dates are available for 2015 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 received approx 30,000 steelhead placed in
net pens and directly into the OOrchard Apr 15, 2014. Approx 115,000 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 Bob Songin and other 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 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 in 2015. 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!
sure you follow-up with your comments on the Waterport dam situation via the contacts
listed below, especially the first three. It's
very important! For specific questions email the power company at the 4th contact
listed. We can't speak for Brookfield!
you can still fish all of the same water, there are just some new rules in place!
is significant misinformation out there about the new site rules put forth by
Brookfield Power at the Waterport dam. Read the info below carefully, PFD's are
required only on the Brookfield Power Company lands where water entry is permitted.
Brookfield does not own the lands downstream anywhere near the end of the peninsula
or near the Archer's Club! There are no new concerns or changes or otherwise on
the rest of the river say on the Oak Orchard River Public Fishing Access Area
or around the Archer's Club, etc...
anglers see any spinning or erratic swimming or sunken steelhead here in the OOrchard
or other tribs, please report it to us and we will forward this info to NYSDEC
who is looking to gather info to see if there are any issues here like they have
been seeing some on the Salmon River.
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Thru yesterday the area received another inch or so of snow and some
mixed precip. Temps bumped up just briefly over 32 F so there was not much chance
for significant run off. Temps are forecast back to seasonably cold for the end
of week and around 30 F for the upcoming weekend with the long range forecast
calling for 40 ish F next week. So far we know of no major change in OOrchard
flows but hydro managers could begin to bump flows up at any time. The waterway
on its own accord is opening up more and more thanks to hydropower influence and
lengthening daylight with open flows now downstream of the Archers Club. There's
still some bank ice but the downstream slower slack water is beginning to carve
out an open center channel. Any rise in flows will quickly work on getting rid
of bankside and downstream ice. Most fishing pressure remains near the dam but
anglers now should be able to swing or drift some downstream water as flows might
increase and/or before flows may go high or blown with future warming weather.
With the consistent significant snowpack thruout the Niagara Frontier it is not
a question of will all trib flows go up, but rather when and how high will trib
flows go when warmer temps bring runoff?
Thru the past weekend the area received only about another inch of snow.
Lots of snow on the ground for future flows when things warm up. Forecast is for
seasonal cold temps start of ther week and milder in the low 30's F for mid week
with the chance of mixed precip or rain. There is the chance this week for a change
in some kind of higher flows up from the low flows we have had in the OOrchard.
Weather conditions and run off or just future supply could cause hydro managers
to begin to bump flows up. So far just a handful of guys out scoring a few rehab
browns and a steelhead or two mainly at the dam. A change in flows that begins
to open up all of the OOrchard could bring on some fresh fish action. The other
area smaller tribs are well frozen in and will require a prolonged and significant
warm-up to open up to fishable conditions. Anglers are advised to use caution
when wading or navigating stream banks for changes in flow and possible ice moving
weekend Feb 28...
Bit of a warm-up this weekend with high's in the 20's F and
chance for snow Sun and Mon. Forecast is for 3 - 6 inches here with heavier accummulations
south of the area. Next week forecast is seasonally warmer with the chance for
above freezing temps and/or rain mid week. Two or three days of warmer temps with
precip could affect a change in OOrchard water levels. Something like a weeks
worth of weather will be needed to begin to open up all the other area smaller
waterways. See previous report for flow and fishing conditions. Steelhead should
be lurking close by and any change in weather and flow conditions could bring
on some action.
No changes in flow conditions, cold weather continues resulting in
low and clear flows in the OOrchard. There is some open skinny water with still
a fair amount of bank ice. Downstream slower, slack water is frozen over. Fishing
pressure is light, with a few guys mainly at the dam scoring a few rehab browns
and a steelhead or two hook-ups. The other area smaller tribs are locked up frozen.
Forecast is for slightly warmer temps in the 20's F for the weekend and chance
of snow later in the weekend. Total accummulations now on the WNY Niagara Frontier
mean lots of water upon future warmer weather.
