Lake Ontario, Niagara River
Lake Ontario and Trib’s
Action in the tributaries picked up considerably with the recent rains last week. More rain is expected this week so that run of fish should remain consistent. At Burt Dam, there are good numbers of fish and fishermen. Go during the week (if you have the option) to lessen the fishing pressure. Salmon and brown trout top the list of available species at the dam with an occasional steelhead thrown in for good measure. Bill Joseph of Pennsylvania waited until those recent rains and came up with his sons. The result was a limit of salmon for their coolers. Egg sacs or egg imitations are the top baits at the dam.
In the deeper holes down the creek, boaters are using treated egg skein fished under a float. In the harbor, casters and trollers are using stickbaits or spoons. Ditto off the piers, if the north winds die down long enough for you to get out there.
Leading fish in the King of the Creek contest is still 30 pounds from boat and 28 from shore. Perch and pike are available in both Wilson and Olcott harbors. There should be some browns in both 12 Mile creeks, but we’ve not had a report yet. No reports from the lake.
Lower Niagara River
Salmon are still hitting in the gorge from both boat and shore. Treated egg skein from boats fished off three-way rigs; shore casters using eggs, spoons, spinners or rattle baits. Jigs will work, too. Look for fish-holding areas further up in the gorge. Trout are starting to move into the river system now that water temps have hit below the 60 degree mark. Bass are still available, as are walleye. The Niagara Bar has been off limits with all of the north wind that’s been blowing.
Upper Niagara River
Musky action should be getting better with the water temps dropping below 60 degrees. A few fish have been caught but weeds have been a problem for some of the trollers and casters. If you want to find out more about musky fishing, stop in to the next Niagara Musky Assn. meeting November 1 at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad Street, Tonawanda starting at 7 pm. Guest speaker will be DEC fisheries biologist Chris Legard. Bass are still hitting at the head of the river and walleye can be caught along Bird Island Pier and Broderick Park.
Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions
Sportfishing has a $30 million annual economic impact in Niagara USA!