Fishing Reports for January 12, 2016

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

Oswego River report
The water flow is currently running at 9,870cfs. With a good deal of rain in the area at times last night and today along with snowmelt from the warm temperatures, this flow may increase over the next couple of days. Activity has been rather quiet this week with the weather.

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:
With the combination of very mild weather and rain we’re losing snow quickly so keep an eye on the water level which is running at 1500cfs currently. My dad and I took advantage of the mild weather yesterday and fished the DSR landing several chrome steelhead while float fishing with egg sacs.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Just a few anglers here yesterday enjoying the sunshine. Guests using spawn bags did manage a few fish but worked for them The fish that were caught were very fresh – a few scales were reported to be falling off in the net and their tails were chrome. Nice to hear there are some “brand new” ones showing up with the higher flows. Our guests swinging flies reported having a tough go. Please be careful when wading as runoff will increase and shelf ice will break off.

Oneida Lake report:
Reports vary on the ice conditions on the lake. Anglers are indicating the area off Lewis Point has some solid ice but down in the Constantia area it is questionable. Anglers reported some areas of standing water yesterday but we are back to seasonable daytime temperatures and nighttime lows in the teens through the weekend which should help solidify those areas.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Green Pointe Marina:
Reports are indicating that there is 6-7 inches of ice in many areas of the pond. With the warmer temperatures we had yesterday the snow has melted leaving a good amount of slush on the ice. Temperatures are going to drop again later today with colder daytime temperatures and nights in the teens over the weekend.

Winter Trails Report:

According to the Redfield Snowmobile Association:
Our trails are open with fair conditions. They were grooming last night and will be do so this morning.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Heavy rain and unseasonably warm temperatures have caused widespread flooding which has created unsafe conditions on many trails. At this time all trails in the club area are closed. Crews will be out as soon as it is safe to do so to inspect bridges, culverts and reopen trails once we feel they are safe.

According to the Kasoag Trail Blazers:
Due to the warm temperatures and rain our trails are closed until we receive more snow. Please stay off the trails.

Snowmobiling and Cross-Country Skiing:
According to Winona Forest Recreation Association:
We headed out on the trails yesterday to do an inspection. Both north and south trails have been swept and cleared of blow downs. Trails do have a lot of little twigs in some areas but overall are in pretty good shape so far.

Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Colder this morning with about an inch of new snow overnight on a 7-10 inch base. I will be mixing new snow and old this morning. Expecting a mixture of packed powder/loose granular with a fair number of twigs on the trail.