Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Western New York

Lake Erie and tributaries: All the tributaries have trout in
them right now, with your best bets being Buffalo, Eighteen Mile,
Canadaway and Chautauqua creeks. Many fish are spawning right now
so stay away from these areas and try to concentrate on active
fish. The Dunkirk fish platform has been producing browns and
rainbows near the warm water discharge.

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Things are really starting to
happen all along the lakeshore. According to Wes Walker at The
Slippery Sinker in Olcott, some lake trout are being caught in
20-30 feet of water out into the lake by trollers using spoons or
stick baits. Sticks are working inside of that for browns and coho
salmon. Those same cohos and browns are being caught off the piers
in both Wilson and Olcott on spoons like K-O Wobblers and Little
Cleos. Perch have slowed a bit in Olcott Harbor, probably due to
the numbers of northern pike that seem to be hanging around. Up at
Burt Dam in Eighteen Mile Creek, plenty of steelhead and rain
should bring in a few more. All the tributaries have fish in them.
Keg Creek has a mix of trout and suckers; Fourmile has a mix of
trout and pike. Ditto for Twelve Mile Creek. Lots of perch in
Wilson Harbor, but you have to weed through the little ones to get
your keepers.

Lower Niagara River: The New York Power Authority has announced
that its fish platform in the gorge is now open. The elevator may
not be functioning right now due to ice damage, but the stairs are
working just fine. One of the projects this year is expansion of
the parking area at the base of the hill for non-handicapped
anglers. As far as the fishing, trout action continues to be decent
with many of the charter boats working the river catching double
digit catches on primarily steelhead. Hot bait this week was pink
egg sacs according to Capt. Frank Campbell and it didn’t seem to
matter if you were in a pack of boats or not. When the winds are
right, Kwikfish will entice fish to hit, as well minnows. Lots of
natural bait present right now so it makes fishing a bit more

Upper Niagara River: Everything is pretty much status quo, with
trout at the foot of Ferry Street on minnows and egg sacs; perch in
the Black Rock Canal and locks; calicos around the sand piles off
Fuhrman Boulevard; perch in the marinas around Grand Island like
Blue Water and Beaver Island. The marinas along River Road should
be holding fish, too.

Chautauqua Lake: Crappie action has been good in the southern
basin of the lake off the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club in eight feet
of water. Use one-inch tubes tipped with a minnow. The color of the
hottest tube has varied, from pink to black and pink to white and
pink, fished under a float. The same technique is also working in
Bemus Bay in front of Ellis-Aero Marina in 8-10 feet of water. Work
the edges of vegetation.

Bill Hilts, Jr.

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