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Niagara USA Fishing Report for
the week of January 13, 2016
Nice brown trout from Burt Dam caught by Greg Schloerb of
Lake Ontario and tributaries – 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 cubic
feet per second down the creek, which should attract some fresh fish
into the system. The water is stained, though, so use brightly-colored
jigs fished under a float, salted minnows, live emerald shiners or
nightcrawlers to try and trick a trout to hit. Steelhead, brown trout
and the occasional Coho salmon are still showing up. The harbor is wide
open, thanks to the rain and temperatures in the upper 50’s this past
week. Both pike and perch should be available if you want to try and
chase them. Off the piers, casting spoons or spinners are options, but
only if the wind is not blowing out of the north. Today that wind is out
of the northwest and the piers are under water. Ice over in Wilson is
shot. You also have an opportunity to do some pier fishing there if the
winds cooperate. Some of the smaller streams like Keg or 4 Mile could be
open if the flow has increased enough, but we’ve not had any reports yet
on those tribs. This could be your lucky day!
River – Ice is still coming down the river and the water is stained
– two strikes against anglers from both boat and shore. The ice was
causing some problems for drifters and casters, ice coming down from
Lake Erie after the high winds and rain really created quite a turmoil.
We’ll have to play it by ear when anglers can get back on the water
again. Steelhead and lake trout top the list of targets right now, but
you have an outside chance at catching a brown trout or a walleye, as
well. Shore casters are using spoons and spinners in bright colors;
boaters are drifting plugs like MagLips and Kwikfish lures; egg sacks or
egg imitations; as well as minnows. Use those baits from three-way rigs
from boats, once the ice has disappeared. If the winds cooperate, take a
drift or two out on the Niagara Bar to see if there are any active trout
If you’ve never tried the Niagara River from a boat, give
one of the lower river educational lessons a try through the Greater
Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo set for Jan. 20-22 at the Conference
and Event Center Niagara Falls. Morning trips are being offered by
several charter captains for $100 each to give you an on-water lesson.
Sign up at the Expo website at
. While you are on the site, check out the long list of speakers – a
total of 70 giving some 130 seminars over the course of the three days.
One keynote speaker that just came on board last week was Bassmaster
Elite Series Pro Mark Menendez, giving talks Saturday at noon and Sunday
at 10 a.m. There is a little bit of everything for the angler – from
beginner to seasoned veteran. There’s a big section on ice fishing, too.
www.niagarafishingexpo.com to see what’s happening Jan. 20-22
at the Conference Center in Niagara Falls. Huge!
Mark Menendez makes an appearance at
the Greater Niagara Fishing Expo.
THURSDAY JANUARY 13 2016
Weekly Fishing Report and
Weather Forecast [at top]
Niagara Fishing Forecast
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It’s a tricky situation for Chautauqua, and local fisherman and avid
angler Rich Davenport of Tonawanda shared his insight after a visit on
Sunday. The combination of heavy show and high lake levels in the northern
basin of the lake around Maple Springs is creating some shoreline issues.
Shoreline ice is non-existent for at least 20 to 30 feet according to
Davenport. He did say that once you get beyond the shoreline and slush, some
good ice up to 5 inches can be found in spots. Around Mayville, the area was
spotty but improving. However, that was before the wind and rain Tuesday.
Thursday rains will probably be even worse. The Southern Basin of the lake
was much better. Reports of 7 inches of clear ice was coming from Burtis
Bay, but the shoreline was soft. Overall, the shoreline will be affected for
the worse by the rain and warm temperatures. Exercise caution and follow all
of the ice fishing safety protocols. On a final note, be sure to check out
the Catch of the Week gallery online at buffalonews.com. Evan Walsh of
Lancaster caught a huge crappie while fishing off Long Point recently,
weighing in at 3.69 pounds. Had he weighed it in the same day he caught it,
it could have been a new state record! He caught it on a jig. The state
record is 3.75 pounds.
