Fishing Reports for February 9, 2012

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

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

Conditions have remained the same. The water level has been running at about 12,500cfs for a few days.

There has been little precipitation and with no snow, run-off is not an issue. This level still makes many areas along the river unfishable. Behind the hotels remains the most accessible area. Steelhead, rainbows and brown trout are taking spoons, stickbaits, bucktail jigs and egg sacs

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

With the recent high water (1200cfs) anglers fishing in the lower end of the river have reported getting into fresh fish. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville continues to get the most fishing pressure and has been producing steady results on a daily basis. Anglers staying in the motel reported getting into fish in the Lower Fly Zone, below the Altmar bridge, Wire Hole and Trestle Pool.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

On Tuesday, fishing was a bit slower for me than the last few times I have hit the water. Still I got to feel a few pulls at the end of the line and landed a beautiful male. The few fish I tangled with came on blue egg sacs as the steelhead must now be privy to the beads I was using this past Sunday. In passing I spoke with one of our guests today who was swinging flies and he had good success in the morning landing two fish.

Oneida Lake report:

The weekend high temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s at best. This should help the ice that has formed on the lake but it will be short lived with temperatures expected in the upper 30s again by Tuesday. There has been some activity reported on Big Bay but with this strange winter weather pattern, conditions can vary in any particular area. Please be sure there are safe ice conditions before venturing out.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Although we have had some low temperatures this week in the 20s, daytime highs through Friday will be in the upper 30s and low 40s. There is also some snow possible in the forecast for Friday night into the weekend. There is some ice on the pond but conditions are varying greatly. Be sure to use extreme caution and check current ice conditions if you choose to venture out.

Winter Trail Report:

Due to lack of snow at this time, most area snowmobile trails are closed. Please call your destination for current conditions in that area.

Cross-Country Skiing:

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

There has been no new snow to report in the last couple of days. There is possibly some in the forecast for the weekend but we will have to wait and see. We currently have a 2-7 inch base on the trails and 8-12 inches through the woods with a loose granular surface and variable conditions.