Ron Bierstine reports. All the tributary flows on the Lake Ontario, Upper NY region are slowly on the drop with clearing water color. Flows in the Oak Orchard are high and stained with a foot or just less of visibility. Flows consist of lots of turbine water and diminished overflow water. The other area smaller tributaries have med – slightly high flows with 1 plus feet of visibility. The smallest tributaries have med flows and just slightly stained water color. Temps are high in the 40’s or near 50 F with the chance for showers or rain tonight and tomorrow. Wind advisory tonight thru tomorrow. Anymore significant precipitation could cause flows to go higher and off-color. Fresh steelhead should be well distributed thru all the waterways now and on the backside of the higher flows with the first good opportunities at consistent hook-ups in the smaller tributaries right now. Anglers have been hooking up in the Oak Orchard at the dam and upstream reaches, now the downstream water should be getting easier to drift while overflow levels recede. The ice on the upstream reservoir is probably just a few days from going away and that will allow water temps to continue to rise thru the high 30’s. As is the common spring steelhead mistake, anglers waiting for low and clear flows may not find those conditions as flows continue to crank high and stained especially with anymore precipitation.
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