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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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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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THIS BILL HILTS Jr. WEEKEND FISHING FORECAST
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Up to date fishing report for your weekend fishing;
FRIDAY MARCH 27  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!

1.Lake Ontario and tributaries – Warm rains are filling area streams from precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday, which means it will be “trout-on” when things settle back down – probably this weekend. The warm again, cold again roller coaster temperature ride has been both a blessing and a curse for anglers. Places like the piers in Olcott and Wilson open up and become fishable, only to have the combination of cold nights and north winds cover them back up again. Safe to say, after the rain the piers will be ice free again ... at least for a few days. Cast spoons or spinners to take a trout or two. A minnow fished under a bobber is another good way to get a fish to hit. The warmer water coming out of 18 Mile Creek should turn some fish on in the lake, too. Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott reported a few boats heading out and the action was slow as they trolled the shoreline to seek out warmer waters. The rain could be the ticket to pulling in some baitfish … and predators. Up at Burt Dam, good action was being reported for fresh steelies by anglers using egg sacs, jigs tipped with wax worms and live minnows. Keg Creek was low and clear with a few fish being reported from the big pool, but that will change with the rain. Four Mile Creek was showing a few fish and a couple mid-sized trout were caught by one Niagara Falls angler looking to get an early bite. Wilson still had ice in the harbor but it was unsafe. When waters come down in 12 Mile Creek, there should be fish around.


2.Lower Niagara River – Water color was good according to boats drifting the river and looking for trout. Steelhead could be found through the river. Some lake trout and the occasional brown trout are also being netted at the boat or along the shoreline for casters. Boat fishermen are using minnows, egg sacs or Kwikfish-type lures, fished off three-way rigs. Shore fishermen are using spoons, spinners or egg sacs/egg imitations to take fish in the gorge. Fish can be found from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar. Bar action has been a little show.


3.Upper Niagara River – At last report there was still a little ice action going on at Buffalo Harbor, but that will probably history after the rain this week. We’ve not heard anything else this week. Casting the upper rapids area in Niagara Falls could produce a trout or two as one option.


4.Lake Erie and tributaries – In the main lake, ice cover is breaking up. A group of diehard anglers were stranded out there recently, and a rescue was required. Some anglers have continued to defy the warnings and perch action off Seneca Shoal was good as late as Tuesday of this week, but with the rain coming in stay off the remaining hard water. Tributaries have fish in them, but they will be high and muddy after a couple of days of rain. Smaller streams will clear first and there should be some fresh steelhead making their way upstream.


5.Chautauqua Lake – Ice is deteriorating and caution is advised. There was some good perch fishing last weekend, but that could be over for the year. You might get something in this weekend if you are lucky. Try between the bridge and the ferry on the Bemus Point side in 8 feet of water. Your focus should be on crappies in some of the canals, which had started to turn on before the last cold snap. The warm rain should turn things around. Some crappie fishing also took place last weekend off Lakewood Bar in 6 to 10 feet of water.


6.Finger Lakes-Inland Waters –

April 1 is the inland opener for trout and landlocked salmon in New York. If you like fishing contests, one of the most popular for trout anglers is the 54th Annual Naples Creek Rainbow Trout Derby, one of the oldest running contests in the state. Fishing should be good this year if Mother Nature cooperates. Headquarters is the Naples Fire Hall and you can register the night before from 5 pm to 10 pm or the morning of from 4 am to sunrise. For more info call 585-374-2782. If you don’t like contests, you can find out where the fish are being stocked in Region 9 by calling the stocking hotline at 358-4950.
 

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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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