Ron Bierstine reports. The Niagara, NY area received about 12 – 18 inches of snow thru the mid part of the week with cold temps Wed and Thu. Temps are forecast warm today and tomorrow above freezing which should continue the on and off thaw and run-off we have been experiencing. There is the chance for rain and snow showers tonight and tomorrow. There’s no big rush of water but look for flows to likely be on the rise somewhat from today’s med and slightly stained flow with 2 – 3 feet of viz. Water color may continue to get a little dirtier. Even with a couple days cold temps forecast on the end of the weekend, the net result will be higher flows and the continuing slow opening of the downstream reaches of the tribs. The smaller waterways still have a lot of ice cover and ice jams to move out. Flows in those waterways are something like med – slightly high and stained and there is some upstream open water areas where guys are getting some drifts in. For now water temps remain cold in the OOrchard at approx mid 30’s F with ice cover still on the upstream reservoir. Some earlier run fish have spawned and with higher flows prevailing in the Oak Orchard and hopefully soon in the smaller tribs, fresh fish should be on the move. Over-the-all, fishing pressure is generally light with a few more guys out on the warmer days. Hook-ups now in the Oak Orchard are on a mix of darker and some fresh fish.
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