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  • The Real Asian Carp Threat

    October 14, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Mussels and other invasive species have had effects Asian Carp could alter much more than is discussed Flying Asian Carp have become “YouTube Stars” By Mike Schoonveld None of the 180-plus invasive species found in, or threatening the Great Lakes, have more name recognition among average citizens than the Asian carp. Though people have ... Read More >>
  • Musky, Browns, Steelhead and Salmon – Big Fish: Niagara USA

    October 10, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Oct. 9, 2019 – Destination Niagara USA Out in the lake, some boaters have pounded the piers with limited success. Better luck for salmon and trout has been out deep, but no specific details are available. If you are looking for salmon, the best area in ... Read More >>
  • Text Message from a Grandson

    October 8, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    By Larry Whiteley I was working on a turkey fan mount in my workshop this past spring when I suddenly heard the sound of a turkey hen talking to me. I jumped and for a slight moment, I thought it was a hen coming to get me because I had taken ... Read More >>
  • Light Salmon Bite, Big Bass Bite – in Niagara USA Country

    October 4, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Charter captains have been struggling in the Devil’s Hole area for salmon. In fact, some captains have canceled their salmon season due to sparse numbers. The shore guys are catching a few, like off the NYPA fishing platform. Glow spoons have been the ticket. A few brown trout have been caught ... Read More >>
  • Tighten your Hat, the 200 X-Shaft Yamaha 4-Stroke is Flying from the Hole

    October 2, 2019
    David Gray
    200HP V6 Yamaha Outboard for 555 pounds Instant Acceleration to 57 mph By David Gray Karen Lutto and I had barely shaken hands with the Yamaha outboard motor team when they gave us the Yamaha Marine “Hot Sheet” for their V- MAX/SHO 200Hp X-Shaft. As I looked over the motor specs, Product Education ... Read More >>
  • Let’s Bond with Nature this Saturday, Sep. 28 – Rick Clunn asks…”Join Me, Please.”

    September 26, 2019
    Dave Barus
    National Geographic’s current issue is about that fragile connection between all things We all need nature to help us Celebrate by locating an NHF Day event near where you live, there are many. By Rick Clunn Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day, and I know that there is some special day to celebrate ... Read More >>
  • Navionics Boating app: mark your location with one tap, and more

    September 26, 2019
    Dave Barus
    From Navionics: We believe details are important, especially while on the water. Let’s dive in and see how the latest app release can make your boating experience easy and fun. Drop a marker with one tap. Have you ever needed to quickly add a marker on your location while boating or fishing? Well, now ... Read More >>
  • Bass, Walleye, Salmon, Northern Pike on the Bite Up North in NIagara USA Fish

    September 25, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, from Destination Niagara USA Lack of Rain, Warm Weather, Slows Lower River King Salmon Run Big Bass in the Lower Niagara are ON-THE-BITE Walleye, Northern Pike and many other species beginning to feed for winter now In the Niagara River, Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara ... Read More >>
  • Tree Stand Hunters, GRAB A LIFELINE to your Biggest Deer

    September 25, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Experts say the best deer hunting with a bow is from 15 to 30 feet up in a tree. Dangerous? Yes! Early to rise can mean “early to sleep” while in your tree stand. It’s common, it’s fun, it keeps you in the woods, but can be deadly if you are ... Read More >>
  • On Lake Tenkiller, Australian Pro Jocumsen Scores Bassmaster Elite Series Victory

    September 24, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Used Humminbird 360, side imaging and mapping to break down fish-holding spots in lake Caught his bass on a 3/4-ounce Molix football jig w/green pumpkin Strike King Rage Craw trailer The win earns Jocumsen $100,000 cash It was relentless determination and commitment to his game plan that paid off big for Carl Jocumsen, ... Read More >>
  • Catching Your First Bass…Unforgettable!

    September 18, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Unforgettable moments at the Black River near La Crosse, Wisconsin Light line, swim jig with Strike King Shad Bass Cat with Yamaha Vmax Engine By Forrest Fisher There is something special about fishing for bass, especially when you’ve tried before, but you let your kids fish so they have that first cast and last ... Read More >>
  • Fishing with Johnnie Candle, Extreme-Sensitivity Fishing Rods Catch Fish in La Crosse, Wisconsin

    September 17, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Fishing rod guides that don’t break Hi-modulus sensitivity rod blanks from Scheel’s allowed for detecting the lightest of strikes “Smart Boat” technics from Humminbird for total position control to target hotspots  By Forrest Fisher Walleye fishing legend, Johnnie Candle, suggested that we look at mid-river shoals on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin, ... Read More >>
  • Fall Fishing in La Crosse, Wisconsin: Binge-feeding time for Walleye, Bass, Catfish

    September 12, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Mississippi River pools offer multiple species Fall weather excites fish toward binge feeding Autumn colors provide an extra measure of goodness for visitors By Forrest Fisher Near La Crosse, Wisconsin, the Upper Mississippi River spreads well beyond its main channel, a bonus for anglers.  Hundreds of tiny islands, channels, and deep pools offer a ... Read More >>
  • Sky-High on Loon’s and Walleye in Wisconsin

    September 12, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    Turtle Flambeau Flowage in Wisconsin offers comfort and Sounds of the Outdoors Autumn Musky, Walleye, Bronzebacks on the bite with upcoming Fall Colors By Bob Holzhei Catching a limit of walleye was expected, however, I wondered if it was the call of a loon that echoed in my mind and brought me ... Read More >>
  • Enjoy Easy, Pain-Free Fish Retrieval with the Angler’s Best Livewell Buddy®

    September 11, 2019
    Karen Lutto
    Every fisherman knows, or quickly learns, that retrieving your catch or baitfish from the Livewell can be a sticky and painful experience—that is until now. With the Angler’s Best Livewell Buddy, retrieving your catch or baitfish, even the elusive pinfish, is quick, easy and painless. The Livewell Buddy is a flexible, ... Read More >>
  • Fall Salmon Bite is STARTING, Bass and Walleye Slowing down

    September 11, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Sept. 11, 2019 – from Destination Niagara USA Get ready to rumble with the fall salmon run in the Lower Niagara River and nearby Lake Ontario ports. While it hasn’t arrived in full force yet, the New York Power Authority is doing its best to make ... Read More >>
  • Worlds Colliding

    September 11, 2019
    Brent Frazee
    By Brent Frazee I’ll never forget the day when my worlds collided in an instant. Sept. 11, 2001. One moment, I was reveling in the peace and solitude of the outdoors, with not a care in the world. The next moment, I was jolted into the reality that no American ever thought possible ... Read More >>
  • Bass & Walleye Hitting Well, King Salmon run Coming Up Quick

    August 28, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, August 28 from Destination Niagara USA The Fish Odyssey is over, the LOC Derby continues through Labor Day, and river and stream anglers are itching to see some salmon and trout in the rivers and streams. The first king salmon was caught in the lower ... Read More >>
  • After the Fall – Saying Goodbye

    August 26, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    By Larry Whiteley It sure is getting foggy. I’m not sure I could even see a deer sneaking through the woods in this stuff. Oh well, I just love being out here sitting in my stand, even if I don’t see a deer. It’s a great time to be alone with ... Read More >>
  • How to Fish for Lake Erie Walleye from Dunkirk…Troll to find ’em, then Turn Around!

    August 25, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Lures to use, boat speed, depth control By Forrest Fisher According to Ken Perrotte of Virginia, making the trek 8 hours north to visit Lake Erie to fish for walleye from Dunkirk Harbor, or from any of the three Cattaraugus Creek boat launch access sites, is more than worth it. Ken says, ... Read More >>
  • New Study Reveals 6.35 Million Acres of Western State Lands Are Landlocked

    August 25, 2019
    Dave Barus
    onX and TRCP release a groundbreaking analysis of state land access across 11 Western states By Randall Williams/TRCP Author This week, onX and the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership revealed the stunning results of collaboration to quantify how many acres of state lands across the West are entirely landlocked by private land and, ... Read More >>
  • Catching Toothy Walleye! Limits on the Niagara River

    August 23, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    By Bob Holzhei Although I fished for walleye in the lower Niagara River before, this incredible fishing adventure provided pin-ball action, landing one walleye after another and yes, a limit of walleye was cleaned to take home for meals. Fishing with Charter Captain Joe Marra who operates Niagara Rainbow Charters out of ... Read More >>
  • Proven USA-Made Fishing Baits That Work!

    August 23, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Big Bass and Small Bass….you know you need to jig “in the junk” We do that with Soft Plastics, Jig Heads and Buzz Baits to Score Where to find help with Colors, Sizes, and Choices that Work…see below  By Forrest Fisher If you’re like me, whenever I fish, the baits I use sort ... Read More >>
  • Viper Archery – Sidewinder Bow Sight Series

    August 23, 2019
    Karen Lutto
    Simple, Accurate, Effective, Durable, Affordable Unique Precision Elevation System  Simplify 3D Archery, Simplify Competitive Shooting   Designed to bridge the gap between archery hunting and competition bow sights, the Viper Archery Products Sidewinder Series provides the fastest, easiest and most precise elevation adjustments of any single-pin sights on the market. The Sidewinder and ... Read More >>
  • Nocqua Portable Adventure Power…In Your Pocket!

    August 23, 2019
    Tyler Mahoney
    Why do we need a SMALL portable charger with BIG energy? By Tyler Mahoney As much as many of us would hate to admit, we all probably need a solution for a portable charger when we are out hunting and fishing. In between cell phones or GoPro’s, it seems there is always ... Read More >>
  • Derby’s Abound with King-Kong Salmon and Big Walleye

    August 21, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for August 21, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA What a week! It’s been a flurry of activity, starting with three derbies at the same time last weekend. The Orleans Rotary Fishing Derby ended last Sunday, leaving two derbies left going into this weekend – the Fall LOC Derby ... Read More >>
  • Wind and Waves, High Water and Reverse Current – Lake Ontario salmon still slam baits when you find them!

    August 16, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Matching Lure Sets can make a fish-catching difference! NYSDEC Fisheries Chief Steve Hurst wants more public input on fishery issues Wilson Harbor, Olcott Harbor…provide safe access to Lake Ontario monster fish By Forrest Fisher In the world search for outdoor fun, salmon fishing with new friends aboard a 39-foot well-equipped boat can light a ... Read More >>
  • Lake Ontario Derby Time!

    August 16, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report from Destination Niagara USA The calendar has aligned once again to bring Lake Ontario anglers 3 different fishing derbies for one special weekend. The Orleans Rotary Derby is winding up and will end on Sunday, August 18. It’s still not too late to enter. The current Grand ... Read More >>
  • King Salmon in Orleans County

    August 16, 2019
    Capt. John Oravec
    By Capt. John Oravec They’re back! The Orleans County waters of Lake Ontario once again are teaming with big hungry king salmon. The first key area you want to hit are the 85 to 125 feet of water between the “Pump House” – a long troll – to the Little House”.  ... Read More >>
  • Wow! Why didn’t I think of that?

    August 16, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    New Gear for Outdoor Sportsmen By Larry Whiteley Have you ever seen a new outdoor product come out on the market and think to yourself, I wish I had thought of that? I sure have! Here are several innovative products that companies have developed to help make your outdoor adventures even better. Lure ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Buddies for All Time

    August 10, 2019
    Brent Frazee
    By Brent Frazee I was just a little guy when I learned the importance of having a fishing buddy. Every time I would visit my grandparents’ home, I would head to their garage. I knew that’s where grandpa Eric would be, and his good friend Mel would be with him. They had a ... Read More >>
  • Walleye, Bass, King Salmon! Niagara River and Lake Ontario are Action-Filled!

