Ron Bierstine reports. There is the chance for some large Kings this fall evidenced by some fish around 40 pounds caught this season. And you can get in on that fresh King salmon action right now – check out the huge 38.5 King below in the current fish pics caught Tues., Sept 7 casting at the Oak Orchard river mouth. Steelhead numbers seem strong evidenced by lake catches of some very respectable fish and brown trout numbers may also be on an upswing based on a return to more historically successful stocking practices with more catches turning up in the big Lake this summer. Throw in the potential for a few more Atlantic and a few Coho and the tributary fishing action looks promising!
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Reports put a few salmon in the Oak Orchard River all the way to the dam, but more then likely more fish are hunkered deep in downstream, slow water staging holes like at the Bridges and still passing through the river mouth. River mouth and pier fishing action in the Oak Orchard and at Olcott, NY at 18 Mile Creek is starting up. Most evenings even thru the past unseasonably hot weather I’ve spotted a fish or two rolling-fish in the lower Oak Orchard River. Now with cooler and overcast conditions coupled with NW winds there should be even more on-shore movement of Kings. Look for on and off river mouth action that will depend largely upon winds and weather. Cooler forecasted temps thru this weekend will bring in a few more fish and push them a little more upstream. Lake trollers are heading both off-shore and closer in-shore for action. Rivermouth casters are now into both Kings and some steelhead.
..Check out the current fish picture below. We’ll update with trout fishing action soon. Oak Orchard River flows are at mod levels with mostly clear water color of about 3+ feet of viz. Flows consist largely of seasonal Erie Canal water feed. Thunderstorms or rain or hurricane weather can alter flows quickly and those river stained freshets are what salmon and trout key in on for upstream migrations. The other area smaller tributaries have low flows and mostly clear water color. Summer time weeds are present in all the tributaries at least until water temps cool down and/or the vegetation is flushed out from high water.
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