Lake Ontario, Niagara River
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day celebration! With the long weekend, many people are out there hunting and fishing. Hope you can find the time to enjoy it with family and friends. As the days tick away, remember that November 30th is the final day for musky season in New York State – with the exception of the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario. That season will end on Dec. 15. Also, Nov. 30 is the final day for the regular bass season, but Dec. 1 kicks off a catch and release season for bass in New York until the season reopens next June.
Lake Ontario and Trib’s
Best spot to be is still 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam for trout and the last remaining semblance of a salmon run. Browns, steelhead and salmon are still available, but water is low and clear for the most part. Downsize your baits to single eggs, small sacs or smaller streamers and wooly buggers in more natural colors. Perch and pike are still an option in Olcott and Wilson Harbors. Casting the piers are an option if the winds will let you. Another good spot to cast is off creek mouths that have jammed up mouths that won’t let fish in. Cast with spoons and spinners and you should pick up some fish.
Lower Niagara River
In the Lower Niagara River trout fishermen are still doing well, especially along Artpark. Spoons, spinners and beads lead the way as top enticements from shore. Be careful out there as water temperatures start to drop. Paul Luzzi of Lewiston was using a Lazy Larry’s bead off a three-way rig along Artpark recently and managed to catch two steelhead, two lake trout … and a whitefish! Like we say time and time again, that’s one of the best things about fishing in the Niagara – you never know what you are going to catch! Remember that lake trout season is closed in New York until the end of the year, but if you venture over into Canadian waters, the season opens on Dec. 1. That’s not very far away! Best baits from boats have been Kwikfish and MagLips; spoons, spinners, eggs or egg imitations from shore. Artpark has been the best spot to target.
Upper Niagara River
With the water clearing, this is the last hurrah for musky and bass as far as regular seasons are concerned. Some nice muskies have been reported and this is the time of year you can take a true trophy. With a minimum size of 54 inches though, catch and release as best you can, as quickly as you can.
Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions
Sportfishing has a $30 million annual economic impact in Niagara USA!