Fishing Reports for February 8, 2011

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

Oswego River report:

The water flow has been running just under 4,000 cfs for the last few days. The warmer temperatures helped some areas along the river but snow and cold temperatures have returned this morning. Anglers are still catching steelhead and brown trout in the Kiddie Pool and Lock 7 and a couple of drift boats were seen behind the hotels over the weekend. Please use caution when fishing along the river.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Yesterday was the last of the mild weather or at least until later in the week. On Monday the temperature reached into the mid 30’s along with no wind. The next couple of days are going to be cold but a warm up is expected for the upcoming weekend. The fishing pressure has been light and the most action has been between Altmar and Pineville.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The snow and cold is back and now so is the slush. Fishing has been very hit or miss because of these long stretches of cold and snow. Anglers have had some success on the warmer days but the cold temperatures keep bringing more ice.

Oneida Lake report

According to Dan Fox:

With the snow, conditions here have gotten worse. Walking is hard and 4 wheelers will get stuck. If you venture out, please use extreme caution. Big Bay is still good for pan fish, plan on drilling many holes. The main body of the lake is producing perch and walleyes but as always with this lake it is hit or miss. Both perch and walleye are taking my Northland photo image spoons.

Sandy Pond report:

The snow continues to make walking on the ice difficult. There are reports of 7 to 9 inches of ice. The perch bite remains good but anglers need to sort through a lot of small fish to find the bigger ones. Caty jigs and Kastmasters tipped with small minnows or spikes are still working well.

Winter Trail report:

Cross-Country Skiing report:

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

We have about four inches of new loose snow over groomed tracks with a 14 inch base. Temperatures have dropped and the wind chill is a factor today. The Winterfest Try-It Race has been rescheduled for February 12.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:

The snow keeps coming with another three inches in the last 24 hours. The trails have an 18-26 inch base with 38-46 inches through the woods. Temperatures are expected to be cold for the next couple of days and warm up again for the weekend.

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

All of the Boylston end was groomed on Saturday except for Bice and Townline. S51 from Pulaski to Beecherville Road was also done. Watch for a new short-cut that will end doing a 90 degree turn on the new Lake Effect loop off Blount Mills Road. You will see the orange ribbons. This has been too hard for the drag to make that corner.

According to the Square Valley Snowmobile Club:

Most of the trails are in fair condition. Everything is soft. At best we are keeping the harshness out awaiting the cold. Temperatures are expected to be near 20 degrees for the next three days with a warm up expected for the weekend.