Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Spring Run Off

It looks like the spring run off has started on the Western end of the lake. The weather on Monday was on the warm side. The temperature got to 63 degrees with a good wind. As a result most of the snow cover melted that day. This is like getting 3 inches of rainfall in a single afternoon; you can imagine the effect this is having.

Starting with Oak Orchard River - For now the Oak is in good fishing condition that is clear water and a moderate flow. This is going to change soon; if not already. There is a lot of snow melt water running into the Oak Orchard reservoir at this time. Time will tell how much high water the Oak is going to receive, and how long it will last.

Sandy Creek is almost free of ice, with the exception bottom portion of the Creek at Route 19. As you could guess, the water flow is high and off color. The good news is the water is neither too high or too dirty. We can be on Sandy fishing in a day or two. I do not expect Sandy Creek to ice back up anymore this season.

A word of warning when fishing this time of the year, you need to keep watch upstream while you are fishing. Large chunks of ice can and often get dislodged from the shoreline. You wouldn't want one of these big pieces of ice to take your legs out from underneath you while you're standing hip deep 31 degree ice water. This can happen at both Sandy Creek and the Oak Orchard River.

Spring Steelhead Newsletter

Even though it may not look like it outside, spring is coming upon us very quickly. So will the spring steelhead run. The way the rivers have been fishing this winter, it is starting to look like the spring steelhead run is all ready getting underway. If you have been following the steelhead fishing since last fall, this is not news to you at all. Last fall we experienced one of the best fall runs of steelhead ever. The best part of this is that the fishing has continued to be far above average right through this winter. I see no reason not to expect the quality of the fishing to carry on into the spring.

The fishing access issues for the Oak Orchard River have been cleared up. It is going to be good to be back fishing the Oak once again this spring. The Oak Orchard River has a reputation of producing fantastic spring run steelhead fishing. As long as the Oak receives strong water flows I suspect we are going to have good steelhead fishing starting in March. The same goes for Sandy Creek. Once the ice clears out we will be able to enjoy a mixed bag of spring run Steelhead and winter holdover Brown trout.

I have high hopes this spring for steelhead fishing on the Salmon River. The Salmon has been receiving consistent strong runs of Steelhead since last October. What has really given me great hopes for the spring has been how well this river has fished all winter. I'm looking forward to fishing the Salmon River once the steelheads start their spawning cycle. Just think about it, for a minute. Steelheads have been piling in to the Salmon River sense mid-October, are now going to spawn and then drop out of the River. The Salmon River this spring should produce some of the best Steelhead fishing we have experienced in a long time.

My spring fishing schedule is as follows. I will be fishing the rivers in the Western end of like Ontario, Oak Orchard, Sandy Creek and when possible the Genesee River. I will start fishing these rivers as soon as the ice leaves and go until the 15th to the 20th of April, depending on fishing conditions. At this point I will move to the Salmon River at Pulaski New York. I will fish the Salmon River until mid to late May, depending on how well the Steelhead runs last. After this, I will be back home and fish the local trout streams.

Final note, if you're interested in fishing with me this spring, please consider getting in contact with me soon so you can ensure the dates that you would like to fish. My spring calendar is starting to fill so it would be wise not to wait too long.

For more information, contact:
JAY PECK 585-352-4710

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