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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 JANUARY 29  2015   

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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 – There is a little open water in 18 Mile Creek near Burt Dam and anglers that are braving the cold use minnows or jigs tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float to take steelies. Remember that tributaries off Lake Ontario are fair game for the Niagara River Anglers steelhead contest on Feb. 7. Ice fishing in Wilson Harbor has been a bit slow but some perch and panfish are being caught near the boat launch at Wilson Tuscarora. The occasional trout or pike is also caught by hard water anglers. There have been some ice fishermen on Olcott Harbor, too, but no reports on success.


2.Lower Niagara River -- One of the keynote speakers of last weekend’s Greater Niagara Expo – Matt Straw, editor of In Fisherman Magazine from Minnesota – was impressed with the event and couldn’t believe it was in its second year. He then took to the water Monday to fish with Capt. Frank Campbell in the lower Niagara River and enjoyed some good success drifting for steelhead with his wife, Mary and Mike Smith from Clam Outdoors. They caught a dozen trout on pink egg sacks in the Devil’s Hole area each day, despite cold temperatures that hovered in the teens. Fishing should be good for the Niagara River Anglers steelhead contest set for Feb. 7 in the lower river and Lake Ontario tributaries. The Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest is a popular winter competition for this hearty bunch. There is also a brown trout prize for the biggest fish caught. Check out www.niagarariveranglers.com for details. Shore fishermen can do well if you can find a spot that gives you safe and decent access to the water. Casting spoons, spinners or marabou jigs will catch fish. If you missed the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo last weekend at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, then you really missed a good one. With over 120 seminars and over 100 exhibitors, it was an excellent second year to an event that is growing leaps and bounds. Dates are already set for next year, Jan. 22-24, 2016.


3.Upper Niagara River – Extreme cold is creating problems for any open water anglers. Ice is the way to go such as in the Small Boat Harbor. Up to 9 inches of ice is being reported and jiggers are picking up panfish and perch. Tip-ups rigged with a big minnow is producing some pike. Beaver Island Marina is another good spot for perch, but you will need to be in the right place at the right time to do well.


4.Lake Erie and tributaries – The only place we heard about open water was at the dam in Springville on Cattaraugus Creek and around the Dunkirk fishing platform. Ice on the lake was still unsafe and there could be some ice-a-holics out this weekend thanks to the increased cold.


5.Chautauqua Lake – Safe ice abounds around the lake with perch one of the more sought after targets. Finding fish big enough to keep has been the challenge. Fish can be found in the shallows as well as out deep. Mayville is an area showing off numbers of fish. Crappie are being caught under low light conditions. Walleye are being caught in the deeper holes under low light conditions, too, like early morning or evening just before dark. Try off Long Point or in Dewittville Bay in 20-plus foot depths. Jigging Rapalas or spoons tipped with a minnow is a good starting point.


6.Finger Lakes-Inland Waters –

Honeoye Lake - On Feb. 7 there will be a kids ice fishing clinic at Honeoye Lake, being run out of the south launch ramp operated by DEC starting at 9 am. Scott Brauer of Gasport is running the clinic while the Honeoye Fish and Game Club will be helping to coordinate the event and cook up some vittles. If you want to have your youngster learn about ice fishing, this is the perfect hands-on event for you. Just about everything is supplied – just dress warmly! Safety is the number one concern when ice fishing. Be sure to wear a personal floatation device and carry some ice picks with you for starters. Stay away from any areas that look wet. Honeoye has been a hot lake of late on the cold stuff. Target 8 to 15 feet of water for a mixed bag of fish, a bit deeper for perch. Over 8 inches of ice is being report.

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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.

Shawn Pinkham [L] Gary Rammy Jr. [R]
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