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  • Orleans County Fishing Report – Aug. 15, 2017

    August 17, 2017
    stoadmin
    Rotary Derby Awards this Sunday Mid-Level Fishing producing King Salmon Border Water Fishing producing Steelies & Salmon Today is Tuesday August 15, 2017. By request, the Orleans County Hotline Report will now be updated every Tuesday instead of Wednesday. First, the location of the Rotary Derby Awards Ceremony this Sunday has been changed from the ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Report for August 10, 2017

    August 11, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario – The hottest action out deep has been for steelhead off Wilson and Olcott.  Boats have been heading out to 400-500 feet of water for salmon and trout, but most of the fish have been nice steelhead taken on spoons. Flasher-fly will work for trout but if there are ... Read More >>
  • Big Beast Bass Adventures at Conesus Lake (NY)

    August 7, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Silent Presentation is KEY Simple Fishing Rigs can be MOST EFFECTIVE Quality Line, Sharp Hooks, Stiff Rod can help ASSURE Hookup & Catch By Forrest Fisher When does the adventure of a short fishing trip become special? After that unforgettable connection to big fish success. When the fun is non-stop spontaneous. When you realize something very good ... Read More >>
  • New York Announces Comprehensive Plan to Minimize Risk of Chronic Wasting Disease to Wild Deer & Moose Herds

    August 4, 2017
    stoadmin
    Public Comments on the Draft Plan Accepted Through September 1 Goal: Protect Wild Whitetail Deer, Moose and Captive Elk and Other Species New York is Leading Way to Protect Wildlife and Hunter Resources New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the release of a draft New York ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for August 3, 2017

    August 4, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    After the hard northeast blow on Lake Ontario, trollers were forced out to more stable water in the 300 foot to 500 foot depth contour off Wilson and Olcott. Spin doctors and flies have been attracting a few mature kings, Coho salmon and steelhead. Spoons are also working consistently out ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – Aug. 2, 2017

    August 2, 2017
    stoadmin
    LOC Summer Derby Results are in 31 pound, 10 ounce Orleans County Salmon is WINNER Summer Fish are on the Big Bite Today is Wednesday Aug. 2, 2017. First, I’d like to congratulate the winners of the Summer LOC Derby, especially those that were caught out of Orleans County.  Out of Orleans County, we ... Read More >>
  • Lake Erie-Lake Ontario-Niagara River “On-Line” Fishing & Vacation Map is FREE

    August 2, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Integrated Map Provides Fish Locations, Shore Fishing Access, Boat Access Depth Contours ZERO-IN on Hotspot Fishing Locations Bait Shops, Marina Locations, Shipwrecks, ALL HERE…ALL FREE By Forrest Fisher There is a NEW interactive, online, Western New York Hotspot Fishing Map application that is yours FREE at this link:  https://wnyfishing.mrf.com. The regional website map has been ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for July 27, 2017

    July 27, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association held its annual club tournament(s) last weekend and some impressive fish were caught.  At the top of the list is the current leader in the Lake Ontario Counties trout and salmon derby, a 32 pound – 4 ounce king caught by Sandra Brown ... Read More >>
  • BLACK BEARS ACTIVE in New York State DIX MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS

    July 25, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Black bears have been active stealing food. Campers, hikers, and rock climbers om alert in two locations Campers and hikers are encouraged to keep all food, toiletries, and garbage in a bear resistant canister to avoid attracting black bears. Campers are also advised to avoid cooking and eating after dark. Prepare and eat ... Read More >>
  • YETI FLW COLLEGE FISHING TOURNAMENT AT CHAUTAUQUA LAKE

    July 25, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    ADRIAN COLLEGE WINS YETI-FLW NORTHERN CONFERENCE Jarret Martin & Zachary Graham Haul in 20 Bass, Weigh 5 biggest: 16lbs-3oz Presented by Bass Pro Shops CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. (July 24, 2017) – The Adrian College duo of Jarrett Martin and Zachary Graham, both of Gallipolis, Ohio, won the YETI FLW College Fishing Northern Conference tournament at Chautauqua Lake.  Presented ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Bar, Lake Ontario: SALMON & STEELIE Fishing is HOT!

    July 20, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Thursday, July 20, 2017 The King Salmon fishing in Lake Ontario is one of the hottest bites going, especially in the waters off Niagara County! “Salmon fishing has been on fire at the Niagara Bar in 120 to 180 feet of water,” says Jake Joseph of Jiggin’ Jake’s Charters. “The fish ... Read More >>
  • Injured Black Bear draws attention in Wellsville, New York

    July 20, 2017
    Dave Barus
    Bear struck by car, scared, climbed tree Bear was tranquilized and examined Released to Coyle Hill State Forest, Allegany County On July 5, Environmental Conservation Officer’s Russ Calanni and Jason Powers, and Lt. Don Pleakis and Division of Wildlife staff, worked to safely remove a black bear that had climbed a tree in ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – July 21, 2017

    July 19, 2017
    stoadmin
    Summer Fish are on the Big Bite LOC Summer Derby is ON 31 pound, 10 ounce Salmon is LOC Leader Today is Wednesday July 19, 2017. Rain is in the forecast off and on through the end of next week, but it sounds like more of a quick shower or two than the ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    July 13, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    For Wed. July 12, 2017 Salmon, Trout, Bass, Walleye, Musky…WOW! Water levels are continuing to come down in Lake Ontario to the delight of boaters and landowners. However, even the high water levels have not had any negative effects on fishing in the lake. Salmon fishing continues to be very good out on ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – July 12, 2017