    August 9, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, August 8, 2019 In the lower Niagara River, Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls managed to climb around the gorge a bit this week and caught some nice smallmouth bass, walleye and silver bass from shore. Water is still high, but fish are available. A ... Read More >>
  • Wind Turbines: Threat to National Treasure of the Great Lakes

    August 6, 2019
    Capt. Tom Marks
    By Capt. Tom Marks I much prefer to write about fishing. Unfortunately, lately, all my time is being consumed by “fighting” to keep industrial wind developers from building wind projects in Lake Erie. In all my life, I could never have imagined being in such a dire place. “My lake,” Lake ... Read More >>
  • Big Fish, Big Money, More to Come! August is FISHING CONTEST Month!

    August 3, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Bill Hilts Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast (August 1, 2019) Hot Fishing getting HOTTER August is a celebration of fishing contests as we head into the final full month of Summer. The Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby (www.fishodyssey.net) set for August 17-25 has registrations available online starting August 1 and in the shops ... Read More >>
  • President asks All People to Promote Culture of Firearm Safety and Awareness beginning with National Shooting Sports Month

    August 2, 2019
    Bill Brassard
    President signs into law H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act All Americans asked to promote a Culture of Safety and Responsibility Today, August 1, 2019 – on the first day of National Shooting Sports Month®, The White House issued a Presidential message to the nation on the importance ... Read More >>
  • Lighted Fishing Rods…for Fishing After the Sun Goes to Sleep

    August 2, 2019
    Heather Miller
    Berkley® Lights the Night with Illuminated Glowstik Fishing Rods The new Berkley Glowstik rods boast a unique battery-powered technology that enables the rod to glow orange, so anglers can better see when fishing at night. The rods feature a fiberglass blank construction with an LED core, illuminating a lightweight fiber-optic cable ... Read More >>
  • Epic Sweepstakes Announced by Kryptek® Outdoor Group and CarbonTV® for “INVICTUS”: A Customized 2019 Chevy Silverado worth nearly $100,000

    July 31, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Enter to Win Daily on CarbonTV.Com – Now Until December 15, 2019 Kryptek Outdoor Group and CarbonTV have partnered on an epic sweepstakes where one lucky winner will win a 2019 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss named INVICTUS, fully customized and wrapped in Kryptek Typhon™ camo and valued at nearly $100,000. ... Read More >>
  • ICAST Helps to Make Fishing More Fun

    July 30, 2019
    Dave Barus
    A big benefit of being in the fishing business is attending the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST. Held in Orlando each summer, ICAST gives a preview of all the new fishing equipment, tackle, marine and outdoor products that fishermen everywhere are going to see very ... Read More >>
  • Lure Lock now offers a New 4-inch Deep Tacky Tackle Box

    July 26, 2019
    Glenn Walker
    Tak Logic Technology Gel has started to lock-up all those lost favorite lures in tackle boxes around the fishing world. Lure Lock continues to lead the tackle management industry with the introduction of its new 4-inch deep tackle box. The deeper 4-in-1 box offers a unique divider system, allowing anglers ... Read More >>
  • Salmon and MORE SALMON…Bill Hilts reports from Niagara USA

    July 26, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing is great right now The moss in the Niagara River is starting to subside according to reports from Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. As a result, the walleye fishing is starting to pick up, especially on the Niagara Bar at the outlet (mouth) of the ... Read More >>
  • Spotty Fishing in Niagara Region is Downright Exciting!

    July 18, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    The 29th Steve Harrington Memorial Erie Canal Fishing Derby is over. We won’t know who will win the boat, motor, and trailer, though, until the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, July 21 at the Gasport Fire Hall starting at 3 p.m. There will be a random drawing of first-place winners to ... Read More >>
  • Deserving High School Angler Coach and U.S. Army Veteran, David Lowrie, grateful for Humminbird®and Minn Kota®Complete Boat Overhaul surprise at ICAST 2019

    July 13, 2019
    Neal Corby
    On July 12, 2019, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Desert Storm veteran and youth fishing mentor David Lowrie was surprised with a complete boat overhaul thanks to Minn Kota®, Humminbird® and the One-Boat Network™ Live overhaul at the American Sportfishing Association’s International Convention of Allied Sportfishing ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA – Hot Fishing in the Forecast

    July 12, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for July 11, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA Moss is still an issue in the Niagara River, but fish are available to be caught if you can solve the moss problem. Lisa Drabczyk with Creek Road Bait and Tackle reports some decent bass action the past ... Read More >>
  • Best Tasting Venison Burgers, Ezy-Peezy & Fast

    July 5, 2019
    Fern Fisher
    By Fern Fisher This is the easiest, fastest, most tasty and quick recipe for delicious venison burgers. Everyone that visits our humble abode says they love it, so I’m sharing it with you all. Please let me know what you think. Ingredients: 1 lb ground venison ½ lb lean ground beef 2 eggs (beaten) 1 cup ... Read More >>
  • First Casts, Catchy for a Lifetime

    July 4, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    Life is about sharing your passion, making new friends and finding that next…First Cast By Bob Holzhei No matter how old you are, there is always a next first cast. I slowly walked to the pond behind our rental home in Punta Gorda, FL to field test the custom fishing rod I asked ... Read More >>
  • Bill Hilts Fishing Forecast for Niagara Falls USA

    July 3, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for July 3, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA The Erie Canal Fishing Derby is set to kick off today, July 3, and run through July 14 from the Upper Niagara River to Albion in the canal proper (no tributaries like Tonawanda Creek in Pendleton). Fish species ... Read More >>
  • Finally, Magnetic Blades for Mechanical Broadheads – Sensible Efficiency, No Retention Parts to Lose

    July 3, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    No O-rings, plastic retainers, rubber bands or other things to lose on these broadheads Same cost as other high-performance broadheads 100 and 125-grain sizes, with 2-inch and 2-1/4 inch cutting diameters, respectively By Forrest Fisher For decades, big game broadhead engineers have come up with quite a few evolutions for change to make a ... Read More >>
  • Fun Walleye Day for Military Veterans – Lake Erie Fishing!

    July 1, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    154 Military Veteran’s, more than 50 volunteers as charter guides/hosts Clear weather, smooth sailing, hundreds of pounds of walleye fillets for veteran freezers Stickbaits, spinner worm rig tactics were key to catching fish, details follow in story below By Forrest Fisher It was a tad before 6:00 a.m. when the morning sky-glow of bright ... Read More >>
  • Summertime King Salmon Fishing is ON in Lake Ontario

    July 1, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    High water is not a factor Smart Troll with diving planes is highly effective Warrior Spoon lures proved they are hot By Forrest Fisher High Great Lakes water levels have raised concerns for shoreline issues, but it sure has not affected the fishing. In Lake Ontario where the water level is the highest above ... Read More >>
  • Minnesota Fishing Challenge raises record $350,000

    June 30, 2019
    David Gray
    The Minnesota Fishing Challenge is Extraordinary for a lot of reasons.  Click the picture below to see the video story. By David Gray     Read More >>
  • The Ultimate Spring Hat-Trick Turkey Destination…Plan Now for Next Year: Hunting, Fishing, Eating!

    June 27, 2019
    Mike Joyner
    Look for these Critical Elements to assure a great Turkey Hunt: Woods, Waters, Streams, and Forage Resources High-Harvest Average  Lots of Public Hunting Land – it spreads out the hunters Chautauqua County in New York meets the List! By Mike Joyner Ultimate destination – a bold claim for a resource-laden state such as New York. ... Read More >>
  • BOONE & BO…Born to Hunt Together

    June 21, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    Boone and Bo…squirrel hunters that lived for the next day, every day The autumn of their years – a special story to my grampa and his dog Lessons for every generation to pass down By Larry Whiteley Bo was a beagle and beagles are usually rabbit dogs, but he was all squirrel dog and ... Read More >>
  • GIANT Salmon and Carp….Lake Ontario High Water is NO PROBLEM

    June 20, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Bill Hilts Fishing Report & Forecast for Niagara USA…June 20, 2019 Capt. Hank Condes of Wilson (Blade Runner Charters), said it best as he spoke to a group of front line tourism folks this week in Wilson Harbor: “June isn’t the transition month that it used to be!” The push is ... Read More >>
  • Plop-Plop Fish! Everybody’s favorite…the Lucky 13®

    June 17, 2019
    Dave Barus
    By Forrest Fisher No matter where I travel with a fishing rod, catching fish on the surface is absolutely the most exciting. In some cases, it’s also the most effective. Not all surface lures work the same, but there is one lure that seems to always stand out when I ponder ... Read More >>
  • Bill Hilts Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for June 13, 2019

    June 13, 2019
    Dave Barus
    The statewide bass season opens on Saturday, June 15, as well as the Great Lakes muskellunge season on that same day, as anglers get ready to rumble. First off, we need to emphasize the point that Lake Ontario is open for business! Despite the high water levels and State of Emergency ... Read More >>
  • Lifetime Fishing Lessons 101: Lures…How to Pick ‘Em

    June 13, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    What lure should I buy? What color, what size, what brand? By Forrest Fisher Catching many fish lately? No? Do you wonder why not? Ask yourself this question, “Am I happy with my lures, baits, sizes, colors?” If you’re not catching fish, then you know the answer to that question. As an outdoor writer that has ... Read More >>
  • Hunting Above Ground? How to Stay Safe…Treestand Safety Guidelines

    June 13, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    Get ready for hunting “Above Ground” during the Summer Months Get a full body harness, then learn how to use it Carry a cellphone or signaling device By Bob Holzhei Each year, thousands of hunters are injured in tree stand accidents. In fact, according to the Treestand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA), there are about ... Read More >>
  • “PROTECT THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE” – FIREARM SAFETY IS #1

    June 11, 2019
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    New Video Urges Families to “Have the Talk” About Gun Safety Own it. Respect it. Secure it. Talk with your Kids. Do it TODAY. The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) unveiled a new public service announcement (PSA), “Protect the People You Love,” to encourage families to ... Read More >>
  • King’s, Eye’s, Trout and Bass – Bill Hilts Memorial Day Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report

    May 25, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for May 23, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA Salmon and trout fishing in Lake Ontario off the shores of Niagara County continues to be good to very good, despite the announcement that the lake is once again in a state of emergency as far as high-water ... Read More >>
  • Eliminating Your Stink…for Serious Hunters

    May 24, 2019
    Dave Barus
    One of the biggest things we can control as deer hunters is our scent, but it’s not easy. We all perspire, we sweat when we walk out with our gear, climb a tree and set up. The gentle wind from whatever direction helps to disperse the “hunter alert” smell to ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Lake Ontario Fishing Report

    May 23, 2019
    Capt. John Oravec
    Posted Wednesday – May 22, 2019 By Capt. John Oravec, Tight Lines Charters LOC Derby winner 2019, Robert Mueller with his 25# King Salmon. Courtesy Narby’s Superette. Wow! All week long strollers found hungry king salmon from “Chrome Dome” to “the Nose” in 45 to 65 feet of water. Lots of salmon! The ... Read More >>
  • Bill Hilts Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report for May 15, 2019

    May 16, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Kings, Walleye, Browns, Bass, Lakers…! High water in Lake Ontario and Lower Niagara persists, fish don’t care The LOC Derby is more than half over, ending on May 19 at 1 p.m. The current leader is a 25-pound, 14-ounce king salmon reeled in by Robert Mueller from Hamburg. He was fishing out ... Read More >>
  • NSSF Celebrates President Trump Signing ‘Range Bill

