dates are available for the 2014 trib
season. There's lots of good fishing for steelhead
and brown trout ahead! Stay at the Licorice Lodge in the heart of the fishing
action! Fall 2014 reservations now being taken.
Oak Orchard Pen Rearing Association received approx 25,000 steelhead placed in
the Oak Orchard River Apr 19, 2013. Approx 105,000 King salmon will be delivered
shortly to be placed in net pens for a few weeks and hopeful imprinting on the
Oak Orchard River. Those numbers represent just some of the total number of trout
and salmon stocked here in Orleans County annually. Many thanks to Bob Songin
and other local stakeholders for their efforts of securing, feeding and monitoring
the fish. More tributary anglers are invited in 2013 to help with feeding the
fish and cleaning the pens. Contact us for how and where to help out.
Sportsmen Archer's Club Fly Fishing Only Catch and Release Contest will
be held Oct 15 - 17, 2014. Everyone is sure to enjoy the great hospitality and
comradorie of the Archer's Club and experience some real good fishing. Their
cooperation with out of the area fishermen is truly above board and greatly appreciated
by all. Please contact us or see the Club for registration.
Fly Fishing Class Sat, March 22, 2014. Join
our great instructors NYSLOG Paul Jacob from Reel Action Fly Fishing and Capt.
Jason Franz from Trout 'n' About and RonB aka the Licorice Man. An informative
and fun filled day where we can help shorten the learning curve for you. Lunch
is provided. Call or email for more info and pre-registration!
to Point Breeze/Oak Orchard being named #1 Ultimate 2013 Fishing Town in the US
by the World Fishing Network (WFN). First place means a $25,000 grant for community/area
NR fishing licenses now reduced to $10 one day, $31 seven
day and $50 season. The license period is one year from date of purchase for season
licenses. Season licenses purchased previously are good till the end of Sept 2014.
We are set up with the new NYS license system and appreciate the opportunity to
provide your fishing license. Help us defray new computer costs since NYS does
not provide equipment any longer to sell their fishing licenses!
fishing at the Waterport dam are reminded to follow all site rules and warnings,
to not go beyond or wade past restricted areas and to obey all instructions from
site or security personnel. Those few who might choose to not obey site rules
could jeopordize the good and respectful actions of most anglers who enjoy access
for fishing provided by Brookfield Renewable Power on their privately held lands.
WINTER SALE! Thanks to cold weather hanging in thru Jan and Feb, we would like
to pass on some great savings so you can have some sweet gear for the steelhead
action coming soon. You can take the following discounts on rods or reels or combos
or jacs or packs or waders. Watch for Big Tackle Sale page update or just contact
us for what's available.
reg price $100 - 200 take 5% off
reg price $201
- 300 take 10% off
reg price $301 - 400 take 15% off
reg price $401+
you take 20% off
Flows today in the OOrchard are med and mostly clear. There was some
water level fluctuations yesterday thanks to hydropower operations so while flows
retreated temporarily there was some new bank and downstream ice that formed.
Flows will likely continue to drop and clear slowly until there is some run-off
from a warm-up and snowmelt. Steelhead were probably pooled up thru yesterday
and should likely be distributed back thru the river on new migrations again today.
The few anglers out on the OOrchard on the previous high and good flows were into
some fresh fish, expect a little tougher action now on the cold and lowering and
clearing med flows. The other area small tribs have low - mod and mostly clear
and frozen in flows. Don't forget to check out our expanded Winter Sale, call
or check in for details and product availability.
The Niagara Frontier is getting some LESnow thru last night and today
adding to accummulations of about 1 foot+ of wet snow. Future snowmelt will mean
more good and high water flows for steelhead migrations. Flows for now are med
and just slightly stained in the OOrchard. Flows will likely continue to drop
slowly and clear up till the next melt-off. Weather conditions so far anyway look
like steelhead chances should last well into the spring, meanwhile with pretty
good opportunities for fresh fish now on the backside of previous higher flows
of couple weeks ago. Fishing pressure over-all is light with guys on the OOrchard
and some back out on the Genesee. Niagara River drift fishing is reported good
too with multi specie hook-up chances. The other area smaller tribs are still
locked up with ice especially in their downstream reaches. A prolonged warm-up
or blow out will be needed to open up those waterways.
Nice fishable conditions continue on the OOrchard under something like
med - slightly high and clearing flows. Light fishing pressure so far this week
on cold temps hanging on. Temps are forecast to be more seasonable thru the end
of week and weekend. Flows are wide open to fish on the OOrchard, there is some
bank ice and some of the downstream slow water is trying to close back in some.
