dates are available for 2015/2016 trib season.
There's lots of good fishing for salmon, steelhead
and brown trout ahead! Stay at the Licorice Lodge at the shop in the heart of
the fishing action! New lodging available at the our private well appointed
Garage Lodge located just 5 miles east on Route 18, convienent to Sandy Creek.
Reservations now accepted for 2015. See below for dates still open.
Lodge... Nov 25 - whole lodge. Nov 26 - 2 rooms. Nov 27, 28 - 1 room. Nov 29,
30 - whole lodge. Dec
1, 2, 3 - 1 room. Dec 4 forward - whole lodge.
Oak Orchard Pen Rearing Association received approx 10,000 steelhead placed in
net pens in the OOrchard Apr 2015. 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 2016. Be sure you
contact NYSDEC for comments on the cormorant situation and the impacts on the
young stocked salmonids.
Sportsmen Archer's Club Fly Fishing Only Catch and Release Contest was
held Oct 21, 22, 23 - 2015. Everyone enjoyed the great hospitality and comradorie
of the Archer's Club and experienced some good fishing. Their cooperation
with out of the area fishermen has been truly above board and greatly appreciated
by all. Please contact us or see the Club for 2016 registration. On site parking
and breakfast and lunch is no longer provided for the fall season. Winter and
spring (2015/2016) site parking passes will not be offered. Anglers may still
be able to park at the top of the Archer's driveway and walk in and fish. Or use
the east side access from downstream at the Park Ave Fishing Trail and walk in
and fish or from the NYSDEC parking at the Waterport Dam and walk in and fish.
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.
Fly Fishing Class was held on Sat, Apr 11, 2015. Our
great instructors NYSLOG Capt. Jason
Franz from Trout 'n' About and RonB aka the Licorice Man gave the intro course
and streamside demos. An informative and fun filled day where we help shorten
the learning curve for you. Lunch was provided. Call or email for more info and
pre-registration in 2016!
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.
Outdoor has changed it's name to Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge. Check
out our new sign and logo in current fish pics below. We look forward to another
nearly 20 years as WNY's longest running speciality trout and salmon tributary
fly, spin and float shop!
Welcome back to some mild weather after just a couple days of colder
seasonal temps. Forecast is for highs in the 50's F thru Fri with the chance of
precip Fri. Erie Canal winter time drainage has begun, what looks like slowly
for now. That slug of higher flows should reach the OOrchard below the Waterport
dam within a day or two. Higher flows from the dewatering should last anywhere
from a few days to a week in the OOrchard. It is unknown if any other area trib
will see some of that Canal drainage water. For now under the low - mod and clear
OOrchard flows the fair brown trout action continues with anglers in a days effort
usually getting a few hook-ups. Long and light and good dead drifters have usually
been scoring the best. There has been the occasional good big fish, with lately
more smaller browns in the mix. On any rise in flows there should be the opportunity
for some fresh browns and steelhead and Atlantics and cohos and a flushing out
of some of the old moldy salmon. Browns still around that didn't take an overland
migration route should be in a spawning mode. If any of the other smaller waterways
see a rise in flows from the Canal dewatering or natural precip otherwise, the
fishing action in the those waterways should perk up. Fishing pressure is down
and seems easily manageable for this holiday and big game seasons time.
Some seasonal cold weather is forecast thru the begin part of this week.
There was no significant precip thru the past weekend and there is some snow showers
forecast today and tomorrow but no significant accummulation expected. Fishing
pressure is def easing some and will likely continue to ease with PA big game
season and holidays approaching. Erie Canal final winter time dewatering should
take place thru the end part of this week and upcoming weekend bringing OOrchard
flows up from mod and clear levels. The other area smaller tribs could see a rise
in flows too. On that rise in flows we should see the "second" season
of good trib fishing underway just about the time the fishing pressure is getting
less. There's no real prolonged cold weather in the near forecast either. For
now the fair brown trout action continues on the OOrchard with guys generally
getting a few hook-ups each day. Lately theres been some smaller fish in the mix.
