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Eric Diltz of Brockport holds the fourth place rainbow trout, which weighed 12 pounds, 2 ounces.

Welcome to Fall?

By Mike Waterhouse
Orleans County
Sportfishing Coordinator

Posted September 21, 2017

Well, it looks like we are in for another long stretch of pleasant, summer-like weather conditions.

This should slow down the migration of trout and salmon toward their spawning grounds just a bit.

Early morning and late evening fishing from the pier heads has been fairly productive, as has been trolling the “wall” at those times.

There are still good numbers of fish and bait in the 70 to 200 feet of water range for those who still have boats in the water.

This past weekend, I was at a function at the Archers Club, and conditions never looked better. There is a good water flow throughout the entire area, which should make for some fantastic fishing this fall. They also have made some great improvements to the facilities in the enlarged kitchen area.

Mark on your calendar Oct. 18, 19 and 20 for the St. Mary’s Archers Club Catch and Release Fly Fishing Derby. This great event features three days of great fishing, fantastic food, and some wonderful prizes – truly an event not to be missed.

With the warmup, fishing in the lower stretches of the “Oak,” Lake Alice and the Erie Canal has slowed a bit, except for the smallmouth bass fishing.

That will all change once some cooler temperatures return to our area.

According to initial reports from the DEC creel census folks, it looks like this has been one of the highest catch rates for trout and salmon they have ever seen, proving once again that Lake Ontario and its tributaries are alive and very healthy, even with the little extra water Mother Nature has given us.

From Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, the World Fishing Network’s Ultimate Fishing Town USA, and the rest of Orleans County, let’s make every day a great fishing day right here in Orleans County.

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