See previous report... Cold weather is forecast thru the week so look
for no major changes in water conditions. Flows do seem to be holding now at low
instead of real low so there is some open and fishabe water on the OOrchard other
then right at the dam. Lengthening daylight with some run off going on underneath
the snowpack seems to be driving the low flows. The flows downstream to about
the Archer's Club are low and clear and skinny. There is significant bank ice
and the further downstream slower slack water is frozen over. Flows are enough
to possibly encourage a few fresh fish upstream given the approaching Mar timeframe,
that is, if they wanted to migrate now. There's better chances at more fish on
later and higher flows. Anglers are into a few rehab browns at the dam and a steelhead
or two. Other area smaller tribs are locked up frozen.
The area received a few more inches of snow thru the past weekend.
Total accummulations now are around 3 feet. Lots of snow now means lots of water
when the weather breaks and there is some melt-off. Look for good probability
at high and stained future flows. Continued cold weather is forecast thru at least
this week. Flows in the OOrchard are fluctuating some between real low and up
to low. Lastly flows were low, which leaves some open water to fish other then
right at the dam, although there will still be significant downstream icing. Slower
slack water areas remain locked in frozen. The other area smaller tribs are locked
in frozen. Anglers at the dam are into a few rehab browns and steelhead with the
chance for a few fish downstream. Fresh steelhead are hopefully lurking close
by and the low flows might just be enough to coax a fish or two upstream given
that it is late Feb already. Look for more fish on future moderating weather and
important contact info following...
Anglers fishing at the Waterport dam
are reminded to follow all site rules and user requirements (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 (power company) on their privately
held lands. For anglers accessing Brookfield PFD required zones, PFDs can be purchased
here for fall 2014 where we offer a few different styles that should not hinder
your current fishing system set-up including belt models, suspenders and foam
The power company has initiated the site rules and user requirements while fishing
at the Waterport dam on their privately held lands. The site rules
are an alternative to not being allowed access for fishing on thier privately
have encouraged users to obey the developing site rules from the beginning (see
above) and recommend continued following site rules. The power company has put
forth the site rules for the public safety. An incident this past fall 2013 where
two users fell in the water while fishing immediately against the powerhouse building,
and other factors, are likely responsible for the power company's new site rules.
Some of the power company's private lands include the powerhouse area on the turbine
channel, the overflow channel bankside areas extending downstream, and the turbine
channel bankside areas extending downstream to where it meets the south boundary
of the Oak Orchard River Public Fishing Access Area (approx 800 ft downstream
from the old RR trestle.) The NYSDEC also owns lands of an approx 60 foot wide
swath across the turbine and overflow channels that would approximate the footprint
of the old RR trestle.
site rules include but may not be limited to...
wading areas on both sides of the turbine channel at the powerhouse,
for wading or water entry on the far side or west side of the turbine channel
at the powerhouse,
exclusion from some area below the falls on the overflow
a PFD required zone on the overflow channel,
a PFD required
zone extending downstream on the turbine channel starting at the old RR trestle
to the southern boundary of the Oak Orchard River Public Fishing Access Area (which
is approx 800 ft or half way to the end of the peninsula).
to the new site rules there has been a concentrated salmon fishing effort of many
users at the Waterport dam in the fall time-frame over a period of many years.
There has also been lawful trout and salmon fishing by fly, spin and float anglers
during the fall, winter and spring over a period of many years at the Waterport
dam and on all the rest of the power company's lands on the Oak Orchard River.
new site rules may impact your fishing effort on the Oak Orchard River at the
Waterport dam. Your fishing effort on non power company lands on the rest of the
Oak Orchard River could also be impacted, for example, by displacing some fall
time-frame salmon anglers to other parts of the river.
you have any concerns or comments about the new site rules you should contact...
For the first three contacts you could send one email and copy everyone or call.
Waterhouse the Orleans County Sportfishing Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
585 589 3103
Orleans County Tourism at email@example.com.
NYSDEC Region 8 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
585 226 2466
directly for specific questions about the new site rules at email@example.com.
comments and concerns are important for the involved policy makers to insure continued
great trout and salmon fishing opportunities for all anglers on the Oak Orchard
River. Given the timeframe of recent developments near the end of the 2014 spring
tributary fishing season, be sure you share this info with all your fishing friends
thru whatever social media or forums appropriate.
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