Bill Hilts Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for May 9, 2019

  • Lake Ontario Counties Derby set for May 10-19, 2019 – $15,000 for biggest salmon!
  • Outdoor media catch big fish, many species, in visit to Niagara
Buddy Prause of Florida, representing Cuda Tool, shows off a lower Niagara River walleye.

The Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby is set for May 10-19 with a Grand Prize of $15,000 for the biggest salmon and a total prize structure of $45,000. Check out Boats are already starting to roll into town at Lewiston/Youngstown, Wilson and Olcott.

Gene Jensen with “The Flukemaster” shows off a lake trout he caught on the Niagara Bar fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell.

Water levels are slowly starting to creep up in the lake and there could be some launching issues at Fort Niagara and Wilson-Tuscarora state parks but nothing that you can’t handle. Bring some boots.

All week long, there was a large contingent of outdoor media and corporate sponsors checking out our local waters. Despite cooler water temperatures and some unseasonable weather patterns, some nice fish were caught for the cameras. Lower Niagara River action was good for both trout and smallmouth bass.

Capt. Ernie Calandrelli of Lewiston managed to have his media folks reel in a pile of steelies along with a few brown trout. People like Mitch Anderson with, Gene Jensen with The Flukemaster on YouTube, Jon Storm with Bassmaster, and freelancer Hal Schramm to name but a few.

There were over 15 different media guys representing publications like Bassmasters, Great Lakes Angler, In-Fisherman and more. TV shows like Big Water Adventure, Fishing 411 and Mid-West Outdoors, as well as numerous online sites like Point-Click-Fish. They were here because of corporate sponsors like Garmin, Lew’s, Strike King, Cuda Tool, Mammoth Coolers, Power Pole, Flambeau, Seaguar fishing line, Rapid Fishing Solutions, Lucas Oil, Mossy Oak and Jackson Kayak.

Mitch Anderson with shows off a couple steelhead he caught in the lower river fishing with Capt. Ernie Calandrelli of Lewiston.

Trout action focused on shiners off three-way rigs, but egg sacs and plugs like Kwikfish or MagLips caught fish. Bass casters were bouncing bottom with tubes and swim baits. Of course, they were using the Strike King variety and doing very well on smallies up to 6 pounds. The big one was caught by Bass Pro Billy McDonald with the FLW Tour from Indiana, one of the bass pro regulars in the Greater Niagara Fishing Expo.

For Lake Ontario and tributaries, Capt. Mike Johannes of Wilson was working the waters from his home port to 4 Mile Creek, starting in 80 to 90 feet of water and moving out to water as deep as 225 feet. Best spoons were Moonshine Carbon 14 and Michigan Stinger Frostbyte. He also caught salmon and lake trout on dark colored e-chip flashers and green flies.

King salmon action was hot for a while, but it slowed a bit on Tuesday. Browns can still be found in tight to the shoreline. Jim DeGirolamo of Derby preferred to use small 6-inch dodgers in orange or pink with meat to take trout and kings. Dreamweaver spoons in purple and white produced some fish, trolling the same area. The red barn between Wilson and Olcott can be good, too.

Some fish are still being caught off the piers at Wilson and Olcott. The tributaries have a mix of fish – trout and smallmouth bass primarily, but Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors reports some panfish and pike, too.

Roberto Briones of Ottawa with a lower Niagara River bass he caught out of his Jackson Kayak.

The Wilson Harbor Invitational Tournament is May 18 and the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament is May 31 and June 1. Check out for details.

The Don Johannes/Pete DeAngelo 3-fish, big fish contest is May 30.

Joey LaGuardia of Ohio caught this salmon fishing with Capt. Vince Pierleoni out of Olcott.
Carter Mikolay of Connecticut caught this king salmon while fishing with Capt. Vince Pierleoni out of Olcott.















Bill Hilts, Jr. – Outdoor Promotions Director
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