The other area smaller tribs have low - mod and clear and mostly frozen flows.
Fresh fish chances on the OOrchard underway since about end of Feb continue for
the begin of Mar, check out the latest catch pics below. Reports indicate a good
fishable window on the Genny again. Anglers waiting could be taking the classic
steelhead risk of waiting for better conditions when its pretty good right now...
Next quick warm-up may bring high or blown or dirty water for how long and then
what will be fishable?! A gradual warm-up could keep something close to high and
stained but fishable flows but that will delay action on those smaller waterways
locked in pretty good with ice. Check out the expanded Winter Sale above.
Flows in the OOrchard are getting clearer with approx 3 feet of viz and
med - slightly high flows. By steelhead standards pretty good conditions for fresh
fish opportunities thru most of the rivercourse. Fish aren't terribly aggressive
thanks to cold water temps, but good drifts are rewarding anglers with some nice
females and a few smaller male steelhead. Most anglers thru the past weekend had
good action with still relatively light fishing pressure. Flows will likely be
on a continued slow retreat thru this week with cold weather hanging in. The other
area smaller tribs have mod and clear and still mostly frozen flows. There may
be some renewed icing or slushing in those waterways. Upstream fast water reaches
may be open to fish. The area received nearly 6 more inches of snow thru the past
weekend adding to accummulated totals meaning good or higher flows with the next
warm-up. Temps are forecast cold thru the week with a gradual warm-up toward the
end of the week and weekend. No impacts on the Niagara Frontier from this week's
Flows are retreating some to med - slightly high with 3 feet of slightly
stained viz in the OOrchard. Nice fishable flows for fresh steelhead migrations
and fishing pressure to spread out thru the whole river. Slight warm-up today,
Sat, may bring a few guys out, and then temps are forecast to cool down again.
Chance of snow showers tonight with no significant accummulations forecast for
the Niagara Frontier from the mid-Atlantic storm begin of the next week. No big
change in ice conditions in the smaller waterways, a few open water areas upstream
in fast water spots with med flows and mostly clear water color. Check out pics
below for fresh steelhead chances now on the back side of previous higher flows.
Flows in the OOrchard are hanging in at slightly high with about 2 -
3 feet of viz. Flows consist of what looks like nearly full bore turbine water
and diminished overflow water. Good upstream supplies are keeping flows up and
there may be a retreat toward med with the cold weather hanging on. Flows are
real good for fresh steelhead migrations with the chance for fish to be spread
anywhere thru the river. Fishing pressure is pretty light with good action at
the dam and some fresh fish hooked downstream. Any style of drift - fly, spin
or float will require getting drifts deep and slowed down some for best hook-up
chances. Cold weather is forecast to hang in thru next week with a slight moderation
this begin part of the weekend. Major snowfall from any storms should be mostly
south of the area. The other area smaller tribs have med flows with still lots
of ice cover and ice jams especially in downstream areas. Upstream fast water
areas may have some open areas.
Flows in the OOrchard are retreating slowly to slightly high with diminished
overflow water and 2 - 3 feet of viz. By steelhead standards the flow conditions
are real good and some fresh steelhead are being hooked-up. Watch for new fish
pics posted soon. Flows will likely stay up some with a retreat toward med flows
toward the weekend. The existing good water color is uncommon for as high as the
flows actually are. Weather is not necessarily cooperating, but anglers willing
to get out in the cold temps should find some fresh steelhead migrations and re-energized
darker fish from earlier Jan migrations. The other area smaller tribs have med
flows with slightly stained water color. Those waterways began to open up with
the previous warm-up and there is still rivermouth and downstream ice and ice
jams. No great obvious push yet for spawning fish thanks to the weather, but any
new warm-up will likely move some fish to gravel spots relatively quickly.
Flows are high in the OOrchard with what looks like full bore turbine
water and diminished overflow water. Viz is slightly stained at about 2 feet.
The other area smaller tribs have med - slightly high and dropping flows with
slightly stained viz. Upstream fast water areas are mostly ice free with still
downstream and trib mouth ice cover. There shouldn't be any new significant icing,
but there could be some slushing and bank ice. Flows in the OOrchard are open
to fish. The few anglers out on the OOrchard are getting good numbers of hook-ups
at the dam and as flows retreat the other downstream drifts will become more productive.
Whatever method - fly, spin or float will require getting drifts deep and slowed
down some for hook-up chances in the cold flows. Temps are forecasted cold thru
the week with a slight moderation for the weekend.