Salmon are waning and giving up the ghost. The other area smaller tribs do have
fish in their most lower reaches and now with reasonable fishing pressure anglers
are getting some legit hook-ups. Those flows are real low and clear for now.
Well we got our change in the weather, just minus the rise in flows
we were hoping for from the Canal winter time drainage. Looks like that rise in
OORchard flows from the Canal dewatering will be sometime next mid or end part
of week. Temps should be in the 30's - 40 F for the weekend and there is the chance
for rain Sat night. Any significant LESnow accummulations for the weekend should
be south of the area. Fishing pressure is about normal and there may or may not
be a drop in pressure with NYS big game season opener on Sat. Guys are still into
a mix of a few spawning or old moldy or occasional greener salmon. Most effort
is for brown trout, guys are working for a few hook-ups a day for fair action.
There is the occasional good big fish, with lately smaller fresh fish wanting
to migrate in the low - mod and clear OORchard flows. There are a few rainbows/steelhead
and Atlantics too. The other area smaller tribs have real low and clear flows
with scattered numbers of fish primarily in their lower reaches.
hydro managers intel indicates something like a one week delay in Canal drainage
meaning a continuation of the mod OOrchard flows thru next week with possible
increase in higher drainage flows sometime mid or end part of next week.
Unseasonable mild temps continue today with a cool down forecast
for tomorrow. There have been some rain showers thru last night and today but
probably not enough to change any area trib flows. We have no indications yet
of any change in water flows from the Erie Canal winter time drainage yet, but
we will have a look around tomorrow and see if that slug of water has reached
the OOrchard below the Waterport dam yet. Anglers who are into so far fair brown
trout action could expect better hook-up chances on some fresh migrating fish
with any future rise in flows coupled with a cool down in the weather. Stay tuned...
Still mild temps thru this mid week period with high winds forecast
for today and chance of rain tonight. Weekend forecast is for colder temps and
mixed bag precip. Flows in the OOrchard are still humming along as the best game
in town at mod - med and just slightly stained. Expect water level fluctuations
thanks to hydropower operations especially on windy days. Reliable intel indicates
greater flows reaching the OOrchard below Waterport about the end part of the
week and weekend possibly thru the begin of next week due to Erie Canal winter
time drainage. That rise in flows coupled with a change in the weather should
bring on some fresh fish migrations and maybe perk up the steelhead action. Fishing
pressure is about normal and manageable with some focus shifting toward big game
seasons now. Brown trout action is on and off, persistent drifters are into fish
each day with a few steelhead or cohos or atlantics or older salmon thrown in.
Any rise in flows could bring on some green Kings and flush some zombies out.
The "second season" brown trout action with greater Canal flows should
be setting up nicely with the chance for good fishing under lighter fishing pressure.
Without natural precip behind the Canal drainage look for lower future flows.
For now the other area smaller tribs have low and clear flows and scattered brown
trout action mainly in the lower reaches. It's unknown what if any volume of water
might be passed thru the waterways beside the OOrchard, but history tells us those
waterways could benefit at least some in the short term.
After a bit of a lull in the fishing action thru the end of last week,
there were more favorable reports for the end of the past weekend. Anglers did
see some fish on the move thru the lower reaches of the OOrchard and those fish
should be spreading out upstream. Flows are reported to be up just slightly to
mod - med and that could be the start of some Erie Canal winter time drainage
water. That slight increase in flows could be responsible for the weekend fish
movements noted and any future greater rise in flows via more Canal water could
make for better fishing action and upstream movements of fish. Weather forecast
is for mild temps and clear this begin part of the week. Fishing pressure looks
about normal with most salmon guys having fallen out of the mix. There are still
some green salmon to be caught by those so inclined, but most guys now are targeting
browns. Some browns now are reported to be setting up to spawn themselves, although
most females are reported to still be tight. The other area smaller tribs have
low and clear flows for now, that is until any short term Erie Canal winter time
drainage water may be passed thru those waterways.
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, shoreline 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!