    July 12, 2017
    stoadmin
    LOC Derby Fishing Helps Find Fish Fish for a Cure starts This Week Erie Canal Tourney is ON! Today is Wednesday July 12, 2017. It seems like this appears in my report a lot, but rain is in the forecast for most of the rest of this week, except for Saturday and into ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Report – July 6, 2017

    July 7, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    FISH: King Salmon Action is HOT WHERE: Wilson Harbor, Niagara County, NY LURES: A-Tom-Mik Twinkie set-ups & Dreamweaver UV Frog Spin Doctor Lake Ontario salmon action is continuing on a consistent clip to the delight of trollers at Wilson, Olcott and the Niagara Bar. Don’t take my word for it, though, just ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – July 5, 2017

    July 6, 2017
    stoadmin
    Fishing for a Cure starts July 15 Fishing is Good! Today is Wednesday July 5, 2017. The weather over the 4th couldn’t have been any better, but change is coming.  Rain is in the forecast for at least part of this weekend. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the level of Lake ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing – LAKE ONTARIO IS HOT!

    June 30, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Fishing Catching Details and Forecast (June 29, 2017) Lake Ontario salmon fishing action continues to be very good … if Mother Nature will let you get out there. The weather has been crazy this year and there were some reports of water spouts earlier this week.  Fish-Catching TV Show – Mark ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – June 28, 2017

    June 28, 2017
    stoadmin
    LOC Derby Starts June 30! Weather Changes Has Affected Fishing Access Today is Wednesday June 28, 2017. Yesterday Mother Nature gave us cooler temperatures, wind, rain, waves and even a water spout on Lake Ontario, just to show us who is really in control.  With all of those conditions going on, fishing ... Read More >>
  • DESTINATION NIAGARA USA HIGHLIGHTS LAKE ONTARIO FISHING

    June 23, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Free Fishing this Weekend in New York State (June 24-25, 2017) New USA-CANADA Border Fishing Rules Eased Lake Ontario Counties Tourney Series Starting Detailed Fishing Report for June 22, 2017 Lots of good news in this week’s report. It’s a Free Fishing Weekend in New York State. However, you do have to abide by ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – June 21, 2017

    June 21, 2017
    stoadmin
    Orleans County King Salmon ARE BACK! Lake Alice good with Smallmouth and Largemouth Fishing-For-A-Cure Tourney Coming Up, July 15 Today is Wednesday June 21, 2017. Occasional rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast into next week, along with more seasonal temperatures. On Lake Ontario, the king of the lake – Chinook salmon, have made ... Read More >>
  • Outdoor Resources for Families – FREE From New York State

    June 16, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    New York State Conservationist for Kids is FREE Useful Outdoor Discovery Articles Environmental Education Information for All Ages Many children learn about the outdoors from adults who accompany them as they explore. Plenty of times the kids teach the adults as well as the adults teaching the kids! If you are looking for ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – June 14, 2017

    June 16, 2017
    stoadmin
    Orleans County Lake Ontario Open Winners Unpredictable Weather Affecting Lake Patterns Bluegills & Bass at Lake Alice Today is Wednesday June 14, 2017. First I would like to congratulate the top 3 finishers in the Orleans County Open Tournament, Ed Monette of team Cannonball Runner, Vince Pierleoni of team Thrillseeker and Dave Siegfried ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Report for June 14, 2017

    June 15, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    On Lake Ontario, salmon and trout fishing continues to be good.  Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane reports good numbers of fish in the area off Olcott and Wilson, but you have to adapt and locate the fish. Heavy current and winds have scattered fish, but a mix of salmon and ... Read More >>
  • NYSDEC Eastern Lake Erie Fishing Report – June 10, 2017

    June 11, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Erie and Harbors The night bite along the nearshore reefs has fallen off. Most walleye anglers are now targeting daylight hours and catches have been slowly improving in 40-60 feet of water near major spawning areas. Productive methods include trolling with worm harnesses or stickbaits just off the bottom, or ... Read More >>
  • Travel Destination: NIAGARA USA

    June 9, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Water Temp Rising Now, Salmon Hitting with Fish to 22 Pounds Smallmouth Bass Fishing is Good on Upper and Lower Niagara River Southtowns Lake Erie Walleye Contest runs June 10-18 Niagara County, NY; June 9, 2017.   Despite record high water levels in Lake Ontario, salmon and trout fishing continues to be good ... Read More >>
  • “Sunny Day Kids” are HOOKED ON FISHING FUN!

    June 8, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Fishing & Learning Adventure on the Buffalo River May 28, 2017; Bison City Rod & Gun Club, Buffalo, N.Y. 141 Kids, 322 Total Attendance; 21 Volunteers; 8-Learning Stations By Forrest Fisher The forecast for rain and fog was swept aside when bright, sunny skies with a gentle 75 degree breeze surprised families with kids ... Read More >>
  • Big Cash for Eastern Lake Erie Walleye Anglers – Southtowns Walleye Association Tournament

    June 7, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Hot Walleye Bites, is it YOUR TURN? CHANGE Lures, Speed, Turn Radius, Time of Day You Fish CHECK Colors, Leaders, Hooks – Control Hand Odor Scent By Forrest Fisher Many anglers in the Northeast USA and especially in Western New York, have a preference for Lake Erie walleye fishing.  Many of them are ready ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – May 31, 2017

    June 4, 2017
    stoadmin
    Alice Lake Crappie and Bluegill on the Bite Lake Ontario Salmon Contests just Ahead Captain’s Cove New Office OPEN The up and down temperatures should continue at least through the middle of June according to the weather forecasters. The water levels on Lake Ontario are not expected to start dropping until the ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Report – Big Fish and Lots of ‘Em

