Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for Jan. 5, 2017

2016 Niagara River Anglers Association steelhead winner, Bob Rustowicz

Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo

Get ready for the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo Jan. 20-22, 2017, at the Conference and Event Center in Niagara Falls. Just today, the show announced that Bassmaster Pro Mark Menendez will be stopping by the Rapid Fishing Solutions booth Saturday and Sunday, as well as give a couple of seminars in the Rapid Fishing Solutions Bass Seminar Room! How cool is that?!

2016 Niagara River Anglers Association steelhead winner, Bob Rustowicz
2016 Niagara River Anglers Association steelhead winner, Bob Rustowicz

Squeezing in a couple seminars isn’t an easy proposition for a show that already has 130 talks lined up with 70 different speakers. Clam Outdoors will be there with Thorne Brothers taking up a big chunk of floor space for all you ice fishermen out there, bringing with them some of the ice team … like Dave Genz!

Mark Romanack with the Fishing 411 TV show will be there with his son, Jake to talk walleye and salmon fishing and Lance Valentine with Walleye 101 will be talking boat electronics. The list goes on and on.

Go to the website at for all of the details. And make sure you grab your $5 parking pass voucher!!

Lake Ontario and Trib’s 

Fishing was tough at 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam due to the rain, which had created muddy conditions on Tuesday.  Today’s temperatures are in the teens and there’s no one fishing.  When things settle down, look for the extra flow to bring in a few more fish. Last weekend, we saw a few more salmon showing up – a mix of kings and coho’s. Steelies and browns are still available, too.  Use jigs tipped with wax worms and fished under a float. Wooly buggers, egg flies and other baits will work, but with the water off color, use bright colors like chartreuse and orange. Using scent can also help.

Lower Niagara River

Water was like chocolate milk this morning. We’ll have to wait and see what the weather brings us. Winds with gusts up to 50 mph yesterday did some damage to the water and with lake effect storms happening up on Lake Erie as this is being written, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen. The shoreline usually clears up first.

Casting spoons and spinners is the best approach, but eggs or egg imitations will also work; jigs, too. Lake trout, steelhead and the occasional brown can be caught along Artpark and Devil’s Hole. Be careful of icy conditions. Walleye is still open but the daily limit is now one fish through March 15.

The Niagara River Anglers have announced that the Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest is set for Feb. 4 this year. Check out information on their website at

Upper Niagara River 

Not too much happening above the falls except for late season duck hunting. Action has been good for divers.


Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions

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