    May 14, 2019
    Dave Barus
    The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry trade association, celebrates President Donald Trump’s signing of H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, at The White House. The President signed the NSSF-priority bill May 10, just two weeks after the bill was passed by Congress. “We deeply ... Read More >>
  • Walleye Trolling Meets Durability and Effectiveness with Mepps®

    May 10, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Mepps Trolling Rig® and Crawler Harness…NEW In eastern basin Lake Erie, most anglers are conventional. They troll with lead core line, deep diving stickbaits and custom made spinner/worm rigs. Who would have ever thought to try a Mepps combination through all the contention with standard convention?  Guess what? They not only ... Read More >>
  • Bill Hilts Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for May 9, 2019

    May 10, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    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 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 ... Read More >>
  • Outdoor Adventure and How-to Lessons for All in Ken Cook’s New Book

    May 9, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Quick-Read Outdoor Stories to Learn From: Fishing, Hunting, Shooting Lessons from Experience: Recipes, Youth Mentoring, Women in the Outdoors Bear, Deer, Rabbits, Squirrels, Birds, Fish, Wildlife, Photography By Dave Barus Old and young alike will love this manifest of outdoor spirit and culture shared by award-winning freelance outdoor writer, Ken Cook, in his new ... Read More >>
  • Deer Management: New York shares a plan for Urban and Suburban Communities

    May 9, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Whitetail deer management in communities where people and vehicles are numerous can result in accidental collision and injury. Many states are trying to understand the best method to employ for better management. In New York, a written plan exists, perhaps a plan that other states might gain benefit from, as ... Read More >>
  • LAKE ONTARIO, Orleans County, NY – Fishing Report by Capt. John /Tight Lines Charters

    May 9, 2019
    Capt. John Oravec
    For May 8, 2019 Kings, Browns, FUN!  Wow! The waters from 10 to 30, both east and west of the “Oak,” are flush with quality fish!  This quality “mixed bag” is dominated by king salmon and brown trout.  The consensus is that a mix of downriggers, small spoons and board lines rigged ... Read More >>
  • Bill Hilts Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast – May 2, 2019

    May 3, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for May 2, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA We have a smelt report! One was caught this week in the lower Niagara River according to Mike Fox of Lewiston. He checks nearly every night and one night this week there was one that was netted, the ... Read More >>
  • Atlantic Salmon catches, Lake Trout, Steelhead…Oh My! Bill Hilts Fishing News from Niagara Falls USA

    April 25, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Fish are Biting: Egg sacs, Kwickfish, MagLips, No.4 spinners/Spoons, Jigs…all working Lewiston Smelt Festival coming up on May 3 Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast is from Destination Niagara USA Monday of this week saw the New York Power Authority (NYPA) start the process of removing the ice boom at the head of the ... Read More >>
  • Hunting and Fishing Groups File Final Comments Opposing Clean Water Rollback

    April 25, 2019
    Kristyn Brady
    14 national groups and 70 local affiliate chapters oppose the proposed weakening of clean water standards that would threaten fish and wildlife habitat By Kristyn Brady Today (April 15, 2019), dozens of national, regional, and local hunting and fishing groups submitted final comments on the EPA’s proposed rollback of Clean Water Act ... Read More >>
  • The NED Rig: One of the Most Effective Fishing Baits Ever…here is the story

    April 20, 2019
    Karen Lutto
    Z-Man Project Z ProFileZ: Drew Reese Finesse fishing godfather narrates rich history of the Ned Rig Not a non-sense story tale. Not a fairy tale. This is the story of something you need to know as a fisherman that wants to catch more fish every day. After learning more about this, I ... Read More >>
  • CAMPING in the GREAT OUTDOORS, So Good For Your Soul!

    April 19, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    Sensible gear to avoid bugs, mice, snakes makes camping lots more fun Choices for a truck tent, comfy pad, pillow and the right sleeping bag  By Larry Whiteley The beauty of nature can easily be missed if you’re not out there camping in our great outdoors. Even if it is cool, cold, rainy, ... Read More >>
  • Giving Back to the Outdoors – 22 Brands Will Raise Funds in Fifth Annual “We Keep It Wild” Campaign

    April 19, 2019
    Dave Barus
    “We Keep It Wild” program set for needed help from Outdoor Industry EVERYDAY PEOPLE Can Support this program through product purchase and donation  Together, we have helped protect 51 million acres, 3,107 river miles, removed or halted 34 dams, purchased 14 climbing areas & designated 5 marine reserves A diverse assortment of 22 ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Oak Orchard River and Lake Ontario Fishing Report for April 18, 2019

    April 19, 2019
    Dave Barus
    This week’s STREAM fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, April 16, 2019.  Thanks to the rain toward the end of the weekend through early Monday, flows in the Oak and other area smaller tributaries are back up.  There are real nice conditions to help preserve the ... Read More >>
  • Bill Hilts Fishing Forecast for April 18, 2019 – Niagara Falls USA

    April 18, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Boat and shore anglers scoring on Lakers, Browns, Coho’s and some King’s too Lake Erie ice boom still in place Some ice chunks continue to come down through the Niagara River system, serving as obstacles in the upper and lower river sections. This stems from the fact that the ice boom is ... Read More >>
  • New York Youth Turkey Hunt set for April 20-21

    April 16, 2019
    Dave Barus
    NYS Annual Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend Set for April 20-21 Junior Hunters must be 12-15 yrs of age Junior Hunters must hold a hunting license and a turkey permit New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that spring turkey season opens May 1, in all of Upstate ... Read More >>
  • New Firearm Laws Benefit Firearms Industry…the Data Speaks

    April 12, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Firearms Industry Economic Impact Rises 171% Since 2008 Since 2008, federal tax payments increased by 164 percent Pittman-Robertson excise taxes to support wildlife conservation increased by 100 percent State business taxes increased by 120 percent From the National Shooting Sports Foundation®, the firearm industry trade association in Newtown, Connecticut, we learn that the total ... Read More >>
  • Big Spring Fish “ON THE BITE” near Niagara Falls…Steelhead, Browns, Lakers & Bullheads Too!

    April 11, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Bill Hilts Fishing Forecast for Niagara Falls USA – Niagara County, NY Fishing forecast for April 10, 2019  The lake fishing out of Wilson and Olcott, NY is really starting to turn on. Brown trout have been hitting closer to the shoreline on stickbaits and spoons. Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane was focused ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Reports: Lake Ontario (Pt. Breeze)/Oak Orchard River

    April 11, 2019
    Lynne Menz
    This week’s STREAM fishing report is by Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, Albion, NY – April 9, 2019. Ideal fishable flows in Oak Orchard River are at about medium with 2 feet or so of stained visibility.  Reports of some water level fluctuations through yesterday probably as a ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report for Orleans County, NY – April 1, 2019

    April 3, 2019
    Lynne Menz
    By Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, Try the Oak Orchard River public fishing access for winter/spring steelhead fishing. Angling pressure is typically less than the popular fall months. Trout season is open today so time to fish for some steelhead. No wait. Oh yeah, there is no closed season! Thanks ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Groups Formally Object to “Sustainable” Stamp on Menhaden Fishery – TRCP asks for Action

    April 3, 2019
    Kristyn Brady
    Mining the base of the food chain is neither sustainable nor economically justifiable By Kristyn Brady Today, three recreational fishing groups filed a formal objection against the Marine Stewardship Council’s recommendation that Omega Protein should receive a certification of sustainability for its U.S. Atlantic menhaden purse-seining operations. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation ... Read More >>
  • Bill Hilts Fishing Forecast for Niagara Falls USA – Niagara County, NY

    April 3, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    For April 3, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA The NYPA fishing platform is open! April 1 is traditionally the opening of the lower Niagara River’s fishing platform at the NY Power Authority, as well as the reservoir access off Upper Mountain Road and the water intakes area in the upper Niagara River. ... Read More >>
  • Venison Reuben, from the kitchen of Charlie Killmaster – Georgia State Deer Biologist

    April 3, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Each year that goes by, I search for recipes that are worth sharing because they meet the rules of “Easy-To-Make” and “Delicious-To-Eat.” Charlie Killmaster from Georgia has several great game recipes. Here is one of them and there are more at this site: https://georgiawildlife.blog/2018/12/12/oh-deer-7-venison-recipes-youve-gotta-try/. Ingredients: Venison roast, preferably shoulder/neck, 1 to 3 lbs. Thick-cut ... Read More >>
  • Bill Hilts Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast

    March 29, 2019
    Bill Hilts
     For March 28, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA The inland trout and salmon opener is April 1, but the Great Lakes are open all year! In the Lower Niagara River, there are plenty of trout available. However, the river water is super clear and fish are getting really picky according to Capt. ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario/Oak Orchard Fishing Report for March 26, 2019

    March 28, 2019
    Lynne Menz
    This week’s Orleans County Fishing Report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge – March 26, 2019. Nice flows in the Oak are still somewhere near slightly high or just less. Good upstream supplies have been keeping these “high turbine flows” going. Chance of flows are coming down ... Read More >>
  • New York Inland Trout Season Opens April 1

    March 28, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Trout Season Opens April 1 for Inland Streams Although the opener is traditionally met with snow, high flows and cold temperatures, April 1 is nonetheless the opening day for trout and salmon fishing throughout the State of New York and an indication that spring is just around the corner. Look for ... Read More >>
  • Buck 110 Folding Hunter Knife, Under $20! You Kidding Me?!

    March 28, 2019
    Dave Barus
    By Dave Barus I have carried one of these to my deer woods for more than 50 years now. Today, there are more options to choose from, lightweight handles and more, but the reality of the device as a tool for sportsmen is unchanged. I cannot believe this is selling for ... Read More >>
  • Turkey Hunting Lingo – Tom or Hen? Keep this handy pocket guide! FREE

    March 26, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Did you know what they call a SNOOD of the turkey?  What are Turkey Caruncles? Tom or Hen? Easy way to tell is illustrated below By Forrest Fisher As hunters, we never stop learning.  Folks in different parts of the country call turkey by different local slang terms at times, not counting the different ... Read More >>
  • Bill Hilts Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report

    March 22, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Forecast for March 21, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA Clear waters, active fish in river and streams Shore casters and boaters doing well Happy Spring! Stream and river action are both strong right now and this week’s weather doesn’t look too bad as of right now, especially on Sunday.  In the lower Niagara ... Read More >>
  • Custom Fishing Rod Builder: Tom Marks

    March 20, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    Rod length, sensitivity, power, flex…all these factors matter Setting the hook, it’s the best feeling with a rod you helped design Rattlesnake skin and other custom handles personalize rods to the individual By Bob Holzhei “The sensitivity in any fishing rod can be determined by placing the tip of the rod against your throat ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report

    March 19, 2019
    Lynne Menz
    This week’s fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, March 19, 2019. Temperatures are improving for this mid-week period with highs forecast in the 30’s or 40°F.  There is a chance of rain showers going to snow showers toward the end of the week.  Overall ... Read More >>
  • Chestnut Tree Food Plot Philosophy – Bucks Fight For It

    March 19, 2019
    Morgan McCalla
    Hard Mast Crop Logic, Peter Fiduccia Explains in the Video Wildlife Nutrition Cost Effective, Easy to do Join host Peter Fiduccia and his special guest Bob Wallace from Chestnut Hill Outdoors as they share step-by-step details on planting chestnut trees. They are an ideal mast tree to supplement any wildlife food plot program. Carrying ... Read More >>
  • Lower Niagara River Anglers CATCHING BIG FISH

    March 15, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Bill Hilts Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for March 13, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA Action has picked back up again in the lower Niagara River according to Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. Steelhead fishing was good in Devil’s Hole and along Artpark on pink egg ... Read More >>
  • ‘WomenHuntFishNY’ Photo Contest Winners from NYSDEC