    June 4, 2017
    Dave Barus
    Fishing is great in Lake Ontario and the Niagara River as National Fishing and Boating Week approaches June 3 to 11! Despite record high water levels in the lake, salmon and trout fishing continue to be good in the lake.  Some good fishing was being reported over the holiday weekend from ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – May 24, 2017

    May 27, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Kings, Coho’s, Lures Lake Ontario Water Levels Still High Upper Niagara & Lower Niagara Action Lake Ontario Just a quick reminder on water levels: There is still a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels. This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County ... Read More >>
  • May 24, 2017 – Fishing Report: Orleans County, NY

    May 25, 2017
    stoadmin
    Today is Wednesday – May 24, 2017 Condor Derby: June 9 Orleans County Open: June 10-11 Bald Eagle Marina Open for Launching Rain off and on will not help the water level in Lake Ontario any time soon. According to the Army Corps of Engineers the Lake Ontario water level is still more than ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – May 18, 2017

    May 19, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    LOC Derby Winners Announced Water Levels Still High Big Fish and Favorite Lures Lake Ontario: Just a quick reminder on water levels: There is still a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels.  This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County Sheriff ... Read More >>
  • ZIP-LINE FUN, THRILLS for YOUNG & OLD!

    May 18, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Extraordinary Speed in Safe Flight from Tower-to-Tower Adventure, Fun and Assured Safety Full Body Harness & Head Helmet Protection is Required My Favorite Place: Peek ‘N Peak, near Findley Lake, New York By Forrest Fisher Those zip-lines with strange looking towers on the hills in the distance of places we travel definitely beckon ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, NY

    May 18, 2017
    stoadmin
    Today is Wednesday – May 17, 2017 Brown Trout Action is Hot Lake Alice Bite Coming Around Now Lake Ontario Consumed Captain’s Cove Tackle Shop The next few days will have temperatures in the 80’s and then drop back to more seasonal temperatures. Fishing on Lake Ontario has been up and down, but more ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for May 11, 2017

    May 11, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    LAKE ONTARIO – Lake Ontario Water Level Warning: Just a quick reminder on water levels: There is still a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels.  This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County Sheriff is asking that boats ... Read More >>
  • New York DEC Eastern Lake Erie Fishing Report

    May 8, 2017
    stoadmin
    May 5, 2017 All the Lake Erie boat launches are now open for the season. Launching at Buffalo Boat Harbor may still be limited to the launch closest to the restaurant. There have been some excellent yellow perch catches lately between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point in 45-55 feet of ... Read More >>
  • New Channel Catfish Record in New York State!

    May 5, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Jefferson County, 35-pounds, 3 ounces Lucky Angler is Watertown Resident, Eric Scordo Bait was a Simple Nightcrawler The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed that a new state record has been established for channel catfish. Using just a nightcrawler, Eric Scordo of Watertown caught a 35-pound, ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – May 3, 2017

    May 5, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    High Water in Lake Ontario Lewiston Smelt Festival on May 5 LOC Tournament is On Lower Niagara Fishing Platform News There is still a state of emergency along the Lake Ontario shoreline for high water levels. This isn’t really going to affect the fishing that much, but the Niagara County Sheriff is asking ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, NY

    May 4, 2017
    stoadmin
    Today is Wednesday – May 3, 2017 Lake Ontario Water Level Threatens Shoreline Fish Hitting in Lake Ontario Trib’s and Lake Alice are Fast & Muddy One thing is for sure, we have more than enough water to go around and then plenty to share with others.  The extended dry spell of today will ... Read More >>
  • Eastern Lake Erie Fishing Hotline

    April 29, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Erie, Chautauqua & Cattaraugus County Fish Report thru May 5, 2017 – from NYSDEC Perch: Hot Bite between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point Crappie: Chautauqua Lake open water bite slow, canal action is fair Inland Trout: Look for blue-winged olives, stoneflies, Hendrickson hatches Bass: Dunkirk Harbor, Buffalo Harbor, Chautauqua Lake Eastern Lake Erie & ... Read More >>
  • Spring Kings Now! Niagara USA Fishing

    April 28, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Fishing Report: April 28, 2017 Fishing Good, but Water Levels are High Big Fish Tournaments Next Up Shore Fishing in Niagara River is Good Lower Niagara River trout action improved the past week and anglers have been doing well with egg sacs or emerald shiners fished off three-way rigs from boats.  Kwikfish and ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, NY

    April 28, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario has Very High Water Fishing is Good on Lake, in Trib’s Lake Alice is Off-color, but Lots of Fish Today is Wednesday, April 26, 2017. The rain keeps coming and the lake level keeps rising.  Property owners along Lake Ontario are bracing for even higher water and hoping that we don’t ... Read More >>
  • New York State Spring Turkey Opens May 1

    April 24, 2017
    stoadmin
    Spring 2017 will be Above 20,000 Bird Hunter Average Successive Mild Winters Help Reproduction 2-Bird Season Bag Limit, May 1 -31, 2017 The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is opening spring turkey season on May 1 in upstate New York north of the Bronx-Westchester County line, the agency announced today. ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – April 20, 2017

    April 21, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Heavy Rains Curb Trib Fishing for a Few Days Emerald Shiner Bait Schools Are Heavy Sign Up for Tournaments Now Lake Ontario Out in the lake, it’s been a mixed bag for trollers.  Stickbaits or spoons in tight. to shore off boards or riggers in 10 to 25 feet of water for ... Read More >>
  • National Archery in the Schools Program Continues to Grow in New York

    April 20, 2017
    stoadmin
    60 students from 17 New York schools eligible to participate in national archery tournament Program introduces young people to archery and other outdoor sports April 18, 2017 – New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced the 60 New York students who scored high enough in the ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, NY

