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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, 
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Up to date fishing report for your weekend fishing;
FRIDAY OCTOBER 31 2014   

Weekly Weekend Fishing Report and Weather Forecast [at top]           

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1.Lake Ontario and tributaries –In 18 Mile Creek and Burt Dam, brown trout fishing has been good with some salmon and steelhead mixed in for good measure. Some increased water flow from rain or Erie Canal de-watering could certainly help the situation. Egg sacks or egg imitations fished under a float is the most popular approach, but woolly buggers are producing some fish, too. Casting the piers in Wilson or Olcott could yield some trout and the occasional salmon with spoons, spinners or eggs fished under a float. Live bait could produce some perch, bass or northern pike.


2.Lower Niagara River – Fishing has picked up in the lower Niagara River as the trout have increased in numbers. Boat fishermen have been concentrating around the Artpark area with Kwikfish lures in silver and chartreuse, pink or blue. Bounce the bottom with three-way rigs to take a mix of steelhead, browns and lake trout. Remember that lake trout season is closed right now so those fish must be released unharmed if you catch any. Shore fishermen all along that same Artpark area were also taking advantage of the good action with spoons, spinners, or eggs and egg imitations like beads fished under a float. With the new staircase at Artpark leading down to the shoreline, combined with the good trail access there, finding a good vantage point for tackling trout is not too difficult. Fish are also available in the gorge area via the NYPA access road (which will reopen to the delight of area anglers on Nov. 1), which now offers a newly redesigned road for vehicle and pedestrian traffic through Dec. 1 (unless the weather turns bad). The shuttle service will conclude at 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 31. The shoreline stairway along the access road is also open now. Other shoreline access points include the Whirlpool and Devil’s Hole state parks. Outdoor writer Don Barone was fishing this past week with Jim Niland and Capt. Chris Cinelli and you can read his exploits at www.wired2fish.com . Also in town this week were Sean Warner of Minnesota and Mike McNett of Indiana giving a tour for the U.S. Angling Confederation. Niagara Falls is being considered as a site of the World Confederation meeting in 2017, the first time it will be held on North America should we be selected. They fished with Capt. Frank Campbell and they were five for 12 on trout in three hours of fishing when it was a balmy 70 degrees out. However, this weekend look for much cooler temperatures and possibly some white stuff on Saturday.


3.Upper Niagara River – Fishing for bass was a little tough this week with the combination of winds and unseasonal temperature fluctuations that hampered casting, drifting and trolling. It should pick back up. The fishing off Ferry Street has been good for trout and perch during the day. Night casters are picking up some walleye there, too. Ontario Street is producing a few bass and perch. Musky action continues to improve as water temperatures decrease. The Niagara Musky Association will be holding its Tim Wittek Memorial Tournament this Sunday, Nov. 2. Check out www.niagaramuskyassociation.ning.com .


4.Lake Erie and tributaries – Cattaraugus Creek is really starting to pick up for fall trout fishing, probably because this is the best stream for water flow. Fish can be caught from the mouth to the dam in Springville. All the traditional trout baits will work for you with eggs or egg imitations probably the best. Off the other creek mouths with little or no flow, cast the mouth with spoons or spinners to take trout before they run the streams. Trolling the mouth with stickbaits will also produce some fish. When water flow is good, some fish are being caught in tributaries like Silver, 18 Mile and Canadaway creeks. When anglers can get on the big water, perch action continues to be excellent in 60 to 70 feet of water between Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek. Bass are also available on structure in 25 to 40 feet of water in places like Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal and Evans Bar.


5.Chautauqua Lake – Nothing has changed too much from last week. Look for musky action to be good in all of the normal haunts. Perch-colored body baits work best, trolling or casting. Walleye are being caught in some of the deeper holes in the Northern basin on jigs. Bass fishing is still good off the points like Long Point, Lakewood Bar, Maples Spring and Warners Bar to name but a few.


6.Finger Lakes-Inland Waters –

Oneida Lake – The night walleye bite is continuing to improve. At least, when the winds allow you to get on the water. Casting stickbaits or crankbaits along the shoreline just before dark and just after dark should produce some good catches of fish. Perch action during the day has been good in 12 to 15 feet of water all around the lake.

 

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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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