    March 9, 2019
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    Six Winners Selected out of 2,000 Entries In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8) and Women’s History Month, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the winners of the 2018 “WomenHuntFishNY” statewide photo contest. “In DEC’s first-ever statewide photo contest to celebrate women who hunt and ... Read More >>
  • Let’s Talk Turkey: Pot and Box Calls

    March 9, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Condition your Calls, Learn How Friction Calls: Pot Call, Box Call No matter where you live, turkey season is not far away. In Florida, the gobbler season is already open! In Georgia, it starts two weeks away. Other states too, not far away. Yelping, clucking, purring…pot calls, box calls, locator calls – it ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Feb. 28, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA

    February 28, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    More snow and cold arrived on the local fishing scene, but that hasn’t stopped boaters from hitting the lower Niagara River for walleye and trout. Action was hot just prior to the big blow last weekend that filled the river with ice. However, some boaters were planning on hitting the ... Read More >>
  • Giant Fish are in Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast

    February 22, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Feb. 21, 2019: Fishing has been good the past week in the lower Niagara River. Capt. John Oravec, the Troutman, has been catching a mix of steelhead, brown trout and walleye – not necessarily in that order – using emerald shiners and egg sacs off three-way rigs. One of the most noteworthy ... Read More >>
  • Master Coyote Hunting…the How-To, What-To and When-To

    February 20, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Locating and Luring Coyote to You Gaining Access to Productive Properties, How to Find These Properties Caliber, Ammo, Scopes, Lights, Calls…It’s All Here By Forrest Fisher Hunting veterans and novices alike will become better coyote hunters after reading this book written by award-winning author and expert coyote hunting guide, Michael Huff. This book provides ... Read More >>
  • Hardwater and Softwater Fishing is in the Forecast at USA Niagara – It’s Free Fishing Weekend! Feb. 16-17, 2019

    February 13, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report for Feb. 13, 2019  It’s a free fishing weekend in New York! Feb. 16 and 17 are designated Free Fishing Days in the state, originally approved to help promote ice fishing in the state.  It looks like there will be plenty of that going on, but thanks ... Read More >>
  • Valentine’s Day – Perfect Time to Search for BIG BUCK Antler Sheds…on the Ground

    February 13, 2019
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    Shed hunting in the Northeast can be fun and is a good way to scout new hunting zones for next fall  In late December and continuing through March, New York State whitetail bucks shed their antlers as testosterone levels drop in response to lengthening days. When the snow begins to melt ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Feb. 7, 2019

    February 8, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    From Destination Niagara USA After a bit of an ice storm yesterday around Western New York, temperatures will be shooting up into the 40s and 50s today, bringing with it high winds with gusts to 60 mph through late Friday afternoon. With this end of Lake Erie still open, it will ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA

    February 4, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    With a severe winter storm blanketing the region in snow and cold temperatures, there hasn’t been too much fishing action going on other than some diehard ice fishermen. Wind chills as low at minus 30 has kept most people home for the most part with hundreds of schools and businesses ... Read More >>
  • New York DEC Announces $3 Million in Grants Available for 2019 Invasive Species Projects

    January 29, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Grant Applications Accepted through Feb. 15, 2019 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that $3 million is available in the first round of the State’s newly consolidated Invasive Species Grant Program. To support projects that target both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species across the state, ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Winter Fishing Report

    January 25, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Fishing Report for Jan. 24, 2019 from Destination Niagara USA Steelhead, Lake Trout and Walleye…Winter Bite Fun  After the heavy rains yesterday, much of the Niagara River shoreline snow and ice was melted away. However, more cold weather is on the horizon and we saw about an inch of snow this morning ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast – from Destination Niagara USA

    January 18, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    6th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing Expo is running Jan. 18-20 Tough Weather…Great Time for an Outdoor Show, BUT WE STILL HAVE great fishing REPORT FOR Jan. 17, 2019 The 6th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing Expo is almost here, set for Jan. 18-20 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. The website ... Read More >>
  • Great Fishing All Winter, Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo is Just Ahead

    January 11, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report for Jan. 10, 2019 – from Destination Niagara USA It’s hard to believe that the 6th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is here already Jan. 18-20 at the Conference and Event center Niagara Falls. And it’s also hard to believe that it keeps getting ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast – Jan. 2, 2019…from Destination Niagara USA

    January 7, 2019
    Bill Hilts
    New Year, New Fishing Rules…Check Them Out Fishing is GOOD, really good for January Happy New Year’s! Now that the ball has dropped on 2019, area fishermen should be aware of some changes in regulations. Lake trout season is now open below Niagara Falls in the Niagara River and on the Niagara ... Read More >>
  • Christmas Week Fishing is Spectacular in Niagara Country!

    December 25, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Many of the tributaries off Lake Ontario have been low and clear with the lack of precipitation. That said, there will be a significant rain event tonight that could bring up to an inch of rain. Today the high is 50 degrees but it will get cooler by the weekend. ... Read More >>
  • Brown Trout, Walleye, Steelhead Dominate the Niagara Region Winter Fishing Action

    December 14, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    The Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Dec. 13, 2018 from Destination Niagara USA beckons to all anglers. Brown trout and steelhead are dominating the Niagara Region fishing report this week, with walleye not far behind. Buffy Frank of Lockport caught a monster brown trout yesterday while fishing a favorite Niagara ... Read More >>
  • Big New York Bucks TAKEN OVER BAIT

    December 13, 2018
    Dave Barus
    Hunting over Bait Piles is illegal in New York Shooting a firearm while Hunting within 500 feet of a house is illegal in New York Carrying the Tags of Another Person not signed over to you is illegal in New York There are quite a few rules to hunt inn New York State, ... Read More >>
  • Fishing 411 TV Show – Mark and Jake Romanack on the Lower Niagara River

    December 7, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing – from Destination Niagara USA…the FISHING REPORT for Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018 After some muddy water slowed things up earlier in the week, anglers are catching fish again in the lower Niagara River. You never know what you are up against after a storm in Western New ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Nov. 30, 2018

    December 1, 2018
    Bill Hilts
      It’s November 30 and there are quite a few noteworthy occurrences that take place. For example, muskellunge season closes today with one exception – the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario. The upper Niagara River produced a few nice late-season fish, like the 50-inch trophy reeled in by Rebecca Gaulteri ... Read More >>
  • Loaded Gun on ATV Leads to Illegal Deer Harvest in New York

    November 29, 2018
    Dave Barus
    On Nov. 17, Environmental Conservation Officer Shea Mathis spotted two hunters walking along the railroad tracks in the town of Wheatfield, Niagara County, NY. The two claimed they had a lousy morning hunting and had not taken any deer. ECO Mathis checked their licenses and found their deer tags attached. A third ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – STREAM fishing report – November 27, 2018

    November 29, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    Thanks to rain yesterday/last night AND a return to above-freezing temps, AND a little bit of snow melt, AND no more thirsty vegetation, AND groundwater now reasonably recharged after the droughty summer/early fall – all the tributary flows are on the rise and off color. Flows in the Oak are slightly ... Read More >>
  • NOVEMBER MUSKY MADNESS! Niagara Falls USA

    November 21, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Musky, Brown Trout, Coho, Walleye, Bass…Fish-Catching Madness: Niagara Falls USA – Full Report, Nov. 21, 2018 The place to be this week is the Niagara River both above and below Niagara Falls. The musky are on their usual hot fall bite. In the Upper Niagara River, Capt. Ted Kessler was reporting some ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

    November 16, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    After a week of muddy water in the Niagara River, the fishing is slowly starting to improve to the delight of boaters and shore anglers. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls saw a slight green tint show up in the lower river on Tuesday and he grabbed his gear to head ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – STREAM fishing report – November 13, 2018

    November 14, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    By Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge Some cool, fall weather is hanging in with slightly colder temps forecast through the mid-week and a chance for snow or rain showers. No significant lake effect snow is expected here on the immediate WNY big Lake Ontario Plain. The greatest impact is ... Read More >>
  • Niagara River / Lake Ontario Trib’s – Fishing is GOOD! Fishing Report for Niagara County, NY

    November 8, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Free Fishing Day in New York State: Nov. 11, 2018 Upper Niagara River Musky Fishing is Hot Burt Dam has a Fresh Run of King Salmo Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 Make sure you mark Nov. 11 on your calendar. That’s now a “free fishing day” in New ... Read More >>
  • Oak Orchard River – Lake Ontario, FISHING REPORT (Orleans County, NY)

    November 8, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    This week’s STREAM fishing report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge, November 6, 2018. We had a bit more rain last night and this morning that should maintain flows. Forecast is for any serious precipitation to have moved out of the area this morning and then followed ... Read More >>
  • NY Big Game and Small Game Seasons are Underway

    November 6, 2018
    Dave Barus
    Hunters and Trappers Favorite Time of Year…Open Season Hunting seasons for big game like whitetail deer and black bear are underway with the archery season. Likewise, many small game species, like ruffed grouse, pheasant, rabbit, squirrel, and wild turkey, are also open and in progress. Hunting and trapping seasons for bobcat, raccoon ... Read More >>
  • NY Hunters Voluntarily Choosing to Pass Up Young Bucks Pays Dividends

    November 5, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    In the southeastern Hudson Valley (Wildlife Management Units 3F, 3G, 3N, and 4Z) of New York, the proportion of older bucks in the deer harvest has never been higher. In 2017, three out of every four antlered bucks were 2.5 years old or older, and this remarkable accomplishment happened with ... Read More >>
  • Oak Orchard River Fishing Report – Orleans County, New York

    November 1, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    Depending upon your perspective, the area escaped the most recent heavier precipitation.  Most of the past weekend’s significant rain hit south of here and so the Oak flows should be maintained at what’s been a real nice medium flow or barely greater and mostly clear.  The other area smaller tributaries ... Read More >>
  • Musky, Bass, Brown Trout, Coho’s, King Salmon…ALL BITING NOW in Niagara County, NY

    November 1, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Tribs hold king salmon, brown trout and steelhead now Egg sacs in chartreuse, orange or pink and nymphs, glo bugs, woolly buggers are HOT Upper Niagara River musky fishing picks up with downturn in water temps Oct. 31, 2018 – Niagara Falls, USA: Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek continue to be good for ... Read More >>
  • Lake Ontario – Orleans County STREAM FISHING REPORT from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge – October 23, 2018

    October 23, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    By most all accounts, there is good action on the Oak.  Brown trout numbers are definitely picking up and fish reportedly are on the move.  Some steelhead have been reported every day too.  The end of this past weekend and beginning of this week have been good for hookups around ... Read More >>
  • Woodstock Snake Too Close for Comfort

    October 21, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    On October 3, Environmental Conservation Officer Jason Smith received a call from a resident of Woodstock (New York) regarding a snake close to his home. The caller was not certain of the species, but was concerned the snake might be venomous. ECO Smith met the caller at his residence and found ... Read More >>
  • A Hunter’s Role in New York State Wildlife Management

    October 21, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    Did you know that only about 50 percent of hunters report their deer, bear and turkey harvests each year, even though it’s required by law? Did you know that a hunter can be fined up to $250 for failing to report? Reporting a harvest within seven days of take is not only ... Read More >>
  • Statewide Survey of New York Landowners about Black Bears is Underway

    October 21, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    DEC is partnering with the Center for Conservation Social Sciences (CCSS) at Cornell University on a survey of roughly 11,000 randomly-selected New York landowners to better understand public perceptions of and preferences for black bear population levels. The survey is being sent out this fall to owners of both large ... Read More >>
  • Salmon & Trout Time is NOW for Niagara River/Lake Ontario

