Orleans County Fishing Report for October 30, 2018

This week’s STREAM fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, October 30, 2018.

Depending upon your perspective, the area escaped the most recent heavier precipitation. Most of the past weekend’s significant rain hit south of here and so the Oak flows should be maintained at what’s been a real nice medium flow or barely greater and mostly clear. The other area smaller tributaries with local, smaller watershed might have come up from real low to just low for now. With greenery slowly capturing less water and the ground now a bit wetter, the next significant precipitation could show some runoff for higher flows in the smaller tributaries. Showers are in the forecast Wednesday and there is the chance for a soaking rain Thursday & Friday. Any rise in flows in the smaller tributaries will likely move a bunch of staged up salmon and trout upstream for good action. Forecast temperatures thru this week look pretty agreeable with highs around 50 F.

Fishing pressure was high last weekend and now seems down and more agreeable so far thru this week. Water temps are dropping back into the high 40’s now with colder nights. Kings are definitely still present and still strong at or nearer the dam. Some are showing signs of zombie wear while green stragglers are still moving upstream. Downstream frog water or lower river or rivermouth action for Kings is probably more hit or miss now. Upstream fast water and dam action on the Oak is real good for mixed bag chances at browns, steelhead, Atlantics, cohos and Kings. Some guys remark that the Kings are real active biters. As we’re moving into November, look for more guys concentrating on trout chances and less on Kings. We’re in a bit of a transition between camps right now so I think that’s why the fishing pressure has eased some. Should be lots of good action still ahead.

Provided by Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

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