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Up to date fishing report for your weekend fishing;
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 19 2014   

Weekly Weekend Fishing Report and Weather Forecast [at top]           

A new outdoor show on LCTV (Time Warner Cable Channel 22; 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!

1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – The salmon are knocking on the doorstep but they haven’t entered into the living room in any large numbers yet. In Olcott Harbor, a few salmon have been seeing breaking the surface but it seems like they move in and out trying to make up their mind what they want to do and where they want to be. According to Capt. Taz Morrison of Wilson, the best action for mature kings is 50 to 80 feet of water for the most consistent fishing. Meat, plugs, flasher-fly and spoons will all catch fish. The waters out deep – 400 feet or better – is still a good bet for immature kings and steelhead. Spoons top the list of enticements. Shore fishermen can do the best at night off the piers, but it’s still not hot and heavy yet. No reports of any salmon at Burt Dam at this point but if we see a cold rain, look out for increased numbers to make their way into the streams. The Niagara Bar drop off seems to be over for this year according to Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown. Lakers and browns are hanging on the top of the ledge in 40-50 feet of water. One good option is night fishing in front of Olcott from a small boat, casting ¾ ounce Cleos or Moonshine spoons. You can also try trolling the pier heads with j-plugs just before dark. After dark it’s all casting. Tip of the week comes from Paul Luzzi of Lewiston who passes along that if you are casting with a bait cast reel, make sure you keep your thumb lightly on the spool to avoid a bird’s nest due to back lash.

2. Lower Niagara River – One of the best spots to be for salmon has been off the Power Authority fishing platform. The area has been reopened and NYPA is providing a free shuttle service from Lot C adjacent to NU and the Visitors Center from 7 am to 5 pm. Boaters are picking up a few fish here and there and the best bait has been Kwikfish lures fished off three-way rigs in Devil’s Hole. Capt. Frank Campbell reported three fish on Kwikies on Monday, but struck out on Tuesday. Bass action continues to be good. Chuck Smock of Cabela’s Outdoor Journal was casting spinnerbaits around the Coast Guard station and produced a nice five-plus pound smallmouth along with a fair number of other fish. Walleye are still available, too – both in the river in drifts like Stella and Queenston, as well as on the bar around the green buoy marker at the mouth. Worm harnesses fished off three-way rigs work best.

3. Upper Niagara River – Bass action continues to be very good throughout the river system, from the head of the river to the East and West Rivers around Grand Island. Strawberry and Motor islands are good starting points with crayfish or shiners. Tubes and drop shot rigs will also catch fish. Some musky are also hitting large tubes around Strawberry Island and at the Huntley Power Station. Thompson’s Hole could produce bass or muskies. Largemouth bass are also available in the river in the shallower areas around Grand Island around weed beds and dock areas.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries – Yellow perch fishing continues to be good off Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point. Target 60 to 66 feet of water but you can find some fish in shallower depths. Don’t forget the 4th Annual Richard Brauer Memorial Perch Tournament on Sept. 27 to be held out of the Pendleton restaurant. Call Eric at 698-4505 for more info. Walleye action is continuing to be good off Evangola State Park (70 to 80 feet of water, 50 feet down); Van Buren Point near Dunkirk (100-110 feet of water, 60 to 80 feet down); and off Barcelona. Bass fishing has been slower but that doesn’t mean you can find some active fish around Myers Reef or Seneca Shoal or similar structure areas along the lake in 20 to 40 foot depths. Use tubes, drop shot rigs, crabs or shiners. Some trout have moved into some of the tributaries like Cattaraugus Creek. Casting the mouths with spoons or spinners can also work for trout.

5. Chautauqua Lake – Musky action has slowed a bit but trollers are still doing well tight to the weeds in Sunset and Bemus bays, as well as off Chautauqua Bell Tower Point in 20-28 feet of water with fish moving shallower point at dusk according to Craig Robbins. Off Warner Bar, troll in 16-22 foot depths – all with large perch-pattern stickbaits. Smallmouth bass are in deep holes off shallower rocky points. Rock and Grass islands in the lower basin is another good spot. For largemouth concentrate around docks with live bait, jigs, jerk baits or top waters in the lower basin around Ashville and Irwin bays.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters –

Oneida Lake – Cooler temperatures will probably start to push walleye into shallower waters in the near future. Fall tactics for walleye is casting the shoreline with small stickbaits when they finally do move into the shallows. In the meantime, walleye are still being taken in 30-40 feet of water with jigs tipped with a crawler, stickbaits, worm harnesses and blade baits. Bass action has slowed, probably due to the increased presence of small gizzard shad.




Fourth Lake, The Adirondacks – Catch of the week has to go to Rob Hoffman of Pendleton who caught his biggest northern pike while fishing Fourth Lake last week. The 44-plus inch fish weighed in at over 23 pounds. To date, he has caught four fish over 40 inches from these waters … or close by. He had a 43 inch fish come from Third Lake, all in the Fulton Chain of Lakes near Old Forge and Inlet. The big ones were caught on musky tandem spinners in 15 to 18 feet of water, trolling the shoreline between 2 and 3 miles per hour. Nice catch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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.

 

 

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

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Right Picture: Area anglers Marc Dunn (left), Matt Dunn (right) and Doug Parker II with the First Place LOC salmon

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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