- Report for Feb. 17, 2017
- Free Fishing Weekend in NY
Lower Niagara, Lake Ontario, Niagara County Trib’s
It’s a free fishing weekend Feb. 18-19 for anyone who wants to sample some fishing around the state. It was designed to promote ice fishing, but you will be hard pressed to find some safe ice around Western New York. Temperatures will be up to 50 degrees into next week.
In the Niagara River, water is still stained, but you can catch fish if you work for them. Capt. Joe Marra of Lewiston took out Diane Lorka of Pittsburgh earlier in the week and managed to catch her a 17-pound steelhead while drifting a Kwikfish lure off a three-way rig. MagLips will also work to catch fish. Egg sacs and minnows will work on any given day and you may have to experiment a bit to see what the fish want.
Capt. Arnie Jonathan of Lockport took out a couple of Alaska fishing guides mid-week – Joe Romano and Kyle Kruchten – and they were three for seven in Devil’s Hole using minnows off three-ways.
Water will continue to be stained heading into the weekend, but if the winds subside, it should start to clear up slowly. Shore anglers have been picking up a few trout too, casting hardware or fishing eggs/beads, or a combo
of both. With temperatures warming up to 50 this weekend and into next week, we should see some increasing fish activity in the river. If we don’t have any wind, check out the Niagara Bar too.
In 18 Mile Creek, Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott reports stained water with a flow of over 100 cfs. The creek is open and you have the option of being able to catch a trout but you do have to work for them. The smaller creeks are still low and clear.
Saith Shine of Sanborn was three for three on steelies at mid-week at Burt Dam using different combos like a jig tipped with a wax worm and a bead above it, egg sacs and a combo of baits. Incidentally, Shine won a local contest through the “Fishing Nerds” Facebook page for cleaning up some of the local streams in a little challenge contest by the site and Greg Schloerb of Amherst. Let’s keep those streams as natural-looking as possible
On Saturday, Feb. 25, there will be the annual rack scoring day with official scorers Dave Muir and Don Haseley at Niagara Outdoors in North Tonawanda. They will be scoring from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether it’s a rack you shot last fall, one you found or just an old rack that’s been laying around the garage and you always wanted to know what it scored, stop down and share your story.
If you are looking for a fishing boat, check out the WNY Boat Show February 22 to 26 at the Adpro Sports Fieldhouse located at 1 Bills Drive in Orchard Park. Talk with a wide variety of marinas and boating-related vendors. To find out more information go to www.buffaloboating.com.
Bill Hilts, Jr., Director, Outdoor Promotions
Sportfishing has a $30 million annual economic impact in Niagara USA!