dates are available for 2015/2016 trib season.
There's lots of good fishing for steelhead and brown
trout ahead! Stay at the Licorice Lodge at the shop in the heart of the fishing
action! Brand new additional lodging available for Fall 2015 located just
5 miles east on Route 18, convienent to Sandy Creek. All lodging reservations
now accepted for 2015.
Oak Orchard Pen Rearing Association has received approx 10,000 steelhead placed
in net pens in the OOrchard for Apr 2015. Approx 106,000 King salmon where
also 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 in 2015 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 21, 22, 23 - 2015. 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 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
about Summer Sale Specials on fly, spin, float rods & reels and wading jacs
and waders and boots and packs, etc. All mail orders for any shop gear receive
free shipping and discounts too. Call for info and orders.*
We are on summer operating schedule now with reduced hours, open Thu,
Fri, Sat and Sun mornings. You can call or message anytime tho and we will return
your messages daily. Without additional precip and runoff, flows in the OOrchard
will be mod and slightly stained from seasonal 24/7 Erie Canal water feed. Flows
in the other area smaller tribs are generally low and clear thanks to lack of
precip so far this late spring and early summer. Persistent anglers still found
a steelhead or two in the OOrchard thru May. Catch and release Lake run smallmouth
bass fishing has been good, lasting about thru early Jun. Bigger tribs like the
Catt or Niagara have hung onto some steelhead action for a while, you could likely
still get into some fish thru early Jun in the Niagara. Niagara bar fishing for
browns, lakers or salmon with light line techniques either casting, drifting or
trolling has likewise lasted easily thru most of May and we can help you with
a charter trip for that. Land lubber casting and small boat inshore Lake fishing
has yielded some action too when wind and weather has coincided for reasonable
fishing conditons. Locating inshore baitfish has been challenging tho. Cool to
cold Lake waters should keep trout and salmon in-shore or at rivermouths within
range of simple casting or small boat spreads, that is, provided those forage
baitfish are present.
Our Apr Sale extends thru this weekend with big mark downs on rods and
reels and waders and jackets and boots and packs - call for items and pricing.
Flows in the OOrchard and smaller tribs are on the drop for now. Flows in the
OOrchard are mod and going toward clear. The other area smaller tribs have low
and clear flows. Weather forecast thru this week and weekend is mild and mostly
clear and rain free. The next change in OOrchard flows may be the seasonal 24/7
Erie Canal water feed around the begin of May. Fishing pressure is light, but
there is still some steelhead action to be had in the OOrchard with a few dropbacks,
spawners and fresh fish hooked up. A light drift or swing above the suckers might
bring a hard stike form a steelhead or smallmouth bass. Anglers might consider
releasing any land locked steelhead in the overflow channel into the turbine channel
where they might find downstream access to the Lake. Without perfect timing of
high water now or the near future those stranded fish aren't likely to make it
out of that overflow channel. Shoreline land lubber casting and inshore small
boat trolling is improving with some good browns hooked as well as some small
salmon, rainbows and even Lake trout.
Flows are mod - med and just slightly stained in the OOrchard. The other
area smaller tribs have low - mod and mostly clear flows. Steelhead fishing pressure
is light with a few guys on the OOrchard who are into a few dropbacks, spawners
or fresh jacks. Thru this week and milder and sunny weather trib water temps will
be warming up. Suckers are fairly numerous and a few smallmouth bass are being
caught. With warming flows and future Erie Canal water feed, more bass should
be migrating. Big trout action from your own two feet this time of the spring
can come from the rivermouth and larger tribs like the Niagara, Genny or Catt
when those waterways have fishable flows. OOrchard pen reared steelhead and salmon
are in place and volunteers are needed for care of those fish before release.
Flows in the OOrchard are hanging in nicely at med and just slightly
stained. Fishing pressure is light and there are still last lick chances for some
dropbacks and spawners and a few fresh fish. Most fresh fish are likely to be
smaller jacks. Downstream or rivermouth action could yield some browns or pike
or perch or smallies. Weather is forecasted around 60 F with prevailing med westerly
winds and mostly clear thru this week. There were rain showers today that didn't
amount to much. Flows in the smaller waterways are low - mod and mostly clear.
Flows in all the tribs will continue to drop and clear without any new precip.
Sometime here for the begin part of May Erie Canal 24/7 water feed will commence
again in the OOrchard and that keeps things stained for a while. Smal boat inshore
trolling and land lubber casting is reported to be picking up some now with a
few more fish hooked.
Just getting back into the pulse of fishing and conditions today
Sat after being away for a bit... Weather has turned cool if not cold again and
this should help keep the last licks of steelhead trib action underway. Temps
are forecasted cool right thru most of next week. Previously thru earlier last
week it was warming up and there was precip. Heavier rains were south of the area.
Yesterday, Fri, flows were down in the OOrchard but back up today, Sat, to something
like mod - med levels and just slightly stained. Anglers are still into a few
steelhead, seems like some spawners, dropbacks and a few fresh fish and little
jacks. Suckers are numerous and there are a few smallmouth bass. Fishing pressure
is real lite. The other area smaller tribs have low - mod and mostly clear flows.
There should be some stragglers in those waterways and some Lake run browns. Over-the-all
small boat trolling and land lubber casting has been hit or miss, no great easy
action yet (that's typical sometimes) of spring time fishing. Previous cold weather
may have not yet caught up to the calender for warming Lake waters and better
action. Niagara River and bar action is good and the Genny is high and dirty and
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