Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

  • Report for March 17, 2017

Early Spring Weather Brings SNOW & WIND

Jim Steel with a nice laker in the Lower Niagara River gorge.

Niagara County was hit with a pretty severe snow storm this week, with some areas of the county digging out of over two feet of the white stuff. With that said, there was still plenty of fishing going on for anyone willing to brave the elements.

Lake Ontario and Tributaries

In Lake Ontario and the tributaries, the lake and piers have pretty much been off-limits with the snow, wind and cold.  The only open water has been at Burt Dam on 18 Mile Creek and a few browns and steelhead have been caught.  Egg sacs, small jigs tipped with a wax worm or spikes, a few different fly patterns, the fish change their mind on what they want on any given day. Hopefully it will get better next week!

If you enjoy antique fishing tackle, there will be an antique fishing tackle show in Lockport on March 25. It will be held at the Elks Lodge, 6791 N. Canal Road, Lockport from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call Dan Bedford at 713-9410.

Lower Niagara River

In the Lower Niagara River, both boat and shore fishermen were pulling some nice trout out of the water. Even with the snow and wind, the water was still fishable due to the northerly wind directions.

Boaters were drifting pink egg sacs or minnows off three-way rigs in Devil’s Hole and along Artpark.  Steelhead and lake trout were the most cooperative, but the occasional brown trout is also showing up.

Shoreline casters are still using spoons and spinners, but the secret bait on Tuesday was soft plastics that were being cast by Ricardo Davila of Wheatfield.  He caught 5 nice lake trout in the blizzard.

Remember that walleye season is now closed, along with northern pike, pickerel and tiger musky.

The Niagara River Anglers Association will be holding its 12th Annual John Long, Sr. Raffle and Feast is set for April 2 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Niagara Active Hose on Lockport Road in Niagara Falls. Call 628-1460 for information.

Bill Hilts, Jr., Outdoor Promotions Director

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