Updated: Sept 2010

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Good news for Oak Orchard River public fishing access! Hard work and a spirit of cooperation allow for trout and salmon fishing on the Oak Orchard! Anglers are surely thankful for Orleans County's efforts and the good spirit of the negotiating party. See the following Orleans County press release...

Friday September 21, 2007

Wayne Hale, Jr.

Orleans County signs agreement for Oak Orchard River Access

The Orleans County Legislature has signed a three year lease agreement with a local landowner to provide year-round public fishing access on the Oak Orchard River at an annual cost of $7,500. The agreement provides over 4,000 linear feet of river access on a portion of the east river bank for fall, winter and spring world-class fly fishing for trout and salmon. The free public fishing area includes the renowned "Sycamore Hole," a mid-stream island and part of the peninsula north of the power dam. "We felt that opening this part of the river again to the public was important to enhance the economic impact on our restaurants, lodging bussinesses, and tackle shops," said George Bower, County Legislature chairman, who with Legislator Ken Rush, negotiated the agreement. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation estimates that anglers produce $9 million in annual expenditures while fishing Orleans County.

Rules have been adopted and will be posted along with a map of the site, officially named, 'Oak Orchard River Access Area.' Anglers are encouraged above all to respect the rights of the area property owners and to observe posted signs while enjoying the world-class fishery. There is ample public and private parking available. The new land should be accessed via the North and South NYSDEC access points. As with any stream fishing, care should be taken on trails and in swift moving water.

Niagara County Fish Odyssey takes place Sept 18 - 26, 2010. Great opportunity for the caster or small boat troller to get in on some fun salmon competition. Other catagories include steelhead/brown trout, Lake trout, smallmouth bass, walleye and carp. $2,000.00 grand prize. Orleans County waters are eligible so come compete in 2010!

Thanks to OOBA (Oak Orchard Business Association, www.oakorchardba.org) for the Oak Orchard River cleanup in April 2010. The community minded volunteers picked up trash along the waterway and parking areas keeping it looking good for all to enjoy.

Tributary Fly Fishing Class will be held in March 2011. Tentative Saturday date of Mar 26th. Join us and shop guides for the spring class for a whole day of instruction. Run timing, casting, equipment and the three main fly fishing techniques are covered. Everything beginners or intermediates need to know to get started in fly fishing for Great Lakes tributary trout and salmon will be covered. Lunch is provided and call soon 585 682 4546 to reserve your spot.

Lodging dates available for fall 2010 and winter/spring 2011. Reservation cancellations are required one week in advance or charges will be incurred. Cancellations from 1 - 6 days before your reserved date will incur charges.

Sportsman's Archers Club of St. Mary's Fly Fishing Contest will be held on Oct 20, 21, and 22, 2010. No contestant will likely go away hungry or thirsty from the three days of great fun! Join the Archers Club for the three day contest including breakfast and lunch with lots of prizes and parking. Sign up early and park and fish all week. Thanks to the Archer's Club who have been staunch supporters of out of the area fishermen. Contact us

Fly tying class will be held Jan/Feb 2011. A 6 week class on Thursday evenings at 600PM. All materials and tools are provided to tie three patterns each night. Egg flies, buggers, nymphs and streamers are all covered. Call or email soon to reserve your spot.

Right next door, The Carlton Four Seasons Restaurant is open. New owners chef Steven and Sandy have added a brand new kitchen facility. A top notch eatery with unrivaled food preperation here in Orleans County and now with full bar open. Great food and drink also awaits at Tillman's Village Inn 2 miles south on Route 98.

Big Summer Savings on tributary rods and reels! We have fly, float and spin gear with some great savings. You can take 10% off any rod or reel and then take 20% on a rod or reel if you purchase a combo (both rod and reel). Let us make you a great deal at a time when we can take some extra time to set up a great rig for you. Just contact us and see what we can put together for you. Look for the red button to visit our Big Tackle Sale and New Trib Gear page.

The Oak Orchard Pen Rearing Association received approx 82,500 King salmon and 14,000 steelhead for pen rearing in April 2010. The nets are placed in the Oak Orchard River at Lake Breeze Marina and the fish were released at the mouth of the Oak Orchard. Many thanks to the Charter fishing community who shoulders most of the work with often disappointing turnout from tributary fishermen. Contact us to help out the Oak Orchard Pen Rearing Association with feeding or cleaning in 2011.

The NYSDEC will initiate another Lake Ontario tributary angler creel survey in the fall of 2010. The survey helps DEC to continue to effectively manage the important trib fishery and gather info on population trends, habitat preferences, angler effort and more. Anglers can voice their opinions about brown trout creel limits in the tribs with support for a regulation change (similiar to the current steelhead trib limit). Also visit NYSDEC's website and comment on any proposed reg changes and/or comment on the importance of brown trout creel limits for the upcoming 2012 regulation cycle.

Working on behalf of the Oak Orchard River (especially!) and WNY tribs,

Licorice Man

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