Fishing Reports for January 23, 2014

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

Oswego River report:

The water level has been as high as 16,000cfs over the last few days but has dropped back to 10,300cfs as of this morning. Conditions have remained about the same with many areas not accessible for fishing with this water level. The river walk area behind the hotels is suggested. With the very cold temperatures and wind chills this week, conditions have been difficult with not much to report. 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 under fishing and hunting.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Since Tuesday, very cold weather conditions have been in the area. The daytime temperatures are only in the single digits with nighttime lows below zero. Keep in mind that with the wind chill factor, it will feel even colder. Temperatures will moderate somewhat for the weekend, but it will still be cold. The river is currently running at 1200cfs.

Oneida Lake report:
Conditions should be very good for ice fishing on the lake this weekend. We will come out of the frigid cold temperatures with highs in the 20s on Saturday and the teens for the next several days. Winds are expected to be 15-30 mph at times so there will be wind chills. Anglers are reporting walleye and perch off the north shore in 18 to 30 feet of water with some indicating the deeper depths have been more productive. Small jigs tipped with spikes are working well.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The very cold temperatures settled in this week and we again have ice. There is safe ice on the pond and in many areas there is a foot or more. With the swings of warm and cold temperatures and standing water on the pond last week we have no reports to go on as far as the bite is concerned. Daytime temperatures will only be in the teens for the next week with the exception of Saturday which should be in the 20s so conditions should be good for the foreseeable future.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
This is the coldest morning of the winter – negative 25 degrees. We have a negative 2 and partly cloudy for the noon forecast. With these temperatures and good snow, I will not be grooming this morning. We currently have 168 inches of snow for the season with more likely this weekend.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
We received about a foot of snow early in the week. All woodland trails are groomed and tracked. With the cold temperatures, the trails are setting up very nicely. More snow is expected over the next few days.


According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
Below zero this morning in Boylston and not much warmer in Pulaski. Three groomers have been hitting the trails so many trails around Pulaski are in pretty good shape. The trail into town from Halsey Road is still closed due to logging. The old tucker ran from Pulaski to Selkirk along with the track truck. Piston Bully and new tucker have done the trails in Boylston and ran tandem down S51 to the groomer barn. S51 is a great ride. Piston Bully will be heading back up C5A and should be able to open the section of S54 between Tucker Road and Town line Road. Trails are in good shape and more snow is expected this week. Ride safe.

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
About 8″ of new snow last weekend enabled us to continue with some grooming. Trails are snow covered with mostly ice underneath. Some water cuts and ditches have opened up and we need more snow to fill in. Trails are all passable, but thin and icy especially south of town.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
We haven’t really gotten that huge snowfall that we’re accustomed to getting. We do have enough to say the trails are open, but there is no base. Watch for rocks, stumps, downed trees, or anything else that could be a hazard. Please stay off the North Volney Methodist Church property at the corner of Co. Rte. 6 and Co. Rte. 4. There, the trail goes down the side of the road. Just follow the signs. Have fun and be careful.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
Trails have reopened once again thanks to the cold weather and about 8 – 10″ of fresh snow. Conditions are marginal with little base. Please use caution as obstacles such as rocks and ditches may be covered by the new snow. Grooming plans at this time call for panning of the trails on Thursday and Friday to help set the base.