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

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An 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 - New York State’s Free Fishing Weekend is set for this weekend, June 25-26, and there are plenty of events for the entire family to keep people busy - and happy – right here in Western New York! In this day and age where nothing seems to be for free any more, the Empire State will offer up an opportunity to fish all around the state without purchasing a license. You do have to follow the fishing regulations in the water you intend to fish however. For salmon and trout, action has started to heat up a little bit out of Wilson and Olcott. Boats have been heading out to 350 feet and beyond off Wilson for a mix of steelies and kings. Action has been a bit closer off Olcott, with some fish being taken in as close as 100 feet of water according to Capt. Vince Pierleoni. 100 to 180 feet of water – when they can get out there. DW Spoons are the primary enticement, but don’t rule out flasher-fly or flasher-cut bait, especially for bigger fish. Target the top 60 feet according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. There are also fish in the 330 to 380 depth contour. The Summer LOC Derby is set for July 1-31. Go to www.loc.org for details. More cash is up for grabs. The Olcott Lions Club will be hosting its annual kids fishing contest on Saturday, June 25 at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott from 8 a.m. to noon. Get the kids out and enjoy the local fishing.

2. Lower Niagara River – Action in the Lower Niagara River has been plagued by moss, but that doesn’t mean you can’t catch fish. Capt. Dave Tripiciano organized an outing for young Shelby, a teenager with Muscular Dystrophy last Tuesday out of Youngstown. Using the expertise of some local fishermen like Tim L., they managed to lift Shelby’s 350 pound wheelchair into the boat and drift for smallmouth around Fort Niagara. They found an area that was pretty-much moss free and caught bass up to 4 pounds. Shelby was granted this trip through an organization called Moment of Peace Adventures of Pennsylvania and, in addition to visiting Niagara Falls (and being the first physically-challenged person to utilize the facilities at the re-opened and revamped Terrapin Point), they had a great time. Tim had been doing very well in that area on smallmouth the two days prior, too. When he fished in the main river, though, it was a tough go with the moss. Shiners were the best bait, fished off three way rigs.

3. Upper Niagara River-Erie Canal – In the Kelly’s Korners opening day bass contest, it was Dan Hudson of Tonawanda winning with the best two fish weight of 10.25 pounds. Not far off the pace was Bob Hubler of Niagara Falls with a total of 10.07 pounds, but he had big fish that hit 5.75 pounds. He was using a big chub in 40 feet of water to take his lunker catch off Wanaka, where many of the fish came from. Bass are still available in the river, too, with the bass opener in Canada happening on Saturday, June 25. There are numerous events that coincide with the Free Fishing Days weekend and at the top of the list is the Gateway Harbor-sponsored Hooked on the Tonawandas Fishing Tournament held the entire weekend. Register for the event if you are an adult for a nominal fee. Kids under 16 can register for a free youth division. You are restricted as to where you can fish in the Canal, what amounts to about a one mile stretch between Tonawanda and North Tonawanda from the Niagara River to the City line. You can register at area tackle shops or stop down to Gateway Harbor in North Tonawanda on Friday to register. Species categories include bass (both largemouth and smallmouth), bullhead, channel catfish, carp, perch, northern pike and walleye. The weigh station will be open 7 am to 6 pm on Saturday; 7 am to 3 pm on Sunday. This is a transition year for the event as the local organizing committee hands the contest off to the Boys and Girls Club of the North Towns. A new website location for an entry form can be found at www.bgcnt.net and the organization will be taking the lead role after this year. After last year’s wash out, organizers are hoping for some decent weather to show off the Canal’s angling potential and help to showcase this natural resource. Speaking of the canal, some local anglers were worried that the dewatering that was going to take place from Middleport to Brockport on Monday, June 27 was going to affect the Erie Canal Fishing Derby July 6-15. It looks like after three days, the Canal will be opened up from Middleport to Albion; the remainder will be opened by the weekend. A huge Family Fishing Day will also be taking place out of Broderick Park both Saturday and Sunday this weekend starting at 7 am each day, as well. This is their 8th Annual event.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries – Boats will be out plying the waters of Lake Erie on Friday the 24th in pursuit of bass and walleye with the hopes of scoring a “basseye” for the event raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Both bass and walleye action has been good. For the Kelly’s Korners opening day bass contest, many of the anglers fished off Wanaka in 30 to 40 feet of water with large chubs a favorite bait. Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston was fishing off Wanaka with Joe Oliverio of Lewiston (who placed third) and he insisted the key to their success was using a chartreuse-colored Dye-A-Live. They boated over 50 bass for the day, many in the 19 inch range. His best depth was 37 feet of water, just south of Seneca Shoal. For walleye, one of the better areas has been around Myers Reef in 30 to 50 feet of water, bottom bouncing three-way rigs with a chartreuse and green-silver or copper-orange bladed worm harness. The free fishing weekend action will be offering a Teach Me To Fish clinic at Chestnut Ridge Park, Route 277, Orchard Park from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

5. Chautauqua Lake – Muskies are being caught by casters over weed beds in areas like Ashville Bay, Bemus Point and Dewittville Bay. Use bucktails or over-sized jerk baits. Largemouth bass have moved into the shallows around Lakewood Bar and in Warner’s Bay according to Craig Robbins.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters

Cayuga Lake – The clash of the Bassmaster Elites will be hitting Cayuga Lake out of Union Springs this weekend and it would be a great opportunity to check out a weigh in and see what the lake has to offer. It’s probably not a good time to fish the lake, though, with bass boats buzzing around the lake. There is an outdoor expo and a Fish Cayuga celebration going on and weigh ins take place at 3:15 pm in Frontenac Park in Union Springs. See you there!
 

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[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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