This week’s fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, February 26, 2019.
The high winds have finally let up and cold weather has returned. The forecast is for cold temperatures through the beginning of next week. Long range forecast hints at a change in the pattern for warmer weather through March. Area wide civilian snow is expected tomorrow of 3 – 5 inches and then a chance of snow again at the beginning part of the weekend.
Flows in the Oak are slightly high or maybe one notch less then high. There’s a good head of turbine water but it doesn’t look wide open. Water color is dirty with about a foot of visibility. Look for flows to stay up in the short term and likely drop and clear some through the end of the week toward medium to slightly high.
The other area smaller tributaries have medium to slightly high flows with dirty water color. Those smaller waterways are currently back on the drop and clearing and mostly open in the fast water stretches. There could be some icing conditions especially in slow water or downstream spots as the cold or snow hangs in.
There are a handful of guys back out on the Oak with so far unknown hook up chances. With the good flows that we have now, there is the chance for fresh steelhead anytime and especially as water color might clear a touch or the weather moderates a touch and we head toward March. If it’s going to be cold, it may as well snow so that could mean good flows for steelhead migrations later on.
Provided by Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge
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