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HERE IS THE REPORT FOR THIS WEEK AUGUST 26 2016…………………
1. Lake Ontario and
tributaries – The Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey and Lake Ontario Counties
derbies are dominating the catching scene as things settle back into more
favorable conditions after some nasty winds blew through and messed the lake
up. On Monday, it was cold water everywhere but by Tuesday places like the
Niagara Bar had fish stacked up like cord wood as Karen Evarts at the Boat
Doctor put it. That was confirmed by Walt Zebker and Mike Mongan of Grand
Island as they reported excellent fishing at the drop off in 65 to 80 feet
of water. That drop sees the bottom plummet from 60 to 220 feet in a very
short amount of time and running your baits along that ledge was the ticket
for both salmon and lake trout. Best bait set-up for them was a cutbait rig
and a double-crush glow spin doctor with a no-see-em fly on or near the
bottom. To the east, off Wilson and Olcott, trollers are still working the
50 to 100 foot stretch for mature kings getting ready to stage. Flasher-fly,
cutbait, J-plugs and even magnum spoons will all take fish according to Wes
Walker at The Slippery Sinker. The deep water program was returning to
normal … if you can stay out of the weeds. Trout and salmon are available
from the 24 to the 27 line south of the Niagara river current or north of
the 31 line or north of the Niagara River current. Primarily spoons for a
mix of fish. Some nice browns have been taken inside 55 feet of water. Just
ask Dennis Stabler of Lockport who hit a 17 pounder to lead both the Fish
Odyssey and LOC Derby – taking a spin doctor and fly in 55 feet of water.
The inaugural Reelin’ for a Cure last Friday was a resounding success
according to Stephanie Pierleoni of Newfane. They had 12 ladies teams signed
up and the winning team was "Hooked on a Cure" fishing with Dave Peterson
aboard the Hotline boat. They scored a six fish limit that totaled 117.11
points - based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. Second place
went to Smelting Hearts fishing with Capt. Kurt Driscoll and his Stalker
boat with a score of 115.07 points. Big fish in the contest went to
Chrissy's Crew, fishing with 716 Sportfishing and Capt. Matt Bedient with a
20.94 pound king salmon. Congrats to all of the winners in the Orleans
County Rotary Derby that ended last Sunday. Grand Prize was a 30 pound, 14
ounce king salmon reeled in by Julie Schaeffer of Sligo, Pennsylvania. Top
steelhead was a 14 pound, 1 ounce fish caught Robert Griffith of Akron,
Ohio. Scott Bengsch of Webster had the top lake trout with 21 pounds, 1
ounce and Patrick Pullinzi of Hamlin was the leading brown trout catcher at
15 pounds, 7 ounces. The Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby is
underway and some impressive catches have been coming to the scales. Grand
Prize leader for the $25,000 check is a 33 pound, 13 ounce king caught by
Richard Clark of Tyler Hill, Pennsylvania while fishing out east. Go to
www.loc.org for details. The 40th
Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby honoring the late, great Capt.
Jeremiah Heffernan, is also underway through Sunday. Some nice fish have
come to the weigh in sites in Niagara, Erie and Orleans counties including
Mike Pinkham’s 28 pound, 7 ounce king; Jim Janese with a 24 and a half pound
carp; Dave Muir’s 6 pound, 6 ounce smallmouth bass; Richard Barber with a 15
pound, 2 ounce lake trout; and Chris Pitek with an 11 pound, 15 ounce
walleye caught on the Niagara Bar. Nice fish in the Junior Division, too.
Check out www.fishodyssey.net for a leaderboard. It’s still not too late to
register and kids are free!
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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
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