Lake Ontario and tributaries
Fishing action for salmon and trout has been good to very good. As far as the local fishing, Capt. Jim Gordon of Appleton reported great fishing in 100 to 300 feet of water right in front of his home port. A mix of spoons and flasher-fly combos is producing primarily salmon 40 to 80 feet down. His charter on one day produced 10 salmon between 20 and 26 pounds, a 10-pound Atlantic and an 11-pound brown trout in just the morning. They caught fish off Dipsey Divers set back 150 to 180, copper set back 300 and 400 feet, and off the downriggers. Anything green and gold was working. In Wilson, Capt. Dan Evans reported a great king and steelhead bite in 120 to 250 feet of water. Good temperature was 80 to 100 feet down. He’s been using flasher-fly on wire divers; spooks and green dolphin spoons on the riggers; flasher-fly on the copper. A few fish have been taken on meat rigs off the riggers and on the copper set-ups, targeting 40 to 100 feet down.
Lake Erie and tributaries
Capt. Terry Jones of First Class Bass Charters reports good bass action around Seneca Shoal and some of the fingers that extend off that structure. He was also picking up some fish toward Myers Reef. He was using drop-shot rigs in 32 to 42 feet of water with big golden shiners. He would place his red Mustad hook – which made a difference – 24 inches up from his weight. One thing he found very interesting was that he was catching quite a few perch from these same waters, all 12 inches long or bigger. Other perch action has been decent in deeper waters – 65 to 75 foot out from Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek. Also out of Sturgeon Point, walleye action has been straight north in 55 to 60 feet of water with purple and silver worm harnesses near the bottom. Stick baits off lead core will also work. Action is a bit deeper off Dunkirk and Barcelona.
Upper Niagara River
Mixed reports of smallmouth bass, rock bass and perch from shore at places like Broderick Park, LaSalle Park, Ontario Street and Squaw Island. Live bait works best – crayfish, crawlers and minnows. Boaters are focusing along weed edges to take bass and the occasional muskie.
Lower Niagara River
Spotty action for bass and walleye of late. One day action could be good, the next day sporadic. Some moss is still a problem from time to time, too. Live bait like shiners or crayfish is your best bet. The Niagara River Anglers Association will be holding its annual bass contest in the Lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario on July 28. First place is a guaranteed $1,000. Sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle or call 716-807-6111 for more info. You can also check out www.niagarariveranglers.com.
Craig Robbins reports good action for muskie in the southern basin of the lake off Smith Boys Marina on jerkbaits. Toss them out over the tops of the weeds in 10 feet of water. Good largemouth bass action was also being reported off Lakewood Bar, with black-purple or black-blue jig and pig combos in the weeds. Perch were still being caught with regularity in the narrows between the bridge and the ferry on the Stow side of the lake. Use a nightcrawler.
Results of the 22nd Annual Erie Canal Derby are now posted on www.eriecanalderby.com. On the other inland waters of Orleans County, fishing has been good considering the above normal temperatures so far this year. Lake Alice waters are still producing good numbers of bluegill and very nice-sized smallmouth bass. On Glenwood Lake, good numbers of walleye were being reported. After several years of fairly slow bass fishing, it seems like there is a great increase in the numbers and sizes of both smallmouths and largemouth throughout our waters. This increase also carries over to the Lake Ontario waters off Orleans County. It’s good to see the numbers come back for this great fish species. On Lake Ontario, the numbers and size of the all the coldwater species is producing a banner year of fishing. Great concentrations of kings seem to be holding in the 120- to 150-foot range and then around the 27 line there is a good mix of both chinooks and steelhead/rainbow trout. Bait patterns seem to be scattered through the full spectrum of choices. It seems like you can just go to the baits that you have the most confidence in and do very well.