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:
According to Capt. Troy Creasy of High Adventure Sportfishing:
The river has been running over 10,000cfs for the last few days. This morning it is at 11,800cfs. This makes many areas along the river unfishable. Areas such as the kiddie pool, lock 7 and the harbor are suggested. Brown trout and steelhead continue to be active with white bucktail jigs and pink and charteuse egg sacs under floats working well. Please use extreme caution along the river and personal flotation devices are highly recommended.
Salmon River report:
According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
On Monday we had scattered lake effect snow showers and we picked up 6 inches of new snow. Very few anglers were on the water and anglers we spoke with who fished in Altmar reported having a slow day. Anglers who fished the lower end of the river reported getting into a mix of bright and colored up fish between RT2A and the DSR. We have fish spread out in the river from top to bottom with the deeper pools holding the most fish.
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
The warm temperatures are over and the river is stabilizing. We have a lot of fish in the river and anglers reported some great catches over the holiday vacation.
Oneida Lake report
Anglers are reporting activity with bluegills and crappies along with pumkinseeds in Big Bay. The ice thickness reportedly is ranging between 4-6 inches. As always, use extreme caution when ice fishing particularly early in the season when conditions can vary and check the ice frequently if you venture out.
Sandy Pond report:
With the cold temperatures returning, we should hold on to the 5-6 inches of ice on the pond. Anglers are reporting a very good perch bite although some small fish are being reported. Renshaw Bay is also producing some nice blue gills. Small minnows and spikes are suggested baits.
Winter Trail report:
Cross-Country Skiing report:
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
We had temperatures in the mid 40’s for Friday and mid 50’s all day Saturday so that melted most of our snowpack. The main trails did make it through without going totally bare in most locations. This was a big loss and we are basically starting all over again with snow that we may get this week.
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
We have received several inches of new snow in the past 48 hours. The trails are groomed and tracks are set. The trails have a 3-6 inch base with 12-16 inches through the woods.
According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
The Mexico area received about a foot of packable snow over the weekend. Maybe we can start over and make a base out of it. Watch out for the wet spots, rocks, stumps and other things we encounter early in the season. Go easy and leave some snow in the trail for the rider behind you.
According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Club:
We lost all of our base as of New Year’s eve. We did receive 6 inches of new fluffy snow on Monday but water holes are open and there is no base. Early season conditions apply.