Thanks to some cooling NE winds off the big Lake O earlier this week there’s been some salmon action at the Oak. Early-ish fish that generally go straight to the dam – surely not that abnormal. Anglers have had some hook ups at the dam. A few staged fish were seen boiling around at the Bridges area yesterday evening. Small boat casters and trollers and skein drifters may be able to get on those fish if they stay put.
Pier head casters have got some hook ups earlier this week on those cooled down near shore waters on a few salmon and trout. The chance is there on any given low light morning or evening or at night now as salmon are scouting or moving thru.
Flows in the Oak are not bad especially given the past dry conditions. Upstream Canal water feed likely responsible for helping to encourage any early migrations. Other area smaller tribs on the low and clear side. Fishing pressure real light but there is at least some chances to get in on a few early fish. Fish and peeps will tend to concentrate in upstream spots as the season progresses.
Hot and dry and clear skies and clear water and calm winds will tend to stall migrations while wet and cold and cooling winds and stained water will tend to help migrations.
— Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge