Orleans County, NY / Lake Ontario – Fish Report for April 24, 2018

  • Water Clarity Slowly Clearing in Trib’s
  • Fishing Pressure is Light, GET OUT HERE!
  • Look for Steelies, Browns and Rainbows as Waters Shift to Warmer

By Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

Nice spring weather is hanging in with warmer temps through the beginning part of this week.  Flows in the Oak are hanging in at high with lots of upstream supply.  Look for flows to stay up or possibly go higher with overflow water with any significant precipitation.  Water color is slowly clearing with about 1 foot + of visibility.

For the last of the consistent steelhead action, the conditions are what they are in the Oak.  If by the time flows will be significantly lower and clearer, look for warmer temps and post spawn or drop backs moving downstream and not so many fresh fish moving upstream.  Water temps with the near forecast will be moving through the 50’s°F.  For now, fishing pressure remains real light with just a handful of guys on the waterway and not a lot of reports back so far this week.

Through this past weekend, guys who got a drift or swing down and slow had some hook ups.  Even a couple of hook-ups of hard fighting fish in warmer water temps is worth the effort.  The other smaller tributaries have medium flows and just slightly stained water color.  Look for scattered steelhead and drop backs and the chance for some lake run browns or rainbows.  Any future significant precipitation could raise flows up in those smaller waterways too.

Click here to follow Ron’s report that he updates several times per week.  Visit our Fishing Report on OrleansCountyTourism.com, including weather forecasts and current view of Lake Ontario from the Oak Orchard Lighthouse.

From Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town USA and the rest of Orleans County, let’s make everyday a great fishing day right here in Orleans County!

Sincerely, The Team at Orleans County Tourism