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Fishing Reports for January 14, 2010

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 flow has been running between 6,500-7,500cfs for the last couple of days. This makes a few more areas accessible. Steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river with eggs and jigs tipped with a worm or wax worm good choices of bait. Use caution as water levels can change quickly and areas along the river bank may be slippery.

Salmon River report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

On the Salmon River, the snow and cold weather have most of the river full of slush. You will have to concentrate your efforts in the upper end of the river. Blue eggs, beads and small flies are doing the job there. Fishing overall has been decent but you have to work for them.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

The cold and snow have been producing a lot of slush on the lower end of the river. I have spoken to some anglers that are still doing well in the upper end from Pineville to Altmar and in the Fly Zone. We are hoping for a little warm up over the next week to free things up on the lower end.

Oneida Lake report

The action on Oneida Lake has overall been good. Bluegills, crappies and pumkinseeds are active in the Big Bay area and anglers are finding both perch and walleye off Constantia. As always, use extreme caution and check the ice frequently if you venture out as ice thickness varies.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Sandy Pond has about 6 inches of ice and the perch fishing is excellent with most anglers drilling at 10′ to 12′ depths. Use live fathead minnows and Caty jigs and expect lots of seven to ten inch fish with a few jumbos.

Pike fishing is good using tip-ups and large minnows.

Winter Trail report:

Cross-Country Skiing report:

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

We have received about 4 inches of new snow in the last day or two. We 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 have mid-season conditions with fresh snow almost everyday and even better – the ten day forecast has no projected temperature above 31 degrees for here. With another 4 inches of new snow in the past 48 hours, our trail base continues to build. The trails currently have a 10-14 inch base with 26-32 inches through the woods.

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

We have groomed from the barn to Albion Cross where we meet Kasoag- Selkirk Park-Bryne Dairy & Ponderosa. Broke through some waterholes & pulled snow back through them but they should refreeze. Extra caution should be taken as these trails are thin and in need of more snow.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Club:

We did receive some new snow over the past 24 hours and we are expecting a bit more. Conditions should be ‘better’ but not the best for the weekend. Groomers will be out Thurs and Friday to try and get things in decent shape for the poker run. If you can, ride early.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

We received a few inches of new snow and it is helping already. The trails in fair to good condition are Section 2, Mallory Bridge to Parish; Section 3, Parish to Church Hill Rd. and St. Mary’s Rd. and most areas of Happy Valley.