Lake Erie and tributaries: Bass fishing continues to be good.
Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls reports that there are plenty
of smallmouth in and around Buffalo in 20 to 40 feet of water. Some
fish are also being caught in shallower waters. Berkley Gulp!
drop-shot rigs have been producing for him, with leeches and gobies
the best plastic baits going. Crayfish are working in the live bait
department. Walleye fishing also continues to be good to very good.
Worm harnesses are the best bait going for them, whether you’re
drifting over reefs and shoals or trolling for suspended and bottom
fish out deep.
Lake Ontario and tributaries: Fishing has been good for salmon
and trout, but you may need to expend a little gas to find the fish
you are looking for. Nowadays, that could run into a few bucks, but
it could be worth it if you’re fishing some of the bigger derbies
on the water. Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker is reporting some
decent bass fishing in Olcott Harbor. Some of the inside water for
salmon was looking good earlier this month, with some kings being
taken as close as 35 feet early in the morning. Some nice browns
were being reported in front of Wilson, too, with fish up to 18
pounds being reported.
Lower Niagara River: Bass fishing has been spotty in the lower
river and walleye action has been improving. Bass are being caught
from Devil’s Hole down to the Niagara Bar, but you will have to
seek out active fish. On the bar, those bass will be mixed in with
For walleye, Will Bucci of Niagara Falls reported some nice fish
up to 9 pounds being taken on worm harnesses and jigs from the
Stella Niagara drift. Many of the fish are in the 4- to 6-pound
Upper Niagara River: There’s been some good bass and walleye
fishing in front of Strawberry Island, as well as at the head of
the river in the Emerald Channel. Try drifting worm harnesses.
Chautauqua Lake: Craig Robbins reports largemouth fishing has
been decent in the lower basin around Lakewood Bar. Fish the weed
pockets with a jig and pig. Smallmouth bass have been hitting off
the Bell Tower near Chautauqua Institution in 10 to 16 feet of
water. Use three-inch pumpkinseed or blue fleck tube jigs.
Bill Hilts, Jr.