This report is by Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge on Tuesday, October 15, 2019:
It looks like fishing pressure has backed off some now after there were a few more anglers out this past holiday weekend. There is still a fair amount of folks at the dam. Forecast ahead looks seasonably cool with a chance of rain Wednesday and Thursday – a half inch or more of precipitation. Any significant precipitation would be a good thing to possibly bump up tributary flows and encourage salmon migrations. For now, the Kings continue a slow roll migration with still most all fish in good shape and only some fish actually spawning. Over the past weekend anglers did report seeing some Kings moving through fast water areas in the early morning or later evening time frame. Still no prolonged marching like an all day movement noted. Majority behavior has been steaming up to or near the dam. Flows in the Oak are low to moderate and clear. Any rise in flows and some color to the water would make for better hook-up chances. The believed scattered Kings out in Lake Ontario are still passing through the River mouth and casters intercepted some of those fish even this past weekend. Patient skein drifters report seeing a few fish crashing in the lower frog water areas on the Oak and some bobber downs. The early browns and steelhead and Atlantics reported are not surprisingly mixed up with the majority of the salmon nearer the dam or just downstream.
Don’t forget about the Personal Flotation Device (PFD) requirement by the power company on their lands where wading is allowed. The other area smaller tributaries have low and clear and dropping flows with scattered numbers of salmon reported. Any rise in flows should really benefit those smaller waterways to move out more summertime weeds and encourage salmon migrations. Look for a continued trickling of Kings unless there is a spate of water. Colder nights are finally dropping trib water temps now into the 50’s and that should put more Kings on gravel while encouraging more brown trout migrations too.
Notes from the OC Tourism Team
The St. Mary’s Archer’s Club is now open to the public.
• Breakfast is served 6 AM to 10 AM, $7;
• Lunch is 11:30 AM to 2 PM, $10.
• Parking is $10.
St. Mary’s Archer’s Club Catch & Release Fly Fishing Contest is Oct 16, 17 & 18th.
From Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town USA and the rest of Orleans County, let’s make every day a great fishing day right here in Orleans County!
The Team at Orleans County Tourism