Fishing Reports for January 21, 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 between 4,000-6,000 cfs with this morning’s level at 5,870 cfs. The river is full of slush right now due to the cold temperatures so fishing is difficult. When the weather warms up some, look for plenty of steelhead and brown trout throughout the river. In the meantime, places such as the kiddie pool and Lock 7 would be suggested areas.

Salmon River report:

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

On the Salmon River the water is now at our winter low 285 cfs. This has always been a terrible flow but we have to live with it. Since the flood last fall the river is so much wider and shallower that navigating a boat in the flow is brutal. We do a lot of dragging. In a recent outing, our fish came on white egg sacs and tangerine beads fished under a float.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

Just when we thought it was cold, it gets colder! We are going to see temperatures in the low single digits for highs and below zero for lows the next few days. This will make for some very tough conditions.

Oneida Lake report

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Ice fishing continues to be hot on Oneida Lake. The area around Lewis Point has had fair to good walleye fishing in 18 – 22 feet of water. Perch have been hitting in water as shallow as 10 feet where there is weed cover. Along the north shore of the lake from Edgewater to Jewell has been hot for walleye fishing. Best areas are along the drop-off at 36 feet or deeper. The “Hump” around Buoy 109 has been producing walleye at depths of 22 to 32 feet. Big Bay has been yielding good catches of perch and some crappie. The best bet for perch is to set tip-ups six inches off the bottom.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

Anglers are reporting good ice on the pond with up to 9 inches being measured in many areas. We are experiencing some lake effect snow today so we will have to see how much we get to see how travel on the pond will be. The fishing continues to be good with a very active perch bite.

According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing Charters:

Sandy Pond reports are all saying tons of fish but you have to pick through the small ones. Great action off the Elms and the Sandy Pond Steakhouse but some complain about the small size. I say that is a good sign for future seasons. Again Caty jigs and Kastmasters seem to take the large fish. The little guys really grab the spikes as fast as you put them down.

Winter Trail report:

Notice: the following trail report was compiled Friday morning. At that time significant lake effect snow was falling in many areas of Oswego County. This was expected to continue through most of the day so trail conditions will likely change.

Cross-Country Skiing report:

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

Notice: the Winona Forest Winterfest Try-It Race scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled.

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

The snow keeps coming with another 4+ inches in the last 24 hours. Temperatures are expected to be very cold for the weekend. The trails have a 13-18 inch base and 32-40 inches through the woods.

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

The following areas were groomed on Wednesday: from the barn to S51 to Damn Road, the Boylston area, and C5A from Albion Cross to the barn has been groomed.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Club:

Groomers were out Wednesday south toward Florence and O’Hara Rd., north to SRR. Light traffic this week has helped keep us in decent shape. Last weekend’s snow helped a lot in the fields and on seasonal roads. Woods and sheltered areas are still in need of snow. Ride safe, stay on the trail.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

As of Friday morning the trails were in fair to good condition. A significant amount of snow is predicted (12-15 inches) and if that happens it will take a day or two to get the trails groomed.