Fishing Reports for January 3, 2013

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

Oswego River report:
After running at 14,000cfs earlier in the week, the water flow is down to 7,400cfs this morning. This makes more areas along the river fishable. Driftboats are active on the river again although very cold temperatures over the next few days may cause some ice conditions. 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.

According to Capt. Kevin Davis of Catch the Drift:

We were able to get back on the water this past weekend. Saturday, even with the high, colored water, we picked at them in every spot. Sunday was a tough bite but we did manage to get a young angler his first steelhead and a little more action throughout the trip. Conditions have been a bit rough the last day or so with very cold temperatures, wind and snow.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Over the next couple of days, wide spread snow and very cold temperatures are expected. With the temperature in the single digits during the day and below zero at night, slush ice will be a factor in the mid to lower end of the river. If you are going to fish, the section of river between Altmar and Pineville is your best bet. Egg sacs, beads, single egg patterns and nymphs are suggested baits.

According to Douglaston Salmon Run:
There hasn’t been a lot of activity on the run in the last day or so with the cold temperatures and snow. We have extremely cold temperatures today but the weekend is expected to moderate with 20s to near 30 degrees in the forecast.

According to Salmon Heaven Lodge:
Last weekend we had a good outing with fish caught on floats and flies. There are a lot of fish between Altmar and Pineville. The hot items were an Oregon cheese egg imitation and blue egg sacs under floats. There are a lot of fresh, chrome fish with some darker fish that have been in the river longer mixed in.

Oneida Lake report:
The cold temperatures this week are definitely working in the ice angler’s favor with 6-8 inches of ice in some areas. The coldest temperatures of the season are expected today. The weekend will moderate with temperatures in the 20s to near 30 degrees making for a great ice fishing weekend. Anglers are finding a decent walleye bite in about 20 feet of water and crappie and blue gills are active in the Big Bay area. As always use caution as you venture out.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
We have ice, 6-8 inches, with more ice building daily. Very good conditions are predicted for the weekend as the temperatures will warm into the 20s and we will have plenty of ice. Reports are indicating the perch bite has been a bit slow but northern pike are active.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We received another 3 inches of fresh snow since yesterday. Ski conditions are good with quite soft snow. Everything is skatable, but not as firm as many skaters would like. The cold is the biggest concern today with a noon forecast of -3 degrees. The projected his for Saturday is 23 and clear; Sunday should be near 30 degrees with light snow. Our season total is now at 138 inches.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
With lots of fresh snow for the New Year, the trails are in great condition. They have been groomed and packed with Tucker and then groomed and tracked with Ginzu.

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According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
The groomer ran last night in the Boylston area; Blount Mills Rd., Bice Rd., CCC Rd., also to the top of Little John Rd. on the Beaver Creek Trail (C5A) were done. We were grooming C5A heading up Tucker Rd., when the groomer filled with smoke. Sorry we couldn’t make the rest of C5A as smooth as the upper end is now. Dress warm and ride safely.

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
We received a foot of snow New Year’s Eve along with cold temperatures and continuing light snow over the last couple of days. Conditions have improved with most of the water holes frozen and snow covered. All trails have been groomed in the last 24 hours and regular grooming will continue through the weekend.

According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
Weather wise we have had a lot thrown at us over the last couple of days. The cold has been good for setting up the mud and water but we didn’t receive as much snow as predicted. Around the Mexico area we have about 8-10 inches of snow.