Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Feb. 21, 2018

This week’s fishing report is from Ron Bierstine at Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge.

A nice steelhead after changeable winter weather and a rise in Oak Orchard flows mid – late February. Stained water color means prime chances for good fly drifts and willing biters! Photo Courtesy of Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge

Thanks to last week ending with a couple days of cold temps, flows had actually retreated quicker than anticipated and offered a decent fishable window thru the past weekend on falling and clearing flows.  There were some on and off steelhead action and anglers had hook-ups on the smaller tributaries too.

Flows go up, flows go down, flows go back up.  Thanks to rain yesterday, with unseasonable warm temps, all the tributary flows are high and dirty, headed shortly, probably, to be blown and dirty.

The forecast is for warm temps thru the mid-week and another chance for precipitation today.  After this week, all the tributary shore ice should be moved out and possibly the ice cover on Lake Alice (aka Waterport Pond) too.  Look for rising tributary water temperatures now, at least in the short term, if any seasonal cool weather doesn’t return.  So dirty and high water color is likely to hang in for a bit on the Oak with no great cool down in sight and lots of upstream supply.

Flows in the Oak are high and stained with about a foot or so of visibility. There are lots of turbine and overflow water at the dam, and overflow levels may increase, so water color may get dirtier.

There are still anglers on the waterway today with unknown success.  The other area smaller tributaries are blown and dirty, but look for those smaller waterways to be on the mend toward some state of reasonable fishing by the end of the week.

Steelhead should be well distributed on the backside of some of the highest flows we’ve had in a while.

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!

The Orleans County Tourism Team,  Email: lynne@orleanscountytourism.com