Fishing Reports for February 5, 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 some significant snow this week, 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 Wednesday we got to enjoy a one day warm up. First thing in the morning the temperature was in the teens along with lake effect snow showers, but in the afternoon the temperature reached into the 30s. Today we are expecting a high temperature in the teens once again. Conditions have remained about the same. With the cold temperatures 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 those anglers who have braved the conditions have been fishing late morning through early afternoon which has been the warmest part of the day.

Oneida Lake report:
After a nice 24-hour warm up we are back in the teens for a high temperature today. We have also had a significant amount of snow this week with 10-18 inches over various spots. This is making travel on the lake more difficult and also will cover pressure cracks in the ice. Anglers are reporting some good activity in about 20-30 feet of water along the north shore.

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. Monday’s storm dropped about 10-12 inches of snow with another 2-4 inches in many areas last night. 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

Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation
The event loop has been widened and smoothed in early preparation for the Tourathon. With the consistent cold, the base on all ski trails is exceptional. We have had just enough new snow this week to make for excellent conditions.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We have a noon forecast of 7 degrees and cloudy with a daytime high of 9 degrees; cold and windy with 15-18 MPH winds. Skiable but you need a quick trip across the field to get to the rest of the system all in the woods. The next three days are better for temperatures with 19, 21 and 17 degrees. We received 3 inches of new snow overnight with 15 inches over the last 3 days. I will be rolling with the culvert again today. It should be firmer than yesterday, but still on the soft side for skating. Probably up to a 20″ base and 168 inches for the season.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
With over a foot of new snow this week, Tucker 1 was out yesterday and groomed the entire length of S52B from Dahl’s Diner over towards Nine Mile Point and up to George Road. They also groomed the turnaround at Jeff’s Alignment on S56. S52 to Parish was groomed late Tuesday or early Wednesday

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
We have another beautiful morning. Brad was out with the Tucker last night and groomed from the Pulaski groomer barn up C5A, the old railroad bed, across Rte. 11 then along Miller Rd. From there across all the open fields, then through the woods to McKibben Rd., Rt. 50, Bargy Rd., Tucker Rd., the bypass trail, and to Blount Mills Rd. In addition Beaver Creek Trail, Bice Rd. , CC Rd., Shars Trail and S51C along Rt. 17 back to Bount Mills Rd. Brad said it was really snowing hard on the Boylston trails last night; should be some nice riding today. Be careful and ride safe!

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Association:
We received about 8” of new snow on Monday with a few more inches through to this morning. Things are finally starting to come together and we have decent snow cover. Regular grooming is scheduled through the rest of the week and the weekend. Most trails have good snow cover, few water holes, and moderate grooming.

According to the Square Valley Trailblazers:
The trails are in mainly fair to good condition. The cold temperatures and the new snowfall we received this week have definitely helped. The exception is Section 4 up near Happy Valley which is in good to excellent condition.