Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

  • For Jan. 20, 2017
  • Lake Ontario and Trib’s 
Jon Robins and Eric Dixon of Niagara Falls, New York, hit this double-header while fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell.
Jon Robins and Eric Dixon of Niagara Falls, New York, hit this double-header while fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell.

It’s a bit of a mess in the creeks, but some fish are being caught – like the 21 pound, 2 ounce brown trout caught this week by Charles Young of North Tonawanda while fishing a jig in 18 Mile Creek near Burt Dam.  The rain on Tuesday brought a few more fish into the system and the warm-up is turning a few perch on when the water is clear enough.

It looks like it will hit the 50 degree mark this weekend.  Water conditions are stained, so you might want to check out the Niagara Outdoor Expo this weekend and learn how to catch more fish.

Don’t try the ice in Wilson even though 4 inches was reported last weekend.  Stop into the Expo instead and visit with Clam Outdoors!  Timing is everything.

Lower Niagara River

Timing was perfect for fishing to turn on because one new attraction to the Fishing Expo is morning educational lessons on the river, taught by area fishing charter captains.  Four hours of fishing with in-depth instruction for a show special rate.  Information can be found on the Expo website or you can contact 716-523-0013 for details.

The river has a nice green color to it and boat captains and customers have been catching fish from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar.  Steelhead, lake trout, walleye and even a teenage king salmon hit a shiner at the mouth of the river this week.

Shore anglers have been catching their share of trout in the gorge, using spoons, spinners, jigs and beads.

Some good news on the stocking front – the lower river will now receive a dedicated stocking of 15,000 brown trout each year instead of receiving only surplus stockings. They will also receive some surplus browns if they are available. Great News!

Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo

The local fishing community is gearing up for a huge celebration of our natural resources with the opening of the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, it runs Jan. 20-22.  This year’s event will be the best ever.  Speakers like Bassmaster Pro Mark Menendez, Fishing 411 TV hosts – Mark and Jake Romanack, Electronics Expert – Lance Valentine and Walleye 101, Ice Fishing Legend Dave Genz and the Ice Team will be supporting a huge display by Clam Outdoors and much, much more!

Some 70 different speakers will be dishing out 130 seminars over the course of the three days. Over 125 vendors will be displaying their products and selling the heck out of them. This is an event focused on fishing and please help us pass the word – education is the key for so many things to expand, enhance and improve our sport.

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Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions

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