Fishing Reports for January 25, 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 under 6,000 cfs for several days. This morning it is running at 5,780 cfs. With the cold temperatures we have had, the river remains full of slush and difficult to fish in most areas. Temperatures are expected to moderate to about 30 degrees for a few days this week. In the meantime, places such as the kiddie pool and Lock 7 would be suggested areas.

Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:

With the recent stretch of cold weather most anglers have stayed away, but the weather is expected to improve over the next few days and anglers should be back on the water. In the lower end of the river slush ice on the surface, shelf ice along the edges and anchor ice off the bottom has been an issue. The most fishable water is in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Suggested areas to fish would be the Lower Fly Fishing Area, below the Altmar bridge, Schoolhouse Pool, Wire Hole, Ellis Cove, Bovines and Trestle Pool.

According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:

This morning we are finally seeing a little more seasonable temperatures in Pulaski. The lower end is still iced in and we are seeing a lot of slush from 2A down to town. However, if it stays in the thirties for a few days we hope to see more of the river free up.

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:

Cross-Country Skiing report:

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:

Most of the trails have been rolled within the last few days. More moderate temperatures are expected but there are also snow showers in the forecast for much of the week. The Winterfest Try-It Race is being rescheduled for February with a date to be determined very shortly.

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

We have received another inch of new snow in the last 24 hours. The bitter cold is giving way to more moderate temperatures in the upper 20s to near 30 degrees for a few days. The trails have a 14-20 inch base and 36-44 inches through the woods.

Snowmobiling report:

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:

All trails have been groomed and conditions are excellent where the snow coverage is good. A few lean corners here and there and a few very minor water holes next to the trail surface but very good compared to the slow start we have had so far this season. Thanks to all of the respectful riders we passed on Saturday. Take it easy on a freshly groomed trail and it will last much longer. We noticed that despite the cold, it seemed to be packing pretty good. Also, watch the signs for the re-route at S51A in Boylston as we are still awaiting our permit.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Club:

Groomers are on our normal midweek and weekend schedule. We received about 6″ of new snow from the last storm. Moderate traffic over the weekend ate the trails up some but they’re holding well with the cold.

According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:

The trails are in fair to good condition with the exception of Section 2 (Co. Rte. 32 to Parish) and Section 5 (Stone Hill Rd. to Frank Bryant Rd. to Jamison Corners) which are in good to excellent shape.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:

Over the weekend Mexico received over a foot of snow and Palermo about 2 feet. Tucker 2 has been busy grooming trails. That massive waterhole behind D&W has finally frozen up but with warmer temperatures expected in the next few days use caution around areas where there has been water holes