Fishing Reports for January 24, 2012

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

Oswego River report:

The river flow is running at 12,100cfs this morning. Areas that are accessible are the same – behind the hotels, near Lock 7 and the Kiddie Pool. Steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river. Driftboats are reporting some nice catches. Egg sacs, pink worms, trout beads and estaz eggs are good choices of bait.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:

With warmer temperatures, rain and run-off the water level has risen to 900cfs through today. The fish have been holding along the edges in the softer water and inside seams. The few anglers we have spoken to have reported some action in the Lower Fly Zone, Schoolhouse, Wire Hole and Trestle Pool. For fly fishing egg patterns and nymphs are working well; for float fishing egg sacs and trout beads continue to be very productive.

Oneida Lake report:

Temperatures have again warmed up since the weekend along with rain yesterday which likely has affected the ice. Without a stretch of cold weather, the ice is not safe at this time.

Sandy Pond report:

The pond was active over the weekend. Reports are indicating that there is still some good ice on the pond but with the warmer temperatures, rain and wind conditions can change rather quickly. Daytime temperatures are expected to be above freezing for the next few days with nighttime temperatures in the 20s. With these temperatures it is important that you check the ice before you venture out and continue to check it often as you move around.

Winter Trail Report:

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:

The temperature was 40 degrees yesterday with rain. The snow is getting lean on the woods trails. We will not be grooming until we get more snow. System was last groomed on Sunday and we are still working with only one groomer.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:

It was nice to see some sleds out over the weekend while we had the snow. However, with the warmer temperatures and the rain, the trails are closed until we get more snow.

Cross-Country Skiing:

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

We have not had any snow in the last couple of days – warmer temperatures and some rain but the trails are good. Look for a hard packed/variable surface with 4-18 inches on the trails and 14-24 inches through the woods.