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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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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27  2014   

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1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – The warm snap we had earlier in the week helped the local fishing off Lake Ontario at bit. The piers were ice-free at Wilson and Olcott and casting spoons or spinners was producing some trout when the wind wasn’t too bad. Other fishing action for trout has been good in 18 Mile Creek toward Burt Dam with a few salmon still hanging around. The water is still low and clear but flow has increased slightly and is seeing a little bit of stain as snow melt and rain, along with canal run-off, was contributing to the creek’s water supply. We should have a nice weekend for fishing there. Combined with the fact that big game season is still going on, fishing pressure should be down. Egg sacs, egg imitations like beads, egg sucking leech or woolly bugger pattersn or just a small jig, tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float will all catch fish. Take advantage of it while you can.

2. Lower Niagara River – The Niagara River has not seen any fishing action in a week from boats with some limited opportunities from shore. The shore guys will actually see fishing first as the waters slowly clear up from the shoreline out, but the lower river waters continue to be pretty darn muddy thanks to winds and excessive run-off from above. Beads are the way to go when that water does start to change from shore – maybe this weekend. When boat fishing returns, look for those fish to be hungry. If we have some southerly winds, use wobbling baits like Kwikfish or MagLips. Flatfish will also work for you. If the winds are out of the north, look for egg sacs or egg imitations to be the preference. Musky season continues through Dec. 15 in the Lower Niagara and the Niagara Musky Assn. will be holding its John Henning Memorial Tournament on Dec. 7 this year.

3. Upper Niagara River – If you are a musky fisherman, remember that the statewide season for most waters ends on November 30 with a few exceptions. The deadline for the Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is Dec. 15 – giving you an extra couple of weeks to chase these elusive fish. Fall is usually the best time for a trophy fish, but you have to brave to serious elements if you want to be successful. To find out more about musky fishing, check out the next Niagara Musky Assn. meeting on Tuesday night (Dec. 2) at the Eldridge Club, located on 17 Broad Street in Tonawanda starting at 7 pm. They are one diehard group of anglers! Their next fishing event will be the John Henning Memorial Tournament set for Dec. 7 on the lower river. The likelihood of fishing taking place before Nov. 30? Roll the dice. Water has been like chocolate milk since the big storm in Buffalo. Keep your fingers crossed…

4. Lake Erie and tributaries – After the record snowfall in areas of Erie County, you may have to wait a bit longer for streams to come down from flood stage in certain areas. The first to come down and become fishable should be the Chautauqua County streams – they did not receive as much snow, so things should be looking good this weekend. Trout is the primary target. Egg sacs, egg imitations and a variety of other baits should all work.

5. Chautauqua Lake – The season is all but over on the lake with the exception of a few diehard musky fishermen. The season ends on Nov. 30.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters –

Oneida Lake – The weather has been keeping anglers off the lake. The shoreline walleye bite is starting to subside but you can still pick a few up at dusk and into the night with stickbaits. Cast toward the shoreline into the shallows. Docks were pulled on the south launch earlier this month.

 

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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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