Fishing Reports for January 14, 2016

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

Oswego River report:
The water flow has been between 10,000-13,000cfs over the last few days. This morning it is running at 11,600cfs. Anglers are finding some nice steelhead and brown trout with egg sacs and beads working well. A band of lake effect snow brought us about four inches of snow yesterday. Temperatures for today and Saturday will reach near 40 degrees but then another cold snap will settle in.

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 web site at and look for the fishing report along the top bar on the home page. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner For Life” program. For more information contact the fire station, 35 E. Cayuga St., at 315-343-2161.

Salmon River report:
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Two anglers braved the snow and wind and fished the run Tuesday. The last angler out that night reported decent action in the lower half of the run from mid-afternoon until sunset. Anchor ice proved to be a little bit of an issue but didn’t stop him from hooking up with six fish. Wednesday started out sunny but it was short lived as the lake effect snow returned. We started out with about three inches on the ground and received another 3-5 inches with the snow band moving through. The water flow is currently running at 750cfs.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Earlier in the week we had reports from the Fly Zone. Anglers worked hard but managed to land a few steelhead along with a brown and also lost a few others. Wind and snow have been the story the last day or so but warmer temperatures will move in for Friday and Saturday. Sunday turns a bit colder again.

Oneida Lake report:
Reports are indicating that some areas had some ice forming but with the rain last weekend and the high winds this week, the ice conditions are not good. Rain is expected again on Saturday with temperatures near 40 degrees. However, Sunday will bring in a stretch of cold temperatures with nighttime lows in the teens for a few nights.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is some ice on the pond but with the wind and rain we had earlier this week it is only about 2 inches thick. Temperatures will be a bit warmer tomorrow and Saturday with possible rain on Saturday. Cold temperatures will again move in on Sunday and remain through midweek at least. By next weekend we should have safe ice.

Winter Trails Report:
Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The main ski trails including event loop were rolled on Tuesday leaving a soft 6″ base. After more lake effect Wednesday and into today, more grooming will follow with tracks likely to be set on all main ski trails by the weekend. There are still a number of wet spots out there, mostly small ones that are easy to ski around. Please be careful as there are down trees and limbs that may be covered by the snow we received yesterday.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We have received another four inches in the last 24 hours. We have set track and skate lanes on a 6-10 inch base. We have reached 73 inches of snow for the season. Colder temperatures and at least some snow is in the forecast for much of next week.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile Association:
We got back early this morning from grooming the north half of our trails. Lots of sled traffic last night. Conditions are from fair to very good depending on where you are riding. All trails are passable. There are still a few open water holes so use caution. We will be out all weekend getting the trails the best we can for our Poker Run, Chicken BBQ, Snowmobile Raffle tomorrow at the Cheese Factory in Redfield.

According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Crews were able to get C5A open and groomed from the parking lot in Boylston up through to Littlejohn Dr. where we meet Redfields trails. At this time there is still too much water in the woods and not enough snow to open anything else. Enjoy safely!

According to the Square Valley Snowmobile Club:
Saying the season is off to a slow start is an understatement. The trails are still closed. On average, there is at best only 3 or 4 inches of dry fluff, which is definitely not enough to ride on, or cover rocks, fill in terrain or water holes, let alone groom. At least the cold is getting into the ground a bit so when we can open and start grooming it should get nice quickly.