dates are available for the 2014 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! Brand new additional lodging available for Fall 2014
located just 5 miles east on Route 18, convienent to Sandy Creek. Call soon for
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 2014 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 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!
With the recent cool down and the weather staying cool, salmon numbers should
begin to build especially in the lower river. Rivermouth casters are now into
a few fish when wind and waves cooperate for fishable conditions. Each day the
chances for hook-ups should get better with the best chances being first or last
light or at night working glo lures or still fishing skein or eggs. Now is the
best chance at the freshest, biggest and hardest fighting salmon of the year.
Some fish now are beginning to show themselves by boiling around the rivermouth
or just upstream areas.
have been a few rainbows/steelhead and brown trout caught at the OOrchard rivermouth
and even upstream off and on now for at least a few weeks. Everyday as the weather
and water cools there will be more hook-up chances. First at the rivermouth, then
the lower river, then upstream in the last of the slow water areas and finally
in the upstream fast water all the way to the dam. Trollers and charter boats
are now sometimes in as close as 30 feet of water or right around the rivermouth.
There's still action well off shore too in the Lake.
The weather couldn't be better for encouraging salmon to enter the OOrchard
and/or move upstream. It's cool and wet and gloomy with forecasted NW winds off
the Lake. Salmon are being hooked at the rivermouth and there are some reports
of small pods of fish upstream all the way to the dam.
of weather anymore make it very difficult to predict salmonid run timing!
fishing, especially brown trout, has the potential to be real good this season.
King numbers should be good - they have not experienced heavy harvest in the Lake
are gearing up everyday, with everyday operations likely to resume by mid month
or so. When you call, leave a message, that is the only way we can help you by
calling you back! Or drop an email!
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 will be offering at least a few different styles that
should not hinder your current fishing system set-up including belt models, suspenders
and foam vests.
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. 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 railroad trestle.
site rules include but may not be limited to, restricted wading areas on both
sides of the turbine channel at the powerhouse, exclusion 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 channel, a PFD required zone on
the overflow channel and a PFD required zone extending downstream on the turbine
channel to the Oak Orchard River Public Fishing Access Area.
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 email@example.com.
585 589 3103
Orleans County Tourism at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYSDEC Region 8 at email@example.com.
585 226 2466
directly for specific questions about the new site rules at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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