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Welcome to Winter!

By Mike Waterhouse
Orleans County Sportfishing Coordinator

Posted January 11, 2017

The up and down temperatures continue, with Orleans County enjoying the warmer part of the swing for now.

Tuesday night’s rain, added to more rain and snow in the forecast, should keep the water levels in all of the tributaries within Orleans County at moderate to slightly high levels. Water clarity should remain stained to slightly stained through the rest of this week and into next week.

Most of our tributaries are at least partly open, and they should remain so with the warmer weather.

The bad news is that there is a lack of safe ice for ice fishermen to be on, and that shouldn’t change for the better any time soon. The partial icing conditions also mean that small boats cannot access the lower portion of the “Oak” right now.

The good news is that the thawing conditions are causing both brown trout and steelhead to be on the move throughout the system, and fresh fish are entering the system, too.

Both natural and artificial baits are working well, including woolly buggers and nymphs in a variety of colors, wax worms, salted minnows and spikes.

With the ever-changing weather, please be mindful of your surrounding conditions, as they may quickly change.

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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