Orleans County Fishing Report for February 12, 2019

This week’s fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, February 12, 2019.

Just when you think the weather will get somewhat consistent – it changes again. Seems to be the pattern. This week’s forecast temperatures are probably not as cold as anticipated, at least until the end of week or upcoming weekend, so look for most tributary flows to be open and fishable for now without icing back up. Given this February time frame, it would take a good bit of consistent cold to lock things back up. Snow is expected today changing over to a wintry mix of rain and then changing back over to snow tomorrow. Warmer temps and the rain may get some runoff rolling again just as things were trying to retreat.

For now flows in the Oak are slightly high consisting of a good head of turbine water and diminished overflow water. Water color has been improving at about 1 – 2 ft of visibility. Flows may be back on the increase and getting dirtier through the mid part of this week. There has been a fair amount of pressure at the dam at times, but generally the rest of the downstream water has not had a lot of pressure. Guys are into a mix of old and fresh steelhead with some legit 30+ inch fish reported. The other area smaller tributaries have slightly high to high and stained flows that are pretty well open. Reports from those waterways are somewhat quiet but there’s likely some fresh steelhead chances there too. The stormy weather today and tomorrow may make for some challenging drifting and we’ll have to see what the end of week and upcoming weekend weather may do to the water levels.

Provided by Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

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