Fishing Reports for January 26, 2016

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

Oswego River report:
The water flow was fairly consistent at about 9,000cfs over the weekend but has dropped to 7,070cfs this afternoon. Temperatures should be in the 30s this week with some snow possible tomorrow. Steelhead and brown trout are active throughout the river.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

Conditions are still pretty good for January with some spawners around plus hold over brown trout. All released to fight another day.

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 along the top bar on the home page. 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 the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Almost a dozen anglers came out to fish the run today. Nearly all reported landing a steelie or two, with as many as a half dozen hookups. Slush and anchor ice were not an issue, shelf ice is at a minimum. The wind picked up midway through the day making casting conditions tough. The low temperature tonight is near freezing so that should keep slush to a minimum tomorrow morning. 1-3″ snow is expected overnight.

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
The somewhat milder weather conditions are expected to continue for the remainder of the week. We had very few anglers stop into the shop so we didn’t get many reports from the upper end of the river. One angler we had staying in the motel fished the DSR in the morning and he landed a couple fish bottom bouncing. In the afternoon I went down and joined him and we covered lots of water but we managed to land several steelhead while float fishing with pink and blue egg sacs.

Oneida Lake report:
With the very cold nighttime temperatures we had over the weekend, anglers are reporting ice in the Big Bay and Lewis Point. The ice depth is varying but some places have 4-6 inches. As always use caution. Some nice perch and walleye were taken.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
The cold temperatures over the weekend added to the ice on the pond. The south shore (near the Wigwam) the ice has 4-6 inches up to 7-8 inches. On the north end (near the Elm’s) there is about 6-10 inches everywhere so we have good ice in this area. Baits to try are spikes and mousies for panfish, small minnows for perch and large minnows for pike.

According to Green Point Marina:
The ice on the North Pond is safe with 5-7 inches. With the good conditions we have opened up access to Renshaw Bay. Parking is available at our facility for a minimal charge.

Winter Trails Report:
Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
A few icy sections on event loop have been shoveled in with snow and groomed/trackset to achieve a nearly race-ready quality. All skiers training for the Tourathon, go for it! Most trails have a 10 inch base.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Today was probably not the best day for skiing. We have had some sleet, snow and rain. With some icidng early this morning today’s snow was wet packed conditions on a 7-9 inch base with set track from yesterday and skate lanes. There is snow in the forecast for overnight into tomorrow.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
We are receiving many complaints from residents in all areas of our trail system! Please spread the word all Mexico Trail Riders trails are CLOSED. Obviously we cannot control the weather, only hope for better conditions in the future. The old saying “a few will spoil it for all” could become very true. Without our very gracious landowners and the volunteers who have worked many long hours, there would be no trail system! Please remember, snowmobiling on other’s property is a privilege not your right and riding on closed trails is