This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Oswego River report
After several days of rain this week, the water flow is up to 14,100cfs. This flow makes many areas along the river unfishable. A few brown trout have been caught behind the hotels and a driftboat or two have been seen in this area.
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 website at www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for fishing reports along the top bar on the home page.
Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Not as many anglers were on the water yesterday as the previous day and the few anglers we spoke with reported having a slow day in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Anglers in the lower end of the river were able to get into a few fish while bottom bouncing or float fishing with egg sacs and beads. Some days have been better than others but anglers have also been getting into a few fish in the Lower Fly Zone on nymphs.
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Similar reports this week from our guests, overall fairly quiet. That said the majority of our guests did hook a fish or two. Just a few did better and reported 3-4 on the line. Those guests who did catch fish were mainly using spawn with blue being the color of choice. Our guests nymphing or swinging flies had a tough day as no hookups were reported. Several guests did comment that the fish they caught were bright chrome hens.
Oneida Lake report:
Reports vary on the ice conditions on the lake. Anglers were out off of Constantia yesterday but reported areas of pooled water on the ice with the rain we have had. Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid 40s over the next several days with nighttime lows at or above freezing. With this in mind, conditions can change on a daily basis so use extra caution. According to anglers the bite has been tough with a few perch being reported.
Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Reports are indicating we still have ice on the pond. However, we are going day by day with these weather conditions and the condition of the ice can change quickly. Anglers are finding a very good perch bite along with some pike and crappies are active at Greene Point. Particularly with the stretch of weather we are in, use caution and check the ice frequently as you go.
Winter Trails Report:
According to the Redfield Snowmobile Association:
Rain and warm temperatures are not doing us any favors and the outlook is not good. trails are currently passable with marginal conditions and an icy base under a light slushy cover. We won’t be grooming again until we get some decent cold and snow which doesn’t look likely for the next several days.
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
We currently have enough snow for snowmobiling. Northern trails may have some water holes. We will have to see how things hold up over the next few days with no snow in the forecast.
The Pulaski-Boylston Club trails as well as the Kasoag Club trails are closed.
According to Winona Forest Recreation Association:
There is still a good amount of snow – hard packed but no set tracks.