Fishing Reports for February 4, 2014

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

Oswego River report:
The water flow has been up and down some over the last week running between 12,000 and 4,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 7,960cfs. With the warmer temperatures, conditions have improved. More areas along the river are accessible and driftboats were taking advantage of the better weather over the weekend. Several inches of snow are predicted for the area tonight through tomorrow. 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.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Monday was a nice day with temperatures reaching into the upper 20s. Scattered snow showers are expected today but snow will be with us later tonight and into Wednesday. Yesterday anglers staying in the motel reported having another good day in the upper end of the river. The Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool, Pineville and Sportman’s Pool have produced steady action on a daily basis. Anglers fly fishing have done well with nymphs and single egg patterns. Those float fishing or bottom bouncing have had success with egg sacs, beads and pink worms. The water flow is currently running at 285cfs.

Oneida Lake report:
Weather conditions were much better over the weekend and anglers took advantage of it. The perch bite continues to be spotty with some anglers reporting no bite and others finding a few. Walleye are active in that 20-30 foot water depth. Big Bay is producing a number of blue gills. We have lots of ice but will likely receive several inches of snow from a system passing though tonight and tomorrow.

Sandy Pond report:
Anglers enjoyed a good weekend on the pond. Reports indicated a number of perch were taken along with some nice northern pike. Tomorrow may be quiet as snow will be moving into the area over night with about 2-5 inches expected for this area. This is a rather quick moving system with conditions looking good for the end of the week.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
Sunday’s four inches of warm packing snow topped with a crust presented challenges for ski trail grooming. The event loop out to P1 was rolled to make a good base for recreational skiers and snowshoers. With these temperatures, CCC to P1 should be excellent canvas for skating, striding and shoeing. Be ready for a fresh canvas with some snow arriving tonight through tomorrow. Now’s the time to start preparing & practicing for the 34th Winona Forest Tourathon!!!

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We currently have a 20 inch plus base with a packed powder surface, set track and skating lane on 40k. A quick moving system through the area tonight through Wednesday will likely drop a few more inches of snow to add to the current total of 202 inches for the season. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s over the next week so we have several days of good skiing coming up.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Groomers were on the trails in Boylston right after the Super Bowl game on Sunday. Most of the system was done and early this morning some touchup was done with the Tucker all the way down S51 to Pulaski. Several groups of sledders were out enjoying the trails in Winona and Little John Forest yesterday.

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
We had a couple inches of new snow and a bit of rain over the weekend. North and South trails were groomed Wednesday through Monday. Snow cover is decent, and morning conditions have been great, but heavy traffic has been making a mess of things by early afternoon most days. More snow is expected tonight through Wednesday. Regular grooming will continue as weather allows.