dates are available for the 2014 trib
season. There's lots of good fishing for steelhead
and brown trout ahead! Stay at the Licorice Lodge in the heart of the fishing
action! Fall 2014 reservations now being taken.
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 15 - 17, 2014. 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 Sat, March 22, 2014. Join
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. 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 pre-registration!
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
NR fishing licenses now reduced to $10 one day, $31 seven
day and $50 season. The license period is one year from date of purchase for season
licenses. Season licenses purchased previously are good till the end of Sept 2014.
We are set up with the new NYS license system and appreciate the opportunity to
provide your fishing license. Help us defray new computer costs since NYS does
not provide equipment any longer to sell their fishing licenses!
fishing at the Waterport dam are reminded to follow all site rules and warnings,
to not go beyond or wade past restricted areas and to obey all instructions from
site or security personnel. Those few who might choose to not obey site rules
could jeopordize the good and respectful actions of most anglers who enjoy access
for fishing provided by Brookfield Renewable Power on their privately held lands.
WINTER SALE! Thanks to cold weather hanging in thru Jan and Feb, we would like
to pass on some great savings so you can have some sweet gear for spring steelhead.
You can take the following discounts on rods or reels or combos or jacs or packs
or waders. Watch for Big Tackle Sale page update or just contact us for what's
reg price $100 - 200 take 5% off
reg price $201 - 300 take 10%
reg price $301 - 400 take 15% off
reg price $401+
you take 20% off
Flows for now in the OOrchard are mod and clear. There has been some
fluctuations thanks to hydropower operations, with flows down some yesterday (Fri)
to low - mod, but as noted, back up some today (Sat) to mod. Thru the end of the
past week steelhead hook-ups were pretty good with fish concentrated in certain
spots. There should still be good opportunities at hook-ups thru the weekend with
fair to good numbers of fish already evidenced. Fishing pressure is normal with
so far today, Sat, no more guys out then thru the end of the past week. There's
no real obvious spawning activity yet and water temps are still cold. Fish present
now are likely mainly "runs" of fish from higher flows of 2 and 3 weeks
ago. Flows are likely to hold in at low - mod with the weather forecasted to only
warm gradually. A greater warm-up will be needed next to raise flows back up high
and completely open up the other area smaller tribs and bring on some more fresh
fish. There's plenty of ice and snow to make another good push of water when it
goes. The other area smaller tribs have low flows with lots of ice cover. There
may be some upstream fast water areas open for drifting. Seasonable and warm,
compared to what its been, weather, is forecast thru the begin part of next week.
forget to check out our expanded Winter Sale, call or check in for details and
Flows in the OOrchard are med and going toward clear. Most of the ice
that formed Wed during low flows eroded with flows coming back up yesterday, Thu.
Some of the downstream flat water remains frozen up. Fishing pressure has been
light thru the week, look for a few more guys out this weekend on a slight warming
trend. Fly and float anglers mainly who are making good deep drifts are getting
steelhead hook-ups on some fresh and a few darker fish. The other area smaller
tribs are still mostly frozen in especially in their downstream reaches under
low - mod flows. Don't
forget to check out our expanded Winter Sale, call or check in for details and
Flows today in the OOrchard are med and mostly clear. There was some
water level fluctuations yesterday thanks to hydropower operations so while flows
retreated temporarily there was some new bank and downstream ice that formed.
Flows will likely continue to drop and clear slowly until there is some run-off
from a warm-up and snowmelt. Steelhead were probably pooled up thru yesterday
and should likely be distributed back thru the river on new migrations again today.
The few anglers out on the OOrchard on the previous high and good flows were into
some fresh fish, expect a little tougher action now on the cold and lowering and
clearing med flows. The other area small tribs have low - mod and mostly clear
and frozen in flows. Don't forget to check out our expanded Winter Sale, call
or check in for details and product availability.
