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Welcome to Fall

By Mike Waterhouse
Orleans County
Sportfishing Coordinator

Posted November 22, 2017

Milder weather seems to be the rule over the next week or two, with only a slight chance of snow in the forecast.

Although this is a great forecast for tributary fishermen, I’m sure that the hunters would prefer to have at least some snow to help with tracking their game.

All of the tributaries within Orleans County are offering very fishable conditions for brown trout, steelhead/rainbow trout, and even some fresh salmon yet.

On the lower stretches of the “Oak,” perch fishing has slowed a bit, northern pike are spotty, and bass are still fairly active.

Speaking of bass, the season ends Nov. 30, so as of Dec. 1 it’s catch and release until the third Saturday of June next year.

On Lake Alice, fishing for all of the species has slowed slightly.

The Erie Canal has been partially dewatered, but from what I have been told, it will be refilled to check on some work that is being done. This means that when they do the final dewatering for the year, it will provide water for our tributaries well into December this year.

I hope that you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving this year.

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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