Niagara Falls USA: Steelhead, Brown Trout, Late Coho Salmon MOVING with Late Winter Weather

February 23, 2018
Fishing , New York , State Reports
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  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Feb. 22, 2018 - Destination Niagara USA

  • Stream & River Levels, Coloration - Subject to Weather Swings

  • Fresh Fish are Entering Streams

  • Use Caution if Going Ice Fishing

  • Activities: Boat Show NOW, Outdoor Expo - Mar. 8-11, Alberto Rey at Orvis, Feb. 25 - NOON

Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls with a nice steelhead he caught in the Devil’s Hole area of the lower Niagara from shore. He was casting a yellow jig.

It’s been a roller coaster ride for sure - from the fishing end of things, due to the ups and downs associated with the weather.  Earlier in the week, record-breaking temperatures shot up to 66 degrees. It’s back down to the 30s but back up to the 50s by the weekend.

Lower Niagara River action for trout had been good. The tributaries off Lake Ontario and Lake Erie opened back up again and anglers were catching trout consistently - before the rains came.

All the tributaries were high and muddy, but as of this morning, both 12 Mile Creek in Wilson and Keg Creek were flowing nicely according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott.  

Over at Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek, water flow has already started to come down and there was about a foot visibility.  

There should be some fresh fish around.

Ice fishing is questionable. Caution is advised any time you are heading out onto the hard water due to the wind and rain we received last go-round of warmth.  

Captain Taz Morrison caught a nice steelhead on the lower river while drifting a Kwikfish. The next day he was at Burt Dam catching late-run Coho salmon on Lick-em-lure eggs.

Getting back to the Niagara River, the water condition was affected by the dirty water coming out of the streams, but there was no indication that fishing had stopped.  Condition was stained from the power plants on down, but was more manageable above the plants.  

Shore fishermen like Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls have been casting yellow jigs to take steelhead and brown trout.

For boaters, use eggs or minnows when the wind isn’t out of the south or southwest.  When it is, use a MagLip or a Kwikfish off a three-way rig.  Conditions should be better by the weekend downriver of the power plants.

The WNY Boat Show is underway right now at the ADPRO Training Center located at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park.  It’s a great way to dream about spring and also check out some of the boats that are available on the market now.  After all, we are surrounded by water here in WNY. It continues through Sunday, Feb. 25.

If boating isn’t your thing, the next big indoor event on the outdoors is the WNY Sport and Travel Expo at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg March 8 to 11.  There’s free parking and displays in four different buildings covering everything from fishing to hunting, tourism destinations to outdoor-related products.  Check out for more information.  

If you want to learn about fly fishing in the Great Lakes streams, check out Alberto Rey at the Orvis Shop in Williamsville on Feb. 25 starting at noon. Call 716-276-7200 to reserve your spot.

Bill Hilts, Jr.- Outdoor Promotions Director

Destination Niagara USA, 10 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14303; p: 1-877 FALLS US; 1-716-282-8992 x. 303; f: 1-716-285-0809;

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