    April 20, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Fishing Getting Good Lake Alice Offers Many Inland Species Today is Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Fishing is picking up at a pretty good pace on Lake Ontario off Orleans County. Brown trout fishing is at its best, Coho fishing is good and an occasional steelhead is showing up in the mix on ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast – April 12, 2017

    April 14, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Smelt Run is On! Dippers out Every Evening!   Lewiston Smelt Festival set for May 5 Lower Niagara River Trout action continues to be spotty from both boat and shore following the storms that came through last week.  The big news is that the smelt have started running in the Lewiston area and dippers ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    April 13, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Trib’s: High and Muddy Marina Activity in Full Swing Today is Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Winter, summer and spring all in one week.  This must be a new record! Depending on which weather forecast you listen to, this weekend will either be summer-like and dry, or spring-like and wet. After all of the ... Read More >>
  • New York State – Summary of New Freshwater Fishing Regulation Changes for 2017/18

    April 12, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    From the NYSDEC, the following is a summary of the freshwater fishing regulation changes for the April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018 period: The 18 inch minimum size limit and daily creel limit of 3 walleye has been eliminated in Chautauqua Lake (Chautauqua County) and Franklin Falls Flow (Essex County).  ... Read More >>
  • Walleye in Lake Erie – Fishery Movement and Study

    April 8, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Fish are Tagged, Electronically Monitored for Movement Angler Reward System ($100) Cooperative Study: Great Lakes Acoustic Telemetry Observation System (GLATOS) By Forrest Fisher Trained biologists and technicians implant acoustic transmitters to understand fish movements and how they relate to fishing effort and harvest.  Walleye, lake trout and musky in eastern Lake Erie are netted, ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for April, 6, 2017

    April 7, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    There’s a good story on the 31 pound brown trout caught by Bob Klemm of Pennsylvania fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters in the Buffalo News this week.  Check out www.buffalonews.com in the sports section and look for the big fish!   Lower Niagara River   Lower Niagara River trout ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    April 6, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Trib’s: Welcome to Spring! Lake Alice Fish are Biting Today is Wednesday, April 5, 2017. April showers may bring May flowers if it doesn’t flood them out. The wind and rain of the past several weeks have taken their toll on the fishery in Western New York, but waterways are starting to ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    March 30, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Trib’s: High, Smaller Tribs are Better Spring Conditions are Near Today is Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Daytime temperatures in the mid to high 40’s and night time lows in the high 30’s will melt whatever snowpack that is left. The snowmelt has caused the “Oak” water flow to be high and ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for March 30, 2017

    March 30, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    The big news this week was the 31 pound Brown Trout caught by Bob Klemm of Pennsylvania fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters.  That’s all we are going to tell you this week because it will be a feature in the Buffalo News next week on Thursday, ... Read More >>
  • Reticulated Albino Python Snakes in Manhattan, New York

    March 28, 2017
    stoadmin
    Longest Snakes in the World, Growing to 20 Feet. Reticulated Pythons Can be Dangerous. In New York, a Special Permit is Required to Keep Them MANHATTAN – Early in February – 2017, New York State Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Spencer Noyes came across a Craigslist ad offering an Albino Reticulated Python for sale ... Read More >>
  • Destination Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    March 24, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Report for March 23, 2017 Fish Bite is On at Burt Dam Early Spring Weather Brings Rain and Snow Melt After digging out from the March snow storm last week, things are finally settling in to more spring-like conditions. Not everything is perfect though. The weather forecasters are calling for some rain ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    March 23, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Tributaries: Fish Are Moving In Cold Snap Conditions Today is Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Well spring is here at least on the calendar, but not by Mother Nature’s standards.  Yesterday was spring like but today feels more like January than mid-March.  Then by the weekend more spring like conditions will return ... Read More >>
  • African Snake Bites Man on Staten Island

    March 23, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lucky Man Survives Gaboon Viper Bite Snake Was Illegal Man Had No Permit New York – A Staten Island was bitten on the hand by a deadly Gaboon Viper (Bitis Gabonica) while the man was cleaning its cage and was transported to Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx County.  The Gaboon viper is a snake ... Read More >>
  • Outdoors Woman Program – Big Fish in New York

    March 22, 2017
    stoadmin
    6-hour Guided Fishing Trip with Captain Dave Wilson Catch Salmon, Trout and Steelhead 28′ Baha Cruiser, Boat Has Enclosed Private Bathroom   All Fishing Gear Provided No Fishing Experience Necessary NYSDEC – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program is once again teaming up with Captain Dave Wilson to offer some Beyond BOW Women’s ... Read More >>
  • Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    March 17, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Report for March 17, 2017 Early Spring Weather Brings SNOW & WIND 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 ... Read More >>
  • Too Many Lies, Too Many Crappies – Oneida River

