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Bill Hilts Jr. is a past president of the 
New York State Outdoor Writers Association.
In addition to the above, Hilts is an avid outdoorsman, 
an outdoor writer who has contributed articles to numerous 
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He freelances from his home in Sanborn N.Y.  
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Up to date fishing report for your weekend fishing;
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3 2015   

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!

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1.Lake Ontario and tributaries – Fishing action continues to be one of those situations where being in the right place at the right time can really pay off for you. An excellent case in point is Glenn Bird of Barker who went out fishing last Friday morning out of Wilson. He had been fishing previous days to the east off Olcott but this time he headed west a few miles. Pulling an 8-inch e-chip flasher with an A-Tom-Mik hammer fly in 70 feet of water, Bird hooked up with a 30 pound, 11 ounce king salmon to take over the lead in the LOC Derby and the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey. The Odyssey ended last Sunday and he won the $500 first place Salmon Division prize as well as the $500 LOTSA Prize for the biggest salmon caught by a member in the Oydssey, as well as the $500 daily prize for the LOC and the $100 daily prize for the Niagara Fish Odyssey. If it can only hold on until Labor Day for the $25,000 LOC Grand Prize. Time will tell. Just as good as Bird’s fishing heroics was the one for 15 year old Nick Perry of Newfane. Fishing with Capt. Bob Cinelli aboard the White Mule, the young angler grabbed the rod and reeled in a personal best 14 pound brown trout to win the Brown/Rainbow Trout category in the Odyssey and take second place so far in the LOC Derby. He was fishing 60 feet down with a Northern King spoon over 120 feet of water in front of Olcott to take his prize. In the Grand Prize Classic Challenge Drawing at the Odyssey Awards in Newfane, Perry’s name was selected to receive the $2,500 Grand Prize for the Odyssey. According to Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors in Olcott, deep water fishing action has been good for a mix of kings and steelhead in the 26 to 32 GPS bars heading north. Another hot spot has been on the Niagara Bar at the drop-off where there’s a bit of a traffic jam with boats. She noted that the two largest kings on the lake caught during the LOC Derby yesterday were caught on N&D Herring Strips – one from the Niagara Bar that was over 29 pounds. In addition to cut bait rigs, flasher and fly are taking fish as are magnum spoons. Meanwhile back at Olcott, fishing inside of 100 feet of water should still produce some kings and the occasional brown trout. The first kings were caught off the piers at Olcott last weekend. Some trout were reeled in, too. Casting spoons are the way to go. In the harbor, some carp are still available according to Karen Cinelli, local carp maven who placed second this year and help guide Jacob Velesko of Middleport to a first place win in the Junior Division. For lake trout, the Bar is still the place to be. Pat Barber of Niagara Falls won the Division in the Odyssey with a 21 pound, six ounce fish – just one ounce better than Steve Klejdys of NT. Tip of the week comes from Roy Letcher of Olcott who offers up a great remedy should you encounter a tooth ache while fishing. “A tea bag between your cheek and gums will offer you some relief until you can get to a dentist,” he says. Earl Grey is a favorite, but other brands offer different levels of relief.


2.Lower Niagara River – Bass fishing has been hot and cold, as it has been all season long – despite recent electro shocking surveys that show off excellent numbers of fish in the lower river system. Live bait like crabs and shiners will catch fish, but so will tubes. Walleye fishing has been good and the Niagara Bar was where the winning walleye was caught during the Fish Odyssey. Scott Ludwig of Grand Island was fishing with Pat Foote when he hit a 12 pound ‘eye near the green can at the mouth of the river. It was a worm harnesses fished off a three-way rig that did the trick. All the winning fish were better than 11 pounds! The first salmon should be making their way up the river, too, but no reports yet of whether or not any have shown up yet. Check out the Outdoor Beat show this week with Justin Dimieri of Lewiston talking about fishing from shore in the lower river. You can watch it on Channel 22 with Time Warner or on demand at www.lctv.net. The fishing platform has been a good spot for bass of late, but the salmon will be arriving soon … if they haven’t already. Remember that the new shore fishing spot at the Discovery Center where the Maid of the Mist winters over their boats is now available off the north section of the Robert Moses Parkway.


3.Upper Niagara River – Bass and walleye are still the favorite fish being caught above Niagara Falls, but you just might end up with a surprise – like Nick Dougherty did. The Lockport angler was fishing with Lyndon Hilts of Gasport at the head of the river near the round house when he hooked into a 32 pound carp that won the division in the Fish Odyssey contest. He caught it on a tube jig. They also caught sheepshead and smallmouth bass.


4.Lake Erie and tributaries – Walleye action has continued to be slow except for the waters to the west from Dunkirk to the state line. A few fish have been caught in 50 feet of water around Myers Reef and moving west to Dunkirk in 60 to 80 foot depths. Beyond that, fish can be found out to 100 feet. Stickbaits and worm harnesses are your best bet. For bass, you need to put some time in and figure them out. Look for structure. For Kathy Muir of North Tonawanda, it was a large shiner fished on the bottom in 42 feet of water at Seneca Shoal that did the trick for her 5 pound, 5 ounce smallmouth that won the Fish Odyssey division. It was no fluke, either. She has also placed first in three other local bass contests fishing the same general area with her husband, Dave.


5.Chautauqua Lake – Muskies are still being caught in the northern basin of the lake just outside the weed edges in front of We Wan Chu cottages according to Craig Robbins. Upper Dewittville bay is another good musky haunt. For smallmouth bass try casting imitation-style crayfish or the live version in 12 to 26 feet of water along the northwest corner of Warners Bar in the Southern Basin of the lake.
 

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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

Grand Prize LOC Winner John Tustin (L) with Sammy White. [Left Picture] 
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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