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
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.
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Breeze is in the running to be named #1 Fishing Town in the US by the World Fishing
Network. First place could mean a nice grant to be used for area fishing improvements.
You can vote more then once at www.worldfishingnetwork.com.
Flows in the OOrchard are mod consisting of a good portion of seasonal
Erie Canal water feed. Without that 24/7 seasonal water feed, flows would otherwise
be pretty low. Over-the-all, spring precip levels are so far light and so the
other area smaller tribs have low and clear flows. Water color is stained with
about 2 - 3 feet of viz in the OOrchard. Water temps are warming thru the 60's
with more warming ahead for the summer till the once again fall cool down. There
could still be steelhead opportunities possibly in the Salmon River or Niagara
River or casting action for brown trout at Point Breeze or the Lakeshore wwhen
favorable combinations of wind, cool water and bait might come together. Anglers
report catchable numbers of hard fighting chunky smallmouth bass in the OOrchard.
The shop is now on summer hours and we are open Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun mornings
or you can call anytime. Please leave a message and we will call you back.
Seasonal Erie Canal water feed is commencing thru the Oak Orchard so
flows should be mod - med with stained water color of 2 feet or so of viz. In
the OOrchard there is still the chance for a few late season steelhead and now
some hard fighting, chunky Lake run smallmouth bass that anglers can target on
a catch and release basis. Other larger tribs like the Genesee, Niagara or Catt
Creek can hang on to some steelhead action well into May. As winds allow there
is good rivermouth and lakeshore casting opportunities for brown trout as those
fish look to take advantage of warmer and baitfish rich shallow waters for the
A nice weekend of weather is forecast for late in the season steelhead
action. Fishing pressure is pretty light, but for the few persistent anglers still
on the OOrchard there are some hook-up chances on a few drobacks and spawning
fish. There is still the chance for fresh fish and there have been just recent
reports of fresh fish in 18 Mile Creek at Burt dam. Flows in the OOrchard are
mod with just slightly stained water color. Erie Canal water feed could commence
real soon and that would make the flows a little more stained. A few brown trout
have been caught along with a few smallmouth bass. Suckers are fairly numerous.
The other area smaller tribs have generally low and clear flows with the chance
for a few scattered fish.
There was a little more maintenance rain yesterday so flows should hang
in at mod levels with slightly stained water color of 3 feet or so of viz in the
OOrchard. Night time temps are still dropping back in the 30's F so trib water
temps are not spiking warm yet and are allowing for some drop back and spawning
steelhead to hang around. Suckers are fairly numerous while a few Lake run silver
brown trout and smallmouth bass have been reported. The other area smaller tribs
have low - mod flows with mostly clear water color and a few scattered fish. Winds
have been challenging for rivermouth casters, but as winds drop back and shoreline
water color improves anglers should have hook-up chances on some football browns.
Larger waterways like the Niagara, Catt Creek or Genesee River can hang on to
later spring steelhead action as water levels allow for fishable conditions.
Flows are mod with 2 - 3 feet of viz in the OOrchard. There was some
rain thru yesterday that hasn't affected water flows much here on the Niagara
Frontier tribs. Weather is seasonal in the 50's F for the end of this week with
the chance for rain or showers tonight. The other area smaller tribs have low
- mod flows and are mostly clear. There is enough emerging greenery to help combat
flows becoming dirty from run-off now. The Erie Canal navigation season is opening
soon and some parts of the Canal are being watered-up already. Erie Canal water
feed in the OOrchard via upstream supply could commence soon if not by the first
part of May. The few anglers left on the OOrchard are into a few dropback and
spawning steelhead. Cool - cold night time temps are still keeping trib water
temps cool enough for fish to hang around. A few silver Lake run brown trout and
smallmouth bass are reported. More bass migrations will be underway thru May especially
with Erie Canal water feed.
Flows are mod with 2 feet of stained viz in the OOrchard. No major precip
for the Niagara Frontier so far today, but there is the chance for more rain in
the forecast later tonite. A good maintenace rain would be great to keep flows
up and stained. Persistent anglers are still finding some steelhead, mainly dropbacks
in the OOrchard. Fresh or spawning steelhead could still be encountered anytime
with so far relatively cool water temps. The other area smaller tribs have low
- mod flows with likely a few scattered fish. A few silver or Lake-run brown trout
are also reported along with some hard fighting chunky smallmouth bass. Lakeshore
and rivermouth casting action for brown trout as winds cooperate and later season
bigger trib action on the Niagara, Catt Creek or Genesee River when those waterways
are fishable will round out the later spring big trout action.
Anglers are finding some steelhead action in the OOrchard. With the
flows up and stained some and goodly amounts of harassing suckers it takes some
persistence for a few hook-ups. Some good fish are still being landed, reports
of some bigger fish in the teens. Flow conditions are good, mod - med and slightly
stained. There is the chance for rain or showers tomorrow, and anymore significant
precip could cause flows to go higher. A nice maintenance rain would be great
to keep flows up. Look for water temps to be on the inevitable climb thru the
50's with warm and sunny weather forecast today.
Flows are med with nearly two feet of stained viz in the OOrchard - good
drifting conditions for most anyplace thru the rivercourse. Fish seem to be scattered
with pods here and there of dropbacks, some spawners and a few fresh fish. Thru
the past weekend anglers reported some hook-ups, slower later on Sun afternoon.
Suckers are numerous especially in the riffles and a few smallmouth bass and silver
brown trout are being caught. Water temps remain cool at 47.5 F late on Sun. Water
temps should be moving thru the 50's this week. The other area smaller tribs have
mod flows with slightly stained water color with likely scattered numbers of a
The area escaped any major precip over the past couple days, so flows
in the OOrchard and other tribs continue to drop and clear. Flows are nearly ideal
in the OOrchard at slightly high and stained with 1 - 2 feet of viz. The other
area smaller tribs have mod - med flows with stained water color of about 2 feet
of viz. The weather has turned cool - cold again with the chance for below freezing
temps Sat and Sun night that will allow flows to drop and clear some more. Windy
conditions persist today but the forecast is for calming winds and warmer temps
Sun and thru the begin of next week. Over-the-all the fishing pressure is light
and reports are light especially from the smaller waterways, but anglers have
been back into some steelhead action in the OOrchard since the end of the past
week. Suckers are more numerous with hook-ups also on spawners, dropbacks and
some fresh fish. The winds have the lakeshore pretty well boiled up too, but that
should be calming down and there is the clearer plume of OOrchard River water
that casters can target for spoon feeding some brown trout.
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 in bringing trout in the Oak Orchard River and in the area smaller tribs
and pushing them upstream. Weather is the biggest factor in bringing angler numbers
out. 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 trout 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