dates are available for 2016 - 2017 trib
season. There's lots of good fishing for salmon, steelhead
and brown trout ahead! Stay at the shop Licorice Lodge in the heart of the OOrchard
fishing action! OR new lodging available at our well appointed private
ground floor Garage Lodge located just 5 miles east on Route 18, convienent to
Sandy Creek. Call ASAP for reservations!
Oak Orchard Pen Rearing Association received approx 15,000 steelhead placed in
net pens in the OOrchard Apr 2016. Approx 106,000 King salmon where placed
in the net pens for hopeful imprinting on the OOrchard. These numbers represent
just some of the total number of salmonids stocked here in Orleans County annually.
Many thanks to local stakeholders for their efforts of securing, feeding and monitoring
the fish. More tributary anglers are invited to help with feeding the fish and
cleaning the pens. Contact us for how and where to help out in 2017. Be sure you
contact NYSDEC with comments on the cormorant situation and the impacts on the
young stocked salmonids.
Sportsmen Archer's Club Fly Fishing Only Catch and Release Contest will
be held Oct 19, 20, 21 - 2016. Everyone always enjoys the great hospitality and
comradorie of the Archer's Club and will experience some 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. This quote from
the Archers Club - "The access to the Archer's Club to fish 2016 spring fishing
- park at the top of hill and walk down to fish. Fall fishing, parking and breakfast/lunch
will start the first week of Oct and run thru Veterans Day. After that fishermaen
can park at the top of the hill and walk down." All non club members
are reminded to act as courteous and responsible guests on the private bankside
lands of the Archer's Club so that we may all enjoy the fishing access there now
and in the future.
encourage all users to follow the site rules for access and fishing on the Brookfield
Power Company lands. We cannot speak for the power company or interpret their
site rules. We have a map posted outside the shop door highlighting the PFD
zone just downstream of the dam and on the overflow channel on the OOrchard. We
can also forward you a copy of the Brookfield Power Company brochure highlighting
that area if you provide us your email. For specific questions about the Waterport
dam site rules you can email Inquiries@Brookfieldrenewable.com. We continue
to lobby for better water access on the far side or west side of the Waterport
dam hydro pool and we encourage you to do the same with Brookfield, NYSDEC and/or
Orleans County Tourism.
Outdoor has changed it's name to Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge. Check
out our new sign and logo in current fish pics below. Watch for other changes
soon like our new website. We'd like to go live with that this fall/winter with
more upgrades after that! We look forward to another nearly 20 years as WNY's
longest running speciality trout and salmon tributary fly, spin and float shop!
of Summer Sale... Ask
about savings of 20% plus on big ticket stuff like rods and reels and combos and
waders and jacs, etc... we'd like to move out some overstock 2015 gear in preparation
for fall 2016! Sale lasts only thru Sept for great savings for you!
lodging dates at the shop and new lodge are still available. Call 585 682 4546
ASAP for a reservation.
17 thru 30.
1 - 4, 2 rooms. Oct 5 - 6, whole lodge. Oct 9 -10, whole lodge. Oct 19 - 20, whole
lodge. Oct 29 - 30, 1 room.
Nov 2, 1 room. Nov 6 - 8, 2 rooms. Nov 9 -
10, 1 room. Nov 13, 1 room. Nov 14, 2 rooms. Nov 15, 1 room. Nov 16, 2 rooms.
Nov 17 - 18, 2 rooms. Nov 19, 1 room. Nov 20 - 25, 2 rooms. Nov 26 and forward
lodge available Oct 1 - 7. Oct 11 - 12. Oct 27. Oct 30. Nov 13 - 15. Nov 20 -
Looks like things should start to happen in earnest now with a nice
temp cool down and cool east winds off big Lake O that started Fri. Even with
the previous weeks hot and blue bird calm weather the salmon were showing up around
the Rivermouth. Check out the current fish pics below. So far not really a lot
of guys out and next to no one in the upstream fast water reaches. Angling pressure
should pick up now as more guys target the Rivermouth and lower/middle river areas.
We haven't seen yet many fish boiling around the say those middle river spots
like the Bridges, but this cool down should put some fish there. We'll have to
wait and see if they stage there much or continue quickly upriver. As far as the
timing of migrations, the hot and dry summer seems to have delayed things so far.
Hopefully we can have some seasonally cool and wet weather this fall. There has
been some action too on the area smaller tribs mostly in the estuary or rivermouth
areas for salmon and that action should get better with this cool down. Lots of
upstream weeds still but a few fish could be sneaking upstream with the benefit
of off and on Erie Canal releases.
may yet be some time to go by before there is any consistent upstream fast water
action, but you can get in on some of the best fighting and hardest hitting and
freshest salmon of the season right now - so check in with us now for some of
that conventional gear and then later on we can help you with the fly, float or
spin drift gear too. We can arrange an OORchard small boat casting or trolling
trip now for Sep or Oct with Capt Oravec so let us now. We are on everyday operating
hours now for the fall, winter and spring and putting the shop together with some
great new tackle and flies and gear and t-shirts and more orders yet! We appreciate
any help you can give with tackle and licenses and gear, etc so that we can continue
to provide this blog report and continue to lobby for the tributary salmonid resource
on stakeholder groups and with NYSDEC and County interests.
so much for the no 80 degree forecast... There's more unseasonable warm weather
forecast thru today and tomorrow. Cooler forecast after that and this weekend.