    October 17, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Lower Niagara River salmon fishing is still going on and some trout are starting to move in. There are salmon and trout at Burt Dam, too, but things have been a hot and cold, depending on whom you talk to. Karen Evarts at the Boat Doctor’s in Olcott, NY, reports only ... Read More >>
  • Lake Ontario – Orleans County, Stream Fishing Report for Oct. 16, 2018…from Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

    October 17, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    Most guys are targeting salmon, although more trout anglers are in the mix now too. There’s likely to be plenty of Kings around for a while yet. Guys are reporting good numbers of fish massed in the last of the slow water areas and there are likely salmon still passing ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 – Destination Niagara USA

    October 11, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    The Niagara River salmon action is still going strong according to reports from shoreline casters and boat drifters. From shore, Ricardo Davila of Wheatfield was doing well tossing Booker glow in the dark spinners. Rich Pisa of Kenmore was drifting egg skein under a float along the shoreline around the ... Read More >>
  • Niagara River Salmon-Snagger Lawbreakers are Caught

    October 4, 2018
    Dave Barus
    Salmon Snagging is Illegal in New York State On Sep. 19, Environmental Conservation Officers George Scheer and Shea Mathis were on boat patrol in the Lower Niagara River when they were approached by a group of fishermen in another boat. The anglers reported an individual in a red shirt blatantly snagging fish ... Read More >>
  • Lake Ontario – Orleans County, Stream Fishing Report for Oct. 2, 2018…from Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge

    October 3, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    Salmon are Staging Look for Big Runs to Begin in Oak Orchard River soon So far, it is kind of a mixed bag for salmon-catching opportunities.  We have now have strung together a few nights of cool weather helping to lower water temps some.  Still no big precipitation events – next chance of ... Read More >>
  • KING SALMON on the Bite! Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018: from Destination Niagara USA

    September 26, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Fall is in the air.  Oct. 1 is the opening of a long list of different hunting seasons, including the Southern Zone opening of the early archery season for deer and bear. With so many things going on, it’s the perfect time to go fishing! The rains that fell Tuesday ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – King Salmon Lake and Trib Fishing Report for Sep. 25, 2018

    September 26, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    This week’s FINAL LAKE fishing report is from Capt. John Oravec of Tightline’s Charters, September 25, 2018.  Get Ready! The coming weeks are an exciting time for big fish, kings and browns and are now available to the small boat angler fishing in close, out to 20 ft. of water, as well as ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

    September 22, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday, September 22, a tradition since 1972. As you look around Niagara Falls USA, there are a number of exciting events going on this weekend, including the two-day Wildlife Festival sponsored by the New York Power Authority and the Niagara Co. Federation of Conservation ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County LAKE ONTARIO and STREAM fishing report for Sep. 18, 2018

    September 19, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    Orleans County LAKE fishing report for Sep. 18, 2018, is from Capt. John Oravec of Tightlines Charters Well, the weather for many enjoying the Orleans County fishing action, it has been wonderful this week! There are a few matures in the mud-line area in the estuary and up the Oak Orchard ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast: Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    September 12, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Fall was in the air last weekend as cooler temperatures and rain triggers some early movement into the Niagara River and closer to the mouths of area streams. Staging kings off Wilson and Olcott were finicky the past few days, forcing boats to head out for more stable conditions starting in ... Read More >>
  • Lake Ontario – Orleans County LAKE and STREAM fishing report: September 11, 2018.

    September 12, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    LAKE REPORT from Capt. John Oravec of Tightlines Charters:  Happy Fisherman from Minnesota with one of the 3 Salmon he caught. Not bad for his first time fishing on Lake Ontario. Courtesy of Mike Grager This week we were blessed with two fisheries, both in shore with red hot action! Fishery #1: lots of ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for September 6, 2018 – Destination Niagara USA

    September 6, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby Winners – BIG FISH! Kings are coming in closer to shore each day, BE READY New York Power Authority hosting Wildlife Festival Sept. 22/, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The days are getting shorter as Pacific salmon slowly migrate closer to their home ports. Last Saturday ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – Fishing Report from Capt. John Oravec of Tight Lines Charters, Sep. 4, 2018.

    September 5, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    From a tired Captain, the day after Labor Day… Fish on and Happy Labor Day from everyone at Orleans County Tourism, the Fishing Fleet and the supporting area merchants that make coming to the “Oak” the top Great Lakes Fishing Package again this year! Whether you are a local fisher-person going out ... Read More >>
  • ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES – Chautauqua County, New York is a premier destination for anglers

    September 2, 2018
    Tyler Frantz - Natural Pursuit Outdoors
    Bass, Walleye, Lake Trout, Musky…Imagine All-you-can-eat Crab Legs Sandy Beaches for kids and family fun More than 20 Wine Tasting Vineyards within 20 minutes drive By Tyler Frantz DUNKIRK, New York- As the 150 Mercury engine on Buffalo-native Ken Christie’s Triton bass boat sliced across choppy roller waves, sending a chilling spray of Erie lake ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, August 29, 2018 – Destination Niagara USA

    August 30, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Mature king salmon are moving closer to their natal streams and are starting to darken up in Lake Ontario. Crazy winds have riled things up a bit, making fishing a bit more difficult. The Niagara Bar finally turned on for big fish as a 32 pounder was caught, as well as a ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – Fishing Report from Capt. John Oravec, Tight Lines Charters – August 28, 2018.

    August 30, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    Alert! The big sows are in!!! After a long day on Monday 8/27/18, guiding two2 separate veteran groups to a bunch of  mature Kings 80 down over 120 on cut bait, I switched programs. Troll moved to rough structure in 60′ of water and got more 15 to 22 pound Kings! ... Read More >>
  • Lake Erie Walleyes – Wow! Mixed Western New York Bag Includes Lunker Lakers, Slammer Smallies, Marauding Muskies

    August 25, 2018
    Ken Perrotte
    By Ken Perrotte I’ve often heard Lake Erie described as the best walleye fishing in the United States, but never made an opportunity to fish this lake and see just how “Great” it is. After seeing how quickly we were able to catch two boat limits of fish in early August ... Read More >>
  • DEC Announces Special Waterfowl Hunting Permits Needed For Opening Weekend of Duck Season at Oak Orchard & Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas

    August 25, 2018
    Dave Barus
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced that special permits will be issued for the opening weekend of duck season to hunt waterfowl at two popular state-managed locations. The permit requirement applies to waterfowl hunting at the Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas located primarily in ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, August 22, 2018 – Destination Niagara USA

    August 22, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Lots of fish near Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario Tournaments offering large prizes for many age groups King Salmon on the big bite with right winds We’re at the half-way point of the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby, ending on Sunday, August 26 at 1 p.m. It’s still not too late to ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – Fishing Report from Capt. John Oravec of Tight Lines Charters, August 21, 2018.

    August 21, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    Long days + heavy catches + loads of high quality silver fish = the “High Season” for anglers that are visiting and fishing the Trout and Salmon Grounds of Orleans County! Longtime known as “Home of the King”, the ongoing migration offers all year classes of Chinook plus a “mambo” brown trout ... Read More >>
  • Why We Fish…Eastern Basin Lake Erie

    August 19, 2018
    Forrest Fisher
    Plentiful Walleye, Bass, Yellow Perch, Steelhead, Lake Trout, Musky Fun, Adventure, Camaraderie, Unforgettable Memories Tasty Eating, Extraordinary New Friends, Discovery By Forrest Fisher For all of us that fish Lake Erie for walleye from New York or Canada, this summer has been one to remember. The fish have been cooperative, close to home and ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for August 15, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    August 16, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    East wind has shifted action, but the bite is HOT Spoons and flasher-fly combo’s are effective Look for Kings to start staging off Niagara River mouth  Lake Ontario has three different fishing derbies going on this weekend. The Orleans County Rotary Derby has been going on for 2 weeks, ending this Sunday, August 19 ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – Fishing Report from Capt. John Oravec of Tight Lines Charters, August 14, 2018.

    August 15, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    It is the “high season” off the Oak for Lake Ontario salmonid sportfishing and the fleet is crushing quality silver fish in many areas! Fishermen, Fisherwomen and especially Fisherkids are seeing ACTION from 200-550 ft of water, running spoon programs 45 to 75 ft down. The big northeast winds early Thursday rolled cold water ... Read More >>
  • Triple Spur Turkey taken in New York Woods

    August 14, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Hunting & Trapping Newsletter brings news of a veteran spring turkey hunter from New York that bagged a bird with rare triple spurs This spring, retired DEC biologist and avid turkey hunter Bill Hollister knew he had found something rare after he ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report from Capt. John Oravec of Tightlines Charters: Aug. 7, 2018 – Lake Ontario, Orleans County, NY

    August 12, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    There is a lot of great fishing going on this week off the “Oak” in Orleans County. One group of fishermen, charter and “Rec” boats are coming back to port happy by trolling 55 to 135 ft of water, mainly east of the harbor from the west end of the ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast: Aug. 9, 2018

    August 12, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Salmon fishing in the lake is moving along at a steady clip and the Niagara River action is improving. In the Niagara River, it won’t be long before the first salmon will be making their way through the system. King Salmon are Staging in Lake Ontario off Niagara River Bass and Walleye Hitting in River Contests in Progress and in the Future, Sign-Up Salmon fishing in the lake is moving along at a steady clip and the Niagara River action is improving. In the Niagara River, it won’t be long before the ... Read More >>
  • King Salmon on the MOVE TO YOUR LINE near Niagara Falls USA

    August 5, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Kings are on the move Early and Close to Shore! Spoons, Lures, Meat…all working Fishing Forecast and Tournament Results (August 2, 2018)  August is a crazy time of year for fishing because of the number of fishing contests and because the fishing is usually so darn good. Salmon are reaching their peak size ... Read More >>
  • DEC Seeks Pool Owners for Citizen Science Survey of Invasive Beetle

    August 4, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    Finding Infestations of Asian Longhorned Beetles Early Saves Money and Trees State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today encouraged New York pool owners to participate in DEC’s annual Asian Longhorned Beetle Swimming Pool Survey during the month of August. This is the time of year when Asian Longhorned ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – HOME OF THE KING!!! – Lake Ontario Fishing Report, July 30, 2018 –

    July 30, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    This week’s fishing report is from Capt. John Oravec of Tightlines Charters. As Sonny and Cher once sang: “And the Beat Goes On!” There is a steady traffic of fishing boats. I counted over 50 on the weekend rigged for Salmon action and getting it! Boats from Vermont, Ohio, New Jersey, ... Read More >>
  • Farlow Leads Day 1 on FLW Lake Erie Bass Tourney

    July 27, 2018
    Colin Moore
    FLW Costa Series/Northern Division: Lake Erie – Buffalo, NY WHEN: Early Bite was Best WHAT: Rigs – TOP 5 PATTERNS…Drop Shots and Tubes were effective WHERE: Sand/gravel and rock/gravel bottom areas held fish Fishery: 4lbs-4oz separates top 44 places! Big Bass of Day: 6lbs-6oz by Colin Moore/Courtesy of FLW EDITOR NOTE: Day 2 and Day 3 of ... Read More >>
  • King Salmon Move Near Shore RIGHT NOW! Lake Ontario, Orleans County, NY – July 24, 2018

    July 24, 2018
    Capt. John Oravec
    Lake Ontario Fishing News from Tightline’s Charters – July 24, 2018. By Capt. John Oravec The Lake Ontario waters off Point Breeze – simply put – are teaming with big king salmon after a big nor’easter storm caused the inside water to roll over.  A classic upwelling, the salmon are feeding ... Read More >>
  • Big Birds Keep ECO’s Busy – Onondaga County, NY

