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Orleans County (New York) Fishing Report – March 15, 2022

Another dose of that spring feeling is in the air on a slight warmup forecast for this week! Chance of only rain showers with temps approaching 50°F+ on select days. There’s slightly cooler forecast for the upcoming weekend and hopefully the serious cold is a goner! Definitely breaking toward spring so get those cold-water steelhead drifts in while you can.

Flows in the Oak are responding nicely to a few days of previous cold with dropping and clearing – an honest notch or so less (slightly high) then the previous wide open turbine flows with overflow levels diminished. Water color is real nice at slightly stained 2 ft of visibility so drift chances for now are the best they’ve been so far this late winter/early spring period.

Hook ups on some fresh fish are coming a little easier then the previous few weeks – check out the latest catch pic below. Water temps are moving thru the mid and into the high 30’s°F and look for 40°F-ish+ as the weather warms. Lake Alice ice cover is probably days away from going away. Look for flows maintained around the slightly high/slightly stained for now. Drying out weather could lead to lower medium – ish or wetter weather could lead to higher/dirtier. Other area smaller tribs are at medium and slightly stained.

Steelhead should be spread thru the waterways and reports of a few fresh, silver browns too. We’re already hearing of small boat civilian trollers on the near shore Lake Ontario waters having success so casters at the pier heads should be able to get in on that action too. Point Breeze/Orleans County/east side boat launch is still closed while construction is hopefully soon to wrap up. West side state launch slated to open ASAP. The Olcott pier project is completed for land lubbers there to get back out there or the Oak Orchard piers.

— Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

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