Even with the warm weather continuing and mostly clear water and calm Lake conditions
(neither good to encourage salmon movement on shore), the Rivermouth and pier
action is fairly consistent with some fish hooked each morning or evening or at
night. Reports of just a handful of fish all the way to the dam and likewise a
few fish seen boiling around the mid river staging spots like at the Bridges.
Land lubber casters, small boat casters and small boat trollers are in on the
action now, check out the egg laden female that Wayne scored at the Rivermouth
today in fish pics below posted soon. He got 2 other fish and more bites too.
We are resuming everyday operating hours on Thu or Fri this week and remember
all those calling that you have to leave a message so that we can help you out.
All messages are returned same day.
Well with a gloomy and rainy AM to start today, Sat, there was not
surprisingly some of the first consistent action at the Rivermouth with a few
hook-ups and some salmon seen boiling around. Some trollers were also in shore
close to the Rivermouth. Some more precip is forecasted and with continued cool
weather a few fish might push into the river at least to the mid river staging
of a few salmon being hooked up from the OOrchard pierheads. Just the start to
the action, so look for it to get better as the cool (or wetter)weather becomes
more consistent. Still the warm and dry weather is the biggest hold-up yet for
any serious upstream salmon migrations. Some years with cooler weather we'd have
been into at least Rivermouth action for a couple weeks, so this year is a little
slower to start. Most charters are still off shore some but some civilians are
in closer around the Rivermouth and are getting a few trolling bites in the low
light periods. This weekend forecast has the chance for showers and at least I
see no 80's for high temps forecasted thru next week. We know of no serious upstream
fast water action yet, water temps are likely still in the 70's F. We know of
no serious staging action yet in the mid river holes say around the Bridges area.
When they are holding there they reveal themselves usually by boiling around.
There is the reported start of some Salmon River action, so the OOrchard being
lower gradient and warmer will be somewhat behind. Other area small tribs are
low but at least at times there may be some Erie Canal water being passed thru
tribs to the east and that could be a draw for early fish. Look for plenty o weeds
tho until it gets colder and they flush out from higher water.
No great consistent cool down yet, but the days are shorter and the
nites are cool so water temps are easing down. Some big Lake O trollers are moving
closer inshore and a few have made some passes right outside the Rivermouth. This
weekends forecasted weather with winds and precip and rain could move some fish
in closer or put some actually in the river. A few guys are hitting the pierheads
and we have reports of a few salmon being hooked up. Lots of inquiries about this
angler getting out there, but I've been pretty busy and I still have alternate
summer employment to wrap up. I'm not sure how much time I'll have for early salmon
action, so anglers not seeing my first salmon pic shouldn't take that as there
being no action yet. Next weeks forecast looks cool and that would be a good thing.
No doubt we will have fits and starts of the cool and wetter weather coming. Stay
tuned and get ready or better yet get out there!
It surely has been hot and dry this summer, but that may not be such
a bad thing as the big Lake O resets after a couple of years of exceptional cold.
So this summer's hot weather and last winter's warmer weather may add up to more
"normal" temp set-ups and migration patterns for trout and salmon. I'm
hopeful we'll see some "more normal" Rivermouth staging by salmon that
seemed spotty the last couple years. Just recently too for Aug we are seeing some
precip here on the WNY Lake O plains so that bodes well for trib flows. Hopefully
we can continue a wet trend thru this fall, winter and spring. Big Lake O trollers
have done pretty well thru the early and mid summer this year boating some nice
Kings. The numbers seem to be there so we should see good returns in the OOrchard
this fall. All that good King action takes some pressure off steelhead and browns
getting creeled so that also is a positive thing. This angler did better this
past spring then 2015 for Lakeshore brown trout hook-ups and that usually translates
to good fall trib action. Looking ahead for the future of the big Lake O fishery
there are still some challenges and concerns over baitfish populations and more
specifically select YOY alewife classes. This angler is part of of a NYS and Canadian
LOC stakeholder group where the baitfish situation is being discussed so I'll
continue to lobby for the best interests of tributary anglers as it relates to
a continued thriving and world class Lake O salmonid fishery. Stay tuned!
you still 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
and the calendar is the biggest factor for angling pressure and bringing more
fishermen out or keeping them indoors. There are always some exceptional fish
caught in the 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, the Lakeshore and other WNY tribs 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. A trip 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 smooth drags!