    March 16, 2017
    stoadmin
    Onondaga County, New York On Feb. 28, 2017, Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Mark Colesante received an anonymous tip that fishermen were catching and keeping over the legal limit of black crappies on the Oneida River.  Knowing that the location is private, secluded, and a fishing hot spot, ECO Colesante called ECO ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    March 16, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Tributaries: Bank Ice, Nasty Wind Wind and Snow Storm Conditions Today is Wednesday, March 15, 2017. It may only be 6 days until spring on the calendar, but Mother Nature has some different ideas. The wind and snow of the past few days continues today with high winds, lake effect snow ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    March 9, 2017
    stoadmin
    • Lake Ontario Tributaries: Browns, Steelies • Crappie at Kenyonville Bridge Today is Wednesday, March 8, 2017. The rain of yesterday and today, along with the warmer temperatures, will give way to more seasonal conditions and by the weekend, expect temperatures in the 20’s with the possibility of some snow showers. The only good ... Read More >>
  • Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    March 3, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    • Report for March 2, 2017 Roller Coaster Weather in Niagara County, New York That rollercoaster weather ride continues, creating problems for area anglers. Warm temperatures into the 60s this week plunged into the 20s within 24 hours.  Mild temperatures into the 40s are in the forecast for the weekend. There has ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    March 2, 2017
    stoadmin
    • Lake Ontario Tributaries Flowing • Ice is gone, Some Boats in Water Today is Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Its spring, which will be followed later this week by winter and then either next week or the week after by spring again. Word has it that the Welland Canal is due to open very ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    February 23, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Tributaries  Streams are Flowing, Some Boats in Water Today is Wednesday February 22, 2017. Above normal temperatures continue thru the rest of this week and well into next week. Yesterday there were small boats on Lake Ontario working the shoreline around the tributary discharges and from what I’m told, some brown trout ... Read More >>
  • Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    February 20, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    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 ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    February 16, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Tributaries  Not Much Ice Fishing! Today is Wednesday February 15, 2017. As quickly as the ice starts forming, the temperature rises above freezing and then it’s gone again.  The only good news about that is that we are just that much closer to spring and the start of lake fishing season. On ... Read More >>
  • Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    February 13, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Report for Feb. 10, 2017 Contests Point To Methods and Places Lake Ontario, Lower Niagara, Trib’s  A great way to get a gauge on the local fishery is to follow the results of area fishing contests.  For example, the Niagara River Anglers Association held its annual Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest on the ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    February 9, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario Tributaries – Melting Snows Today is Wednesday February 8, 2017. WINTER? The temperature roller coaster continues with temperatures in the 50’s today and then below freezing for the next two days. The good news is that all of the tributaries within Orleans County are at least partially open if not fully open. The ... Read More >>
  • Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    February 4, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    For Feb. 3, 2017   Walleye to 11.5 pounds Caught This Week! Lake Ontario and Trib’s  Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek is still the place to go in Niagara USA for tributary action. Conditions have been good and small jigs fished under a float and tipped with a wax worm is always ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York 

    February 2, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Trib’s – Browns/Steelies Today is Wednesday February 1, 2017. WELCOME TO WINTER Just when it seems like the weather is turning in favor of the ice fishermen; Mother Nature takes it back yet again. Colder weather stays with us thru part of the weekend, but then again goes above freezing for the ... Read More >>
  • Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    January 30, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    For Jan. 30, 2017 No Ice, Boaters Catching Browns, Steelies! Lake Ontario and Trib’s  It’s still a bit of a hit or miss in the creeks, but fish are being caught despite brown water in 18 Mile.  Burt Dam flow is 170 cfs at the end of this week and anglers are ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    January 26, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Trib’s – Browns/Steelies Today is Wednesday January 25, 2017. We are in the midst of another reprieve from old man winter, at least for another day or two. The smaller tributaries within Orleans County are at higher and muddier conditions.  This due to the warmer temperatures and rain/snow that we have ... Read More >>
  • Niagara USA Fishing Forecast

    January 20, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    For Jan. 20, 2017 Lake Ontario and Trib’s  It’s a bit of a mess in the creeks, but some fish are being caught – like the 21 pound, 2 ounce brown trout caught this week by Charles Young of North Tonawanda while fishing a jig in 18 Mile Creek near Burt Dam.  ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    January 19, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Trib’s – Browns/Steelies Today is Wednesday January 18, 2017. The rain of the past day or so, and the milder temperatures, should again give good flows to all of the tributaries within Orleans County. Water clarity may diminish over the next day or two with the increased run-off, but all in ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast – Friday, January 13, 2017

    January 16, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River, Outdoor Show  Lake Ontario and Trib’s  The recent weather rollercoaster has been tough on fishermen.  Many areas received a pile of rain this past week, creating higher flows in the streams, like 18-Mile Creek below Burt Dam and into the Harbor at Olcott.  The water was pushing 170 ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    January 12, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario Tributaries – Browns/Steelies Today is Wednesday January 11, 2017. The up and down temperatures continue, with us being in the warmer temperature part of the swing for now. Rain of last night, and more rain and snow in the forecast should keep the water levels in all of the tributaries within ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    January 5, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday January 4, 2017. After a very mild start to 2017, winter begins again this week with temperatures in the 20’s for daytime highs. The rain of the past day or so should keep water levels on the tributaries within Orleans County at very fishable ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    January 2, 2017
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Fishing Report for Day Ending December 28, 2016. With daytime temperatures above freezing for most of next week, conditions should remain good for stream fishing throughout all of the tributaries within Orleans County. Unfortunately this means that the ice fishermen will have to wait a little longer ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast – Friday, December 23, 2016

    December 23, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River  Lake Ontario and Trib’s  The first day of winter is here and things are actually warming up a bit – into the 30’s all week; the 40’s after Christmas.  The big news this week was the formation of up to five inches of ice in the back bay ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    December 22, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday December 21, 2016. Welcome to the first day of winter! The colder than normal temperatures over the last week or so have started forming ice on portions of Lake Alice, but don’t break out the ice fishing gear quiet yet.  Warming temperatures for the ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast – Friday, December 16, 2016

    December 16, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River  Lake Ontario and Trib’s  The only option in Niagara USA right now is 18-Mile Creek and Burt Dam in the Town of Newfane.  Both salmon and trout are available in the creek, with Coho salmon replacing King salmon in the fresh run department.  Egg sacs or egg imitations are ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    December 15, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday December 14, 2016. WINTER IS CLOSE!! The first day of winter isn’t until December 21st, but by the end of this week, we will have wind chill factors well below zero.  Lake Erie snow on Thursday and then Lake Ontario snow on Friday are ... Read More >>
  • Winter Fishing – Trout, Steelhead, Bass

