Captain John Oravec's
Tight Lines Charters
Lake Ontario
Niagara River
St Lawrence River
Salmon Trolling
Drift Fishing
1000 Islands
Contact me: E-Mail ( , Office Phone 1-800-443-2510, Cell Phone 1-585-590-2045
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The "O" Report

Capt John Oravec, aka "the Troutman", has guided on

  1. The Western Basin Waters of Lake Ontario from the Niagara bar to Point Breeze/Oak Orchard River for monster King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Atlantic Salmon, Steelhead and hefty "football" Brown trout.
  2. The St Lawrence River for Fall Run Trophy Musky, Pike, Walleye and Black Bass.
  3. The Niagara River for Winter Steelhead, Browns and Lake Trout.

To date his reporting has come thru his famous tactical articles for the In-Fisherman,
Lake Ontario Outdoors,
seminars for Bass Pro Shops,
regional fishing clubs,
and of course Anglers are always welcome to talk fishin' with him dockside an where ever you come into contact with him.

Capt John now will submit an Internet fishing report (called the "O" report)
summarizing action on the 33 foot charterboat "Troutman" from late April thru late September
and the 20 foot charterboat the "Johnny O" from October thru middle April.

The "O" Report will include
local tips,
weather outlook
plus his tips
and hot spot picks for the upcoming fishing period.

Look for a weekend summary and an updated report around the middle of the week
along with helpful predictions for the coming weekend
so you can set up on the fish when you get on these waters.

Thanks for thanks for visiting my site. I hope the report enhances your Western N.Y. fishing experience.

Any time there is a question about charter fishing on either "Troutman" or "Johnny O", hotspots, or rigging feel free to
email Me at
Captain John Oravec.

Fish on and see ya out there!
Captain John Oravec.


Abbreviations used by Troutman include
fow = ft of water ft dn = feet down


Now fishing the Niagara River
aboard the

"Johnny O "


April 28, 2017

Captain Johnny Oravec is finding his fishermen a mix of
Coho and Brown Trout - shoreline casting the Fort Niagara area of Lake Ontario using
Ultra lite spinning tackle with small Johnny "O" Steelhead patterns
in hot pink and orange is the hot choice.

Lake Trout are coming on outside the green can on kwikfish.

The Spring Launch of the 33 foot Troutman 2 is this week
and she will be moving to Olcott Harbor to take on the spring King run
in the deep water of the Niagara Bar in Niagara County Wayers of Lake Ontario.

A few weekday dates are open as well as Memorial Day thru June.
The migration intensifies mid June thru mid August off the Point Breeze Ledges.
Book early for the Best the Oak has to offer.

I offer
Military and
Multiday Charter

with a complete trip planning service.

The most up to date 33 footer "Troutman II" makes Tight Lines Charters the best Sportfishing Trip available!
Let my 40 season experience on these waters
Get you the action catch this year!

Lets Go! Get ,Em!
E-mail E-Mail
or text me at (585) 590-2045

Fish on



March 26, 2017

Fresh Steelhead are hitting off Lewiston.
There is also a Chrome Lake Trout run
The first spat of Chrome Browns hit our spottail shiners deep and near the bar.
The fish are prefering various egg sac colors.
call 1-800-443-2510
or email E-Mail
or text me at (585) 590-2045

Fish on


January 24, 2017

I am very happy to announce that

The Drift is On!

Recent east winds did their job, allowing the waters upstream to clear creating a creamy green water condition in the Lower Niagara River.
By adapting Rigs with attractor and special size shiners I ran my groups to the Niagara Bar.
The result three groups - three exciting limits of Browns and big Lakers and another bonus King Salmon,
great fun!

With a colder, more winter - like the river is promising to clear even more opening up the winter steelhead runs and a crack a some trophy walleye.

I do have several openings left in the front half of Febuary and look to setting a drift trip date in March and April for Steelhead and lake run Browns.

Heads up Lake Ontario Salmon anglers

I am docking at the Wilson Boat yard to hit the spring Chinook fishery hard.
There are dates between April 25th to May 25 still available, including a couple for the LOC Derby.

Full 9 and half 6 hour trips available
call or email.

For King Salmon details, text me at (585) 590-2045

Fish on


January 15, 2017

Our first Johnny O Report of 2017.

After a windy rough fall featuring big waves, high winds and the muddy river conditions
January late season waterfowl hunting feature plenty of
Long tail shooting in the river channel and wild action with white wing scoters on lake Ontario.

The new greeenhead Gear Magnum decoys, long lined, brought the ducks closer especially single ducks.
Several Pa. duos took a pair of divers to their taxidermist I can't wait to see the mounts.
Great shooting boys!

My downstate bunch finished their waterfowling day nailing
and a rogue silver King Salmon
at the green bouy in a true Cast and Blast Niagara Adventure !


January 11, 2017

Fished with Capt John Oravec out of Lewiston NY Jan 3&4 with brother Bill and nephew Chris.
Had a great time despite the weather.
He was professional, informative, and productive.
Catching Lakers, Browns, and a King on Niagara river was a blast.
Look forward to fishing with Capt John this summer.
Thanks again
Rich Schreiber
Bill Schreiber
Chris Winn


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Captain John Oravec & Tight Lines Charters offer Charter fishing on Lake Ontario for Kings, Cohos, Atlantics, Browns, Steelheads, Rainbows, and Lakers,
and on the St Lawrence River and Niagara River for Walleyes, Bass and Muskies.