Orleans County Fishing Report for December 18, 2018

This week’s STREAM fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, December 18, 2018.

Kind of a return to slightly colder temps for this mid week period but the forecast for the end of week is definitely warmer with a chance of precipitation Friday. For now, flows in the Oak are low to moderate and mostly clear. There are still occasional water level fluctuations thanks to hydro-power operations. Unconfirmed, but the dropping flows and today’s fluctuation to low flows could be the planned hydro work that was scuttled earlier this fall. Look for the chance for low or lower or leakage flows in the turbine channel for a day or so. Flows will still rebound through the overflow channel in the interim. (Flows cannot be stopped as they will over-spill the overflow channel if the hydro plant is shutdown).

All the water is open and ice free all the way through the downstream slow water. The other area smaller tributaries have low and clear flows. Any change in flows could perk up some fresh steelhead action and/or redistribute some browns in the smaller tributaries.

Overall, the fishing pressure is real light, with only a handful of cars at each parking spot on the Oak today. And on the smaller tributaries you might not encounter anyone through multiple spots. Action is fair to good for light line careful drifters. Still good swing or retrieve chances too with post spawn browns often eager for a good sized bite other then an egg. Cold and clear and low water makes for sometimes reticent fish that turn on and off through the day. Some smaller tributary guys have reported real good action, while most guys on the Oak are going to experience that on and off action. A few quality browns or steelhead in a few hours time for mid December doesn’t sound all that bad though to me.

Provided by Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

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