    July 21, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
      On July 6, Lt. Dave McShane and ECO Paul Sherman responded to a report of an injured Bald Eagle on an undeveloped island on Cross Lake. The eagle had been spotted by kayakers unable to provide specific information on the location of the raptor. The two officers searched the ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    July 19, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from Destination Niagara USA Salmon fishing continues to be very good in the lake out of Wilson, Olcott and out of Fort Niagara on the Niagara Bar. It’s too late to sign up for the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s ... Read More >>
  • Lake Erie Walleye Hammer Forage off Chautauqua County, New York, during Summertime TV Shoot

    July 18, 2018
    Forrest Fisher
    Secrets to Finding Out Where Summer Walleye Live? Color is a Factor, Pearlescent Coatings Improve Attraction Rates Check Terminal Tackle and Leaders to Assure Hooked Fish come to Net By Forrest Fisher Captain Brad Smith had an ear to ear grin as we walked up to his dock at Monroe Marina on Barcelona Harbor ... Read More >>
  • THE RIGHT SIDE: The Problem with America is Liberal Leftists

    July 16, 2018
    Budd Schroeder
    By Budd Schroeder – July 16, 2018 America is heading for deep trouble and it is because of the actions and philosophy of the liberal leftists and socialists. Actually, socialism is high on the agenda of the left and is getting big pushes from the major media and many colleges and ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report & Forecast: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    July 11, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    King salmon fishing continues to be good to very good on Lake Ontario. With the good is the bad though. The sea fleas have been a nuisance. A new LOC Derby leader came to the scales out of Wilson this past week when Scott Foster of North Tonawanda recorded a ... Read More >>
  • First-Time Grant Opportunity for Trees for Tribs Program

    July 10, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    Approximately $525,000 in grant funding, made available by the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), is now available through the new Trees for Tributaries Grant Program to support riparian tree planting projects for communities across New York State. This funding is available to municipalities, academic institutions and not-for-profits, for projects that ... Read More >>
  • Help Protect Newborn Wildlife, Especially When Managing Habitat

    July 10, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    In warm weather, fields and yards quickly become a jungle of wild flowers, grasses and other greenery. While those fields of green may be a chore to landowners, it provides habitat for many animals. Ground nesting birds use these areas to construct their nests and raise their young. Rabbits and ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for July 5, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    July 6, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario is continuing to offer up a mix of good fishing opportunities for Salmon and Trout. Scott Foster of North Tonawanda took over the lead in the Summer LOC Derby with a 26 pound, 15 ounce salmon while fishing out of Wilson with a Dreamweaver spoon on July 5. No ... Read More >>
  • Angling Tips to Help Trout and Salmon Beat the Heat…from NYSDEC

    June 30, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    In New York, trout and trout anglers have benefited from abundant rainfall and cool weather conditions this spring that promote the growth and survival of trout and salmon. However, with the forecast for high temperatures this weekend through next week, it is important to remember that trout and salmon are coldwater ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for June 28, 2018 by Destination Niagara USA

    June 28, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    This coming weekend is the start of the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby, set to kick off June 30 and run through July 29. The summer contest runs for a month, offering up $29,000 in cash prizes. Included in the mix is a $10,000 Grand Prize for ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast – Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    June 20, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    It’s a Free Fishing Days weekend in New York State and Niagara Falls USA has plenty of things going on to get a line wet. This coming Saturday, June 23, there will be a kids fishing derby at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott for kids ages 4 to ... Read More >>
  • BOATUS ALERT: NEW YORK’S RECREATIONAL BOATERS NEED TO ACT NOW

    June 20, 2018
    Scott Croft
    Proposed legislation to have ‘adverse impact’ on boating By Scott Croft WHAT: The New York Senate and Assembly are considering legislation, SB 9092 and AB 9806a, that would require all boat operators in the Empire State to complete a boating safety course within one year. Currently only those born after May 1996 ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for June 13, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    June 14, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    The third Saturday in June is the statewide opening of the regular bass season and Great Lakes muskellunge season. To help kick the bass season off, there are plenty of options going on such as the 1st Annual Brauer’s Restaurant Opening Day Bass Contest. This fun competition is for two-person ... Read More >>
  • New York DEC Announces 2018-2019 Waterfowl Season Dates

    June 12, 2018
    Dave Barus
    A complete list of season dates and bag limits for each zone can be found on the DEC website. The waterfowl hunter task force rationale can be found at Duck Season Dates. Hunters interested in printing the pocket guide can find it at 2018-2019 Waterfowl Season Pocket Guide (PDF). Hard ... Read More >>
  • Chautauqua Lake, NY – 26 Morning Walleyes, Rod in Hand Fishing…Memorial Day Treat

    May 27, 2018
    Forrest Fisher
    Simple Fishing, Simple Fun, NEW METHOD Peaceful Fishing Fun with Time to Share Conversation Braided Line, Fluorocarbon Leaders, Sharp Hooks  By Forrest Fisher “There’s one!” Frank shared, “Can you get the net Forrest.” It was actually, to be more correct, “another one.”  We started at 7 in the morning on the Friday before Memorial ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing: Forecast for May 23, 2018 from Destination Niagara USA

    May 23, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    LOC Contest Winners Announced…BIG CASH WINNER$ Big Salmon, Big Brown Trout, Big Walleye, Lots of Smallmouth It’s a Good Time to Be Fishing Niagara! Congratulations to all of the derby and tournament winners! In the Wilson Harbor Invitational tournament last Saturday, it was Tom Allen’s A-Tom-Mik team winning the $20,000 check by ... Read More >>
  • New York DEC Announces 2018 I Bird NY Challenges

    May 22, 2018
    Dave Barus
    I Bird NY Engages New Yorkers of All Ages and Abilities in Beginning Birding Connecting New Yorkers with Nature New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos recently announced the launch of two birding challenges for 2018 through the State’s “I BIRD NY” program.  I BIRD NY was launched ... Read More >>
  • New Records for NY Black Crappie and Walleye in One Weekend!

    May 22, 2018
    Dave Barus
    Cattaraugus County Black Crappie Topples Old Benchmark St. Lawrence County Walleye Shatters Former Record Two new state fishing records were set over the course of one weekend in New York recently, State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. “High quality fishing opportunities abound across New York and announcing ... Read More >>
  • Give Turtles a BRAKE! Motorists Advised to Be Alert for Turtles Crossing Roadways

    May 22, 2018
    Dave Barus
    New York Motorists Encouraged to Safely Move Turtles to Side of the Road The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today reminded the public that the state’s native turtles are on the move in May and June, seeking sandy areas or loose soil to lay their eggs. Drivers that ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for May 16, 2018 – Destination Niagara USA

    May 17, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Fish Bite is HOT!  Upper Niagara River, Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario Smallmouth Bass, King Salmon, Walleye, Brown Trout, MORE What a week is all we can say. The start of the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby kicked off, the CIPS International Fishing Congress was going on and the Salmon Slam ... Read More >>
  • Lower Niagara River, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario – Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report from Destination Niagara USA

    May 10, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    May 9, 2018 Fishing Report and Advice for Catching Fish King’s Coho’s and Lake trout action in Lake Ontario is HOT Smallmouth Bass in Lake Erie, Lower Niagara and Trib’s is HOT It’s Tournament Time, check out the schedules below It’s time for the long-awaited International Fishing Congress in Downtown Niagara Falls USA and ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for May 3, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    May 6, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Much warmer temperatures blanketed the area this week, bringing winds and some thunderstorms the tail end of the week. The temperature spike did trigger some fish to hit for the 23rd Annual Niagara Spring Media Event that was happening all week in Western New York waters. Because of the winds, one ... Read More >>
  • New York Spring Turkey Season Opens May 1

    April 27, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    NYS Spring Turkey Season Opens May 1 at 30 minutes before Sunrise, thru Noon each day Spring Turkey Season Ends May 31, Bag Limit is 2 male birds/season Chautauqua County, NY had Highest Hunter Turkey Harvest in 2017 Spring turkey season opens May 1 in all of upstate New York, north of the ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast (April 26, 2018) – from Destination Niagara USA

    April 27, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Smelt Run is Triggered by Rising Water Temps Lower River Fishing is HOT for Steelies, Lakers Warming Trend – Fish are Dropping Back in Trib’s It looks like the weather is finally breaking. Lower river drifters were doing well again according to Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls. He has hit steelhead and ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY / Lake Ontario – Fish Report for April 24, 2018

    April 27, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    Water Clarity Slowly Clearing in Trib’s Fishing Pressure is Light, GET OUT HERE! Look for Steelies, Browns and Rainbows as Waters Shift to Warmer By Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge Nice spring weather is hanging in with warmer temps through the beginning part of this week.  Flows in the Oak are ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast: April 17, 2018 – Destination Niagara USA

    April 23, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    If you are looking for some sort of a fishing update, the easiest way to describe our situation right now is that it’s a mess. Mother Nature took a few weeks to play some April Fool’s chicanery by throwing up a complete smorgasbord of weather wizardry that included excessive rains, ... Read More >>
  • New York State DEC Announces 2017 Deer Harvest Results

    April 19, 2018
    NYS Dept. of Env. Conservation
    Hunters in New York Harvested More than 200,000 Deer during 2017-18 Hunting Seasons By NYSDEC Hunters in New York State enjoyed another successful year, harvesting an estimated 203,427 deer during the 2017-18 hunting seasons Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. “Deer hunting in New York is a cherished and ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, April 12, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    April 12, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Steelhead, Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Bullheads too! Fish are biting off 3-way Rigs/Minnows NYPA Platform Still Closed due to High Water and Ice The signs of spring are all around us! The New York Power Authority started pulling the ice boom at the head of the Niagara River where it meets up with Lake ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    April 5, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    April 1 was the designated opener for the NY Power Authority Fishing Platform in the Niagara Gorge and the reservoir is now open for business as of April 1, too. However, a wind storm is ripping through the region today and a high wind warning is in place. Thanks to ... Read More >>
  • Lake Ontario (Orleans County, NY) Fish Report for March 27, 2018

    March 30, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    This week’s Orleans County (NY) fishing report is from Ron Bierstine at Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge, 3/27/18: Looks like we are finally getting our warm-up! Forecast thru this week is for high temps in the 40’s or near 50°F.  Precipitation is expected today thru tonight and a chance again Thursday.  For ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for March 29, 2018 from Destination Niagara USA

    March 29, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    We finally saw some warmer temperatures this week as the thermometer hit the 50 degree mark for the first time in March. We also received some rain which should draw even more trout into the tributaries. More rain is expected tonight. In the lower Niagara River, conditions have been clear ... Read More >>
  • Coldwater Fish Hitting Baits in Trib Streams, Lake and Off Piers

    March 22, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, March 22, 2018 – Destination Niagara USA Tribs are plentiful with Steelhead and Brown Trout Olcott and Wilson Pier fishing is Good Bullhead Contest at Wilson Conservation Club – APRIL 6 Despite a lack of precipitation, steelhead and brown trout are still being caught with regularity in ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Mar. 21, 2018

    March 21, 2018
    Lynne Menz
      Happy 1st Day of Spring! Fish Numbers are Good, Fishing Pressure is Light Oak Orchard Creek, Johnson Creek, other tribs – All have Fish By Ron Bierstine – Oak Orchard Tackle and Lodge Happy First Day of Spring! Clear but cold-ish weather is forecast thru the week with highs in the 30’s.  No impact is ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, March 15, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    March 16, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    It’s March 15 and it’s the final day of walleye, northern pike, tiger musky and pickerel fishing seasons in New York. We’re also less than a week from the arrival of spring. However, someone forgot to tell Mother Nature. We were dumped on again, with another 6 to 8 inches ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast

