Orleans County Fishing Report for September 25, 2018

This week’s LAKE fishing report is from Capt. John Oravec of Tight Lines Charters, September 25, 2018:

Get Ready! The coming weeks are an exciting time for big fish, kings and browns and now available to the small boat angler fishing in close out to 20 ft. of water, as well as the shoreline/pier and creek boat anglers. I finished my tremendous 1000+ fish season with a brace of 22 pound kings for a local couple who recently walked on Troutman 2 for a late day troll. Be sure to come rigged with j plugs jointed rapalas and assorted diving rattle crank baits in bright glo and florescent colors. Make sure hooks are in top condition, extra sharp too as river run salmonids grow teeth and their jaws get leather tough! There has been a lot of rough stormy weather limiting boats so the catch report right now is light. But this same weather sets up favorable conditions for anglers who frequently fish the estuary piers and rivermouth flats with stained river outflow plumes that hold river bound monsters!

I want to thank all Great Lakes Anglers who have come to Orleans County this open water season on Lake Ontario. Everyone who did shared exciting fishing action that was consistently terrific from May to mid September. Wow, 2018! Yeah Baby! Myself, I must move onto the St. Lawrence/1000 Islands and the Niagara River so this fisherman is deferring the fresh Orleans County Fishing Report to Orleans County expert Ron “the Licorice Man” Bierstine of Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge for the Fall action from the Oak’s mouth upstream as well as other area streams. I am available at [email protected] email and 585 590 23045 (boat/mobile) for questions or info. Thanks and Fish On! Troutman -Out!

Captain John Oravec
Tight Lines Charters • 1857 Countyline Rd • Lyndonville, NY 14098 • boat/mobile 585-590-2045

Capt Johnny Oravec is a 43 year veteran Orleans County charter captain of the 33 foot Trojan the “Troutman 2″. Capt Johnny has been helping Great Lakes anglers learn and develop fishing techniques by writing for the In Fisherman magazine, TV and Radio.

This week’s STREAM fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, September 24, 2018.

So far, kind of a mixed bag of salmon catching opportunities. We have now finally strung together a few nights of cool weather helping to lower water temps some. Still no big precipitation events – next chance of rain thru tonight and tomorrow. Lakeshore winds remain mostly non prevailing between East or South. It would be interesting to see what a few days of westerly winds would do for on shore movements of fish. Anglers are catching some salmon from the Oak rivermouth to the lower river to the last of the slow water to the fast water gravel and to the dam. No big slug of fish reported in any one particular spot. Fishing pressure remains moderate and spread out thru all those spots. There are now reports of a few fish in fast water areas downstream of the dam and in the typical staging spots in the last of the slow water areas. Those fish are likely moving to those spots stealthily some at least because there is not a lot of lower river boiling around staging. So in other words, fish for now don’t seem to be hanging around the lower river area much in traditional spots like say at the Bridges. Flows in the Oak (supplemented with Erie Canal feed 24/7) remain good if not up some and certainly higher and more productive then the natural runoff so far low flows of the other area smaller tributaries.

If you are a charter captain or guide fishing in Orleans County and would like to provide us with a fishing report, please contact [email protected]