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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 
national and local magazines, newspapers, and other publications. 
Hilts is also responsible for Niagara County Tourism Sportfishing Programs.
He freelances from his home in Sanborn N.Y.  
Hilts was inducted in the New York State 
Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in the Spring of 2007! 

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Up to date fishing report for your weekend fishing;
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23 2016

Weekly Weekend Fishing Report and Weather Forecast [at top]
Niagara Fishing Forecast

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"Niagara USA Fishing Forecast"

Lake Ontario and tributaries – On the eve of National Hunting and Fishing Day activities for this weekend, it looks like there will be plenty of things going on to see and do. If you want to wet a line, the Niagara Bar is still a place to be for a salmon bonanza … if the forecasted northeast wind doesn’t do too much damage to the waters. It looks like a beautiful weekend otherwise and the Niagara Bar is holding mature kings getting ready to run up the Niagara … we hope! Target the red can at the drop off to take your salmon, using flasher-fly, cut bait or spoons. J-plugs will also work for you. Just get your baits into the fish zone using downriggers, dipsy divers, lead core line – whatever it takes. Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters took his 20-foot Lund out to the drop and used dipsy divers to take five nice kings by employing spin doctors and flies behind his dipsy divers. It proved to be much better than trying to drift for kings in Devil’s Hole, trying to satisfy customers looking to catch a salmon. Over in Wilson and Olcott, brown trout are starting to show up in small numbers. Ditto for kings in Olcott. A small slug of salmon showed up in the harbor but not at the dam yet. There are a few fish around there, but nothing to write home about. Bass fishing has been better. Don’t forget that the King of the Creek salmon contest is being run by All in the Same Boat Tackle from Sept. 23 to Nov. 6. There is a boat and a shore category. Call 638-4158 for more info. There was a good turnout at the special DEC meeting held in Lockport last Monday. For a position paper on this, check out www.dec.ny.gov . Make your comments by Sept. 30 at fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov .

Lower Niagara River – Anxious anglers are waiting in force to try and catch these king salmon in the last stages of their lives. The NYPA Fishing Platform is one of the hotspots for your best chance for a king salmon. Casting spoons, spinners or crankbaits can catch fish, but the best is yet to come. Other shore anglers have been using spoons, spinners and jigs to take a mix of fish, including bass and walleye. River water is still 74 degrees. Bass fishing has been spotty. Some days are better than others. Look for the active fish by moving around the river and the green can at the mouth. Live bait like shiners will work; tubes and Ned rigs will catch some fish, too. With the NYPA Wildlife Festival going on Sept. 24-25, co-sponsored by the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs, remember that there’s also a kids fishing contest that’s part of the Festival. Just catch a fish in Niagara County and bring it to the scales at the NRAA fishing pond. Lots to see and do from 10 am to 5 pm each day. It’s free and a great family activity.

Upper Niagara River – A few musky were active the past week, but you really might want to wait until water temperatures come down a bit before you start putting any heavy pressure on them. Ryan Shea of the Brookdog Fishing Company had been focusing on bass this week, but he still had a couple follows on his fly while casting the upper river areas. Bass action continues to be fair to good, depending on the day and the conditions. Be careful around the Canadian boundary and don’t venture across that line without calling in. Abide by the bait regulations, too.


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BILL HILTS JR. ADVENTURE TO THE BUFFALO NEWS:

Long and Winding Road – Bill Hilts Jr.

One of my favorite Beatles tunes is “Long and Winding Road” and that’s what the last 36 years has felt like writing for the Niagara Gazette and the Greater Niagara Newspaper Group. It’s been an honor to serve you for nearly four decades – a similar path that my father, Bill Hilts, Sr. took as my mentor. I think I took it down the outdoors road a little longer with the Gazette than “Big Bill,” but the path was the virtually the same. With the resignation of Will Elliott from the Buffalo News, I was asked to fill those Size 12 shoes as best I can. With a focus of promoting the great outdoor natural resources that we have in Western New York, I could not pass on the opportunity. Please don’t think of this as abandoning the local sportsmen and women; think of this as a new beginning to perform outreach to more people. You’ve had me at your service for a long time. The Gazette staff has been great to work with over the years, going back to the days of Joe Ognibene (another outdoor writer I had the pleasure to work with), Bill McGrath, Bill Wolcott and Dick Kraatz to name but a few. However, the staff has changed over quite a bit, too. Nothing is forever. I want to thank everyone who has been a loyal reader of my fishing and hunting experiences; my outdoor adventures and rantings about things that just don’t seem right. The road had been a long one … but I still have a few miles left in these fingers moving forward. You know where to reach me and I will continue to do my best to report the outdoors moving forward…just not in these pages. Tight lines.

We are losing Bill Hilts Jr. to the Buffalo News. He will be having a kind of 'promotion' at the News, taking over for Will Elliott, a long time outdoor writer, and friend, at the News. Will is retiring after a long career in the business, and I'm sure his readers will miss him there. Bill told me he doesn't know the feeling of the Buffalo News yet, on whether he can forward his weekly columns to Outdoors Niagara at this time, so our distant readers will have to bear with us until and if, it comes to fruition…. Mark Daul

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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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