The Niagara Frontier is getting some LESnow thru last night and today
adding to accummulations of about 1 foot+ of wet snow. Future snowmelt will mean
more good and high water flows for steelhead migrations. Flows for now are med
and just slightly stained in the OOrchard. Flows will likely continue to drop
slowly and clear up till the next melt-off. Weather conditions so far anyway look
like steelhead chances should last well into the spring, meanwhile with pretty
good opportunities for fresh fish now on the backside of previous higher flows
of couple weeks ago. Fishing pressure over-all is light with guys on the OOrchard
and some back out on the Genesee. Niagara River drift fishing is reported good
too with multi specie hook-up chances. The other area smaller tribs are still
locked up with ice especially in their downstream reaches. A prolonged warm-up
or blow out will be needed to open up those waterways.
Nice fishable conditions continue on the OOrchard under something like
med - slightly high and clearing flows. Light fishing pressure so far this week
on cold temps hanging on. Temps are forecast to be more seasonable thru the end
of week and weekend. Flows are wide open to fish on the OOrchard, there is some
bank ice and some of the downstream slow water is trying to close back in some.
The other area smaller tribs have low - mod and clear and mostly frozen flows.
Fresh fish chances on the OOrchard underway since about end of Feb continue for
the begin of Mar, check out the latest catch pics below. Reports indicate a good
fishable window on the Genny again. Anglers waiting could be taking the classic
steelhead risk of waiting for better conditions when its pretty good right now...
Next quick warm-up may bring high or blown or dirty water for how long and then
what will be fishable?! A gradual warm-up could keep something close to high and
stained but fishable flows but that will delay action on those smaller waterways
locked in pretty good with ice. Check out the expanded Winter Sale above.
Flows in the OOrchard are getting clearer with approx 3 feet of viz and
med - slightly high flows. By steelhead standards pretty good conditions for fresh
fish opportunities thru most of the rivercourse. Fish aren't terribly aggressive
thanks to cold water temps, but good drifts are rewarding anglers with some nice
females and a few smaller male steelhead. Most anglers thru the past weekend had
good action with still relatively light fishing pressure. Flows will likely be
on a continued slow retreat thru this week with cold weather hanging in. The other
area smaller tribs have mod and clear and still mostly frozen flows. There may
be some renewed icing or slushing in those waterways. Upstream fast water reaches
may be open to fish. The area received nearly 6 more inches of snow thru the past
weekend adding to accummulated totals meaning good or higher flows with the next
warm-up. Temps are forecast cold thru the week with a gradual warm-up toward the
end of the week and weekend. No impacts on the Niagara Frontier from this week's
Flows are retreating some to med - slightly high with 3 feet of slightly
stained viz in the OOrchard. Nice fishable flows for fresh steelhead migrations
and fishing pressure to spread out thru the whole river. Slight warm-up today,
Sat, may bring a few guys out, and then temps are forecast to cool down again.
Chance of snow showers tonight with no significant accummulations forecast for
the Niagara Frontier from the mid-Atlantic storm begin of the next week. No big
change in ice conditions in the smaller waterways, a few open water areas upstream
in fast water spots with med flows and mostly clear water color. Check out pics
below for fresh steelhead chances now on the back side of previous higher flows.
Flows in the OOrchard are hanging in at slightly high with about 2 -
3 feet of viz. Flows consist of what looks like nearly full bore turbine water
and diminished overflow water. Good upstream supplies are keeping flows up and
there may be a retreat toward med with the cold weather hanging on. Flows are
real good for fresh steelhead migrations with the chance for fish to be spread
anywhere thru the river. Fishing pressure is pretty light with good action at
the dam and some fresh fish hooked downstream. Any style of drift - fly, spin
or float will require getting drifts deep and slowed down some for best hook-up
chances. Cold weather is forecast to hang in thru next week with a slight moderation
this begin part of the weekend. Major snowfall from any storms should be mostly
south of the area. The other area smaller tribs have med flows with still lots
of ice cover and ice jams especially in downstream areas. Upstream fast water
areas may have some open areas.
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