Flows in the OOrchard are high with 1 - 2 feet of viz. Flows consist
of lots of turbine water and diminishing overflow water. Turbine flows should
stay up thru the week and then begin to drop and clear some as another batch of
cold weather settles in. The whole streamcourse below the dam to the downstream
slow water area is open to fish. Anglers are getting good numbers of steelhead
hook-ups at the dam. Downstream drifts are still cranking pretty good, and anglers
are getting a few hook-ups on fresh fish with deep and slow drifts. Water temps
are cold at 32 point something, but fresh fish are likely moving upstream given
the already late Feb time frame. The other area smaller tribs have high and dirty
flows that are back on the retreat. Mid and upstream streamcourses in those tribs
are opening up but there is still lots of downstream ice. Another warm-up will
be needed to completely open up all the tribs and push more fish thru downstream
ice jams in the smaller waterways.
Thanks to the previous warm temps and rain and snowmelt and runoff,
flows in the OOrchard are high and stained with approx 2 - 3 feet of viz. Flows
consist of lots of turbine water and some overflow water. Temps are retreating
so overflow levels will likely diminish even as water color may continue to go
more off color. The other area smaller tribs have high and dirty flows and have
not completely opened up with still lots of ice jams and ice cover. Anglers today,
Sat, are working the turbine channel at the dam and there are a few guys downstream
thru the rest of the river. Drifts down and a little slow should have the chance
for some some fresh steelhead hookups as long as reasonable viz holds on.
The area received some rain thru last night and this morning of about
an inch with some above freezing temps. Temps are in the high 30's F now and then
forecasted to cool back down below freezing thru the end of the weekend. Flows
in all the area tribs are on the rise and going off color some. Thanks to a slow
snowmelt with the snow absorbing some of the rain and the return to colder temps,
it looks like flows may stop short of blowing out. Flows in the smaller tribs
are going toward high and mostly overtopping any ice with most of the in-stream
ice still in place. Flows in the OOrchard for now are mod and slightly stained
consisting of turbine water. Flows will likely continue to rise and go more off
color over the next couple days with the chance for overflow water. All of the
typical fishable spots are open and the bank and downstream slow water area ice
is beginning to go away. Anglers are now spreading out back thru the streamcourse
with the good chance to encounter some fresh steelhead migrations. Be aware of
ice and debris being moved downstream on any rising flows.
The forecasted warm-up today and thru Sat with rain and snowmelt should
bring trib flows up some and begin to open up the smaller waterways. Thru tomorrow
and Sat we should have a better handle on flow and fishable conditions. For now,
Thu, there is no big changes and in-fact temps are still around freezing. Over
the next few days look for something like a high rise in flows in the OOrchard
and an open upstream waterway with the smaller tribs opening up some but more
then likely just moving around some ice and ice jams.
you have to get out and fish. Come experience great fishing as it takes place
instead of solely relying and waiting on internet reports. Anglers who find the
best fishing often anticipate when the right conditions will come together. Internet
bragging seems a lot less prevelant then it was a few years ago, and our reports
tend to be even keeled - not reporting fish numbers great enough that they would
be jumping in your waders - even if they were! Good water flows will be
the biggest factor for trout and salmon migrations in the Oak Orchard River and
in the area smaller tribs and pushing them upstream. Weather is the biggest
factor for angler migrations and bringing more fishermen out and about. There
have been some exceptional fish caught this trib season, just check out the pics
below and in the archives. Come on out and get in on some trophy action this fall,
winter and spring and add to the photo collection!
What does the Oak
Orchard River, Lake Ontario and WNY offer? The chance to fish from your own two
feet for trout and salmon you measure in pounds, not inches, for 7 - 9 months
depending upon weather and water conditions. Recent economic conditions may make
it more difficult for a fishing trip, but a trip here to the Oak Orchard River
and WNY to fish for World Class trout and salmon is still easily the best bargain
in trophy fishing. The working man's big trout and salmon trip is still
here, and it's not even a contest compared to the other exotic, far off angling
destinations. We believe our web reports are the straightest poop by far about
Oak Orchard and most WNY conditions. We are living and experiencing all the fishing
action directly or thru trusted reports of other die hard anglers as it happens.
So how do you know if trophy trout and salmon will be catchable upon your travels
to the Oak Orchard and WNY area? All the best web info, bulletin boards, angler
skill and top notch equipment cannot replace getting out there and actually fishing!
The nuances of fish migrations is an inexact science and we cannot predict the
future. Fish as soon as reasonable conditions allow instead of waiting for supposed
better conditions that may or may not materialize. Be one of the lucky few that
experiences good fishing as it takes place instead of hearing that famous quote,
"you should have been here yesterday!"
Tight lines and