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Fishing Reports for January 23, 2012

This report courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning.

Oswego River report:

According to Larry Muroski of Larry’s Oswego Salmon Shop:

The water flow is running at 9,510cfs this afternoon, one of lowest readings in quite some time. The last few days have been a mixture of high winds, snow squalls and now very cold temperatures so there is not much to report. When conditions improve, look for steelhead and brown trout all along the river. Behind the hotels is suggested if the water flow is high.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

We recently picked up several feet of lake effect snow and very cold temperatures are expected over the next couple of days. For those anglers who are fly fishing, egg patterns under a strike indicator or bottom bouncing with nymphs have been productive. For those anglers who are float fishing, blue or chartreuse egg sacs, 8mm or 10mm beads, pink worms and marabou jigs are suggested. For those anglers with spinning gear, bottom bouncing with egg sacs or flies has also been productive.

According to Garrett Brancy of the Douglaston Salmon Run:

There have been no anglers on the run over the past few days due to weather conditions. Currently, the Pulaski area is receiving a good share of its winter snow quota. Tomorrow the snow is forecasted to let up and make way for some very cold temperatures. The water release remains at 1,100cfs through tonight at midnight.

Oneida Lake report:

High winds over the weekend and heavy snow on Tuesday will likely vary ice formation on the lake a great deal. Cold temperatures are expected to remain with us for a few days and no significant snowfall is expected. By the weekend, we may have some areas with safe ice.

Sandy Pond report:

According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:

The artic cold predicted for the area has arrived along with 1-2 feet of snow.  Reports from Green Point indicate there are 5 inches of ice with little snow as much of it blew clean. By the weekend we may 6 inches of ice in many areas of the pond. As always conditions may vary, so be cautious if you venture out.

Winter Trail Report:

Cross-Country Ski Trails:

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

Total snowfall in the last 48 hours is 28 inches plus or minus. Temperatures have been very cold but are expected to moderate Friday through Sunday into the upper teens to low 20’s with very little wind and little accumulating snows. For the next couple of days the conditions are going to be soft. Conditions are bad for skating, good for classic with skied tracks and very good for wider skis. As the week goes on, it will get firmer with each packing and each skier. Hope to have set tracks by Thursday and skateable but soft by Friday and beyond.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

The southern end of the forest got more snow than the north. Reports vary, 15-18″ on the south and as little as 6-8″ north at CCC Camp. Groomers are out. Try-It is still on!! Give us a day or so to get all the trails in shape!!

Snowmobiling:

According to the Kasoag Traiblazers:

The snow is back! :) Be cautious as there may be downed trees and limbs from the heavy snow. It’s still coming down heavy!

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

The PBSC groomers were out grooming the following trails on Monday – C5A (McKibbon Road, Rt 50, Bargy up to Tucker Rd, 17 Bypass, Blount Mills Rd, Beaver Creek). S51B (CCC Rd, Bice Rd). Also Townline Rd. and the trails were excellent. Yesterday we received over two feet of snow so groomers will be working hard in the next day or so.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Rec. Club:

As of noon on Tuesday, approximately two feet of snow had fallen in the area. Plenty of snow at the moment, so if you like powder, have at it, just be cautious of what may be hiding under the snow. There were some strong winds that came through ahead of the snow so downed trees and branches are likely. We will be out today assessing the trails and working on them.

According to the Square Valley Snowmobile Club:

All of the trails were groomed on Tuesday but with 18-24 inches of snow falling, it was hard to keep up. Groomers will be out again today on the trails.