Orleans County Fishing Report for October 8, 2019: Salmon Run Updates and More

This report is by Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge on Tuesday, October 8, 2019:

We’re getting into the good part of October now and still the salmon “run” looks to be behind a typical years’ timing by a week or two.  More fish are definitely on the move now with still no great concentrations staged in the usual downstream spots that we know of.  Look for migrating fish out of Lake Ontario to move up toward the dam relatively quickly.  Weather is mostly pleasant for anglers this week – not necessarily great for anymore precipitation or colder temps.  The forecast is dry and relatively warm until the weekend when there is the chance for precipitation.  Rain last weekend did not amount to much here on the WNY Lake Ontario plain.  Long range forecast points toward colder weather next week and possible lake effect snow.

After better reports of some Kings on the move this past weekend, guys are currently reporting less fish evidenced in the fast water stretch below the dam.  Also, fewer anglers are out and about for now, even at the dam.  At the dam there are still good to medium numbers of fish, so salmon are obviously passing through downstream spots but more than likely migrating in the low light periods.  Downstream frog water drifters are having some action and reporting medium numbers of salmon staged on different days.  Pier anglers are still hanging in and getting some on and off hook ups on what’s probably plenty more fish yet to come out of the Lake on the continued slow roll.  Small boat trollers on the backside of previous stronger NE or E winds did pretty well and now those winds are light NE and E.  Flows in the Oak are low to moderate and clear.  Expect sluggish drifts from the Archers Club and downstream from high Lake Ontario levels.  Other area smaller tributaries have low and clear flows with Kings massing some in the lower reaches and small pods shooting upstream.

Notes from the OC Tourism Team:

The St. Mary’s Archer’s Club is now open to the public (starting Sept. 30), serving breakfast for $7 (6 AM-10 AM) and lunch for $10 (11:30 AM – 2 PM) daily. Parking is $10.

St. Mary’s Archer’s Club Catch & Release Fly Fishing Contest is Oct 16, 17 & 18th.

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