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  strives to provide its patrons with Click to see bigger pic reliable stream, weather and fishing conditions during the fall, winter and spring. We are happy to provide this information for anglers so that they can make informed decisions about fishing trips. Please be aware, however, that weather, fishing conditions and water flows can change in a moment's notice. Hydro power generation can and does alter water flows. Not all fishermen's expectations and skills are equal and if you wait for "perfect" conditions, you'll likely miss some good opportunities. No guarantee of success, natural conditions or safety is ever implied. Here's what we know right now...

Last updated: May 2016

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Lodging dates are available for 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 fall 2016.

The 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.

The 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. 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.

We 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.

Orleans 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!

End of Season summer Sale... Ask about savings of 20% or more on big ticket stuff like rods and reels and combos and waders and jacs, etc... we'd like to move out some overstock gear in preparation for fall 2016! You save!

OOrchard pen reared fish received from NYSDEC week of Apr 11. The King salmon and steelhead will be "reared" in the net pens placed in downstream Lake Breeze Marina for the approx next few weeks before eventually release around the Rivermouth. Contact us for volunteer help with pen cleaning and fish feeding. Trib angler support is encouraged for this workload largely shouldered by the Lake charter guys.

May 2016...
OOrchard action is now pretty much for smallmouth bass and warmwater fish, although in the first part of the month we did hear of some guys still getting a few browns upstream. There still could be some last lick steelhead chances on the larger tribs like the Catt, Niagara or Genny as the weather at least for the begin part of the month has been pretty cool. Land lubber casters or small boat trollers have been into some decent browns and trout and salmon thanks to cool weather and slowly warming Rivermouth and in-shore big Lake waters. Those chances depending upon wind and weather and baitfish movements might last until June.

last week Apr...
We are transitioning into summer reduced shop hours but you can call or email and we will get back to you. Flows in the OOrchard are mod and stained. It looks like 24/7 seasonal Erie Canal water feed is underway so flows will be stained at least for a bit. And there was some precip Mon nite so that will add to the flow, although theres lots of greenery now for some capture. The weather is cool enough for a steelhead to be hanging around if they wanted to be and there are a few more bass reported. The weather scenario now is actually cooler then it was weeks ago so theres no great water temp warm-up for now. Persistent drifters and swingers can still find some decent steelhead chances on the larger tribs like the Catt, Niagara or Genny. The land lubber casting chances on the big Lake have been good when wind and waves coincide for good green water and some nice catches of browns are reported. Thats a real good sign for next falls trib action because this springs in-shore action already seems to be better then last spring.

Remember 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!
Licorice Man


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Latest Catch Photos

New name - same shop and lodge! Look for web upgrades and other changes coming for 2016.
On the first shot of Feb 2016 high water, Mike finds a good OOrchard steelhead with a slow and deep drift.
Do you need any more evidence that high and stained late winter OOrchard flows brings in some chrome?! Feb 2016.
The Licorice Man comes off the DL for a brief fly drifting stint and finds willing OOrchard biters like this pretty med chunker, one of a few others hooked but not landed in high and stained flows begin Mar 2016.



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