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:
The river has been running between 10,000-12,000cfs for the last few days. This morning it is at 10,500cfs. 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. Driftboat anglers are active in the river with some nice catches being reported. 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 Tuesday we had scattered lake effect snow showers and the temperature reached 30 degrees. The fishing pressure was lite and we spoke with very few anglers. The anglers we spoke with reported getting into fish in the upper end of the river in Altmar and in the lower end of the river at the DSR. We have fish spread out in the river from top to bottom with the deeper pools holding the most fish. Most productive techniques have been bottom bouncing with eggs or nymphs, egg patterns or nymphs under a strike indicator, marabou spey flies on the swing and float fishing with egg sacs, trout beads or pink worms.
According to the Douglaston Salmon Run:
I spoke to a few anglers that did very well Tuesday and Wednesday in the Meadow, Upper Clay and Spring Hole. They were using 10mm glo roe beads and white egg sacs under floats.
Oneida Lake report
The activity on Oneida Lake continues but reportedly was a bit slower the last few days. Bluegills, crappies and pumkinseeds are being taken in Big Bay. Anglers are reporting some walleye action in the Constantia area. As always, use extreme caution and check the ice frequently if you venture out as ice thickness varies.
Sandy Pond report:
We did lose a little ice during the warmer temperatures last weekend. There is about 4-5 inches of good hard ice right now with very little snow on top. With these conditions, ATVs and snowmobiles are not recommended on the ice. Anglers are reporting a very good bite with minnows working for perch, spikes and wax worms for panfish, and shiners for pike.
Winter Trail report:
Cross-Country Skiing report:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
With about 24 inches of snow in the last 3 days we have gone from dismal back to mid season conditions. The 10 day forcast has snow off and on and no temperatures above 32 degrees. The trails are groomed and tracks are set. The trails have a 6-9 inch base with 18-26 inches through the woods.
According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
We have received 10 inches of new snow in the last two days with more possible for the weekend. Conditions are getting better but we still need more for the woods trails to get them into good shape. The groomer is being repaired but it is likely that we will at least roll the trails in the next day or two.
According to the Mexico Trail Riders:
We’ve gotten another foot in the past 24 hours of heavy snow. Trails are open, but the groomers are not out…. yet. I guess we’re waiting to get the snow packed down by sleds before they go. Watch the known wet spots, as these are early season conditions.
According to the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club:
We have approximately 4 inches of soft snow with no base in and around the Pulaski area. There are also a few open water holes after last weekends thaw. Riding is not advised at this time. Conditions in Boylston, Winona, and Littlejohn area: Snow depth is about 1 foot but very light and fluffy with no base. Wooded trails in this area are still too lean to groom. Seasonal roads are fair but also lack base. Groomer will be out today in this area to see what they can do with the snow that is there. Ride with care as there are likely obstacles exposed that normally have a few feet over them by this time in a normal year.
According to the Redfield Snowmobile and Recreation Club:
Both groomers hit the trails yesterday packing and trying to build a base. North to Salmon River was done as was south toward Florence. Expect early season conditions.
According to the Square Valley Trail Blazers:
All trails are open. Two groomers went from Central Square to the Gristmill; Gristmill to Happy Valley still setting up…may be groomed Friday night or Saturday.