Fishing Reports for January 16, 2013

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

Oswego River report:

The water level has been as high as 16,000cfs this week but is running at 13,700cfs as of this morning. Conditions have remained about the same with many areas not accessible for fishing with this water level. The river walk area behind the hotels is suggested. 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.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Our guests reported a fair pick of fresh steelhead and one big rainbow down on the run yesterday. Some very nice fish were reported to have been caught on the swing with big intruders. White, chartreuse, and blue egg sacs were also effective. Temperatures look favorable overnight into tomorrow. This should give fishermen another good opportunity at some winter steel. The flow cast remains at 1,800 cfs thru Saturday night according to the waterline.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
No question the water level is high, but anglers are fishing both from the bank and drift boats. The majority of drift boats have been floating the mid to upper section of river and getting into fish. Some days the bite has been better than others, but overall anglers are getting into fish. We got mixed reports from bank anglers staying in the motel, some groups got into fish, while others had a tough time. Over the last couple of days bank anglers have gotten into fish in the upper section of river between Altmar and Pineville with the Schoolhouse, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool and Pineville producing action. Bottom bouncing with egg sacs or nymphs and float fishing with egg sacs or beads produced the best results.

Oneida Lake report:
Considering the weather recently, the ice has held up fairly well. There are some areas of pooled water, large auger holes and areas near creeks and running water are deteriorating. However, after we get through tomorrow the forecast is calling for a steady drop in daytime high temperatures with real cold air moving in by Tuesday. The fishing has been spotty but anglers have found some walleye and perch taking minnows. Big Bay is producing blue gills and crappies on small jigs tipped with spikes. Be sure to use caution if you venture out this weekend.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle Shop:
The warmer temperatures and rain over the last few days has created problems with the ice. Areas of pooling water and gas pockets are creating unsafe conditions on many parts of the pond. Temperatures will begin to drop over the weekend and a blast of cold air with temperatures only in the teens is expected by Tuesday and Wednesday. The ice on the pond will heal quickly under these conditions but please be patient and wait for safe ice.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We received 2 inches of snow during the day yesterday. We have an eight inch plus base at this time. Cool for the next week and some light snow through the next few days, so looks to be a very nice weekend coming up. Today’s noon forecast is 28 and partly cloudy. Skied in classic tracks and good for skating today. We have 153 inches for the season.

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According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Pulaski trails are closed due to lack of snow. For the Boylston trails, it was 22 degrees with a little light snow yesterday. Trails will be inspected today and hopefully some grooming will resume tonight on any trails with good coverage. May have up to 20-30 miles of trails groomed for the weekend from what we saw on preliminary spot checking trails yesterday, but today’s trail inspection will give us a better handle on this weekend’s riding possibilities.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
Conditions continued to deteriorate early this week with the rain we had Monday night. We are back to square one so think snow.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
Trails are closed once again due to continued warm weather and rain. There is no remaining base left to ride, we will be starting over again once we get more cold weather and snow.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
Due to the thin snow coverage and the state law requiring 3″ minimum of snow for opening the trails, they are closed until further notice.