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Orleans County Fishing Report 1/31/23

Orleans County Tourism
January 31, 2023
Oak Orchard Creek - Freshwater Fishing Report

Over the past weekend with warm temps there was some melt off. The area smaller trib flows bumped up slightly while flows in the Oak have kept humming along at about slightly high and slightly stained. Anglers out over the past weekend reported a few hook ups on some steelhead by working different spots in the river. Action has been a little more measured then say 2 3 weeks ago when it seemed we got a small "run" of fresh steelhead. The forecast ahead thru about the weekend is for colder weather that will drop and clear flows. Look for flows in the Oak to go from the slightly high flows we have now to med and 2 3 ft of visibility. For now all the waterway is open but some of the downstream frog water could ice up. The other area smaller tribs have good looking med and slightly stained flows for now and likewise should be dropping back toward mod or lower and clearer. Good chance for some icing conditions coming on there. We'll see how long any cold weather may last (there's been no prolonged cold spell yet) and whether this is the stretch of weather we might have typically seen in January. Plenty of calendar time left ahead thru February and March for late winter/spring action. Warming temps and the next spate of water could bring on some big fresh steelhead!

Oak Orchard Creek Fishing Forecast:

Here's some more good news on chinook stocking numbers. NYSDEC and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry have agreed to a 10% increase in chinook salmon stocking in Lake Ontario for 2023. Alewife biomass and average weight of age 3 chinooks both show encouraging increases, so as a result NYSDEC will stock a total of 985,180 salmon. The 90,000 increase will be spread evenly over the major stocking sites, while the Salmon River stocking numbers will remain the same. Here, in the Oak Orchard that will mean 126,330 fish! The NYSDEC says "adaptively managing the number of salmon and trout stocked in Lake Ontario ensures we maintain a predator prey balance and continue to provide world-class fishing opportunities for years to come."

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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