    December 9, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River  Lake Ontario and Trib’s  Some more fresh king salmon arrived on the scene this week in 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam, thanks to a little more water flow from the dewatering of the Erie Canal. With the salmon, brown trout and steelhead are both in the mix, ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    December 7, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday December 7, 2016. WINTER IS CLOSE!! Colder weather is finally upon us, but not cold enough to start producing solid water.  Wet snow and rain is in the forecast for the rest of this week and into the weekend.  Could it be that winter ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast – Thursday, December 1, 2016

    December 2, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Lower Niagara River   More steelhead are starting to show up every day!  Devil’s Hole is the best spot for your best chance at a steelie, but Artpark is producing a few, too. Eggs or egg imitations in yellow, pink or chartreuse are all good colors to try. ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    December 1, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday November 30, 2016. It looks like today will be the end of the above normal temperatures for a long time.  Rain mixed with snow is in the forecast for the rest of the week and into next week. They are finally dewatering the Erie ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast, Friday, November 25, 2016

    November 28, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day celebration!  With the long weekend, many people are out there hunting and fishing.  Hope you can find the time to enjoy it with family and friends.  As the days tick away, remember that November 30th is the final day for ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    November 24, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday November 23, 2016. Rain or snow is in the forecast for each day the rest of this week, but it may not be much.  The forecast for next week seems to be clearer with moderate temperatures. Fresh Brown trout and Steelhead seem to be ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast, Thursday, November 17, 2016

    November 18, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Big game firearm season in New York State is just around the corner, opening on Nov. 19.  If you don’t hunt, this is the perfect time to wet a line and chase some fish since fishing pressure will ultimately be down across the board. Lake Ontario and Trib’s The ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    November 17, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday November 16, 2016. The weather rollercoaster will be very wild this week with temperatures possibly setting a new high on Friday and then the possibility of snow by Sunday.  I wonder what else Mother Nature can throw into the mix? Fishing on the tributaries ... Read More >>
  • New York Big Game Hunting Firearms Season for Southern Zone Begins November 19

    November 16, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    -Hunters encouraged to pass on young bucks By Forrest Fisher In the highly sportsmen populated southern zone sector of the Empire State, hunters have been waiting all year for the 3-week long big game firearms hunting season. Wait no longer, it will open this Saturday, November 19, at sunrise. Despite an unusually balmy ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast, Thursday, November 10, 2016

    November 11, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Lake Ontario and Trib’s With high winds in the forecast today, you might be better off waiting to cast a lure.  DEC reminds us that tomorrow, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – is a free fishing day for any veteran out there that wants to dunk a worm ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    November 10, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday November 9, 2016. More seasonable temperatures with off and on again rain throughout the next few days should keep fishing conditions in great shape. There are a good number of salmon throughout all the tributaries within Orleans County, including a fair number of Atlantic ... Read More >>
  • Crossbow for Big Game

    November 8, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Easy, Fun, Less Training Time By Forrest Fisher It took 30 years of haggling with legislators and blocked laws in a confused legal system that New York is famous for, not to mention high taxes, but the good usually does win over time, and so it is in New York today.  Crossbow ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast, Thursday, November 3, 2016

    November 4, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Lake Ontario and Trib’s The big news locally was the announcement yesterday that three poachers – we can’t call them fishermen – took two enforcement agencies on a wild fish chase around the Burt Dam area of 18 Mile Creek. They were finally caught and brought to justice. ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    November 3, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday November 2, 2016. Temperatures over the next week should be in the higher than normal range for this time of year.  Rain in the forecast for today and tomorrow may not be significant enough to make any great change in water flows in ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast, Wednesday, October 26, 2016

    October 28, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Lake Ontario and Trib’s Action in the tributaries picked up considerably with the recent rains last week.  More rain is expected this week so that run of fish should remain consistent.  At Burt Dam, there are good numbers of fish and fishermen.  Go during the week (if you ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    October 27, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday October 26, 2016. The rain and wind of the past week didn’t stop the 57 entrants in the Archer’s Club Catch and Release Derby from enjoying a great time, great food, great friendships and some fantastic fishing. The surprise was the number of Atlantic ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Monday, October 24, 2016

    October 24, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River  Lake Ontario and Trib’s  It’s raining out as this report is being written.  Could this be the rain that triggers a more substantial run in 18-Mile Creek and some of the other tributaries?  We certainly hope so! Salmon and trout are being reported in 18 Mile Creek despite ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York

    October 20, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal Today is Wednesday, October 19, 2016. I thought that this was supposed to be fall, but with the temperatures in the 70’s, I guess Mother Nature is up to one of her tricks again.  The rain that we received last night wasn’t enough to make any ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, October 14, 2016

    October 17, 2016
    stoadmin
    Western New York Fishing ForecastLake Ontario, Niagara River Lake Ontario and Trib’s The Burt Dam area of 18 Mile Creek has seen a bit of a push as far as salmon are concerned. Several small schools of fish have pushed up through the harbor and made it to the dam according to Wes Walker and the ... Read More >>
  • New York State – Marine Enforcement

    October 14, 2016
    stoadmin
    Marine Fisheries Law Specialists Training Patrol Vessel Skill Development Five of 31 recent graduates of the NYSDEC Division of Law Enforcement 20th Basic School for Uniformed Officers recently transferred to the Marine Enforcement Unit (MEU) where they will become specialists in marine fisheries law. They will be required to operate some of ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for October 13, 2016

