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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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THIS BILL HILTS Jr. WEEKEND FISHING FORECAST
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Up to date fishing report for your weekend fishing;
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27  2015   

Weekly Weekend Fishing Report and Weather Forecast [at top]           

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1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – Fishing conditions have been horrible to say the least. Frigid cold combined with snow and winds have limited the amount of angling activity – even for the ice fishermen. There should be a little bit of open water at Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek and when conditions do improve in the temperature department fishing should be good. In the meantime, look for ice fishing to be your most viable option in Wilson and Olcott. Pike and panfish are leading the way for the kinds of fish being caught. If you are looking for something to do indoors, the Lockport Antique Tackle Show is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 at the Elk’s Lodge located on North Canal Road from 11 am to 2 pm. Also, the State of Lake Ontario meeting for Region 9 will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport on March 16 starting at 6:30 pm. Let’s have a good showing!

2. Lower Niagara River – The cold temperatures and the ensuing ice have posed major problems for anglers in the lower river below Niagara Falls. Most of the guides have cancelled trips the past couple of weeks but it looks like many of them will be working again starting on Friday of this week, Feb. 27…if it’s not too cold. Lows are forecasted to be in the single digits. The launch ramp in Lewiston is now open and the ice has moved away from that staging area. Those fish should be hungry, but you will have to deal with clear water conditions. Minnows will probably be your best bet, but Kwikfish or MagLips will also catch fish when the winds are right, preferably out of the south or southwest. Use a three-way rig to maintain contact with the bottom and use smaller hooks and line to adapt your presentation to the clear water. You may have to lengthen your lead, too, off the three way swivel. Next week we should have temperatures in the 30’s!

3. Upper Niagara River – Not too much changed from a few weeks ago. Target the harbor off Buffalo or the marinas around Grand Island for the best ice action.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries – Tribs are all frozen up and the only open water was a small area off the fishing platform in Dunkirk Harbor. A few trout are being reported there. Everything else is ice fishing and Barcelona and Dunkirk harbors are producing a few fish here and there. Use jigging spoons tipped with a wax worm or a minnow for trout. Out in the main lake, mixed reports and conditions are being reported. Off Sturgeon Point, fish seem to be scattered and some anglers were stranded out there recently when some ice shifted. Caution is advised. Catch rates there had not been too good anyway.

5. Chautauqua Lake – Walleyes are still being taken with some consistency off Long Point in 35-plus feet of water with jigging Rapalas and Swedish pimples according to Craig Robbins. Best spot for perch and panfish has been off the Mayville flats in near the launch ramp in 6 to 12 feet of water on the southeast side. Lots of smaller fish. Some crappies have been reported after dark from this area, too. For bigger perch try heading out to deeper water.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters –

Conesus Lake – Some nice fish came in during the first annual frostbite ice fishing derby last weekend, an indication of how the fishing has been. Big pike was a 14 pounder reeled in by Pat Velyk of Henrietta. Big bass was a 4.35 pound fish weighed in by Ted Decker Sr. First place tiger musky was a 7.35 pound fish hauled in by Jim Bianchi. For panfish chasers, Dakota Robare brought in 10 fish totaling 4.38 pounds to take first place there. Nearly $3,000 was raised for disabled veterans.
 

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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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