Lake Ontario, Niagara River
Lake Ontario and Trib’s
With high winds in the forecast today, you might be better off waiting to cast a lure. DEC reminds us that tomorrow, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – is a free fishing day for any veteran out there that wants to dunk a worm or wet a line. Go to the DEC website at dec.ny.gov for more details.
Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott reported a fresh push of kings, but it was a smaller school of fish. The numbers of browns in 18 Mile Creek have increased, too. With water temps below 60 degrees, the steelhead won’t be far behind. Pike and perch are regulars in Wilson and Olcott harbors. Some browns and steelies are being reported in Wilson, too, but in much smaller numbers. When you can get on the piers at Olcott, browns and a few Coho salmon have been reported. Spoons and spinners work off the piers, but you can drift egg sacs or skein under a float, too. The latter works at the dam along with egg imitations.
In the King of the Creek contest run by “All in the Same Boat Tackle” in Newfane, it was Josh Wittcop as the Grand Prize winner in the Stream Division with a 27.93 pound king. Bob Rustowicz was the Grand Prize winner of the Boat Division with a 29.85 pound salmon.
Lower Niagara River
Not too many salmon are left in the Devil’s Hole area. Those salmon have been replaced by trout. Water temps are around the 55 degree mark and shore anglers are doing well along Artpark on lake trout and the occasional steelhead. Casting spoons or spinners should produce fish. Best colors have been green and orange, but don’t be afraid to mix it up. Egg sacs or egg imitations under a float should trick a trout to hit, as well. Boaters are also focused on either Artpark or the Niagara Bar at the mouth of the river near Fort Niagara. Kwikfish or Mag Lips fished off three-way rigs is the way to go. Remember that Lake Trout season is closed so release those fish as quickly as you can (unharmed). If you want to try and target bass, try drifting a minnow or toss out a tube jig.
Upper Niagara River
Musky action has picked up a little the past week. In the Niagara Musky Association Tim Wittek Memorial Tourney last weekend, the top three fish were caught trolling, jigging and casting – in that order. Ken Szymanski of Buffalo was the top fish catcher with a 48-inch musky. Quite a few smaller fish were also reported. All were released unharmed. The musky season in the Upper Niagara River and Lake Erie will end on Nov. 30. Bass action should also be picking up in that section of river. The regular bass season also ends Nov. 30.
Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions
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