees, dropping on Thursday and again near 30 by Saturday.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
We continue to have the cold temperatures and now we have to contend with some snow. Yesterday’s storm dropped about 10-12 inches of snow across the area. This will make for a little tougher travel on the pond. There has been a decent pike bite but the perch continue to be more evasive. With the full moon phase and the passing cold fronts, it’s been a tough bite. Suggested baits are small minnows, spikes and wax worms on a jig for panfish and large shiners on a tip-up for northern pike.

Winter Trail Report
Much of the county received between 8-12 inches of new snow during yesterday’s storm. With clubs working on their trails today, we have not had many reports. We will update as new information comes in.

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We received 8-10 inches in the last 24 hours. Because of the temperature I will be letting the snow stay in its natural condition today. We had around a dozen skiers yesterday who pretty much skied the entire system so we have skied in tracks. Daytime high temperature of 18 degrees, we should reach 30 on Wednesday and Thursday 8 degrees. We have a 20 inch base depth and 164 inches of snow for the season.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
The area received between 8-12 inches of snow from yesterday’s storm. Volunteers have been working on some equipment issues on the drags over the last couple of days. If you ride be careful, there is ice under the snow so take corners and hills with caution. We have seen many sleds missing corners. Ride safe and enjoy.

According to the Kasoag Trailblazers:
Both groomers were down on Sunday for some repairs. We will get them back on the trails as soon as possible. A couple of riders reported the trails were in excellent shape on Saturday so hopefully the down time will be short.