Orleans County, NY – King Salmon Lake and Trib Fishing Report for Sep. 25, 2018

This week’s FINAL LAKE fishing report is from Capt. John Oravec of Tightline’s Charters, September 25, 2018. 

Get Ready! The coming weeks are an exciting time for big fish, kings and browns and are 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 Rapala’s and assorted, diving, rattle style crankbaits 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 river mouth 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!

“Troutman,” Captain John Oravec, Email: captjohnoravec.com  

Tight Lines Charters
1857 Countyline Rd * Lyndonville, NY 14098
boat/mobile 585-590-2045 

Capt. Johnny Oravec is a 43 year veteran of 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.

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 captjohno@netzero.net and 585-590-2045 (boat/mobile)  for questions or info. Thanks and Fish On!  Troutman -Out!

THANK YOU, Troutman, for your weekly reports!

Orleans County Stream Fishing Report for Sep. 24, 2018, is from Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

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 river mouth 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 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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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!

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The Team at Orleans County Tourism

Lake Ontario – Orleans County LAKE and STREAM fishing report: September 11, 2018.

Capt. Johnny Oravec is a 43 year veteran of Orleans County charter captain of the 33 foot Trojan the "Troutman 2".

LAKE REPORT from Capt. John Oravec of Tightlines Charters: 

Happy Fisherman from Minnesota with one of the 3 Salmon he caught. Not bad for his first time fishing on Lake Ontario. Courtesy of Mike Grager

This week we were blessed with two fisheries, both in shore with red hot action! Fishery #1: lots of anglers found a cooperative mixed bag of “feeder” kings, steelhead, Choo and rogue brown trout in the 90 to 130 ft. of water band (FOW). Many reported consistent spoon bite 50 to 70 ft down, 350 coppers and flasher “meat” rigs on 210 divers.
Fishery #2: Several charters (specifically Free Spirit, Rally Killer, Troutman 2, Pisces) moved east and up the ledge to 65 FOW and discovered dense mature kings. I have to say this inner ledge action rivaled the dodger crush of the 1980’s!!!
By 6:30 pm, my guys said “uncle”, worn out from hauling on screaming reel 20 pound class chinook. Many boats agreed that multiple hook ups were the norm and my boys scrambled during a 4 timer – all big, all runaway freight train fighting kings using custom  “O” Frawg Northern King Spoons. By looking at the calendar, this schools depth (65 ft.), the pink belly on most of the fish and forecast for days of east winds, I expect these salmon are Oak Orchard River bound. (Pink belly kings indicate laying on bottom where chafing zebra mussels occurs.)
Expect big fish 10 to 40 FOW very soon! The forecast for the upcoming late week/ weekend is for 80° weather and lighter winds so get ready with flasher fly combos, j plugs and screaming reels. The mature fish are in! Have fun, since the Orleans County Lake Ontario waters are, after all, “the Home of the King!”
T-Man out!
“Troutman”, Captain John Oravec, captjohnoravec.com
Tight Lines Charters, 1857 Countyline Rd * Lyndonville, NY 14098
boat/mobile 585-590-2045
Capt Johnny Oravec is a 43 year veteran of 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.
STREAM REPORT  from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, September 11, 2018.
Well, we got our change in the weather and on the cusp of that change before the Lake got too roiled up there were a few salmon hooked up at the Oak river mouth on Saturday and Sunday, Sept 8th and 9th.  Some strong winds and cool if not cold water near shore have kept some guys at bay thru the start of this week.  There was something like 1 – 2 inches of a nice soaking rain here on the Lake Plains thru Monday, Sept. 10th.
You’d be hard pressed to see much effect on tributary levels though since things were starting so low.  But no doubt its cooled things down some and coupled with that previous mentioned wind, some salmon have come into the the lower Oak and maybe a few have fired all the way to the dam.  The Lake has gotten so cold in the near shore waters from the most recent weather that it may have made a cold water “fence” that trout and salmon may not want to cross – for now.  I haven’t seen any obvious concentrations of staged up salmon in the lower river typical spots just yet.  Forecast is for a return to warmer temps and with some lakeshore prevailing westerly winds there should be a return to more typical staging fish movement.
Oak Orchard River mouth King early Sep 2018
Oak Orchard River mouth King, early Sep 2018
Provided by Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge
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Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Mar. 21, 2018

 

  • Happy 1st Day of Spring!
  • Fish Numbers are Good, Fishing Pressure is Light
  • Oak Orchard Creek, Johnson Creek, other tribs – All have Fish

By Ron Bierstine – Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge

Happy First Day of Spring!

Clear but cold-ish weather is forecast thru the week with highs in the 30’s.  No impact is expected here from the latest Nor’easter.  In fact, with no real snow melt going on lately, it’s getting kind of dry.  There is a chance for a warm up toward this weekend and although, right here on the Lake Plains – there isn’t much snow, there is some more to the south.  Hopefully that will get flows in the Oak back up some when it begins to melt.

Flows in the Oak are moderate and pretty clear, not far off from typical fall time conditions.  There were a few more anglers out this past weekend, but overall, the fishing pressure is relatively light.  Fish numbers are still pretty good. They are not fresh and dumb anymore so presentations have to be good with generally lighter leads and tippets.  A fair amount of fish are still tucked up at the dam with scattered fish spreading downstream.

Way downstream, frog water small craft anglers are into a few steelhead and mainly browns.  The next warm -up with any kind of rise in flows should re-energize the fish and action and encourage some fresh fish migrations.

Flows in the smaller area tributaries are hanging in at moderate, with still a little color to the west and clearer to the east.  We’re still hearing of hook-ups at Johnson Creek while the reports from other waterways are a little quiet with not a lot of guys out there.

Small boat trollers able to find decent weather and wave windows are into good numbers of fish in the typical in-shore waters.

Click here to follow Ron’s report that he updates several times per week. 

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Orleans County, New York – Lake Ontario & Tribs, Lake Alice

By Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

All of the area tributary flows are on the rise from a couple days of warm temps.  The warm temps have caused more snow melt, whereby most of the area snow pack and snow piles have gone away, except for protected woods.

Smaller tributaries are high and dirty now and with any future blown flows they should pretty much open up completely from any ice and debris.  Look for flows on the Oak to be similarly on the rise with the chance for some overflow and dirtier water color thru about the mid part of this week, if all the forecasted precipitation is realized. 

Fishermen are out now finding fishable conditions and were out thru the past weekend.  Steelhead action is on and off, not too hot and heavy, most guys getting a few hook-ups thru a day’s effort.

Seems like when the flows were more stained about a week+ ago, there were more hook ups.  Any future higher and dirtier flows could draw in some late winter and early spring fresh fish to our streams, with hopefully, some good action thru February and March.

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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!

Provided by the Team at Orleans County Tourism