Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, June 17, 2016

Wind Direction Moved Fish Out to 450 Feet

Lake Ontario and tributaries 

Lake action is a little messed up right now with recent winds, however, fish are available if you want to go out there and chase some salmon and trout around.

The Reel Pleasure crew of Sal Macaluso and Captain Bob Fontaine recently took their maiden fishing voyage on the Andrea Raye this season for a four-hour jaunt and managed to hook six fish – they used a variety of tactics that included downriggers, dipsy divers and lead core lines. All had hits using spoons or flasher-fly combos at the magic depth, which was 50 feet down from the surface.  They were over 450 to 500 feet of water straight out of Olcott.  One steelhead was boated; a second was lost at the back of the boat.  Outdoor writer Will Elliott was the only person to bring a fish to the net.

Some brown trout are still available inside of 75 foot depths. With the bass opener this Saturday, June 18, 2016, 18 Mile Creek from Olcott Harbor to the dam could be a good spot.  Also Wilson Harbor.

Fishing should continue to improve as conditions settle back into a normal summer, just in time for the Summer Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby set for July 1-31.  Check out all of the details at www.loc.org.

For the youngsters, the Wilson Conservation Club will be holding its county-wide fishing derby from 8 am to noon on June 18.  Make sure you hit the measuring board by noon, too, at the clubhouse located on Route 425 in Wilson.  Awards will follow at 1 pm.

Lower Niagara River

Moss is still an issue and hindering any kind of fishing activity.  Ed Garcia with the Niagara River Anglers Association sends word that the club will be holding its annual bass contest on July 23.  Check them out on Facebook or at www.niagarariveranglers.com.

Upper Niagara River 

The state’s regular bass season opens up on Saturday, June 18 and if you’re looking to keep a few for the frying pan, they must be at least 12 inches long.  More and more, anglers are practicing catch and release on these fish.  Speaking of bass, Kelly’s Korners in Niagara Falls will be holding an opening day bass contest on June 18 and most of the fishermen and women will be hitting Lake Erie.  It’s your best two fish for the day.  Hours are from 5 am to 4 pm that day.  You must be signed up by June 17.  For more information call 716-283-2040.

Remember that bass season doesn’t open in Canadian waters until June 25.

Great Lakes muskellunge season opens on Saturday in New York, too, and catch and release is also being practiced more and more – especially with a 54 inch minimum size for the Great Lakes.  Take special care with this fish if you do catch one to ensure it will survive.

A bunch of kids contests coming up this weekend.  The City of Tonawanda offers up a kid’s derby at Niawanda Park in Tonawanda on Saturday, June 18 from 8 am to noon.  Get there early. On Sunday June 19 – Father’s Day – there will be a Kids fishing derby at Widewaters Marina in Lockport, hosted by the Lock-City Moose Lodge 617.  Registration is at 7:30 am; fishing from 8-11 am.  Call 716-417-4198 for more info.

Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions

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