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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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FRIDAY JULY 30 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 – Action in the big lake has been hot and cold as far as fishing catching … even though the weather has been HOT! Joe Yaeger of E. Amherst and president of LOTSA noted that the best king fishing has been in 100 to 250 feet of water with flasher and fly combos off Olcott. While a fair number of boats were out at mid-week off Olcott between the port and the power plant, fish were being caught out to 400 foot depths and magnum spoons were doing well for Capt. Bob Cinelli of Newfane. Outdoor scribe Will Elliott of Pavilion and Christian Hilts of Grand Island traded some nice catches back and forth on Tuesday with spoons – NBK and Wonder Bread. Elliott caught several off a 350 foot copper line including a 10-plus pound steelhead; Hilts caught kings up to 20 pounds for the day. Fish were found in the top 70 feet of water. Look for bait with decent water temperatures. The day before Cinelli hit three kings over 20 pounds – a nice catch that was part of his customer’s limit for the day. The next day it took them a while to wait for salmon and trout to start hitting. Be patient! The Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Summer Derby is now over and it was a team of three veteran anglers – literally – that produced the Grand Prize catch while fishing out of Olcott two weekends ago. John Monroe of Rochester was fishing with Mark Eisenbach of Victor and Al Fernaays of Fairport during the Curt Meddaugh memorial fishing contest being run by the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Assn. on July 17. Using a spin doctor and fly 80 feet down over 170 feet of water, the fish hit was not much – until it decided to take off nearly 400 feet without stopping. Twenty five minutes later Monroe was holding his biggest salmon ever, a 28 pound, 8 ounce fish – earning $11,500 in the process. In the Salmon Division it was Dave Colvin of Springwater fishing out of the Oak to win the category with a 28 pound, 5 ounce king. Top steelhead was caught by Brian Gregson of Gasport with a 16 pound, 9 ounce fish he caught while fishing the LOTSA King Salmon Club Tournament on July 18 40 feet down over 368 feet of water with a Sting Ray NBK spoon. First place brown trout was a 20 pound, four ounce fish caught by Tom Duyssen of Ontario, NY while fishing east of Pultneyville with a black and purple stinger spoon. First place lake trout was John Stanton III of Rochester with a 23 pound, 14 ounce fish caught east of Sandy Creek. He was using a Hammerhead attractor with a homemade spin-n-glo. Next up on the derby calendar is the Orleans County Rotary Derby set for August 1-16. The only Niagara County weigh station is the Slippery Sinker in Olcott. Call 778-0713 for more info. The Fall LOC derby is August 21 to Sept. 7 and the Greater Niagara Fall Classic Derby is August 22-30. Tip of the week comes from Roy Letcher of Olcott: If your downrigger cable starts getting a kink in it, you can straighten it out by leaving the downrigger ball in the water when you take off after fishing.

2.Lower Niagara River – Best action the past week has been for walleye according to Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston. The walleye bite was good for them three days in a row at the mouth of the river where it empties into Lake Ontario. Joe Wisenbaler of Morgantown, West Virginia was fishing with his son Tyler earlier this week and managed to catch his first walleye ever – an 11 pound, 9 ounce monster that hit a charteuse worm harness with six beads and a No. 3.5 silver willow blade. According to Drabczyk, the leader material was Stay Straight and it’s been working great. The fish came from 25 feet of water and it wasn’t the only walleye they caught. The lunker has already been taken to Nature’s Way Taxidermy for a fish mount. Later that same day, Drabczyk went out with Joe Oliverio and Cal Neff, both of Lewiston, that they continued catching ‘eyes – including a 12-plus pounder that was released unharmed. Stay inside of 30 feet in the lake. As soon as you hit 30 feet, you will have problems with silver bass. Bass fishing in the river has been tough. Artificials seem to be out-producing live bait right now. The Cystic Fibrosis Lower River Fishing Challenge is set for Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning next week. We wish the event much luck. Last year they raised more than $170,000 for the CF cause.

3.Upper Niagara River – Bass, musky, walleye and perch are all available throughout the river system. You do have to work for them, with bass and walleye coming with the least amount of effort. One of the best spots has been the head of the river. Also around Strawberry and Motor islands. It’s important to emphasize that the Canadians have been enforcing live bait regulations and writing tickets to fishermen who are using minnows, shiners, crayfish and leeches that have not been purchase in Canada. It is illegal to dip bait in Canadian waters if you are a non-resident. It is also illegal to use nightcrawlers that is in dirt, but bedding is okay. In the Erie Canal, there will be a kids fishing derby in Lockport out of Widewaters Marina on August 8. Lockport Moose Lodge #617 will be taking over the White Family event this year and it will be held from 8 am to 11 am. For more info call Mark West at 940-1244.

4.Lake Erie and tributaries – Walleye have been moving around so you may have to look around a little to find the bigger schools of fish. A good case in point was Bob Hubler of Niagara Falls who was the waters between the departure buoy and the Canadian line in 40 to 50 feet of water with worm harnesses earlier in the week. One day he boated 61 walleye; the next day it was just two fish. If you can find the fish you can do well. Good reports are still coming from Dunkirk and west from 70 to 80 feet of water. Bass fishing continues to be decent from Barcelona to Buffalo. Find structure and you will find fish. Tubes, drop shot rigs, shiners and crayfish are all working. Target 20 to 40 foot depths. Perch fishing has been spotty but some fish have been caught out of Cattaraugus Creek over 60 foot depths.

5.Chautauqua Lake – Largemouth bass are hitting at Warners Bar in 12 to 20 feet of water according to Craig Robbins. Target the weed pockets with black and blue jig-n-pig combinations. Musky casters are doing well in Ashville, Bemus and Shore Acres in the bays off the weed edges with bucktail spinners or jerk baits.

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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.






<<<<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.




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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