    October 13, 2016
    stoadmin
    The cold temperatures and frost of Monday night and Tuesday morning should go a long way in convincing salmon that it’s spawning time. Even though daytime temperatures will be back up in the 70’s this week, tributary temperatures are definitely heading in the right direction. Some solid reports have Brown trout ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, October 7, 2016

    October 7, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario and Trib’s A few fish are still being caught off the Olcott piers the last couple of nights on the lake side of the piers. While spoons are normal hardware for casting there, it was Rattletraps that made the difference of late. Try skein under a float, too. A ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for October 6, 2016

    October 6, 2016
    stoadmin
    The cooler temperatures of the past few days have the salmon population slowly moving towards their spawning grounds. The biggest concentration of salmon on the “Oak” seems to be by the deep hole at the bridges area. Later this week we will be experiencing even more cool down which should speed ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, September 30, 2016

    September 30, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario and Trib’s A call from Chuck Booker of Amherst reported that there were a few fish caught off the Olcott piers the last couple of nights on the lake side of the piers. While spoons are normal hardware for casting there, it was Rattletraps that made the difference and ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for September 29, 2016

    September 29, 2016
    stoadmin
    The cool down continues for the rest of this week and well into next week. Rain is in the forecast throughout the end of the week and into Monday of next week, which should spur movement of salmon towards their spawning locations. Fishermen are reporting more hookups around the tributary mouths ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, September 23, 2016

    September 23, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    NHF Days are This Weekend! Lake Ontario and Trib’s On the eve of National Hunting and Fishing Day activities for this weekend, it looks like there will be plenty of things going on to see and do. If you want to wet a line, the Niagara Bar is still a place to be ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for September 22, 2016

    September 22, 2016
    stoadmin
    The end of summer this week will be singled by much cooler temperatures by the end of the week. Some rain on Friday may entice some salmon to make their way at least part way up the tributaries within Orleans County. Those with smaller boats are having some luck close to ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, September 16, 2016

    September 16, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Bass, King Salmon, Walleye News Lake Ontario and Trib’s An important meeting is being held this Monday, September 19, at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, starting at 6:30 pm. If you are a Lake Ontario drifter, troller or tributary fisherman, you’ll want to attend this meeting. Members of DEC ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice for September 15, 2016

    September 15, 2016
    stoadmin
    The weather for the next week or so seems to have higher than normal daytime temperatures and cooler than normal night time temperatures, or at least that is what the weathermen say. There doesn’t seem to be much action on our portion of Lake Ontario, but the pier fishermen are starting ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, September 9, 2016

    September 9, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    King Salmon Stacking Up On Niagara Bar Captain Matt Jablonsky Offers Hot Lure Tips Lake Ontario and Trib’s The $25,000 winner in the Fall LOC Derby was Drew Kersic of Philadelphia, with a 34 pound, 9 ounce King out of Oswego. He caught it the second last day of the 18 day contest ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice for September 8, 2016

    September 8, 2016
    stoadmin
    As the hot weather continues the fish occupying those inside waters remain very elusive. Most reports are of those fish diving to the bottom as boats pass by them. The offshore fishing seems to be holding up very well beyond the 28 line with a good mixed bag of fish ... Read More >>
  • Hunter Safety Education is Key to Hunter Safety

    September 6, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Just like many of us already know, education is the key to success in just about anything in life. From the numbers and illustrations noted on the New York State DEC Hunter Safety Website – and shared here, we can see that New York State’s hunter education courses have proven ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, September 2, 2016

    September 2, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Contest Winners, Methods, Lures Lake Ontario and Trib’s The LOC Derby is starting to wind down, ending on Labor Day. Grand prize leader for the $25,000 is still the 33 pound, 13 ounce King Salmon weighed in by Richard Clark. To make the leader board, you need a fish better than 30 ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for September 1, 2016

    September 1, 2016
    stoadmin
    Some rain today and the more moderate temperatures predicted for the rest of the week should help create better fishing conditions well into next week. Lake Ontario is slowly setting up for the migration of Chinook salmon preparing for their spawning runs. Reports have the action slowly picking up in the ... Read More >>
  • New York State Whitetail Deer News

    August 31, 2016
    stoadmin
    Pilot Project Concludes on Public Input for Deer Populations Evaluation and Assessment Continues The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has a pilot effort in progress to improve collection of public input about deer impacts and desired deer population levels (www.dec.ny.gov/press/103053.html). This is a collaborative venture with Cornell University and ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, August 26 2016

    August 26, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    The Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey and Lake Ontario County’s derbies are dominating the catching scene as things settle back into more favorable conditions after some nasty winds blew through and messed the lake up. Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for August 25, 2016

    August 25, 2016
    stoadmin
    Well at some point the lake has to set up again, but not quite yet. There are big fish on the inside waters but also very warm water. The water temperature is slowly dropping to more seasonal temperatures, but it’s not happening fast. If you’re looking for numbers, the 30 plus ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, August 19, 2016

    August 19, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario – King Salmon & Steelhead Action It will be a busy weekend in Wilson, Olcott and the Fort Niagara areas. It happens when the calendar aligns properly – three different fishing derbies on the same weekend, giving you nearly $100,000 in cash and prizes – if you get into ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for August 18, 2016

    August 18, 2016
    stoadmin
    Last night we had a wild wind come through and really rile up the lake. Reports this morning are that things are starting off slow and temperature is down below 100 feet out at the 30 plus line. As short as the wind event was, I would have to believe ... Read More >>
  • Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs)

    August 15, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Dangerous to Pets and People Summertime is Primetime for Algae Blooms While all of us up north long for the warm weather and sunshine of summer, this year the average temperatures have been higher than usual for many geographic areas if the USA. The net results in area with high nutrient runoff ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, August 12, 2016

