Orleans County Fishing Report

Today is Wednesday May 31, 2017.

The up and down temperatures should continue at least through the middle of June according to the weather forecasters.

The water levels on Lake Ontario are not expected to start dropping until the end of June at the earliest.

Now that we have that out of the way, the good news is that Lake Ontario is open for the business of fishing and the signs are right for another great season.

Indications from the early trawls seem to show plenty of bait and the mild winter has contributed to that plus a longer season for growth of our sportfish.

Our marinas are hard at work raising their docks to combat the higher water levels.

Captains Cove has their new office and tackle shop open at the top of the hill and Bald Eagle has operations in full swing.

The cooler temperatures and some East/Northeast winds have slowed the eastern progression of Chinook salmon just a bit, but that means that they will be bigger by the time they move this far East.

On Lake Alice catches of both Bluegill and Crappie are being taken as well as bass but please remember that bass are catch and release until the 3rd Saturday in June.

Information on the fishing in Lake Ontario out of Orleans County is slowing a bit due to the Condor Derby on the 9th of June and then the Orleans County Open Tournament on the 10th and 11th this year.

By the way this year you can fish this great tournament out of either Point Breeze or Bald Eagle Marina.

Lastly, please be mindful of the high-water conditions and slow to idle speed when entering and exiting our harbors and when close to our shoreline.

From Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town USA and the rest of Orleans County, let’s make everyday a great fishing day right here in Orleans County.