Fishing Reports for January 18, 2011

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 under 7,000cfs for a few days with this morning’s level at 6,460cfs. 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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

Tuesday and Wednesday look like the pick of the week with a two day warm up before the temperature drops off for the weekend. Anglers should take advantage of the opportunity while it lasts. On Monday very few anglers were on the water, but a couple of groups stopped into the shop and reported getting into fish in the Lower Fly Fishing Area and the Schoolhouse. With the low water (285cfs), cold temperatures and lake effect snow, slush ice has been a factor in the lower end of the river. Most of the action has been in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

We are seeing a short warm up but the ice, slush and low water has held on. Fishing conditions are tough at best. I spoke to some anglers that have enjoyed some success in the upper reaches of the river over the past weekend.

Oneida Lake report

Several inches of snow on Sunday is making it more difficult to travel on the ice. This along with slightly warmer temperatures for a couple of days will likely slow ice formation for the time being. Currently ice thickness reports are ranging from 6 to 10″ of ice. Good catches of walleye and yellow perch are being reported off Constantia. Bluegills, crappies and pumpkinseeds are being taken in Big Bay. Use caution and check the ice frequently if you venture out and be cautious near areas of flowing water.

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:

Groomer is back from servicing. Gold Spike, Bronze, Kate Hall, Brown Road will be groomed today. Hessle, Bargy, Wart, Hawley will be groomed Wednesday. The event loop which includes Tail, Alice Alley, Ted’s Turn, Hiscock, Winona Way, and Franks Fancy will be groomed on Thursday. More snow and cold on the way after very brief spell of winter mix. Conditions are good and will be improving.

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

We have received another 18 inches of snow in the last 3 days. Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer today and tomorrow but drop again into the teens by the weekend. The trails have been groomed with a 13-18 inch base and 32-40 inches through the woods.

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:

The east side trails from Hinmansville to the County Recreation Trail at Bell Road were groomed on Sunday and with limited traffic due to the storm that day, the trail should be in great shape for the next several days. West side trails were groomed on Saturday evening and several water holes were filled with snow. Use caution and be on the lookout for water openings.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Club:

Entire system has been done over the past 48 hours. Trails are in decent shape but we still need snow.

Ride with caution and stay to the right.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

All trails were groomed yesterday. Most of the trails are in fair to good condition with Section 4 in Happy Valley reportedly in good condition.