Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

  • For Feb. 3, 2017
  •   Walleye to 11.5 pounds Caught This Week!
Big steelhead like this one can be caught in the lower Niagara River if the conditions are right.
Big steelhead like this one can be caught in the lower Niagara River if the conditions are right.

Lake Ontario and Trib’s 

Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek is still the place to go in Niagara USA for tributary action. Conditions have been good and small jigs fished under a float and tipped with a wax worm is always a good options. Egg sacs or egg imitations can catch a fish or two. Brown trout and steelhead are both being caught. The occasional Coho salmon is still showing up, too.

Lots of perch in 18-Mile along with a few pike.

Over in Wilson, skim ice is starting to form in the harbor and it will be cold at night through the weekend.  Not sure if we will see safe ice before it warms up again. We started seeing some colder temperatures again.  Remember New York State will be holding a free ice fishing weekend Feb. 18-19 if we get some hard water. No one will need a license that weekend. Go to the DEC website at

Some of the smaller streams like Keg and Four Mile might not be open at the mouth to allow entry. If they are closed, cast the mouth with spoons and spinners. If they are open, look for some trout to be available.

Niagara River

Last year's winner of the NRAA steelhead contest - Bob Rustowicz of Cheektowaga, NY. 
Last year’s winner of the NRAA steelhead contest – Bob Rustowicz of Cheektowaga, NY.

The Niagara River Angler Association’s Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest will be going on starting at sunrise on Saturday Feb. 4 and you can sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle, The Slippery Sinker and off the NRAA website at Call 731-4780 for more information. It’s not just for the lower Niagara River either. Boundaries also include Lake Ontario tributaries.

For fishing conditions, it sure is difficult to predict.  Because Lake Erie is not frozen over, it seems like any kind of a wind event out of the west or south will cause the lake to muddy up.  That muddy water will then go through the river system and shut fishing down for a while.  It’s very difficult for the charter guys, too.  With many customers coming in from out of town, it’s been a roll of the dice whether or not they can get it right.  If the water is stained, go with baits that are brightly colored like a chartreuse.  Egg sacs have also been working and use brightly-colored mesh. Some of the guides have been using the Pautzke fire dye on minnows to get the fish to hit.

Three-way rigs are the way to go.  Plugs like 3.0 MagLips and K-8 or K-9 Kwikfish will also work for you. Make sure you are getting some action on those lures.  If not, move your boat along with your trolling motor.  Boat control is key.

Shore fishermen are still using spoons, spinners, jigs, egg sacs or egg imitations like beads. Steelhead and lake trout are both readily available throughout the river. The occasional brown trout is also caught.

Some nice walleye up to 11.5 pounds have been caught the past week. Remember that you can only keep one fish per person through March 15. If you are looking for one for the frying pan, keep one of the smaller ones. Let the bigger females go so that they can spawn this spring.

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Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions

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