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Bill Hilts Jr. is a past president of the 
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In addition to the above, Hilts is an avid outdoorsman, 
an outdoor writer who has contributed articles to numerous 
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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 NOVEMBER 21  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 big news is the monster storm that has received some big media attention. Not everyone is exposed to this extreme weather, though. Niagara County was shielded from the first blast that made headlines and we’re expecting 3 to 6 inches before it’s all said and done. Not bad at all. That said, if you come in via the Thruway, make sure it’s open! There are ways to get here, though, if you really want to wet a line here locally. Over at Burt Dam, brown trout top the list of angling targets, but steelheads aren’t far behind. Greg Stanley of All in the Same Boat reports that a good number of salmon still hanging around, too – some of them fresh. Egg sacs or egg imitations work best but a jig tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float is starting to come on strong. Water flow was good and it should improve more now that the Erie Canal is closed for the season. As it releases water, tributaries like 18 Mile Creek should benefit. Snow melt on Monday and Tuesday will also add water to the streams. The piers at Wilson and Olcott are still good bets if the winds aren’t too strong to get out there. Be careful if they are icy!

2. Lower Niagara River – With the recent snow storm event hitting Lake Erie, murky water conditions have created a question as far as the boat fishing. Up until that point, the lower river has been producing a mix of steelhead, browns and lake trout from both boat and shore. Boat fishermen have been using a three-way rig set up, bouncing bottom with egg sacs or egg imitations when the conditions are right. When the wind is from the south or southwest, many anglers switch over to wobbling baits like MagLips, Kwikfish or other types of hard baits that work best when the drift is a bit quicker. From shore, beads or sacs will work and even if the water is off-color, you can still do well in tight. Just look for cleaner water. Spinners and spoons will also catch fish, too. The stairs at Artpark should be back open this weekend after some closures during the week. The New York Power Authority has been taking things day by day as far as its access. For example, the fishing platform was closed last Monday because the stairs were just too icy. It normally closes for the season on December 1, but if the ice and cold weather continues, it could close earlier than expected.

3. Upper Niagara River – Muddy water and extreme weather conditions have been hampering the area around Buffalo. Remember that musky season closes on Nov. 30 in the Upper Niagara River and Lake Erie, but the Lower River and Lake Ontario remains open through Dec. 15. Bass are still an option when things start to clear up.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries – Forget it for now. The extreme winter storm was one for the record books in some areas. Stay away for now as some areas received in excess of six feet of snow! With warmer weather in the forecast for next week, look for snow melt to create unfishable conditions. When those water levels do come down, though, it should trigger a sizeable trout run into many of the streams, especially tributaries that have had little water flow this fall. There were driving bans in Erie and Chautauqua counties at mid-week.

5. Chautauqua Lake – Not too much changed from last week if Mother Nature lets you out. Musky season closes on Nov. 30 so be aware of that. Walleye are in the deeper holes in excess of 25 feet and perch and other panfish are still hanging in 8 to 15 feet of water all around the lake. There was a driving ban at mid-week the county.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters –

Seneca Lake – Seek out the deeper waters for salmon and trout. Find the bait pods suspended over 150 to 200 foot depths and put your spoon offerings around those pods. You can find brown trout and salmon around the mouths of streams, too. Some reports have been coming in from some of the tributaries like Catharine Creek and Keuka Outlet that some fish are being caught there. Yellow perch and pike action was also improving. For perch, start in 30 feet of water and move out. Target the weed edges for pike.

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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.

Shawn Pinkham [L] Gary Rammy Jr. [R]
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