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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, 
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 DECEMBER 19  2014   

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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 – Good news for tributary anglers along Lake Ontario: the snow is melted and we received a fair amount of rain at mid-week to increase flows a bit and stain the water to allow for a more effective presentation. Water was low and clear at Burt Dam just prior to the rain and snow melt, but with colder temperatures in the forecast it should be good this weekend for anglers on 18 Mile Creek. Taz Morrison of Barker reports that the bite has been tough below the dam, but that should improve with the medium-stained water and more flow. It could pull some more fish in, too. Small jigs tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float is one approach; egg sacs or egg imitations like trout beads is another. Pier casters should still be able to catch some fish in Wilson and Olcott on spoons and spinners. Perch are also available.


2.Lower Niagara River – Lower river water clarity became a little more cloudy on Wednesday (probably from run-off – rain and snow melt) and let’s hope the front blowing in on Wednesday doesn’t muddy the water up too much. Trout action has been good most of the time. Patience is important on occasion. Devil’s hole, Artpark and the Niagara Bar have been the best three spots, but a few fish are starting to show up in the down river drifts. Kwikfish, MagLips, minnows and egg sacs (white, yellow and pink) are all working to varying degrees depending on the day. Remember that lake trout season reopens for the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario on January 1, 2015 – good news for drifters and casters. Lake trout season is open on the Canadian side of the river. This will be the place to beat for that category for a new fishing contest that will be starting on January 1 across the state. The Winter Classic Tournament will run through Feb. 22, 2015 and local weigh stations are The Slippery Sinker, Olcott; and All in the Same Boat, Newfane. This contest will be for fish caught through the ice, in open water, in the tributaries, and rivers. Categories are trout (including browns, lake trout and steelhead), pike, walleye, pickerel, crappie, yellow perch and panfish (sunfish and bluegill). Check out www.nysiceproam.com  for more details or stop in to the two tackle shops mentioned earlier. The fish cleaning station in Lewiston is back to being functional.


3.Upper Niagara River – Nothing changed from last week as far as options … unless the water turns murky from blowing winds on Wednesday. Trout and perch top the list of preferred targets, from Buffalo to Niagara Falls – depending on location. Outdoor Trade shows will be starting up soon, too. January 23-25 are the dates for the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo and things are really starting to come together nicely. Check out www.niagarafishingexpo.com  for details including a list of speakers and exhibitors. 


4.Lake Erie and tributaries – Stream action for trout was good prior to the recent rains and it should be good again this weekend once water levels come back down. Trout should be available in all of the Lake Erie streams. Best baits should be egg sacs, egg imitations, worms, jigs tipped with a wax worm and streamers. Spoons, spinners and stickbaits will all work, too, especially at creek mouths and off piers and platforms. DEC is still looking for diary cooperators for the streams. If you are interested give Jim Markham a call at 366-0228.


5.Chautauqua Lake – There were reports of skim ice forming in the southern basin but nothing close to being safe. With the recent rains, there has been no movement forward and the northern basin was still open water. However, some of the bays do have some skim ice early in the morning but it’s usually gone by the afternoon. Air temperatures are forecast to be in the 40s early next week. If you wanted to try some open water fishing, try between the bridge and the ferry in 10 feet of water for perch and panfish. Walleye guys are hitting the area around Warners Bar and off Long Point State Park in 35-45 feet of water with jigs or jigging Rapalas.


6.Finger Lakes-Inland Waters

Black Lake – Ice fishing action has started up on Black Lake in St. Lawrence County to the joy of many. Caution is advised as ice thickness varied from two to five inches. Anglers were doing very well according to reports, but what and where were vague as anglers were sworn to secrecy.

 

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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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