Fishing Reports for January 15, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Earlier in the week we had lower water but did manage to make it up to the dam. Our clients, however, liked the results once we got up there – quality fish and good numbers. It was a cold day but a good time. All released to fight another day. Temperatures are expected to moderate some by the weekend. The water level was up to 9,500cfs yesterday but back down today to 6,700cfs.

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 under fishing and hunting. 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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
With the cold temperatures yesterday slush ice was a factor in the lower end of the river and did not clear. The good news is that the temperature is expected to improve for the upcoming weekend. With sunny conditions things warmed up in the afternoon and anglers staying in the motel reported having a good day in Altmar.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Shelf and slush ice were a factor over the weekend. A couple of anglers caught fish but it was pretty tough going because the warmer temperature on Monday was breaking up the shelf ice. The preferred method right now is floating egg sacs in your chosen lye. The water level will remain at 750 cfs through Thursday night.

Oneida Lake report:
The last couple of days have been cold with nighttime temperatures below 0°. There is the possibility of a couple of inches of snow tonight and snow cover will slow the ice formation. Many areas have 8-10 inches of ice so conditions should be good through the weekend. Temperatures will remain in the upper 20s through Saturday with Sunday warming to the mid 30s. As always use caution. Anglers are finding panfish, a few walleyes and spotty perch.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
It appears that conditions will come together this weekend for some good ice fishing. We finally have an ice depth that we are comfortable with – 6 to 10 inches on the North Pond. We don’t have a bite report yet as things are just getting underway. Suggested baits are small minnows, spikes and wax worms on a jig for panfish and large shiners on a tip-up for northern pike.

Winter Trail Report

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Winona Forest Recreation Association:
The hard work of a few of our volunteers over the last 3 days has put the main ski trails in great shape.
More snow on the north end of the forest than the south. Trails are groomed and tracked with great conditions out there.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
The noon forecast daytime high temperature is 21°and partly sunny. With a dusting of snow overnight, we have packed powder snow, set tracks and skate lanes. The trails have a 12-14 inch base with snow showers likely tonight.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Overall conditions are fair to good. We really could use some more snow as it’s a little thin in some areas. The trail from Mallory to the Gristmill is choppy but we have to be careful because there is not a lot of snow. It will be lightly groomed on Thursday evening.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Boylston trails were all groomed early on Wednesday and are in good shape. The temperature dropped well below 0° so it should make for some great riding over the next few days. Get out and enjoy when you can. Ride safely.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile & Recreation Association:
We did receive a couple of inches of new snow this week with another 2-3 inches expected over night. This will help as many trails have seen very heavy traffic.