Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report – Oct. 23, 2019…from Destination Niagara USA

Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls with a bomber steelhead off the NYPA fishing platform in the Niagara Gorge, caught on a spinner.

Salmon and trout continue to trickle into places like 18 Mile Creek.  This last rain should help. Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors reports that some fresh salmon made the run to Burt Dam in the last couple of days, but there were crowded conditions last weekend. Eggs or egg imitations are working best.

Some salmon and trout have been caught off the piers in both Wilson and Olcott. Spoons, spinners and eggs are working best.  Jim DeGirolamo of Derby headed out into the lake over the weekend in 320 feet of water and caught some nice silver salmon, but most of the reports have been spotty out there. The wind has been keeping people off the lake.

Chris Tzraska of Buffalo with a king salmon caught off the Wilson pier this week on a Booker plug.
Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster caught this steelhead in the upper Niagara River near Niagara Falls State Park when he took a break from biking on the trail. He was using a green/silver Cleo spoon. 

In the lower Niagara River, while a few salmon are being caught, most anglers are focusing on trout or bass in the lower Niagara River according to Lisa Drabczyk at Creek Road Bait and Tackle. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls was 4 for 7 on steelhead off the NYPA fishing platform in the gorge last weekend casting spinners into the turbulent water. A few salmon were caught over the weekend.

Meanwhile, along Artpark, shoreline casters and drifters have been using eggs, beads, spoons and spinners to take a mix of steelhead and brown trout. In fact, some pretty big browns – caught and released for the most part. Mixed in with those fish are lake trout. Remember that lake trout season is closed in New York until the end of the year.

Musky action is picking up in the upper river as water temperatures continue to drop. It should be in the upper 50s now. Members of the Niagara Musky Association are gearing up for the Tim Wittek Memorial Musky Tournament on Nov. 3.

Mark Plennert of Niagara Falls caught this nice steelhead off the NYPA platform last weekend.

The Department of Environmental Conservation will be holding public meetings to give an update on the state of Lake Ontario’s forage base. The meeting in Lockport will take place on Nov. 13 at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport starting at 6:30 p.m. There will also be an online presentation on Nov. 14 for anyone who can’t make the meeting. Check the DEC website out at for details.

Joel Meister of Akron caught this steelhead in the lower Niagara River on a bead.
Aaron Horvatits of Buffalo caught this salmon off the NYPA Fishing Platform this week.
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