Fishing Reports for January 9, 2013

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

Oswego River report:
The water flow has been running between 8,000-11,000cfs with this morning’s flow at an even 11,000cfs. There has not been much activity on the river this week with the bitter cold temperatures and wind chills. We did dodge much of the snowfall although we did receive 6 or 7 inches overnight last night. The weather will improve greatly as we head toward the weekend with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. This flow makes some areas along the river unfishable but behind the hotels would be a good spot to try. 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.

Pulaski area/Salmon River report:

According to Whitaker’s Sport Shop and Motel:
Wednesday was another cold day. We started out in the single digits but the temperature did reach into the upper teens in the afternoon. Today the temperature will improve and mild conditions are expected for the upcoming weekend. Yesterday anglers reported getting into fish in the upper end of the river between Altmar and Pineville. The water flow is running at 1500cfs through this evening.

According to Douglaston Salmon Run:
With the weather, the activity on the river has been light. Sunshine offered a welcome respite on Wednesday from the cloudy skies we’ve been experiencing lately, although temperatures still remained near 0 degrees with the wind chill. The forecast for the next few days shows a warming trend through the weekend.

Oneida Lake report:
Although conditions have been difficult this week with the bitter cold and wind, some good ice fishing days are coming. We did manage to miss the lake effect snow over the last couple of days that hit the eastern end of the lake so hard. Many areas along the lake have 8-10 inches of ice. Walleye are being taken in about 20 feet of water along with some perch. Crappies and blue gills are active in the Big Bay area. Temperatures are expected to be in the 40s (near 50 on Saturday) for the weekend. As always use caution as you venture out.

Sandy Pond report:
According to Dave Wood of Woody’s Tackle:
This has been ice building weather as we now have a foot of ice on much of the pond. North of us received the brunt of the lake effect so there is not much snow on Sandy Pond. The temperatures will moderate into the 30s making for a great ice fishing weekend. Although the perch bite has been a bit slow, hopefully this warm up will spark some activity. The northern pike bite has been decent. Buckeye and fathead minnows are working for perch with large shiners suggested for pike.

Winter Trail Reports

Cross Country Skiing:
According to Hugh Quinn of the Osceola Tug Hill Ski Club:
One more inch of fresh snow on a 15 inch base plus or minus. Thee noon forecast of 28 and cloudy will make for nice skiing today. It looks to be rainy for Saturday with low 30’s and cloudy for Sunday. Our season total is 148 inches.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
Ski trails are groomed and tracked out to event loop, and including event loop. As you can imagine, conditions are incredible. With the warm-up and rain this weekend, I will not be grooming again until the cold weather comes back.

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According to the Pulaski/Boylston Snowmobile Club:
The Boylston area has a very good base with a marginal amount of snow in Pulaski. On Wednesday we groomed C5A trail from groomer barn to Redfield turn around at top of Little John Road. The lower trail was very windblown and not much new snow, but up in Boylston 18 – 24 ” of new snow. That area turned out very well. Groomer was out Thursday on secondary trails in Boylston.

According to the Redfield Sno-Rec Club:
Sunday and Monday’s warmth and rain set us back a little and opened up some water holes. As of Wednesday we had only received about 5″ of new snow this week as the major band stayed further north. Grooming has and will continue as conditions allow. Trails are currently in good shape, but the predicted warm up and rain expected this weekend may change the trail conditions.

According to the Winona Forest Recreation Association:
Excellent conditions as of today. Rain is forecast for Saturday after which we will not groom until temperatures drop again.

According to the Fulton Area Snow Travelers:
TRAILS ARE CLOSED once again due to the steady rain and warm temperature of Sunday night into Monday morning (1/5 – 1/6). There is no remaining base left to ride although the new snow we picked up this week would fool you. With temperatures expected to hit 50 and more rain expected on Saturday (1/11) you will have to look elsewhere for riding.