Lake Ontario – Orleans County, Stream Fishing Report for Oct. 2, 2018…from Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

  • Salmon are Staging
  • Look for Big Runs to Begin in Oak Orchard River soon

So far, it is kind of a mixed bag for salmon-catching opportunities.  We have now have 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 Orchard river mouth to the lower river to the last of the slow water to the fast water gravel at 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 spots, stealthily, some at least, because there is not a lot of Lower Oak 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.  

Provided by Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

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