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Orleans County Fishing Report 5/2/23

Orleans County Tourism
May 2, 2023
Lake Ontario - Freshwater Fishing Report

About now, pre LOC Derby and during the Derby, there's typically a routine migration of activity toward the Niagara bar. Of anglers, of course! Trollers are chasing a good concentration of Kings and Lakers from there all the way back toward 4 Mile and Wilson and Olcott. The Spring LOC Derby for this year runs from May 5th - 14th, 2023. Good luck if you choose to compete. Don't be one of those anglers every year that reels in a derby qualifying fish but didn't purchase at least a one day derby ticket! You can compete and still practice catch and release for fish not making the derby cut since cold and mostly shallower water spreads afford the chance to release hardy fish this time of the year. Small Kings now become big Kings by fall and next year! Otherwise hard working anglers like Captain Chas from Searcher Charters keeps plugging the home waters around Point Breeze and takes full advantage of the lack of other trollers. "It's been good over the past week, conditions are changeable, there's colder water around just lately. It's been a mixed bag catch for salmon on divers followed by lake trout and then cohos on the surface. Most productive has been in 80 - 130 fow with 72 Monty spin doctors and flies." Captain Tim Hummel from Fish in the Box Charters also has been targeting the lake trout for some clients who really like those heavyweights. He's had some action in the eastern waters off Point Breeze.

Pier pressure and land lubber shoreline casters are also into a few brown trout thanks to that same cool water Captain Chas commented on that's hanging around. The weather for now definitely is cool enough not to chase brown trout back to deeper water and there's near shore bait lurking.

At the last Lake Ontario Fish Advisory Panel (LOFAP) on Apr 11, 2023, NYSDEC introduced the concept of Parentage Based Tagging or genetic coding of broodstock salmonids. This is an exciting method whereby stocked fish (Kings for now) are genetically matched back to parental broodstock. Validation studies so far show this method to be as accurate or more then mass marking or fin clipping for determining hatchery vs wild fish. This can give an accurate picture of salmonids in the Lake and can be used for further investigations beneficial for the fishery as the technology and library of coded fish expands.

Target Species:

Salmon, 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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