Fishing Reports for February 6, 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 this last week running between 12,000 and 6,000cfs. This morning it is flowing at 6,920cfs. Anglers were able to enjoy better conditions earlier in the week with a few nice winter chrome steelhead being taken. Things were quiet yesterday as Mother Nature dropped about 10 inches of snow on the area. 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 the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Tuesday was another good day of fishing down on the run. Shelf ice continued to be a problem from the tail out of the Joss and below, but the middle and upper end of the Run were fishable. Slushy conditions in the morning improved as the day progressed. Blue eggs sacs were the ticket with chartreuse, pink and white egg sacs catching a number of fish as well. Yesterday’s storm kept most anglers off the river and looking ahead cold temperatures and possible lake effect snow tonight and tomorrow will likely make conditions difficult for anglers in the lower end of the river.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
On Wednesday a winter storm moved through our area leaving behind roughly a foot of new snow. The slush ice did not clear from the lower end of the river so anglers fished the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Anglers who are fly fishing have done well with nymphs in black, brown or olive and single egg patterns in pale colors. Anglers who are float fishing or bottom bouncing have done well with egg sacs, beads and pink worms. The water flow is running at 285cfs though tonight.

Oneida Lake report:
With yesterday’s storm moving out of the area last night, we have a beautiful sunny day today. There is measurable snow on most areas across the lake with places such as Constantia reporting 11 inches when the storm was over. This will make getting on the ice more difficult. Walleye are active in 20-30 feet of water and a few anglers reported getting into some perch. Blue gills are biting in Big Bay. With all the snow, please use caution as you venture out.

Sandy Pond report:
We have ice and a few days of nice weather coming up. There is some snow on the ice, however, from the system that moved through the area yesterday. The perch bite has picked up particularly on the Elm’s side of the pond. Anglers are reporting a good number of northern pike. Minnows are the bait of choice.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
As of dinner time last night, Winona had received 6-7 inches of new snow. All woodland trails were groomed yesterday afternoon. There is the possibility of some lake effect snow for the area over the next day or two.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
This morning it was -15 degrees and clear. We are expecting it to reach the mid-teens today with partly cloudy skies. The recent system brought 10 inches of fresh snow since yesterday morning. I will be packing the entire system today. It is very soft so no set track and skating will be difficult at best. We currently have 214 inches for a season total.

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
We received somewhere between 10″ and a foot of light fluffy new snow from this last storm. Statewide snow should help lighten the heavy traffic we have been seeing the last few weeks. Ride wide and get it packed down so we can groom it better. This light snow doesn’t groom or hold up well until it gets packed down a bit. Regular grooming is scheduled to continue through the week and weekend.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
The area received three inches of snow this morning and close to another foot of snow in the last 24 hours. Groomer was out on the trails around Pulaski yesterday and will continue today getting trails in shape. Piston Bully will be out on the trails in Boylston getting ready for a big weekend in Winona, dog sled race teams will be out in full force and this is awesome to watch. Parking lots may be busy on Saturday. If you get a chance to get out I hope you enjoy Mother Nature in its finest. Ride safe.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
The entire system received around 12″ of dry granular snow. This type of snow does not pack well so it tends to blow out of dips and holes quickly. It will take a few days of grooming to get things in nice shape. Ironically we will need a warm day to set things up real well.