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Orleans County Fishing Report 11/15/22

Orleans County Tourism
November 16, 2022
Lake Ontario - Freshwater Fishing Report

A fall cool down on the backside of the weekend rains is upon us! A nice spate of water which is hanging on in the Oak and retreating in the other area smaller tribs back to the base Canal feed. There were briefly low flows in Sandy but my estimation is Canal feed has resumed and bumped flows back up slightly.
Fishing pressure is down all around, especially in the Oak. Some decent brown trout action now for most anglers on the Oak seemingly on the backside of these most recent higher flows. Most guys upstream- ish report good action while those downstream like in the flat water report tougher action. Note to self after any kind of high water after stale conditions try more upstream then downstream. And that flat downstream water on the Oak is just tougher to fish period except for good float techniques or cast/retrieve. Classic drifting, not so much.
A couple anglers reported when flows came down thanks to turbine rack cleaning it revealed strong numbers of browns and some steelhead nearer the dam, even if they hadn't been good biters prior. This is in some contrast to earlier reports of mostly Kings kicking around on the lowering flows. Here's the skinny on the weather, and we are not meteorologists. Some LES is coming this weekend. And that's after a brush with some area wide snow tonight and tomorrow that might only be a dusting this far north on the WNY Niagara Frontier. Same for the LES that is coming. Its a semi serious band forecast to set up off Lake Erie. This area will be on the far end of it. Oh winds could shift it this way and that would mean we'll get some snow. But in all likelihood the greater accumulations will be SW of here with the chance that the WNY Niagara Frontier may not get all that much. Either way it'll be colder with continued clearing and lowering flows like in the Oak.

Target Species:

Steelhead, Brown Trout

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Fantastic year round fishing on Lake Ontario and the tribs of Orleans County, New York for Chinook, Coho and Atlantic salmon, Lake, Brown and Steelhead trout, Northern pike, Large and Smallmouth bass, Carp and various other Panfish.

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Orleans County Tourism
14016 Route 31
Albion, NY 14411
Phone: 585-589-3103
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