This week’s fishing report is from Capt. John Oravec of Tightlines Charters, August 21, 2018.
Long days + heavy catches + loads of high quality silver fish = the “High Season” for anglers that are visiting and fishing the Trout and Salmon Grounds of Orleans County! Longtime known as “Home of the King”, the ongoing migration offers all year classes of Chinook plus a “mambo” brown trout ledge fishery.
Right now, mature Kings 15 to 22 pound average (yes, the Sharks!) are staging along 20 miles off Orleans County’s coast. Search the 45 to 100 foot drop offs. Take advantage of boat launch access at Bald Eagle, Golden Hill and of course the “Oak”, public as well as the Ernst Lake Breeze ramp.
Tactically, try mixing a flasher, fly rig or flasher – cut bait set up on wire Dipsies, keeping spoons on the riggers for big Browns. Try bright glow, chartreuse, frog patterns that local merchants like Narby’s carry along with the fresh herring, aka “meat”.
The offshore at 250-500 feet is again a consistent band for medium Kings, coho and steelhead. Please try to release steelhead for breeding. Everything is hitting 40 to 70 down. A Long Island boat, Total Chaos, reported big coho over 600 ft.
The LOC Derby is underway so make sure to support and enter. Follow minimum weigh-in sizes, release a few and have fun.
Now go get ’em!
Captain John Oraveccaptjohnoravec.com
Tight Lines Charters 1857 Countyline Rd * Lyndonville, NY 14098
Capt Johnny Oravec is a 43 year veteran of Orleans County charter captain of the 33 foot Trojan the “Troutman 2”. Capt Johnny has been helping Great Lakes anglers learn and develop fishing techniques by writing for the In Fisherman Magazine TV and Radio.
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