dates are available for the 2013/2014
trib season. There's lots of good fishing for salmon,
steelhead and brown trout ahead! Stay at the Licorice Lodge in the heart of the
dates are still available...
Dec 07 - 2
rooms. Dec 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 - 1 room open. Dec 13 and forward open.
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 16 - 18, 2013. 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 was held Sat, March 16, 2013. Students
where helped by 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. Come
join us in 2014 for 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
April 29, 2012, Sunday, LOTAC (Lake Ontario Tributary Anglers Council) and Orleans
Outdoor sponsored an Oak Orchard River clean-up and streamco willow tree planting
along the river downstream from the Waterport Dam to the Park Ave Fishing Trail.
After a hard days work shouldered primarily by the unselfish LOTAC guys there
was a cookout at the Archer's Club with eats and refreshments provided by Orleans
Outdoor. Thanks again for all who helped and gave something back to the Oak Orchard.
Watch for spring 2013 stream clean-up dates.
Hojack Bar and Grill now open. Patrons can find great food and drink
right next door. Try the smoked wings! Plans seem to be to return that restuarant
location to a fair priced and high quality grill and bar that was so successful
some years ago. Anglers can look forward to stopping by this great compliment
to the Orleans Outdoor Licorice Lodge.
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
are on winter operating hours now. We are open everyday at 600AM - till 500PM
weekdays, 600PM Fri and Sat and 100PM Sun.
have one of the biggest inventories of fly, spin, float rods and reels of any
small Great Lakes shop. That gear is specialized and you cannot find the recommendation
or quality set-up at BassPro, Cabelas or WalMart like you can here! Discounts
available on rod/reel combos.
No significant winter weather impacts here on the WNY Niagara Frontier,
the winter weather advisory is for south of the area. Temps are seasonable cold
with highs around 30 F. Still a nice window of fishability for this late fall
time frame with a mix of browns and steelhead being caught. There are some fresh,
spawning and post spawn browns all in the mix. Flows were back up some in the
smaller tribs, but should be back on the drop now with the chance for some icing
with any cold weather hanging in. Flows in the OOrchard are lower then previous
dewatering of the Erie Canal but still at a nice fishable level with just a slight
stain to the water. Flows will likely be on the drop and going toward clear. Anglers
putting in something like a day or half day effort will find the bite turning
on and off some for the chance at a few hook-ups.
Another warm day today and then a forecasted seasonable cool down for
the weekend. There are no forecasted significant impacts here on the WNY Niagara
Frontier from the winter storm coming from the west. Flows
are hanging in at a med level in the OOrchard with just a little stain to the
water and are going toward clear. Browns and steelhead are being caught with a
reported bit of a slower day yesterday, Wed. The other area smaller tribs are
up slightly to med levels and are wide open to fish. In all the waterways there
are a mix of still a few fresh fish, some spawners and some post spawn fish. Fishing
pressure seems pretty light overall.
Temps are forecasted near 50 F today and tomorrow and then seasonable
cool for the weekend. For now the fishing pressure remains light, although the
agreeable weather and water flows may bring a few more guys out. Flows in the
OOrchard are mod - med and slightly stained while flows in the smaller area tribs
are med. Everything should be open to fish without any significant icing. The
action for browns and steelhead is good, egg laden browns are still being caught
and there is the chance for gullible and hungry post spawn fish. Fish should be
well spread out in those smaller tribs too offering a nice late fall shot at hook-ups
there. Now is the chance to try something beside egg imitations like streamers
or buggers on the slightly warming trib temps for fish that are a little more
aggressive then they will be a month or two from now on 32 point something water
temps. Some wildcard fish are still in the mix like Atlantic salmon and fresh
The winter time drainage water of the Erie Canal is running out so flows
are down some in the OOrchard to mod - med levels and the water color is just
slightly stained. With the area wide few inches of snow slowly melting, flows
should hang in at approx that level thru this week. The other area smaller tribs
should bump up slightly to med levels and be open to fish without any major icing
with forecasted highs in the 40's or near 50 F till the end of the week. Fishing
pressure is pretty light and the action is fair to good for some browns and steelhead.
