Today is Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
The rain keeps coming and the lake level keeps rising.
Property owners along Lake Ontario are bracing for even higher water and hoping that we don’t get a strong wind from any northerly direction.
Let’s start with the inland waters report.
Lake Alice hasn’t totally cleared of muddy water yet but is offering some great opportunities for Blue Gill, Crappie, Perch, Rock Bass, White Bass, Bullhead and Channel Cats.
The tributaries still have some Steelhead and an occasional Brown trout along with suckers, perch, bass, pike and Bullhead.
On Lake Ontario, great catches of Brown trout, Cohoes and some steelhead are being reported along with Lake trout that are out deeper.
There’s even a few reports about Chinook salmon being caught.
Those fishing the big lake should be ever mindful of the great amount of debris that the higher water conditions have deposited in the lake, some of which you can see and some is just below the surface.
Monday the DEC stocked 7,000 steelhead up by Captain’s Cove and then 133,160 Chinook salmon at Lake Breeze Marina.
The salmon were supposed to be held in pens but the decision was made to direct stock them due to the high temperature in the “Oak” and then protection provided by the muddy water conditions.
This was a hard decision to make but in my opinion it was the very best decision that could have been made.
A week from this Friday will be the opening of the Spring LOC Derby which will run through May 14th this year.
With the fishing conditions being what they are, we should see some great weights on the leaderboard.
From Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, the World Fishing Networks Ultimate Fishing Town USA and the rest of Orleans County, let’s make everyday a great fishing day right here in Orleans County.