Fishing Reports for February 9, 2017

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

Oswego River report

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Heavy snow, wind, sun, clouds – we had it all this weekend. On Saturday, our clients weren’t going to let a little lake effect snow stop them. They had a great day experiencing the great outdoors with some nice steelhead and brown trout. All released to fight another day.

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 website at and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page.

Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
After all the snowfall, on Sunday we had scattered snow showers but no major accumulation. Anglers we had staying in the motel who fished the upper end of the river in Altmar reported having a tough day with no action. The few anglers who did get into some fish reported having action in the mid to lower section of the river while bottom bouncing and float fishing with egg sacs or beads. Yesterday the anglers we spoke with had a slow day in both the upper and lower end of the river.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The water flow is running at 500cfs and there were several anglers on the run on Sunday. Reports indicated the middle to upper section saw the most action but a couple of anglers did well in the mid to lower section. Anglers found some nice steelhead, one just shy of 20 pounds, along with an impressive brown trout tipping the scale at almost 14 pounds. Egg sacs, beads, flies, sucker spawn and egg pattern yarn flies were working well. Tuesday was rainy but a couple of anglers did well in the mid to lower section using egg sacs.

Oneida Lake report:
The weather has been a mixed bag over the last few days. We have had lake effect snow, rain, cold temperatures, temperatures near 50 degrees and wind. In the forecast the temperatures will do a bit of a roller coaster ride with 20s and back to 40 degrees. With this combination, the ice formation is not good in most areas.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Greene Point Marina:
Conditions are such that we are recommending no fishing on the pond. We went from open water to a little ice formation and then heavy lake effect snow. We had rain and warm temperatures yesterday. At one point in the last couple of days there was 18 inches of slush on the minimal ice formation.

Winter Trails Report:
According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
Due to the loss of snow this week with the rain and warm temperatures, our trails are now closed.

According to Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Most of the trails are in fair to poor condition with the exception of Section 4 through Happy Valley which is in good condition.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
As of Wednesday, the trail from the barn in Pulaski to Sandy Pond was groomed. Not much water with the exception of one decent sized water hole which sleds were able to go around. Think cold temperatures and snow.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile Association:
Both groomers were out last night until early this morning. One went north of town and the other went south of town. All trails were groomed except Kay Rd. trails. The trails seem to be setting up nicely. Please stay on the trail. We have had a few complaints about snowmobiles off trail. Always respect the landowners because without them we wouldn’t have much of a trail system.

Cross-Country Skiing:
According to Winona Forest Recreation Association:
There is a hard packed surface at this time. We went over the event loop twice with the big groomer and drag, then twice with the small groomer and ginsu. Put down one set of tracks for recreational skiing for Friday. The snow was mixing very well. Will do the same on Friday evening and start barricading off some of the trails for Saturday morning’s 37th Annual Winona Forest Tourathon Ski Race.