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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!