Lake Ontario and tributaries Fishing Forecast – Niagara County

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The spring weather has continued and more people have been taking advantage of some inshore trout fishing – browns and lake trout primarily, with an occasional Coho or Chinook also showing up.

For the browns, troll inside of 20 feet with stickbaits or spoons off boards. Look where the water is a little stained if you can find something off color.  Firetiger, rainbow, brown trout and natural colors are all working.  Fish off boards away from your boat.

Lake trout have been everywhere.  John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda was fishing just west of the river in 50 feet of water and couldn’t keep four lines in.  Their biggest Laker was 20 pounds. In front of Wilson it was the same story – Laker’s in 60 feet of water.  Some lake trout have been reported in water as deep as 80 and as shallow as 35 according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker.

In the streams, 18 Mile Creek was down to a trickle on Wednesday and some of the smaller streams could use a fresh slug of water.  We could get some rain on Thursday but we will be at the mercy of Mother Nature.  We are on the downhill slide of the winter trout run, but a few fish are still being reported.  The upswing is with warm water fish species like bass (catch and release), suckers and panfish.

The LOC Derby will be held May 6-15 and registrations are coming in hot and heavy now.  Go to for details or sign up at any Niagara County location.

The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Tournament, set for May 20-22 this year, has a live website now for registrations at

The Wilson Harbor Invitational is May 7 this year. Website is

Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions

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