New York Fishing Reports

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 15, 2018

Western New York After a bit of northeast wind, Lake Ontario saw fish scatter. Yes, fishing suddenly became a bit more difficult after a month that was often spectacular. Despite the tougher conditions, the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Charity Fishing Outing went off without a hitch last month and plenty of fish were caught by the 22 boats that participated. The…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 1, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: The walleye night bite seems to get better with each passing night, but there have been some good catches during the day, too. Popular nighttime spots include Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar, off Hamburg and near the mouth of Smokes Creek. Trolling minnow-type stickbaits at around 2…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – May 4, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie tributaries and harbors: Steelhead fishing was slowing down prior to the latest blowout, but there were still decent numbers of fish around. Steelhead smolts have recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care so they may return to the creeks as large adults.  The steelhead bite at…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – April 20, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie tributaries and harbors: Most creeks are back to a fishable level; Cattaraugus Creek was higher with muddy conditions at last look, but things can change fast on the tribs. Steelhead fishing has been pretty good in all creeks and the consistently cold weather extended steelhead fishing opportunities through April. It’s recommended that anglers avoid actively…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – April 6, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie tributaries and harbors: Cattaraugus Creek was seeing some steelhead action for those anglers still chasing chrome. Target steelhead in the deeper holes and drift offerings slow and low for best results. Conditions can change rapidly in the spring; sometimes a shot of rain can really trigger some fine fishing. Niagara River: Trout fishing has recently…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Jan. 12, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie tributaries: Extreme cold had the streams pretty much iced over. The smaller creeks were completely locked up and open water was very limited on the mid to larger streams. The upper section of Cattaraugus Creek might be your best bet for finding open water. Niagara River: Floating ice was accumulating along upper river shorelines, limiting…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Dec. 29, 2017

Western New York Niagara River: High winds earlier this month led to terrible conditions. But soon after, shore casters were using egg sacs to take some nice steelhead in the gorge area with three feet of visibility. Other baits worthy of consideration are spinners, trout beads and even wobble baits like Kwikfish or MagLips. Boaters should be able to get…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Dec. 15, 2017

Western New York Lake Ontario tributaries, harbors and piers: Most Lake Ontario tributaries are in good fishing shape but cold weather may create ice conditions. Eighteenmile Creek had moderate and murky flow. Burt anglers reported modest catches of steelhead with the occasional brown trout and what is likely the last of the season’s coho salmon. Oak Orchard Creek had moderate…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 17, 2017

Western New York Lake Ontario tributaries, harbors and piers: Heavy rains hindered fishing and made it difficult to generate any fishing info since streams were blown out. That said, there were still plenty of king salmon in Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard creeks, where anglers reported a mix of green and weathered kings. Brown trout catches were on the rise in…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 20, 2017

Western New York Lake Ontario: Recent weather patterns scattered mature king salmon in Lake Ontario’s nearshore zone. The bulk of the salmon have yet to run the creeks, so expect them to again congregate off tributary mouths. Fishing for staging salmon is typically best in 50-100 feet of water off the Niagara Bar, Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 6, 2017

Western New York Lake Ontario, tributaries, harbors and piers: Trollers reported good mature king salmon catches off major tributary mouths such as Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek, Sandy Creek and the Genesee River. Action was best at dawn for these staging salmon, and the bite picks up again near dusk. Before daybreak, salmon were biting just a short distance off…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 8, 2017

Western New York Lake Ontario and tributaries: Trollers continued to see a good king salmon bite from the Niagara Bar to Oak Orchard, with some mature kings now over 30 pounds. The most consistent trout and salmon action remained in deep water of 300-500 feet, where flasher-fly combos and spoons run 60-90 feet down produced good catches of large steelhead,…