Orleans County Fishing Report for January 29, 2019

This week’s fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, January 29, 2019.

Flows in the Oak are something like just shy of medium or between moderate and medium.  In the short term,  look for retreating flows likely toward moderate and clear.  Water color is just slightly stained at about 3 feet of visibility.  Some flows are passing through the overflow channel from over top the spillway.  There is some flow through the turbine channel too.  It looks about 75% overflow and 25% turbine.  Not sure why Brookfield is not passing maximum flow through the hydro plant while water passes through the overflow channel from over top the spillway. (Under what is not a high water event.)  There may still be something going on at the hydro plant – and if we find out anything we will let you know.

Fishing pressure remains pretty light with extremely cold temperatures and wind forecast through the rest of the week.  The real cold weather is not expected to be prolonged though, with moderating temperatures expected by the end of the weekend.  Heavier Lake Effect Snow is forecast southwest of the area off Lake Erie with no major accumulations are expected here.

Downstream, slow water is still open with just some bank ice encroaching, but could freeze more with the expected cold temps.  With some light, long and slow drifts, anglers should be into some steelhead.  Any breaks in the weather resulting in a rise in flows could bring around some fresh steelhead.  The other area smaller tributaries have moderate and mostly clear and frozen flows.  In the short term, look for retreating and frozen flows until there is a prolonged warm up.

Provided by Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge.

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