Fishing Reports for January 19, 2016

Fishing Reports for January 19, 2016
This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report:
The water flow is running at 9,820cfs this afternoon. The Oswego area received only a few inches of snow Sunday night with the lake effect remaining to our south yesterday and today. Conditions have been difficult the last two days with high winds and cold temperatures. When anglers have ventured out they are finding some nice steelhead and brown trout with egg sacs and beads working well.

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 along the top bar on the home page. 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 the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Wind, wind, and more wind! Sunny skies the entire day yesterday but we had extremely blustery conditions with the real feel of the air temperature barely reaching 0. We received approximately 6 inches of snow Sunday night with some snow expected by Wednesday morning. High winds will remain an issue today. Given these conditions, we have not had any anglers on the run.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Monday was a cold and very windy day despite having plenty of sunshine. Anglers we have staying in the motel fished the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville along with the Lower Fly Zone and reported having a tough day with no success. The lower end of the river had slush ice conditions that did not clear.

Oneida Lake report:
We do have cold temperatures but we also have had lots of wind and a foot of snow in the area yesterday. Reports are indicating that the ice is not very thick in most areas. With the thin ice and snow, conditions are not safe at this point.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
Cold temperatures have moved in for the extended seven day forecast. We should have some good safe ice by the upcoming weekend.

Winter Trails Report:
Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
With the almost foot and a half of snow we received yesterday, the main ski trails including event loop were rolled, compacting 18″ of lake effect into a 6 – 8″ relatively firm base. Stage 2 – grooming and track setting will occur within a few days.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We have snow in the forecast for 5 of the next 6 days. We received 2 inches of fresh snow in the last 24 hours. Currently, the lake effect band is south of us. It is predicted to move north during the day and our forecast snow total is 5-7 inches of snow. We have set track and softer skating on the entire system on an 8 – 10 inch base with 84 inches of snow for the season.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
We received 16-18 inches of new snow on Monday with a lot of fresh powder. Bargy, Frank’s Fancy, Hawley and Hessell have been rolled with snocat. With lots of snowmobile traffic over the weekend, most trails have been broken open.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile Association:
After a wet weekend with some extremely thin conditions around town, we got about a foot of snow Sunday night. Still not enough to cover and fill things really well, but it certainly helps get things in better shape. Even with the new snow, there are still many water cuts as well as some bare/icy ground and exposed rocks so use caution. Grooming will continue through the week as conditions permit.

According to the Square Valley Trailblazers:
Trails are open, but expect poor conditions. We received on average 6 or so inches of snow so we can now open the trails. That being said it is very fluffy snow and there is no base. Expect water holes, rocks, and possible trees down. We will need a lot more snow before all the groomers can get out and clean up the debris, but Section 5 has now been groomed.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
Heavy lake effect snow has fallen in parts of the state, and there is snow in the forecast tonight and the balance of the week for Central New York. Riders are advised to use extreme caution! Please be aware that we’re still experiencing “early season conditions”, where the freshly fallen snow cover may be hiding many potential hazards, such as trees and branches down, large unfrozen water holes, or sign posts knocked over. It’s the rider’s responsibility to be cautious while riding. Grooming operations are scheduled begin on Wednesday, January 20th – we plan to pan the trail and mark trail edges at that time. If you venture out ahead of the groomer please use extreme caution.
TAKE NOTE: The trail is closed between Best Drive/County Route 8 and Lakeshore Road in the Town of Granby due to a landowner issue. Property in this area has been logged with the logs being piled in and on the trail. The trail is not passible. We are attempting to contact the landowner to resolve this issue.