Orleans County Fishing Report for December 4, 2018

This week’s STREAM fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, December 4, 2018.

Thanks to the past weekend rain all the tributary flows did come up and go off color.  True to this season’s MO so far, flows stopped just short of blowing out or going completely unfishable.  Flows in the Oak are back to slightly high and slightly stained with about 2 ft of visibility.  Flows consist of a good head of turbine water.  There is still almost daily water level fluctuations thanks to hydro-power operations.  With leaf fall mostly complete those water level fluctuations should become less frequent.  The other area smaller tributaries probably crested through yesterday and with a good cold night last night, they should be on the retreat and clearing at something like medium flows and stained water color through this mid week period.

It should be a good window to get back on those smaller waterways now and before any serious icing conditions may set back in.  Look for a mix of mostly post spawn browns and a few steelhead.  On the Oak, the pressure perked back up through the past weekend and the beginning part of this week probably because some guys were chased off the other waterways.  Hook ups now require a little more time and careful swings or drifts then say a month ago but most guys are still having fair to good action on browns and steelhead.  With the good, nice flows prevailing there’s always the chance for fresh fish – late arriving browns or staging steelhead.  Forecast for the mid week period is highs in the 30’s°F and no serious lake effect snow (LES) is expected here on the WNY big Lake O Plain.  Better chance of LES south of here and then later this week.

Provided by Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

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