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Bill Hilts Jr. is a past president of the 
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In addition to the above, Hilts is an avid outdoorsman, 
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Up to date fishing report for your weekend fishing;
FRIDAY APRIL 18 2014   

Weekly Weekend Fishing Report and Weather Forecast [at top]           

1. Lake Ontario and tributaries -- Shoreline trollers in the lake are picking up browns and Coho salmon with regularity, using stickbaits to attract these feisty fish to hit. Dennis Hoffman of North Tonawanda reported good success on Cohos usually any silver colored Rapala stickbait long lined or fished off boards in 8-10 feet of water. Steelhead were in 8 to 20 feet of water in front of Four Mile Creek. In the clearer, shallower waters, an electric motor worked better than his kicker motor. Boat pressure can also make a difference on fish attitudes. The piers in Wilson and Olcott are also producing browns, steelhead and the occasional Coho according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott. Tributary action has also been good. Browns and steelhead are still at Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek and there are even some reports of bass. Remember that bass season is catch and release right now. If you do target bass, you must use artificial baits. Creek temperatures were in the low to mid-40’s. If you are helping out with the Olcott pen rearing project, they will be receiving their fish at 1 pm on April 22 at the Town of Newfane Marina. Check out www.lotsa.org  for details or to sign up for the feeding schedule. The Wilson Conservation Club held their 3rd Annual Bullhead Contest last weekend and there was some pretty good action in the area around Wilson. A total of 54 adult anglers competed in the friendly contest, as well as 8 junior fishermen. Winning two fish weight was 3.65 pounds reeled in by Joel Feagin of Wilson. Second place was John Pittsley with 3.55 pounds. In the kids division, Cameron McKee was first place with a two fish weight of 3.07 pounds. Next bullhead contest on the calendar is being hosted by Jean’s in Wilson from April 25th to the 27th. Call 751-9198 for more info. They are also picking up some perch in Wilson harbor, too.

A new outdoor show on LCTV (Time Warner Cable Channel 22; Phone number is 716-434-1733; www.lctv.net  is kicking off this Wednesday April 23 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!


ELI MOSUL CAUGHT THIS 14 POUND BROWN TROUT WHILE FISHING WITH CAPTAIN FRANK CAMPBELL OWNER OF NIAGARA REGION CHARTERS THIS WEEK!
2. Lower Niagara River – If you were looking to venture down into the gorge and chase some trout, the good news is that the stairs at the Whirlpool and Devil’s Hole state parks are now open after the nasty winter that doesn’t want to go away. It was closed down for nearly a month due to safety concerns. Lower river trout action has been good with steelhead, brown trout and lake trout snapping for anglers in the river and out on the Niagara Bar. Minnows, kwikfish and egg sacs will all work for drifters; casters can use spoons and spinners. River conditions have been good with water temperatures in the 34 degree range. That’s not going to change too much with the amount of ice still left in Lake Erie. Last projected report for lifting the ice boom had it started the end of the month, but the determining factor is less than 250 square miles. Until that happens, we can only hope for some strong northeast winds to push the ice toward the west to help with the ice dissipation. A reminder that walleye are still out of season and that it’s not legal to target a fish that is out of season. Walleye season opens on May 3.

3. Upper Niagara River – Most of the river is staying colder due to the ice in Lake Erie. Look for bays and inlets around Grand Island to find waters that will be warming quicker to seek out a mix of panfish like perch, crappie and bluegill. Trout are still an option off the Bird Island Pier and Broderick Park by casting spoons, spinners or egg sacs. Remember that Hyde Park Lake, Gill Creek (Niagara Falls) and Oppenheim Park Pond (Wheatfield) all received trout stockings from DEC last week.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries – Most of the tributaries should be in good shape this weekend and holding trout. Lake action is restricted by the ice and that’s not going to change any time soon. Dunkirk pier action has been good for trout around the warm water discharge. Cast spoons, spinners or stickbaits. Minnows or egg sacs can work under a float.

5. Chautauqua Lake – Crappie action has started to turn on. Local angler Tom Tabone did well last weekend fishing the canals near Smith Boys with his grandson. His best enticement was a white rubber jig on a 1/32nd ounce head. He noted that he was catching more legal size fish than not, most of them coming 2-3 feet down. Similar reports have come from around the lake as the waters slowly warm. Boats are hitting the lake now and some of the better areas have been around Rock and Grass islands, on Lakewood Bar, along the narrows between the bridge and the ferry, as well as around the Mayville flats. Minnows can also be a good bait to use.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters – Cranberry and Long Ponds – These Rochester-area ponds have been producing some nice perch according to some local reports. No word yet on anyone doing anything in Irondequoit Bay yet. Stick with the shallower embayments for now.

Inland trout fishing – Most of the streams have been high and muddy, but the smaller streams should be fishable this weekend. Good reports from Catskill area streams the last few days if you want to make a trip to this popular inland trout area.

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<<<<< This was the catch of the week with 9 year old Corey Fekete of Ransomville reeling in his first ever lake trout while fishing with dad and grandpa off Fort Niagara in 30-40 ft of water, dragging spoons (silver and black) Corey (just turned 9) caught this by himself but it was too big and jumpy for him to hold
 

 

 

 

<< << Pier casters are picking up browns in Olcott and Wilson, including Mark Vogt, Jr. of Newfane who landed a dandy 12 pounder.

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<<<<Patrick Beckman of Traverse City, Michigan was trolling between Wilson and the Niagara River in 130 feet of water when he hooked into a 29 pound, 11 ounce king salmon.

 

 

 

 

 

<<<<< Ed Klejdys of North Tonawanda is tops in the lake trout category with a 32 pound, four ounce Niagara Bar fish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Comerford [on right]  from E. Aurora - Darryl Day [on left] from St Catherines Ont.   Summer 2013 LOC Derby

From a prior weeks Hilts Locator and its about dropshotting for bass: [Lake Erie] Capt. Jim Hanley sends word that just prior to the Labor Day weekend and the nasty weather he had experienced some of his best fishing of the year around Sturgeon Point, Myers Reef and Seneca Shoal. You could catch all the 14-15-inch smallmouth bass you wanted in 25 feet of water or you could slide out a bit deeper – out to 45 feet – to catch some bigger fish up to 5 pounds, six ounce for him. He had back to back days of 120 bass coming to the boat. Top bait was crayfish and Gulp green worms fished on a drop shot rig. « Go to Link


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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 13 2009 - We must preface this report with some sad news. One of the local giants in the sportfishing industry passed away this week. Capt. Doug Stein of Grand Island, a charter captain and guide for many years, died after a valiant bout with cancer. Doug was the president of the Niagara River Anglers Assn. for nearly a decade, with one of his big initiatives being the first pen rearing project for salmon in the county. He was one of those guys willing to go out on a limb to support what he believed in and always willing to help when work needed to be accomplished to help the sportfishery along. He was a big man with an even bigger heart and I’m proud to say that he was a friend of mine. We fished, hunted and shot together and he will be sorely missed by many. Bill Hilts Jr.

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