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:
Yesterday the water flow was down around 11,000cfs. With the heavy rain overnight it is back up to 12,800cfs. This water level is keeping most anglers down behind the hotels. Driftboats have been active in this area with some nice steelhead, rainbows and brown trout being reported. Baits to try are spoons, stickbaits, bucktail jigs and egg sacs.
Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
As of this morning it was still raining and what little snow we did have is now gone. With the recent rain and melting snow it’s no surprise with the current water level, 1200cfs. This may not be your favorite water level, but the river is fishable and anglers are fishing. Over the last few days the fishing pressure has been very light but anglers have reported getting into some fresh fish in the lower end of the river as well as holdover fish in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. Some days the bite has been better then others and some days you work harder than others, but the important thing is that we have fish. For those anglers who are fly fishing egg patterns and nymphs continue to produce on a daily basis. For those anglers who are float fishing egg sacs and trout beads continue to be very productive.
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
Well, the serenity of yesterday morning broke into a light snowfall in the afternoon and once again the fishing was reported to be good. Most of the day’s catch was fresh steelhead with a few good size brown trout in the mix. Pink worms, beads, and peaking cadis patterns size 14-16 worked well. With temperatures forecasted above freezing over the weekend, the run should be fishable as it has been all week.
Oneida Lake report:
There are reports of about 2-6 inches of ice in the Big Bay area. With these up and down temperatures, conditions can change quickly so please be very cautious if you decide to venture out.
Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
There is ice on the north pond – about 4 to 6 inches. There are a few areas that are spotty that may not be noticeable in the dark so venturing out at night is not advisable. Check the ice often. With the temperatures varying so much, conditions can change rather quickly.
Winter Trail Report:
According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
With heavy rain and warm temperatures overnight, any new snow we received yesterday is now gone. Woods trails are wet and muddy.
According to the Mexico Trail Riders Snowmobile Club:
Trails are closed.
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We have had three inches of snow in the last couple of days but also had some rain. Look for a wet snow/wet granular surface with 3-11 inches on the trails and 12-20 inches through the woods.