A ton of ice was coming down the river on Tuesday. It affected both shore
and boat fishermen. Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane was trying to work
Devil’s Hole and probably had a dozen hook-ups but the ice took care of all
but two of them. Lake trout and steelhead are still available if you can
work the river properly, from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar in boats, the
gorge and Artpark from shore. Shore casters like Ricardo Davila of
Wheatfield continue to catch fish using a mix of spoons and spinners. One of
his favorite the past week was a chartreuse-colored BC Wobbler spoon with
some pink tape and beads. On a side note, one duck hunter on Tuesday was
caught out in Lake Ontario and it took him an hour and a half to get back in
to the launch ramp because of the ice. Be careful out there.
Lake Ontario and tributaries
Saith Shine of Niagara Falls took the lead in the NYS Winter Classic
Tournament with a 10.07-pound steelhead from 18 Mile Creek at Burt, catching
it on a VooDoo jig last weekend. Flow has been around 70 cfs with stained
conditions, but that could change with the inch of rain in the forecast.
However, you do have an opportunity to catch a trout or a late-run coho. Use
baits that are brightly colored and most anglers fish under a float. “Low
and slow” is how Greg Schloerb of Amherst put it. He caught another bomber
brown over the weekend using the same hand-tied jigs in the same spot. Over
in Wilson Harbor, there was 4-5 inches of ice, but the rain on Thursday of
this week will probably create some unsafe conditions along the shoreline.
The Oak Orchard River offers decent fishing as well.
Lake Erie and tributaries
Everyone we spoke to didn’t have anything positive to say about any of the
Erie tributaries. And with the weather calling for an inch of rain or more
on top of the snow the area saw south of Buffalo, flood warnings are in
place for the next few days.
Ice Fishing Updates
Warm wind and rain will keep any more ice from building right now and you
may have to snoop around to find some solid ice that you can contend with
safely. For example, Glenn Strzelczyk of the Town of Niagara found some
solid ice in Ransomville at Meyers Lake. While the small lake had a few big
cracks in it, it was holding well with 6 to 8 inches of hard water … but
that was before the rains came. Caution is advised no matter where you go.
He has done well on bass using small jigs and tubes.
Silver Lake was offering anglers a little action in the shallows. According
to Scott Brauer of Gasport with the Clam Ice Team, pike guys were doing
well. Bluegills were cooperating, but they are the typical Silver Lake size.
Again, that was before the rains on Tuesday evening.
Tim Thomas with the New York State Winter Classic Tournament reports the
North Country has some pretty good ice going on right now, perfect timing
for Black Lake in St. Lawrence County. This Saturday is the Black Lake
Challenge (not to be confused with the lake near Hogwarts of Harry Potter
fame). The fourth annual contest is being sponsored by Fish Creek Bait and
Tackle in Hammond. Fishing starts at 6 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Entry fee is
$15 for adults; $5 for kids 15 and under. For more information call
Winter Classic Update
Some nice fish have come to the scales after the first couple weeks of
action. In addition to the Saith Shine steelhead, the top pike is a
21.51-pound lunker caught by Tyler Seamon. It is believed he caught it from
Delta Lake around the Rome area, but exact location is not required when
weighing in. Top walleye is 9.27 pounds, caught by Robert Law on Black Lake.
First-place pickerel is a 5-pounder reeled in by Alec Savage from Chaumont
Bay. Top perch is from Seneca Lake, a 1.87-pound slob caught by Steven
Wright. Crappie leader is a 2.25-pound fish from down in the southeast
corner of the state, reeled in by Kevin Riley. Bluegill/sunfish leader is
Eric Wilsey with a .98 pound fish from Big Bay on Oneida Lake.
Capt. Bob’s Contest Update
Capt. Bob’s Fishing Derby started up on Jan. 2 and the early leaders are
Barry Ball of Alden with an 11-inch Lake Erie perch, Stan Travis 0f
Cowlesville with a 8.53-pound northern pike from Silver Lake, Bob Frost of
Alden with a .77-pound sunny/bluegill, and Shawn Firkins of Lockport is
leading in the crappie division with a .76-pound Chautauqua Lake fish. The
derby is on-going. Stop in to their Clarence shop for details.