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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 JUNE 25 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 Lake Ontario is not on fire, but they are starting to catch a few fish off Olcott and Wilson. According to Capt. Bob Cinelli, look for the best chance for success between 180 to 350 feet of water with spoons. There has been a mixed bag of fish from the occasional king and coho salmon to steelhead and lake trout. Lots of bait has been reported by anglers and it could be gizzard shad. This weekend, June 27 and 28, is New York’s Free Fishing Days. Everyone should be taking advantage of these special days, especially if you don’t have a fishing license and thought about getting into the sport … or BACK into it. Whether it’s to tie into special events like the kids derby in Olcott on Saturday (starting at 8 am in the Town of Newfane Marina) or the Gateway Harbor Hooked on Fishing Tournament www.fishgatewayharbor.net ) in North Tonawanda both days, this is a perfect opportunity to wet a line and cast for some big prizes. If a fishing contest isn’t up your alley, then just go out and sample the local waters for a long list of fish species. If you have a license and are always looking to find someone to fish with, this is a great way to take a neighbor, friend or relative. While kids under 16 do not need a license, it’s still a perfect excuse to teach the next generation of anglers some tips of the trade. On Lake Ontario, the summer LOC Derby is going on and some extra bucks are on the line starting this Saturday, with an additional $1,750 in weekly prizes up for grabs for salmon and trout. All told, $29,000 in prizes are available to anglers on the lake through July 26. Check out www.loc.org for details.


2.Lower Niagara River – Moss continues to pose a problem for shore casters and boat drifters throughout the river. Remember that bass and musky seasons are now open if you want to try and give it a go. For bass, you can now use live bait. Because of the moss situation, not too many people have been out fishing. Off the NYPA fishing platform, there have been reports of smallmouth bass and silver bass most frequently. Use tubes jigs or live bait to take fish. The bass season for the Province of Ontario in our area waters opens on Saturday.


3.Upper Niagara River – The Kelly’s Korners Bass Contest was held on opening day last Saturday. Randy Fischer of Niagara Falls led a field of 68 competitors to earn $860 for his two fish total of 10.41 pounds. His total included the big fish for the tournament, a 5.3 pound smallmouth he hauled in from 29 feet of water off Waneka along Lake Erie. He was using a chub. Mike McGrath of Niagra Falls placed second with just under 10 pounds; third place went to Don Ayler of Tonawanda. He was also fishing off Waneka. If this weekend doesn’t work into your plans, you might want to consider the 25th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby July 1 to 12 – that’s this coming week! The derby is an excellent vehicle to get the entire family out fishing and there’s plenty of shoreline access to take advantage of. If you have a boat – even a canoe or a kayak – it will open new areas for casting or drifting live bait. Check out the website at www.eriecanalderby.com  for all the details. With over $20,000 in prizes and an additional $10,000 possible in tagged fish, the odds are good to catch a winning fish in the bass, walleye, pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead or catfish categories. Fishing for bass has been good – both largemouth and smallmouth.


4.Lake Erie and tributaries – Some decent bass action is keeping anglers busy, especially since many of the anglers targeting walleye have slowed a bit of late. Steve Piatt, editor with NY Outdoor News, spent a morning on the water off the windmills with Capt. Frank Campbell last Friday and the result were Piatt’s four or five biggest smallmouth bass of all time for the veteran angler. They hovered between four and five pounds as they dealt with a mix of weather conditions. They also caught walleye, sheepshead and silver bass. Best bait was a plastic swim bait that was attached to a ¼ ounce or 3/8 ounce jig head. Chartreuse worked best. A green tube jig also produced some nice smallies. Walleye is starting to pick up a little more during the day, but night fishermen are still catching some fish, too. During the day, use a three-way rig to bottom bounce places like Myers Reef. Perch is still spotty. With the free fishing days weekend around the state, there are numerous events in and around Buffalo. For example, it’s a family fishing weekend in Black Rock Park in Buffalo. Head to the foot of Ontario Street between 7 am to 4 pm each day. Call George Johnson for more info at 818-3410. There are also kids fishing contests at Tifft Nature Preserve and Chestnut Ridge Park.


5.Chautauqua Lake – Largemouth bass action was pretty good for opening weekend with anglers using plastic baits tubes, swim baits and worms. Target the shallows, around the weeds and around docks. Musky fishing continues to be pretty good. Troll or cast large crankbaits. Walleye fishing is slow but panfish action is starting to pick back up again.
 

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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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