This report a courtesy of Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. Our staff would like to wish you a safe and Happy New Year.
Oswego River report:
The water level has been under 10,000cfs for the past few days running at 7,640cfs this morning. However, please use caution as the levels can change at any time. Steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river taking white bucktail jigs and pink and chartreuse egg sacs under floats. Driftboat anglers are active in the river with some nice catches being reported.
Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Yesterday the lower end of the river had slush ice in the morning but it cleared by mid day. The water flow is currently running at 500cfs. Most of the anglers we spoke with reported having a slow day, but anglers staying in the motel reported getting into a few fish in Altmar. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is holding the most fish, but we’re still getting a few fresh fish moving through the lower end of the river. Some days are better then others, but the Lower Fly Fishing Area, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool, Sportsman Pool, and Longbridge have produced action on a daily basis.
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The colder weather and snow have slowed the bite on the lower end. We are seeing a lot of slush in the mornings, but anglers are still reporting decent action from midday through the evening hours. Egg sacs, beads and woolly buggers are still producing fish. The Wall Hole, Flats, Joss and Spring Hole are all holding fish.
Oneida Lake report
The activity on Oneida Lake continues but reportedly was a bit slower the last few days. Bluegills, crappies and pumkinseeds are being taken in Big Bay. Anglers are reporting some walleye action in the Constantia area. As always, use extreme caution and check the ice frequently if you venture out as ice thickness varies.
Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The temperatures have remained cold for the last few days and with no significant snowfall, the ice is good on the pond with 4-5 inches being reported. With these conditions, ATVs and snowmobiles are not recommended on the ice. Anglers are reporting a very good bite with minnows working for perch, spikes and wax worms for panfish, and shiners for pike.
Winter Trail report:
Cross-Country Skiing report:
According to Dick Drosse of the Great Bear Recreation Association:
With the snowfall we had last week, an accumulation has built up for snowshoeing and skiing. Many trails are still unbroken. A possibility exists that a few wet spots could be found along the trails. The Wellhead access roads have been plowed but they can be slippery if hiking without creepers.
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
Most ski trails were groomed over the weekend. They currently have a 5 inch packed base on the groomed trails and about 14 inches of loose snow on the ungroomed trails.
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We received an inch of new snow in the past 24 hours. The trails have a 9-12 inch base with 24-30 inches through the woods.
According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
I got to ride around Mexico last evening, tried to stay out of the mud. WE NEED SNOW! There is not enough snow left in the trails to groom, so it’s getting choppy with some small moguls just about everywhere I went. The fields have great cover, but get in the woods, it’s very thin. We still have huge wet holes around the area. Hopefully with these cold temperatures and lack of deep snow, they will freeze soon. The railbed S52 headed to Pulaski was dry, no mud at all. However, once you got to Pulaski’s trail system, the snow got thin and we found mud.
According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Our trails are currently closed due to lack of sufficient snow.
According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Club:
There has been no accumulating new snow. Conditions are still minimal with lots of rocks and some water.
According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Trails are in fair to poor condition in many areas with the exception of Happy Valley and the section from Stone Hill Road to Frank Bryant Road to Jamison Corners. These areas were in better shape over the weekend although there was a lot of traffic. We need more snow!