By September standards and a recent dry period the salmon action is pretty good. We are in the midst of some daily lite – med NE or E winds which has turned the near shore Lake Ontario waters cool. Those winds are forecast thru most of this week with mostly sunny skies and continued no precipitation. If we are seeing a slight lull in migrations its probably because the first movement of Kings from the start of those NE/E winds has spread out thru the Oak and now most recently fish are moving upstream in smaller numbers with as many or more pushed back off shore from the colder near shore waters.
After a somewhat wet summer this so far early Fall period has turned a little dry so we can be thankful for the Erie Canal water feed like in the Oak and Sandy that is keeping those waterways at good fishable flows and allowing migrations. At Point Breeze the pier casters are doing good with the typical larger size glow spoons at night and plugs and spoons during daylight. Good number of hook-ups reported end of the past weekend and as recent as this morning. Theres’s been browns hooked too along with the salmon. Mostly rec trollers and anchored up or drifting casters are also in on the 10 – 20 fow action around the Rivermouth. Boaters and casters will look for winds to make nice water color but not too much that makes for crashing waves or rollers. So far I’ve seen med numbers of fish in the downriver staging spots like at the Bridges with a handful seen crashing around at dusk last night. Still plenty of river between there and upstream fast water that only a few people will lay eyes on so no doubt there are fish spread out there too. At the dam there’s been med to steady action with not a crush of people just yet. All the fish there have come thru the downstream fast water strethes at some point but we have not heard much yet from the drifters and swingers from that stretch of water like around the Archers Club. Nice weather, fishable flows, salmon present from the Rivermouth to the dam, a few browns mixed in, so far just med angling pressure and lots of good fishing yet ahead – what could be better for the start of the tributary fishing action?!
Where do you want to catch a King? Open Lake or tributary? In the lake, the staging fish are not quite into the combat fishing zone of 20 fow, they are still out a little deeper. Trollers are primarily working the 60 - 80+ fow for mature fish. On trusted report though, there were a few salmon crashing around the rivermouth for the beginning part of this week. Look for a few of those fish to sneak into and up the Oak Orchard River with as many or more heading back out to deeper lake water until there might be some wind and wave action for stained water cover to make them feel comfortable to shoot upstream. In the Oak Orchard River, there are a few Kings at the dam where dead drifts with skein are mostly producing. And, at the rivermouth the hook-ups are still coming after a lot of casts, but hopefully getting better each day when cool weather hangs in. Any warm up and dry weather will tend to stall the action.
For the tributary action kicking off, look for rivermouth and downriver action first followed by later-on upstream fast water action. Consistent cool weather and good water flows are usually the ticket for things to get going. We already have half of that equation working favorably for us with "extra" Erie Canal water feed being released into Oak Orchard and Sandy Creek. Click here for scheduled water releases from the Canal.
Shane S. (below) got a hard strike and good battle from his King from the east pier this past weekend. He was casting a perch or firetiger jointed rapala. Earlier, the whole crew of Becky S, Butch M. and Corrina M. were out on the Troutman2 and had a good haul! They had a great time staying at the "Sunshine House," visited several local produce stands and eateries. They say they will be back for sure!
Captain Lou Borrelli from Get the Net Charters was out in that 60 - 80 fow range this past weekend for the last trip of the season. "There were tons of bait and fish from Bald Eagle Marina to the glass house. The bite was hot early in the morning with mature Kings and a good class of brown trout. Glow spoons and glow heads on meat rigs was the ticket."