    March 8, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Thursday, March 8, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA It’s starting to feel like spring a bit. The time changes on Saturday as we “spring” ahead, the days are growing longer, and the sun is a little higher in the sky. The WNY Sport and Travel Expo is also here, the ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – FISHING REPORT for March 6, 2018

    March 7, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    By Ron Bierstine at Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge Through the weekend and right now, flows in the Oak are medium or maybe just slightly more than medium.  There were reports that flows retreated yesterday and that may have just been a temporary thing.  Water color is clearing with 2 ft ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – Fishing Report for March 1, 2018

    March 3, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    By Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge Weather forecast has been changeable so far this week. The forecasted storm for tonight and tomorrow is expected to bring more snow then rain.  The beginning of the storm is expected for rain south of here and then the overspread on the WNY ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Feb. 28, 2018 – from Destination Niagara USA

    March 1, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Boat Action and Shore Action is GOOD! WNY Sport & Travel Expo set for March 8-11, 2018 Today is the final day of the NYS Winter Classic competition. That doesn’t mean the fishing will stop though. Lower river action has been good to very good for boaters bouncing bottom with three-way rigs. ... Read More >>
  • TRIPLE-UP WINTER FUN in Chautauqua County, NY

    February 23, 2018
    Dave Barus
      Anglers – Ice Fish for Walleye Hunters – Get Ready for Goose Season Families: It’s Maple Syrup Time and Late Winter Adventures Chautauqua, New York – Feb. 22, 2018: Winter Fishing – Anglers on Chautauqua Lake have enjoyed one of the finest ice fishing seasons in several years. Huge crappie over three pounds, ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA: Steelhead, Brown Trout, Late Coho Salmon MOVING with Late Winter Weather

    February 23, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    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 It’s been a roller ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Feb. 21, 2018

    February 22, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    Winter is Waning, Rising Water on All Flows Look for Steelies in the Smaller Flows See Fishing Report Updates: http://fishoakorchard.com/steam-conditions/   This week’s fishing report is from Ron Bierstine at Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge. Thanks to last week ending with a couple days of cold temps, flows had actually retreated quicker than anticipated ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast – Feb. 15, 2018

    February 16, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Clear Water, Lots of Fish Brought to you by Destination Niagara USA With Lake Erie some 90 percent ice covered, the Niagara River is becoming very clear, making things a bit more difficult to be consistent on the water. One tip is to downsize your presentation with slightly smaller baits like egg sacs ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

    February 8, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Destination Niagara USA: Where Adventure Comes Naturally Temperatures continue to put a damper on open water anglers in the Niagara River and in area tributaries.  However, that’s going to change for the better this weekend as temperatures will shoot up into the 30s and it may even hit the 40 degree ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, February 1, 2018

    February 2, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    As this is being written, it’s February 1 and the temperature is near 40 degrees. The sun is shining. However, before the day is over the temperatures will plummet into the teens and it is supposed to be cold all weekend. That will continue into next week. In the meantime, fishing ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County (New York) Fishing Report – Jan. 31, 2018

    February 1, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    Oak Orchard River – Winter Steelhead News Water Visibility This week’s fishing report is from Ron Bierstine at Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge: “Something like 6 – 8 inches of light snow accumulated from yesterday and today.  Seasonal temps are in the forecast today and a little warmer tomorrow with colder temps ... Read More >>
  • Best Walleye Fishing in 30 Years! New York’s Eastern Lake Erie

    January 26, 2018
    Forrest Fisher
    2017 Angler Survey Catch Rates are nearly THREE TIMES GREATER than 30-Year Average Anglers Harvested More than 70,000 Walleye in 2017 Walleye Fishing Expected to Remain Exceptional for Years to Come Stickbaits, spinner/worm rigs and spoons fished in, or just above, the thermocline in summer last year, produced limits of walleye for anglers ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing – Destination Niagara USA

    January 25, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Walleye, Steelhead, Trout ON-THE-BITE in Soft Winter Water of Lower NIAGARA RIVER Forecast/Report for Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 In the ice fishing arena, it’s been a good ice fishing year so far but with the recent rain and warm weather, you will rally want to be very careful out there. The last ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, New York – Lake Ontario & Tribs, Lake Alice

    January 24, 2018
    Lynne Menz
    By Ron Bierstine, Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge All of the area tributary flows are on the rise from a couple days of warm temps.  The warm temps have caused more snow melt, whereby most of the area snow pack and snow piles have gone away, except for protected woods. Smaller tributaries ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Jan. 18, 2018 – Destination Niagara USA, Visit the EXPO

    January 19, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    2018 Niagara Outdoor Expo IS ON this Weekend You can FISH THRU the EXPO Learn at the EXPO, Over 120 Seminars! Yes, people are catching fish, but you do have to work for them. More importantly, right now, is the fact that the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is about to open, ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Jan. 10, 2018

    January 11, 2018
    Bill Hilts
    Lower Niagara River Fishing is BACK ON Ice Fishing in Wilson and Olcott Harbors is HOT Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Show is ON, Jan. 19- 21 A January thaw is already underway in Western NY and it could spell good news all the way around for anglers.  For starters, the lower Niagara ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Dec. 28, 2017 – Destination Niagara USA

    December 28, 2017
    Bill Hilts
      Record-breaking cold and adverse weather conditions have put a damper on fishing action in Western New York. The lower Niagara River was too stained to fish on Tuesday, but there is hope for the weekend if not before.  However, the extreme cold may keep people from being on the water or ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Dec. 26, 2017

    December 27, 2017
    Lynne Menz
    Winter is Here, Temps in Single Digits, use CAUTION Look for Browns, Steelies in Deep Pools Erie Canal Repairs and Dewatering Complete The Today is Tuesday December 26, 2017. The winter season is now in full swing with us having a very white Christmas.  Temperatures will dip into the teens during the day and ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Dec. 21, 2017 – Destination Niagara USA

    December 21, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    While weather forecasters are calling for a white Christmas followed by a blast of Arctic air from the North Country, anglers right now have been limited in where they can get a line wet.  High winds, rain and snow melt contributed to muddy conditions in the Niagara River both above ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Dec. 19, 2017

    December 19, 2017
    Lynne Menz
    Salmon Still Can be Found at Waterport Dam Trib Fishing is Good Winter Fishing, Be safe, Watch for Shore Ice The Erie Canal is in the process of being dewatered again, which is providing good water flows in many of the tributaries within Orleans County. On the “Oak” there are still some salmon available ... Read More >>
  •   Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Dec. 14, 2017 – Destination Niagara USA

    December 14, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Coho Salmon Making NEWS in Lake Ontario Trib’s RIGHT NOW Big Brown Trout are Numerous this Season Cold Weather Slowing Down Shore and Boat Access this Week Back-to-back storms in Western New York had an impact on some of the fishing opportunities last week and weather continues to influence where and when ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County, NY – Fishing Report for Dec. 12, 2017

    December 12, 2017
    Lynne Menz
    Today is Tuesday December 12, 2017.   Well the crews must have finished their work on the Erie Canal and the canal has been refilled to check the repairs.  Once everything passes inspection the system should be dewatered again for the winter.  For the tributaries within Orleans County this means added ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Dec. 7, 2017 – from Destination Niagara USA

    December 8, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    A good old-fashioned snow storm hit Western New York this week. In fact, it’s still going on south of Buffalo.  So far, it hasn’t touched Niagara Falls USA with snow, but it did impact water conditions in the Niagara River.  Rain and high winds hit first, creating a muddy mess ... Read More >>
  • NY Deer Hunting Season is LONG, Cost is CHEAP – Still TOO MANY DEER

    December 6, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Imagine 79 days of Legal Big Game Hunting Imagine 79 days of Hunting for $52 Cost Imagine 7 Deer Harvest Bag Limit All True, yet there are STILL TOO MANY DEER New York NEEDS MORE HUNTERS! By Forrest Fisher Remember those days in school when the teacher said, “Time up, pens down!” New York deer hunters ... Read More >>
  • In Orleans County, NY- Winter is Headed Our Way!

    December 6, 2017
    Lynne Menz
    Today is Tuesday December 5, 2017. Well it looks like the vacation from warm weather may be over with rain and snow in the forecast over the next week or two.  With the on and off rain today, tributary levels and clarity of the tributaries within Orleans County should remain at ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Nov. 30, 2017 – Brought to you by Destination Niagara USA

    December 1, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    At the time of this report, it was starting to rain. After a very windy day yesterday, the wind and/or rain combo could negatively affect water clarity in places like the Niagara River or some of the smaller streams off Lake Ontario. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t catch fish. The ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Nov. 28, 2017

    November 29, 2017
    stoadmin
    Trout/Salmon Trib Fishing is GOOD Mile Weather this Week Erie Canal Continues to Supply Trib Water Flow Mild and pleasant weather conditions continue for our area well into the next week or so with just a slight chance of rain.  Fishing conditions on all of the tributaries within Orleans County are very good ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report & Forecast for Nov. 22, 2017 – Destination Niagara USA

    November 23, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    New York Power Authority fishing platform FISHING IS STILL HOT Jigs, ¼ ounce, Working to Fool Walleye and Brown Trout Trib’s have Fish TOO The water in the Niagara River is still in bad shape according to many of the local charter captains looking to target musky in the upper river or trout ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Report, Orleans County, NY – Lale Ontario, Inland Waters

    November 21, 2017
    stoadmin
    Today is Tuesday November 21, 2017. Milder weather seems to be the rule over the next week or two with only a slight chance of snow in the forecast. Although this is a great forecast for tributary fishermen, I’m sure that the hunters would prefer to have at least some snow to ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 from Destination Niagara USA

    November 16, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Devil’s Hole Stairs to Gorge – Repaired and Reopened! Big Musky on a Good Bite All Week Walleye, Steelhead and Lake Trout fishing good from Shore and Boat There’s another storm blowing in this weekend, but Niagara County could luck out on some of the rain and white stuff, should it arrive. ... Read More >>
  • New York State DEC Announces Nov. 18 Start of Regular Firearms Season for Deer and Bear Hunting in Southern Zone

    November 16, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Hunters are Encouraged to Pass on Young Bucks With the start of New York’s most popular big game season slated for Saturday, Nov. 18, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging hunters to be safe, enjoy the natural beauty of the environment, and consider passing ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Nov. 9, 2017

    November 9, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    FREE FISHING DAY in New York on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11 Orange/Blue are Hot Colors for Eggs, Lures and Wooly Booger’s Musky Tournament Rescheduled from Nov. 5 to Nov. 12 After some intense weather over the weekend and cold weather blowing in the end of this week, you will have to pick and ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Nov. 7, 2017

    November 7, 2017
    Dave Barus
    Fresh Trout/Salmon are in Trib’s Upper Oak is HOT with BROWN TROUT Lake Alice Crappie Bite Starting Today is Tuesday November 7, 2017 More seasonal weather has finally arrived along with an abundance of rain.  Here in Western New York we are well on the way to setting new records for the amount ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Nov. 2, 2017

    November 4, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Fishing is Switching Gears with Colder Weather Smaller Streams HAVE FISH NOW, especially AFTER EVERY RAIN Musky Tournament is ON, Nov. 5 Weather conditions have certainly impacted the fishing this past week. High winds and rain resulted in water temperatures dropping 5 degrees since last weekend. That said, it could be just what ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Oct. 31, 2017

    October 31, 2017
    stoadmin
    Trout/Salmon are in Trib’s Trib’s will Offer GOOD Action into Winter Lake Alice Bass Action Good on Upper Stretch Today is Tuesday October 31, 2017. This Halloween, the trick is to make the perfect cast with that special fly to that very special spot and catch that ever-elusive fish you have been dreaming ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for October 26, 2017

    October 27, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Olcott Pier: Salmon and ONE BIG MUSKY! Trib’s Hold Lots of Fish after Every Rain Shore Fishing and Boat Fishing is VERY GOOD There are many fishing activities going on right now so you will have to pick and choose what you want to do. For example, salmon fishing is good in Olcott right now ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Oct. 24, 2017

    October 26, 2017
    Dave Barus
    Runs of Trout/Salmon ON_AGAIN, OFF-AGAIN Lake Alice Bass Action Good on Upper Stretch St. Mary’s Archers Club Derby was SUCCESSFUL Today is Tuesday October 24, 2017. The temperature yo-yo continues with the temperatures looking more like late September than late October. Runs of all of the cold-water species are on again and off again on ... Read More >>
  • Lake George Village, October Smallmouth Bass ON-THE-BITE…40 feet down!