Look for improving action with any water temp warm-up from the now current chilly
mid 30's F.
It looks like the Erie Canal drainage water is waning some, and so flows
in the OOrhard are down some to mod - med still with a nice stain to the water.
The area few inches of wet snow is melting slowly so that should be good maintainence
for flows to stay at the nice fishable level they are now thru the week. The other
area smaller tribs may bump up some to med and could be moving some ice out thanks
to the forecasted highs around 40 F for the begin and mid part of the week. Reports
thru the past weekend for Sun were pretty good as anglers now are able to get
easier drifts thru most parts of the river. Hook-ups include browns and steelhead
and a few cohos. A real nice window of fishability with reasonable temps, good
flows and fish spread thru the OOrchard and other area smaller waterways.
Flows remain up in the OOrchard it looks like thru the weekend. See
previous report. Anglers have had a somewhat tougher time for hook-ups thru the
previous cold weather the end of the past week. The weekend forecasted warm-up
should perk up the action again. There's no icing in the OOrchard and any icing
in the area smaller tribs with the moderating weekend temps should be manageable.
Deep, slow or checked drifts will prob still be the ticket for brown trout and
steelhead hook-ups although there may be more aggressive fish in the later part
of the day with even a degree or so water temp warm-up.
The fish and fishing action has turned into somewhat of a winter pattern
thanks to the colder weather that has hung on for a few days. Temps are forecast
to moderate some back into highs of 30's F for the upcoming weekend and that should
perk up the action. Even still with the cold weather so far, anglers putting in
a day or so effort will find fish turning on and off and are getting some hook-ups
on good quality browns and steelhead. Flows in the OOrchard are slightly high
- high and slightly stained thanks to Erie Canal winter drainage water. That dewatering
may last at least thru the weekend and maybe thru begin of next week at which
time flows may retreat in the OOrchard. As long as flows dont retreat too much,
there will be easier drifting conditions and more chances for hook-ups for anglers
not used to higher fall flows. A few cohos are still reported in the mix including
some trophies around 20 pounds. Fishing pressure is not that heavy, expect a few
more guys out for the weekend with any reasonable weather. The other area smaller
tribs have mod - med flows and there may be some icing or slushing from cold temps
or snow. The second half of the day will be best on the smaller waterways and
anglers report hook-ups on browns and steelhead. There could be a small bump in
flows when the area few inches of wet snow might melt in a rush or it will be
good for maintenance flows if it melts slowly.
The area received approx 2 - 3 inches of wet snow thru last nite. The
forecast is for seasonable cold weather with highs in the 30's thru the end of
the week. Flows in the OOrchard are still cranking along at slightly high - high
as the Erie Canal continues to drain for the winter season. It looks like the
last half of the drainage water is coming in earnest thru an upstream OOrchard
trib so the last of the dewatering may run out thru the end of this week or weekend.
Over-the-all flows then should be up something like thru the weekend. Fishing
pressure is light. Float anglers getting slower checked drifts are into browns
and steelhead. Fly or spin anglers getting slowed down dead drifts in the faster
water or swung/retreived drifts in slower water are into some post spawn browns
and fresh steelhead. Generally steelhead are more upstream nearer the dam and
browns downstream, although migrating fresh steelhead could be encountered anywhere
in the rivercourse with the good flows present. The other area smaller tribs have
mod - med flows with mostly clear water color. No significant icing there yet
and anglers should find browns and steelhead that will turn on and off thru a
days fishing effort.
Thanks to the first cold weather of the season this weekend and some
wind and LESnows the fishing action was a little slower for most anglers. Just
before the latest cold weather the fishing reports were good on the OOrchard with
good numbers of brown trout and steelhead hook-ups reported. Just recently some
of the best brown trout fishing of the fall season was coming into shape in the
area smaller waterways with fish migrations noted. The begin part of the week
ahead is forecasted seasonable warmer with highs in the 30's F which should perk
back up the fishing action under likely lite angling pressure thanks to the holiday
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