Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

  • For Jan. 30, 2017
  • No Ice, Boaters Catching Browns, Steelies!
Dick Preston of Hamlin, NY shows off a nice steelhead caught during the greater Niagara Fishing Expo's on-water educational lessons taught by area captains. The boat educator was Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Thrillseeker Charters on the Lower Niagara River.
Dick Preston of Hamlin, NY shows off a nice steelhead caught during the greater Niagara Fishing Expo’s on-water educational lessons taught by area captains. The boat educator was Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Thrillseeker Charters on the Lower Niagara River.

Lake Ontario and Trib’s 

It’s still a bit of a hit or miss in the creeks, but fish are being caught despite brown water in 18 Mile.  Burt Dam flow is 170 cfs at the end of this week and anglers are seeing active trout and steelhead.  Perch have been driving the trout guys nuts.  Some pier casting, too. 

Wilson was seeing some action, as well. 

Keg Creek was clear but there is a large beaver dam between the mouth and the road. 

The big news was over the weekend, when some milder temperatures and decent lake conditions saw some small boats hit the lake and do some near-shore trolling for brown trout.  Fish were caught between Wilson and Olcott, as well as east of Olcott in front of the microwave tower in 10 to 20 feet of water.  Best baits have been Bay Rats, Challenger and Rapala lures for the boats we talked to. 

Colors depend on water clarity. Firetiger and chartreuse work well if there is a distinct mud line.  If the water is just off-color a bit, go with more natural presentations like goby color, black and silver, and the like.  

If we start getting some colder temperatures, the state will be holding a free ice fishing weekend Feb. 18-19 if we get some hard water again.  No one will need a license that weekend. Go to the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov

Niagara River

With a winter storm blowing in off Lake Erie for the next few days, conditions are already effecting the Niagara River fishing both above and below NIagara Falls.  Water looked like chocolate milk this morning driving in and things will have to clear up before any fishing can take place – and this storm is expected to hang on through Sunday. 

Shore fishermen will probably be the first to see some cleaner water and your best bet will be to cast spoons and spinners in bright colors.  Cast something that makes some noise and draws attention to it.  

It was good to see the seminar room jam packed for Ricardo Davila’s shore fishing seminar at the Expo last weekend. Then again, most all of the seminar rooms were packed, too – walleye, perch, bass, salmon, trout, electronics.  Great to see so many people clamoring for information.  

Hopefully the river will be clear next Saturday.  The Niagara River Angler Association’s Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest will be going on starting at sunrise and you can sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston, The Slippery Sinker in Olcott; and off the NRAA website at www.niagarariveranglers.com.  Call 731-4780 for more information.  It’s not just for the lower Niagara River either.  Boundaries also include Lake Ontario tributaries.  

One of the issues the past week before the water muddied up, was the fact that there was a lot of bait present in the system.  Small and medium-sized smelt were reported from area captains who had an issue on the catching end a bit.

Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions

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