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Bill Hilts Jr. Fishing Beat 3/23/17
This week saw a few of the tributaries start to
open up a bit. According to Eric Heater of Buffalo (with A & E
Outdoors), there have been some ice jams down low, with the shelf ice
and slush in the mornings. Your best bet is to head higher up into the
streams where there have been better numbers of steelhead. White AEO
Jigs are working well and should continue to improve as we move along in
the spring. Water has been clear so you do have to work for the fish.
Suckers have started to work their way up into some of the creeks from
the lake says Heater. Remember, the tributaries off Lake Erie are open
now – you don’t have to wait for the April 1 opener like inland. Also,
make sure you mark April 6 on your calendar for the State of Lake Erie
meeting at the Southtowns Walleye Association clubhouse located at 5895
Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg. Check out Scattershots next week.
Niagara River – Water was nearly perfect the beginning of the week. The
storm last week didn’t have as much of an impact on the water conditions
due to the northerly flow of air. Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls
had good success with Pautzke fire brine that colored up his minnows
nicely. This bait was alive and the chartreuse-green glow worked for
both lake trout and steelhead. They also caught some fish on egg sacks,
all fished off three-way rigs, but the preferred bait was green minnows.
Campbell’s tip of the week is to make sure you secure your live bait
when you get home (especially the brined bait). He found that a local
raccoon in his neighborhood really enjoyed the salty stash of minnows,
too. Unfortunately, he discovered it in the morning when he was leaving
for this charter. From shore, Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls had his
quarter-ounce flashabou homemade jigs in green-orange and orange-purple
working on steelhead and lake trout Monday and Tuesday. On Monday,
Ricardo Davila of Wheatfield hit some trout on jigs that were tipped
with a 4-inch Berkley Gulp! soft plastic.
Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek were producing fish
consistently, both pre- and post-spawn steelhead according to Wes Walker
at The Slippery Sinker. Brown trout are still around, too. According to
Walker, egg sacs and grubs were working on the pre-spawn steelies; worms
and minnows were working on the post spawn fish. A few have been caught
on jigs. Some perch fishermen have been taking a few fish from Olcott
and Wilson harbors, but there was some chunk ice around keeping boaters
from making it out into the lake. That should be gone this week. Some
pike have been active in the harbors, but that season is closed. Piers
still had ice on them Tuesday but that should be gone by the weekend.
They are forecasting some rain Friday through Sunday. The ASB Tackle
Steelhead Contest ends on Saturday. Remember that the Wilson
Conservation Club bullhead contest is set for April 7-9. The Sinker is a
sign up location.
Nothing changed too much from last week. There was still a little skim ice the beginning of the week with some open water around, too. All the ice should be gone this weekend and a warm rain could trigger some crappie bites. Remember walleye season is closed until May 6.
Capt. Bob’s fishing contest
Steve “Hawk” Hawkins of Clarence sends
word that the store’s fishing contest is now over. Over 60 people
competed in the friendly competition. The winners were: Jerry Bielicki
of Akron caught the top walleye at 26 3/4 inches long, caught from
Tonawanda Creek; Jim “Doc” Stoll of Eden earned first place in the perch
category with a 14 3/8 inch fish from Lake Simcoe. Northern Pike winner
was Mike Grzelewski of Cheektowaga with a 36ø inch Silver Lake fish.
Steelhead winner was Dave Kendall of Batavia with a 33 1/2 inch fish
caught in the Oak Orchard River. In the Rudd Division, it was California
Joe Pavalonis of Buffalo repeating his category win, measuring in a 17ß
inch fish from the Upper Niagara River. Biggest crappie of the contest
was a 14-inch fish reeled in by Tyler Hillman of Lockport. In the
bluegill/sunfish category, Steve Ball of Alden measured in a 10 3/4 inch
bluegill from Honeoye Lake, a fish that also place first in the New York
State Winter Classic contest.
An outdoor show on LCTV (Time Warner Cable Channel 22; or 22.5 Phone number is 716-434-1733; www.lctv.net is on Wednesdays at 4 pm called “The Outdoor Beat”, bringing aboard local experts on area outdoor activities. It will be live for call-in and also air several other times on Thursday and the weekend. Check it out!
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news. One of the local giants in the sportfishing
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