    October 23, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Paddle-tail Jigs Entice Deepwater Smallmouth Bass during PEAK Color Foliage October Fishing on Lake George offers Exhilarating FUN, Finesse Fishing     Morning Fog is Part of Stirring Fishing ADVENTURE By Forrest Fisher The air tasted fresh.  One ray of sunlight was flickering through a tall tree to the east, lighting up ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for October 19, 2017

    October 19, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Olcott Pier and Burt Dam turn on! Watch wind for Pier Action hot bite. Lower River Shore Fishing has been HOT There are plenty of fish around to be caught! Scott Scheffler, Marina Director for the Town of Newfane and heading up Fisherman’s Park at Burt Dam/18 Mile Creek, reports that some dandy brown ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Oct. 17, 2017

    October 18, 2017
    Dave Barus
    Trout/Salmon in the Trib’s Now, but Spotty Lake Alice Bass Action Still Good in Upper Stretch St. Mary’s Archers Club Tourney ON – Oct. 18-20th Today is Tuesday October 17, 2017. The cool down of last night brought frost to some areas, but not the nearby shoreline of Lake Ontario.  Temperatures will be back ... Read More >>
  • Autumn Color, Nature, Wilderness Air and Fresh Coffee at Lake George

    October 17, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Business Takes a NEW Direction Lure of Autumn Bass Fishing, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon Sights of Colorful Foliage Plans for Waterfowl Hunting, Stream Fishing for Brook Trout By Forrest Fisher My workday plan was busy with a business trip from New York City to Montreal.  The airport traffic was heavy, the security lines long, longer ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for October 12, 2017

    October 13, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Rainy Week Triggered King’s and Coho in all the Trib’s Kings, Browns and Coho’s Wacking Baits – FROM SHORE TOO Bass, Walleye Still Biting in Upper Niagara/Lake Erie Recent rains earlier in the week triggered a big slug of salmon and trout to run into many of the Lake Ontario tributaries, including 18-Mile ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Oct. 10, 2017

    October 10, 2017
    stoadmin
    Trout/Salmon in the Trib’s Now Lake Alice Bass Action Still Good St. Mary’s Archers Club Tourney set for Oct. 18-20th Today is Tuesday October 10, 2017. This is the time of year that the crispness in the air and the changing of the leaves begs us to get outside and enjoy the wonders that ... Read More >>
  • King’s, Coho’s and Brown Trout Wacking Baits from Boat & Shore in Lower Niagara River

    October 5, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    King’s, Coho Salmon on Niagara Bar ON-THE-MOVE to Devil’s Hole Browns Biting at Night from Shore Rainy Weather May Cause Big Run Bass & Walleye Biting in Upper Niagara/Lake Erie Get ready for another slug of fish to arrive in the lower Niagara River and area tributaries off Lake Ontario! Both wind and rain ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County/Lake Ontario Fishing Report – Oct. 3, 2017

    October 3, 2017
    stoadmin
    Trout/Salmon Hitting Early Mornings and Evenings St. Mary’s Archers Club Tourney Oct. 18-20th Today is Tuesday October 3, 2017. With temperatures warming back up again the migration of fish up our tributaries has slowed just a bit. There are a good number of salmon at the Oak Orchard dam below Waterport Reservoir (Lake Alice) ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for September 28, 2017

    September 29, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    King’s and Coho Salmon Slowed by Warm Weather Bass, Walleye, Silver Bass being caught by Shore Anglers Cold Front this Weekend Will Bring Fish Back to Lower River and Trib’s A cold front finally came through the Western New York area, bringing some much-needed relief from the heat. With some 15 days of 80-plus ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – Sep. 26, 2017

    September 26, 2017
    stoadmin
    Trout/Salmon Moving from Trib’s Back to Lake St. Mary’s Archers Club Tourney Oct. 18th-20th ERIE CANAL SET TO CLOSE on Oct. 11 Today is Tuesday September 26, 2017. Where have these summerlike temperatures been all summer? Trout and salmon are moving back out into the lake from their near-shore haunts and lake fishing is fantastic ... Read More >>
  • King Salmon, Coho’s Walleye, Steelhead – Lower Niagara River & Lake Ontario IS HOT

    September 21, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for September 21, 2017 Egg Skein from Boats is #1 Glow-In Dark Spoons are Hot from Shore Increasing Near-Record Temp’s Could Slow Run The salmon run is happening in the Niagara River right now from both boat and shore.  From boat, treated egg skein is the ticket.  From ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – Sep. 19, 2017

    September 20, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Weather Warm-Up will Cool-Down Lake Ontario Fish Movement in Trib’s Archer’s Club Tourney Coming Up on the “Oak,” see Details Smallmouth Fishing Good on Lake Alice Today is Tuesday September 19, 2017. Well it looks like we are in for another long stretch of pleasant summerlike weather conditions.  This should slow down the ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for September 15, 2017

    September 15, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    King Salmon are SNAPPING!  The Run is ON. Lake Ontario, Niagara River, Piers, Creeks – All Have Fish. Shore or Boat, Grab Your Gear. The salmon are snapping all around Niagara Falls USA as the mighty fish have shown up in the Niagara River and off the piers in Olcott.  Lake action is ... Read More >>
  • FLW Costa Bass-Fishing Series Moves to Buffalo, NY, in 2018

    September 13, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    FLW Costa Series to Buffalo, NY Competition Event Set for July 26-28, 2018  Eastern Lake Erie Bass Fishing Resource DRAWS WORLD CLASS ANGLERS  Abundant Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass will Provide Highlight for Region BUFFALO, N.Y. – September 8, 2017 – On July 26th – 28th, Buffalo will welcome an estimated field of 150 boats ... Read More >>
  • Barcelona Walleye RUSH OUTDOORS to Offshore Bite for TV

    September 13, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    WHO: Rush Outdoors TV & Barcelona Charters Teams Up to Catch Fish WHERE: Eastern Basin Lake Erie, Barcelona Harbor, Chautauqua County, New York WHAT: Catching Walleye and Lake Trout HOW: Troll Speed: 2.3-2.5mph; Water Depth: 130-135 feet; Fish Depth: 75-85 feet; Water Temp: 66 degrees GETTING TO THE FISH: Downriggers, Divers, 8-color and 10-color ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – Sep. 4, 2017

    September 13, 2017
    stoadmin
    Cool-down Has Lake Ontario Fish Moving Point Breeze Pier Casters Getting Some Fish Bass Fishing Still Good on Lake Alice & Erie Canal Today is Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017. The cool down in the temperatures at night have started to move pre-spawn trout and salmon even closer to the tributaries that they will be ... Read More >>
  • Lake Ontario King Salmon: FISHING FROM SHORE “IS-ON”

    September 8, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Sept. 7, 2017 39-3 King Salmon WINS LOC! King Salmon Fishing IS ON for SHORE ANGLERS Reports for Lake Ontario, Lower Niagara River, Upper Niagara River, Lake Erie Daniel Clinger from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, won the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby with a huge king ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Labor Day Weekend

    September 1, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    LOC Ends Soon: 39 lbs – 3 oz King in Lead(51 inches long!) Recent North Wind, Lake Turnover, Cold Water Close to Shore PIER FISHING Fishing for King Salmon is STARTING FISH ODYSSEY Tourney Winners Announced Brought to you by Destination Niagara USA, Aug. 31, 2017 The 41st Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby ended ... Read More >>
  • Fish-Catching Fun in Comfort on Lake Ontario

    August 31, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Lower Niagara River, Wilson Harbor and Olcott Harbor ALL Provide Easy Access to Big Ocean-sized Fish Boat Trollers and Pier Casters both SCORE on Fall King Salmon Charter Fishing from a Boat is FUN, Affordable and Comfortable By Forrest Fisher With water levels slowly returning to normal, late summer on Lake Ontario means fishing ... Read More >>
  • Bass Fishing Escape to Cassadaga Lake

    August 31, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Drop-Shot Rigs Simplify Lure Location Venom Worms Offer Unique Action on Drop-Shot Rigs Colors, Bottom-Weight, Make a Difference By Forrest Fisher When the wind on Lake Erie kicks up waves that churn over the top of the 7-foot breakwall at Chadwick Bay in Dunkirk, New York, it’s too rough to go bass fishing there.  ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – Aug. 29, 2017

    August 29, 2017
    stoadmin
    LOC Derby Ends Sep. 4 Lure Selection Tips Lake Alice Bass Fishing Still Good Today is Tuesday August 29, 2017. There is still time to enter the Fall LOC Derby and collect some of the great cash prizes that are up for grabs. The derby ends on Monday September 4th at 1 PM with ... Read More >>
  • DONUTS, HOT COFFEE and WALLEYE AT SUNRISE!

    August 28, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    The “Great Lakes Experience” EVENT is Exemplary Allowing Lures, Lines, Rigs, Rules and Laws, to Meet Each Other Communication, Great Fishing and Laughter Create EFFECTIVE FUN Summer Fishing for Lake Erie Walleye in Chautauqua County, NY By Forrest Fisher If there is a language common between anglers and fish, they were talking to each other ... Read More >>
  • Children in the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program

    August 25, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Free for Kids 10 to 110 Years of Age No Experience necessary Classes Conducted at State University of NY at Fredonia The Children in the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program will be starting its eighteenth year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to youth and adults in the western ... Read More >>
  • KING SALMON BITE is ON! Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for August 23, 2017

    August 24, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    King’s Salmon are Schooling on Niagara Bar Derby Results Yield 30-pound King Miracle Win Big Fish Catching is on RIGHT NOW Brought to you by Destination Niagara USA Last weekend there were three fishing derbies and a tournament going on in Niagara Falls USA waters. John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda went out ... Read More >>
  • Orleans County Fishing Report – Aug. 23, 2017

    August 23, 2017
    stoadmin
    King of the Oak Tournament News King Salmon and Coho’s have New Location Lake Alice Bass Fishing Today is Tuesday August 22, 2017. There were a lot of derbies and tournaments going on this weekend with some fantastic catches brought to the scales. The “King-of-the Oak” Tournament was postponed on Saturday due to a ... Read More >>
  • Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report for August 16, 2017 – Presented by Destination Niagara USA

    August 18, 2017
    Bill Hilts
    Lake Ontario Fishing Derbies Start this Weekend Get ready to Rumble – Lake Ontario fishing style! This weekend, there will be three different fishing derbies going on, as well as a ladies tournament. The Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby kicks off on August 18 and runs through Labor Day. ... Read More >>
  • 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 >>
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