This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.
Oswego River report:
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Ice, ice and more ice this week with constant slush that never cleared. Early in the week our clients fished hard through the bad conditions and came up with a very good day. Best trip they have had they said. Next day our clients had two hours of a very good bite but then it shut down. Tough conditions right now. The flow has been under 5,000cfs at times this week, reached about 6,500cfs yesterday and is back down to 5,000cfs this afternoon.
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 www.visitoswegocounty.com and look for the fishing report under fishing and hunting. 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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
The extended forecast shows a little warmer weather for the upcoming weekend. With the cold temperatures we have had slush ice in the lower end of the river for most of the day. The upper end of the river in Altmar did not have slush ice and that is where anglers fished. Yesterday anglers reported having some action in the Lower Fly Zone in the afternoon once things warmed up. In the upper end of the river anglers are fishing the Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Trestle Pool and Sportsman Pool. In the lower end of the river on days we don’t have slush ice, anglers are fishing RT2A, Papermill, Town Pool, Longbridge and Black Hole. The river flow is running at 285cfs through midnight tonight.
Oneida Lake report:
The temperatures are holding the ice and there has been very little snowfall to deal with over the last few days.
Single digit nighttime temperatures are returning the first part of next week so the ice depth will likely increase. We currently have 10-12 inches of ice in many areas of the lake. As always use caution. Generally anglers are reporting a somewhat tough bite – marking fish but they just don’t bite.
Sandy Pond report:
With daytime temperatures in the 20s for much of the week, we have 8 to 12 inches of ice on the pond. Reports are indicating it has been a slow bite although a few anglers have had decent catches. Suggested baits are small minnows, spikes and wax worms on a jig for panfish and large shiners on a tip-up for northern pike.
Winter Trail Report
Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
There is one inch of fresh snow on a 12-14 inch base. We have set track and skating lane on the entire system. A high temperature of 29 on Friday, 31 on Saturday with flurries and 19 on Sunday but mostly clear – another weekend of good skiing.
According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
Trail S56 is now open the entire length – Mack Rd. junction OS-706 all the way to Palermo and on to the county rail bed C4 intersection. The groomer has been run on the Mack Rd. end.
According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
Overall conditions are fair to poor. We really could use some more snow. South of St.Rt.69 is thin and there’s not enough snow left to fill in the terrain. Expect it to start getting rough, not so much from moguls but from the underlying terrain. As soon as we get snow we will start grooming south of St. Rt. 69. Gristmill to Happy Valley may have the same conditions soon. Happy Valley and Panther Lake are in nice shape for the time being and will continue to be routinely groomed.
According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
All trails were groomed in our Boylston trail system overnight. Trails are shaping up very nicely this year. Get out and enjoy the trails over the weekend but as always ride safely.
According to the Redfield Snowmobile & Recreation Association:
Stay on the trails!! We once again have reports of sleds riding in the gravel pit on Littlejohn Dr. STAY ON THE TRAILS before we lose a MAJOR SECTION!! In many areas the trails are thin and in need of snow. Use caution as the insides of corners have become bare and icy in some places. Caution: we have logging going on in 2 locations on our trails: C4K (Florence trail) for about the last mile before the bridge where we meet TC riders. S43 (Kay Rd trail) near the club trail 503 junction to Salmon Hills. Use caution in these areas and be alert for possible stumps, equipment, branches, etc. on or near the trail.