Fishing Reports for January 11, 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:

The water flow has been running between 10,000-12,000cfs for several days. This morning the flow is at 9,510cfs. This makes fishing in many areas difficult but behind the hotels is a suggested spot. Steelhead, browns and rainbows are active throughout the river with some nice fish being reported. Warmer temperatures are expected through the weekend. Beads and egg sacs are suggested bait.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

This is some of the best steelhead fishing I can remember.  Monday we had double digits and although we have worked a little harder and the bite was a bit slower number wise, some really nice size fish have come to the net.

Salmon River report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Yesterday morning started off hot and heavy according to our guests. The fish seemed to be active from first light until around noon (which is when a good friend and my self decided to take a walk down to the river!). Needless to say the bite had cooled off some from the morning but we still managed to get into enough fish to keep us happy; with the beautiful weather it wasn’t hard! Many of the anglers we spoke to found 8mm beads to be the bait of choice. Ontari-roe, retro-roe, and honey all took fish. Our fly guests also found small glo-bugs to be the ticket in peach and Oregon cheese #10-14.

According to Salmon Heaven Lodge:

It looks like we will have a brief January thaw this weekend which should make for great fishing. People at the lodge have been having good days fishing with excellent early and late bites. The lower fly section remains loaded with fish.

Oneida Lake report:

Although we had some cold nights early in the week, temperatures are expected to get warmer as we go into the weekend. Highs may be near 50 degrees on Saturday and Sunday. Wind mid week has also affected the ice. There is open water in many areas. Once we get through the weekend some colder air is forecast to move in especially toward the end of next week. Please be patient and wait for safe conditions. 

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

As we move into some warmer temperatures this weekend, the ice as of Friday morning is good. It will depend on how high the thermometer actually goes to see if the ice holds through the next couple of days. Judge conditions on a day to day basis and be sure to check the ice frequently if you venture out.

Winter Trail Report:

Cross-Country Ski Trails:

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

Well it has stopped snowing everyday. There is plenty of snow on the ground to survive this warm-up over the weekend. With 24 – 30 inches of snow on the ground the warm will actually help the skiing in the long run. Mixed precipitation to rain Friday; Saturday looks like a nice day with a high of 45 degrees and cloudy with 9mph winds. Sunday looks messy before a cold front goes through. Waxless skis in most cases work as well as or better than wax skis with these temperatures. More winter weather is expected into next week


Due to the warmer weather that is predicted for the weekend, most areas with snow are not grooming at this time to try to preserve as much base as possible. Conditions will vary depending on the daytime temperatures and any rainfall. Please call ahead to your destination for current conditions.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile Association:

Rain moved in Friday afternoon and temperatures are going to be warm for the next couple of days. At this time no grooming is scheduled until the cold returns next week. All trails were groomed Friday, Saturday and Monday. North was done again Tuesday. Some areas were groomed again on Thursday. With the warmer daytime temperatures, things are not holding up well and water cuts are starting to open up. Looks like the weekend conditions will get ugly.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:

Due to the warm weather predicted over the next several days our trails are closed. There is too much standing water to continue grooming operations or recommend our trails for travel.