This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Oswego River report:
Some heavy rain fell last night before changing to snow squalls this morning. The water level is up to 12, 600cfs. With this level, some areas will again be unfishable. Steelhead, rainbows and brown trout can be found behind the hotels, near Lock 7 and the Kiddie Pool. Egg sacs, pink worms, trout beads and estaz eggs are working well.
Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
As of early this morning we started out with heavy rain showers which quickly changed over to heavy snow showers with high winds and falling temperatures. With the coldest temperatures of the season coming in this weekend, slush ice may be a factor in some areas. The upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville is getting the most fishing pressure with fish holding in and around the deeper holes. Egg patterns, nymphs, egg sacs and trout beads have been working well.
Oneida Lake report:
There is not a lot to report from Oneida Lake. Temperatures have been too warm to provide any safe ice so far. However, those temperatures are being replaced with lows over the weekend expected to be in the single digits and daytime temperatures in the 20s next week. We will have to see if it lasts. Anglers have reported some activity jigging the open water for walleyes.
Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Activity on the pond is quiet. We do have some much colder temperatures moving in so we will have to see how long it lasts. Any ice formation is NOT safe at this time.
Winter Trail Report:
Winter has returned to the area with rain changing over to snow squalls early this morning. At this point, it is hard to tell how much snow specific places will receive. Areas to the east/southeast of Lake Ontario may receive up to 6-12 inches by Saturday morning. If you plan to make the trip, please call ahead to your destination for current conditions.
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
The lake effect snow has arrived with 8 inches by early afternoon and it is still snowing briskly. Trails are packed and the whole 40k is open with set track and skate lane on the entire system by tomorrow.