Fishing Reports for January 29, 2015

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

Oswego River report:
According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:
Although we haven’t had much snow, the cold has stayed with us. Our clients braved the temperatures early in the week and were rewarded with constant action the entire trip. Steelhead, rainbows and brown trout were all active. An easy Catch the Drift Double Digit Day plus. The water flow has been up and down some the last few days running as high as 5,500cfs and as low as 2,800cfs. This morning it is running at 4,160cfs.
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. 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 Whitaker’s Sport Shop & Motel:
Over the last couple of days very few anglers have been fishing and most people seem to be waiting for a break in the weather. When the temperature is in the teens and single digits, slush ice becomes a factor in the lower end of the river, but will clear if it gets warm enough. The upper end of the river in Altmar has not been getting slush ice and is where most anglers are fishing on a daily basis. With the recent cold temperatures most anglers have been fishing late morning through early afternoon which has been the warmest part of the day.

Oneida Lake report:
We are expecting cold temperatures along with 15-20 mph winds this weekend and this will make for tough conditions. There is plenty of ice, 10-12” in most areas but there are some pressure cracks that have caused issues on the lake. Please use caution. Reports have indicated some action in about 28-32 foot of water. A good number of perch and some walleye were taken. Some short walleye were reported but a few nice keepers were in the mix.

Sandy Pond report:
With daytime temperatures in the teens and low 20s for the next several days, we should add to the ice depth. We currently have 12-14 inches of ice with not a lot of snow cover. There has been a decent pike bite but the perch activity has been rather slow. Look for some panfish activity near Greene Point. Suggested baits are small minnows, spikes and wax worms on a jig for panfish and large shiners on a tip-up for northern pike.

Winter Trail Report

Cross Country Skiing:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
While some blade work and packing took place on the event loop yesterday, the next grooming/track setting on main ski trails is planned for today on the back side of some new snow.

According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
Our noon forecast is for 18 degrees, snow flurries and temperatures dropping during the day with 12-18 mph winds. High temperatures this weekend will be in the low teens. We received 6 inches of new snow last night for packed powder ski conditions on a 16+ inch base.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
There were a few inches of new snow in the area last night. S52 was groomed from Mexico to Kipp Road in Parish yesterday and the swamps are frozen solid.

According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
There was new snow overnight, 1 – 3″, on our trail system. This snow has some moisture in it and should pack well. This much needed snow will help fill and cover the trail to build a deeper base. Groomers will be out on the lower trails today and will work on the hill trails early Saturday morning. There should be some very nice riding over the weekend. So get out and ride, watch out for the groomers.

According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Association:
We received about 4″ of new snow overnight. Things are still icy underneath, but new snow has definitely improved conditions. Regular grooming is scheduled through the weekend. Caution Logging – We have logging going on in 2 locations on our trails: C4K (Florence trail) for about the last mile before the bridge where we meet TC riders. Also S43 (Kay Rd trail) near the club trail 503 junction to Salmon Hills. Use caution in these areas and be alert for possible stumps, equipment, branches, on or near the trail.