Lake Erie and tributaries: Bass fishing continues to be good to
very good. Fish up to 5 pounds can be caught pretty consistently on
live bait like minnows or tube jigs and drop shot rigs. Target 10
to 30 feet of water in front of Smokes Creek, the Buffalo harbor
break walls, Meyers Reef or wherever you can find decent structure.
There’s good action for bass in the tributaries right now, too.
Cattaraugus is especially good and is also a good trib for channel
catfish this time of year. A few walleye are being caught in the
near shore reef areas and along Hamburg beach at night.
Lake Ontario and tributaries: Olcott fishing was good for Dale
Dunkleburger of Lockport late last month when he chartered with
Capt. Brian Mills of Something Catchy Charters. They concentrated
55 feet down over 110 feet of water trolling between Hopkins and
Keg creeks with Spin Doctors and flies, as well as orange and
silver spoons – boating nine kings between 12 and 18 pounds.
Crappie, perch, bass and pike are still being caught in Wilson and
Lower Niagara River: Steelhead are still hanging around the
river and can be caught on minnows and Kwikfish. From boats, fish
are available from Devil’s Hole to the mouth of the river. Lake
trout action has slowed a bit. If you’re one of the many people who
utilize the fishing platform of the New York Power Authority,
construction has begun to add parking slips at the base of the
power plant. The platform will remain open but the only parking
area open will be at the top of the hill near Hyde Park
Upper Niagara River: White perch have started hitting off Squaw
Island; perch and crappie were being caught in the stream near the
Buffalo-Niagara airport; perch are hitting at the foot of Ontario
as well as around Grand Island near some of the marinas. Heidi at
Big Catch also reports some nice pike are coming from the small
boat harbor and from Tifft Farm.
Chautauqua Lake: Craig Robbins sends word that catch-and-release
bass fishing for both smallmouth and largemouth is good in 12-18
feet of water on Warners Bar in the morning and early evening on
buzz baits and Zara spooks. Some walleye are being caught in the
upper basin of Dewittville Bay outside the weedline on 1/8-ounce
black hair jigs tipped with night crawlers or leeches (if they can
Bill Hilts, Jr.