Orleans County Fishing Report for February 5, 2019

This week’s fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, February 5, 2019.

Thanks to couple days of warm temperatures, snow-melt and showers through last night, all the tributary flows have come up and gone off color. Flows in the Oak are more or less between high and blown or headed more toward blown and dirty especially with any more precipitation. In the Oak through yesterday, flows were high consisting of lots of overflow and turbine water. Turbine flows looked like they were restored later in the day Monday from earlier low flows so look for something like wide open there. Overflow levels should crest through about today or tomorrow and could be back on the rise with forecasted precipitation later this week. Temperatures are forecast to cool back down with a one day bump back up Wednesday.

The other area smaller tributaries have blown and dirty flows and may not have the chance to retreat all that much if there is more precipitation the end of this week. For now it does not look like those waterways have opened completely up from the winter time ice. Right up until this latest rise in flows in the Oak, anglers were into a mix of steelhead and browns mainly nearer the dam. A few guys did make some drifts in the overflow channel. Downstream slow water areas have opened back up. On the backside of these high flows with any reasonable fishable conditions there should be the chance for some fresh steelhead migrations kicking off the late winter and spring action.

Provided by Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

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