Oak Orchard River & Marsh Creek Description of Fishery
About Public Fishing Rights
The Oak Orchard River begins at the Oak Orchard swamps in Genesee County and flows through Orleans County, emptying into Lake Ontario at Point Breeze. Marsh Creek, a prominent tributary of the Oak Orchard River, meets up with the river at an area known as “The Bridges.” Oak Orchard River and Marsh Creek offer excellent cold water fishing with opportunities to catch brown trout, rainbow trout (steelhead), chinook and coho salmon. Runs of these fish offer some of the most exciting cold water fishing in New York State. Each year the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) stocks 21,000 rainbow trout (steelhead), 155,000 chinook salmon and 26,000 coho salmon in Oak Orchard River and 7,100 rainbow trout (steelhead) in Marsh Creek. Lake Ontario tributary regulations apply. Please consult the New York Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide.
Public Fishing Rights (PFR’s) are permanent easements purchased by the NYSDEC from willing landowners, giving anglers the right to fish and walk along the bank (usually a 33’ strip on one or both banks of the stream). This right is for the purpose of ...
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