Lake Ontario Tributaries, Harbors & Piers conditions/fishing update.

Posted on November 4th, 2013

Thursday’s rain has raised all Lake Ontario tributary levels. The dammed streams, Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks, NY currently have higher flows with a stain, but decent visibility. These streams are generally more gradually impacted by rains, so the visibility may worsen. All of the other streams have high, muddy flows today. When conditions permit there is still great opportunity to target king salmon (chinook salmon) in many streams. Reports indicate there are still fresh kings running into streams such as Twelvemile, Eighteenmile, Johnson, Oak Orchard, Marsh and Sandy Creeks. Expect a mix of fresh green salmon, actively spawning salmon and old, moldy salmon. Egg sacs, salmon skein, egg pattern flies and bugger patterns are good baits for salmon. .


Anglers are also catching good numbers of brown trout in the Lake Ontario tributaries, especially in Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks. Decent numbers of steelhead and the occasional Atlantic salmon round out the catches. Egg sacs, single eggs, trout beads and egg pattern flies are tops for brown trout and steelhead. Trout catches can be especially good just below pairs of spawning salmon. .


Eighteenmile Creek anglers be advised that 30,000 fall fingerling coho salmon were stocked on Thursday, October 31st in Olcott Harbor. Some of these delicate 4-6 inch fish migrate up to Burt Dam and readily hit smaller baits. Please carefully handle and release these sub-legal fish so they may return in a few years as adults.


When weather permits, casting spoons for brown trout and steelhead is still a good bet for pier anglers at Wilson, Olcott, Oak Orchard and the Genesee River. Bass and northern pike catches have also been reported at pier sites. Yellow perch catches have been fair at best at pier and harbor sites, which is no surprise considering the amount of predators around.


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