Fishing Reports for January 16, 2012

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

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The water flow has been running between 17,000-12,000cfs for several days. This morning the flow is just over 12,000cfs. This makes fishing in many areas difficult but behind the hotels is a suggested spot. Steelhead, browns and rainbows are active throughout the river with some nice fish being reported. Beads and egg sacs are suggested bait.

Salmon River report:

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

It was a slow pick for the handful of guests we had down on the run yesterday, although just about all of them were successful at hooking a fish or two. Our fly anglers found that wooly buggers in drab colors as well as white produced fish. Another pattern that saw some action was variations of the green drake wiggler #10-12. Our spin and center-pin guests had their action primarily on blue egg sacs with a couple fish hitting 10mm beads in Pulaski hottie and slimmer colors. The water is at 500cfs through this evening.

Oneida Lake report:

There is no safe ice reported on Oneida Lake at this time. Daytime highs in the teens are predicted for next week so we will have to wait and see what happens.

Sandy Pond report:

Reports are indicating the ice is not safe at this time on the pond. An artic cold front is forecast to move in by early next week so please be patient and wait for safe conditions.

Winter Trail Report:

Cross-Country Ski Trails:

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:

We have 40k groomed trails with a loose granular surface on a 4 – 8 inch base. Not virgin white snow but skiable with good skis. Colder temperatures and some snow are in the extended forecast.


The recent warm weather has melted much of the snow in the area. Temperatures will be up and down for the next few days but a blast of artic air is expected to arrive by Monday and last well into the week. There are some snow showers expected intermittently over the next few days with possible lake effect snow next week. Please wait until we have adequate snow so as not to damage the trail systems.