    August 12, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario – King Salmon & Steelhead Action Captain Tim Sylvester of North Tonawanda sends word he had a good trip Tuesday with local anglers Lee Bolsover, Mike Hanowski , Mark Clark , Eric Thursom and Ryan Gebphart, all from North Tonawanda. Ryan had just landed a 21 pound King off ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for August 11, 2016

    August 11, 2016
    stoadmin
    The Storms of earlier this week has the lake and the fish all mixed up again. You can find fish anywhere from 60 feet of water all the way out to the 32 line, the trick is getting them to bite. Add to that the fact that today is one ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, August 5, 2016

    August 5, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Erie – Walleye and Bass Closest consistent action for walleye continues to be off Sturgeon Point in 70 feet of water. While trolling worm harnesses or stickbaits are always an option off planer boards, downriggers or diving planes – like Dipsy-Divers, some anglers prefer to use the very basic approach ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for August 3, 2016

    August 4, 2016
    stoadmin
    Well our old nemesis, the northeast wind, is back and really riling up Lake Ontario big time. Some are saying that where fish are found this minute, they won’t be there 5 minutes from now. The good news is that it looks like we have lost the northwest wind, at least for ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, July 29, 2016

    July 29, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario and Tributaries Salmon and trout action continues to be very good for trollers. Karen Evarts at the Boat Doctor’s in Olcott reports limit catches by many of the charter captains. One in particular was Captain Jim Gordon of the Hawg, has been doing excellent on a mix of kings and ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for July 28, 2016

    July 28, 2016
    stoadmin
    There are only a few more days until the end of the Summer LOC Derby this Sunday, but still enough time to enter and win one of the great cash prizes that are up for grabs. Next up, will be the Orleans County Rotary Derby running from August 6th to the ... Read More >>
  • Dunkirk Fishing Pier Allows Shore Fishing Access

    July 25, 2016
    stoadmin
    Upgraded Pier Improves Fishing Access to Lake Erie By NYSDEC Press Release Repair work and accessibility improvements to the Dunkirk Fishing Pier in the City of Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, are now complete. Enhancements to the pier now offer improved access to one of Lake Erie’s most popular fishing sites. The Dunkirk Fishing Pier ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, July 22, 2016

    July 22, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Lake Ontario and Tributaries Action on Lake Ontario continues to be very good for trout and salmon trollers working out of the mouth of the river, Wilson and Olcott. In the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s King Salmon Tournament last weekend, Fisherman’s Daughter came away with ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for July 21, 2016

    July 21, 2016
    stoadmin
    First congratulations to all of the winners of the 26th Annual Erie Canal Derby. Some great fish were caught which proves what a great fishery the canal provides right at our doorstep. It provides a great place to take a kid fishing on a lazy summer afternoon and enjoy nature. Another ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, July 15, 2016

    July 15, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Lake Ontario and Tributaries Fishing in Lake Ontario continues to be as hot as the weather – really! Captain Dan Evans of Lone Wolf Charters in Wilson reports fishing was great earlier in the week – lots of kings and steelhead from 120 to 350 feet of water. He ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal for Wednesday July 13, 2016

    July 14, 2016
    stoadmin
    The Erie Canal Derby is in full swing with some great fish already on the leader board. With 4 more days left in the derby there is still plenty of time to get out there and catch a winner. On the Erie Canal catches of both catfish and sheepshead are ... Read More >>
  • I Fish NY Beginners’ Guide to Fresh Water Fishing

    July 12, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    Helps Novice Anglers The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has developed a new instructional (available on-line) manual entitled “The I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing.” The new manual is part of a series of publications DEC has produced recently to get more people involved in the ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, July 8, 2016

    July 8, 2016
    stoadmin
    Lake Ontario, Niagara River Lake Ontario and Tributaries Fishing for salmon and trout was on fire over the long holiday weekend, evidenced by the leaderboard of the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby. John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda targeted the waters off Wilson in 100-plus feet of water and in ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal

    July 7, 2016
    stoadmin
    First a big thank you to the Erie Canal crews who got the emergency repairs done quickly and the canal back open in time for the start of the Erie Canal Fishing Derby which starts today and runs through July 17th this year. Fishing on Lake Ontario has gone past good ... Read More >>
  • Need Citizen Help in Reporting and Reducing Nuisance Bear Incidents in New York State

    July 6, 2016
    stoadmin
    Increasing numbers of black bears have been reported in many parts of New York State. With the onset of warmer weather, Adirondack and northern New York black bears are on the move. The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has been notified of nuisance bears in the towns of Corinth, Chestertown, ... Read More >>
  • Targeting Big Fish for Derbies, Tournaments

    July 5, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout & Salmon Derby – July 1-31, 2016 Catching BIG salmon and trout in Lake Ontario consistently is not an easy proposition. Time on the water is certainly a piece of the formula for success. When fishing in a contest like the LOC derbies, every year we ... Read More >>
  • Western New York Fishing Forecast for Friday, July 1, 2016

    July 1, 2016
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario and Tributaries  Some monster fish are being caught out there. Captain Dan Evans of Wilson reported a 32.5 pound salmon hauled in by Todd Garzarelli on Tuesday.  According to Evans with Lone Wolf Sportfishing, fishing for both salmon and trout has been good from 80 to 350 feet of ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report: Orleans County, New York Lake Ontario, Lake Alice, Erie Canal

    June 30, 2016
    stoadmin
    Wednesday June 29, 2016 Let’s start out with fishing derby news. This Friday, July 1st, starts the LOC Summer Derby which runs through July 31st.  There is $29,000 in cash up for grabs with a $10,000 grand prize for the biggest salmon.  More information can be found at www.loc.org or by calling ... Read More >>