Weather slows fishing activity; Hudson stripers hitting – Western New York Fishing Report

Lake Ontario and tributaries

Up and down the lakeshore, reports were coming in of successful salmon and trout outings. On the Niagara Bar at the drop-off in 50 to 80 feet of water, John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda reported 40 fish one day last month – including 16 kings, coho salmon up to 18 pounds, lake trout and even a brown. All were taken on spoons and stick baits. Bob Fronczak of Ransomville was trolling in front of Wilson in the same water depths, catching a mix of cohos and browns up to 12 pounds on Coyote Ugly spoons, which are manufactured in Niagara Falls. Similar success was also being reported in front of Olcott. Pier action was good off Wilson and Olcott, too. Burt Dam and Eighteen Mile Creek still had a few steelhead swimming around and the perch showed up in greater numbers in the harbors. The Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby started May 4, so be sure to register at your local outlets or sign up online at .

Lake Erie and tributaries

Cattaraugus Creek is still your best bet for tributary action. You will have a chance at fish in Eighteen Mile, Canadaway and Chautauqua creeks. Egg sacs or egg imitations are at the top of the list. Lake action continued to be good for perch, especially off Cattaraugus Creek. Best depth has been 55 to 60 feet of water with emerald shiners when the weather will allow access to the lake. 

Upper Niagara River

It looks like the Gateway Harbor Hooked on the Tonawanda’s Tagged Fish event is moving back to June 23-24 during New York’s free fishing weekend. Contact the Tonawanda’s Chamber of Commerce at 692-5120 for more info. A few trout were being caught at the head of the river from places like Bird Island Pier, Broderick Park and the northern tip of Squaw Island. Perch and panfish were being caught in harbors, bays and inlets around Grand Island and along River Road. Live bait is the way to go.

Lower Niagara River

Lower River action was decent for steelhead in the Devil’s Hole and Artpark drifts on minnows, egg sacs and Kwikfish. At the green can at the mouth, Kwikfish were a hot bait for coho salmon. A few smelt were still running as well, but it seems like that is starting to wind down. The Power Authority Fishing Platform is now open.

Chautauqua Lake

Large crappies have been hitting in Ashville Bay outside the weed edge in 7 to8 feet of water, according to Craig Robbins of Jamestown. While the numbers aren’t there, the quality is. Perch and bluegills have been hitting in the narrows between Bemus Point and the Ferry. Fish more on the Bemus Point side in front of the launch ramp. Smallmouth bass have been hitting on the northwest side of Lakewood Bar. Use three-inch tubes or grubs in white. Best depth has been 6 to 8 feet of water.

Orleans County

This year will be one that, from a weather standpoint, will be talked about for years. The good news is that when this wind finally dies down, there will be one heck of a mud line on Lake Ontario. Just before the weather turned nasty, the fishing on Lake Ontario off Orleans County was very good, with a mixture of brown trout, Coho salmon, lake trout and Chinook salmon being taken all along the shoreline. The tributaries within the county were reporting good catches of all the warmwater species. The Erie Canal is filled and these waters should come to life for the fishery very soon. 

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