Niagara River Fishing Report – April 21, 2016

John Van Hoff with a 20 pound Niagara Bar laker caught off Lewiston, New York.

Lower Niagara River

Mike Fox of Lewiston reported good numbers of smelt are still being caught in the river, but who knows for how long.  It’s been a much better run than last year.  The Lewiston smelt festival will be held May 6.  Trout action has been decent the past week.  They can be found from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar.  Minnows, egg sacs and wobbling baits like Kwikfish or Mag-Lips are all good baits to use, but it seems to change daily and you need to be flexible.  Steelhead and lake trout top the list; a few browns are also available.  Spoons and spinners top the list of lures from shore.  Warm water fish are starting to pick up.  Remember that the stairs at Whirlpool State Park are closed.

Upper Niagara River

Some keeper perch have been reported in Buffalo harbor area.  Trout should still be available off Unity Island and out of Broderick Park, as well as off Bird Island Pier when you can get out there.  Egg sacs, minnows and spoons or spinners will catch fish.  Use emerald shiners for perch or other panfish along traditional river sites.  Speaking of panfish, they should be turning on soon around Grand Island in the canals, bays and shallows.

Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions

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