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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 
Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame in the Spring of 2007! 

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Up to date fishing report for your weekend fishing;
FRIDAY APRIL 17 to April 24 2015   

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1.Lake Ontario and tributaries -- Things are taking off in Lake Ontario, just in time for the spring fishing derbies. Brown trout are starting to turn on for shoreline trollers using stickbaits in tight to the shoreline, but with the recent wind and weather stick close to the creek outflows to take advantage of the attractive qualities of the warmer waters. A few cohos were also reported. Lake trout fishing was good between Wilson and Olcott. If you are launching your boat, take care out there because of the low lake levels. A few of the larger boats have hit an old bridge abutment in the harbor at Olcott. If you are looking for some early fishing contests on the lake, Greg Stanley at All in the Same Boat has put together a little brown trout contest through May 1. Proceeds for the derby will go to the LOTSA pen rearing project in Olcott. Stop in to the Newfane shop to register. Incidentally, the LOTSA pens are in the water, but not in place yet due to the lower water levels. They could still use some volunteers to feed the fish, by the way, so go on to www.lotsa.org to find out more details. Olcott action off the piers and in the harbor was slow due to the stained water. A few fish were being taken from the dam at Burt. Tip of the week comes from Dr. John Syracuse who was fishing with his youngest daughter at the dam this week. John ended up hooking into a nice steelhead on a worm with his youngster’s fishing outfit. In the battle for supremacy, the fish won out, but not after the waters claimed one glove and a pair of sunglasses. Later that same day there was a report of a fish swimming around with sunglasses on – it was bright that day. Lake trout action has been excellent on the Niagara Bar with a few salmon mixed in. John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda hit the red can area on Sunday and scored with no less than 30 lakers on spoons and bombers in 50-60 feet of water. Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown also did well Monday and Tuesday working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to tag lake trout over 10 pounds. If you catch a tagged fish in the next two months, please release it. They are using tags that will log important information and they need to be in the water at least a month or two. After June it should be okay to recover the tag. Most of the streams were high and muddy after the rain Monday. No reports on the Wilson bullhead fishing.


2.Lower Niagara River – Action has turned slower the past week for boaters and it’s probably a combination of reasons. Steelheads are probably attempting to spawn as one; stained water from run-off or rain as another. Whatever reason, it doesn’t seem to be affecting the shore fishermen as much. Steelhead is the primary focus, but a few lake trout are also mixed in. For boaters, Kwikfish lures, minnows or egg sacs will all work. Shore fishermen can use sacs or egg imitations; spoons and spinners, too. Remember the fishing platform is now open in Devil’s Hole at the power plant. No reports of smelt in the river yet. Don’t forget the Lewiston Smelt Festival is May 1. More details next week.


3.Upper Niagara River – The trout stockings at Oppenheim Park Pond (McDougal Lake), Hyde Park Lake and Gill Creek took place April 16 at 10 am and 11 am respectively. Some reports along River Road and around Grand Island where some perch and panfish are being caught. Don’t forget that the NYPA Reservoir is now open, too, for fishing action. Try off Upper Mountain Road at the new stairs access. No reports of trout at the Bird Island Pier or Broderick Park, but this is the time of year that trout catching is usually reported. Ice in Lake Erie really took at hit with the recent weather involving warm temperatures and high winds. Hopefully we can get a report next week to see where we stand.


4.Lake Erie and tributaries – When stream levels come down, there are plenty of fish in the streams from the recent rains. Steelheads are hitting egg sacs, egg imitations, worms and a wide variety of flies. Cayuga Creek received its first stockings of trout recently. Some trout are also being reported in Dunkirk Harbor at the fishing platform and at the city pier. Use spoons and spinners.


5.Chautauqua Lake – Open water is starting to attract a little more attention around the lake. The southern basin and some of the canals have been producing some panfish. Fish for crappie at night.

 

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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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