Orleans County Fishing Report for April 9, 2019

This week’s fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, Tues., Apr. 9, 2019.

Ideal fishable flows in the Oak are at about medium with 2 ft or so of stained visibility.  Reports of some water level fluctuations through yesterday probably as a result of a hydro plant emergency shutdown, and today looks like the good flows are restored.  A bit of rain early Monday should maintain flows so look for medium – ish flows to prevail through the week provided there is no new significant precipitation.  After a couple of warm days, the forecast ahead this week looks seasonably cool so look for the good conditions to hang in without any great water temp spikes in the near future.  Windy conditions are expected today.

Through the past weekend guys reported good action Saturday and a little tougher through Sunday.  Steelhead are spread through the river and mostly on gravel or adjacent staging spots around gravel.  Concentrations of fish at the dam will probably be less as the calendar clicks toward spring.  For this mid-week period, so far there’s lite fishing pressure at best.  The other area smaller tributaries have medium flows and slightly stained water color.  The latest precipitation should help maintain flows there.

In all the waterways, anglers will find a mix of spawning or staged or dropback or fresh fish.  So far this spring, it looks like the action will continue to be spread out much like the previous winter was with ups and downs in the action.  Remember though, the water temps warm up none-the-less through April so now, while cool–ish conditions prevail, is the time to try for steelhead.  A few bass are in the mix in the lower reaches and suckers are more numerous too.

Lake Ontario Fishing Updates: Several charter boats were out and about over the weekend with some success just off Point Breeze. Happy Anglers were reeling in brown & lake trout and Chinook Salmon. 

Pen Rearing at the Oak
NY DEC delivered 90,590 Chinook salmon and 10,000 steelhead to pens at Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina Monday, 4/8/19. They will be penned for approximately 3 weeks before they are released into the lake.

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