Fishing Reports for February 9, 2016

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

Oswego River report:
The water level has been steadily dropping since Saturday running at 7,880cfs this morning. Most areas all along the river are accessible at this flow. Brown trout and steelhead are active throughout the river. Egg sacs have been a popular bait to try.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

The brown trout bite was good on Sunday with some steelhead action on Monday. Our clients have enjoyed a good time on the river.

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 along the top bar on the home page. 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 the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Sunny skies yesterday morning gave way to clouds in the afternoon but temperatures in the mid 30s made for a mild day on the run. Fishing reports varied. Several anglers reported no action at all aside from the occasional eagle overhead or the deer along the shoreline. A few anglers reported 2-3 hook ups but the majority did not get any tugs. Today and tomorrow will be good temperature wise with the thermometer dropping by the weekend with the high temperatures in the single digits.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The nice weather is expected to continue for another day and it is a good opportunity for anglers to be on the water. Over the weekend we had an increased number of anglers but a little quieter yesterday. Anglers staying in the motel reported landing some fish in the Lower Fly Zone with nymphs producing the best results.

Oneida Lake report:
Weather conditions are setting up for some ice making over the next several days. Temperatures for the next six days will be below freezing and into the single digits for highs on the weekend. There is a stretch of cold nighttime lows, single digits and below, coming up this week.

Sandy Pond report:
There is some good ice on the pond with reports indicating about 5-7 inches in the area of Greene Point Marina. With some cold temperatures moving in for the next few days there will be more for the upcoming weekend. Anglers are reporting some decent perch catches.

Winter Trails Report:
Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
We have a hard crust base of about 6-12 inches. There is some tree debris but nothing that can’t be skied around. Some water/ice spots but the snow surface is remarkably skiable after the thaw.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We had one inch of snow overnight with one to three inches more in the forecast during the day. We have a granular base under new snow. I will be packing new snow to the base later in the morning as it will do more good with additional snow. Snow in the forecast the next 5 days.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
All trails in and around Pulaski are closed due to lack of snow. The Boylston trails were groomed late Sunday. The woods trails are seeing some brown snow and have had some water holes but cold temperatures and possibly snow are coming our way. Seasonal trails are in pretty good shape.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
Trails are closed due to the lack of snow.

According to the Square Valley Trailblazers:
Trails are closed.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
The trails are closed.