Western New York Fishing Report – May 17th, 2013
Lake Ontario and tributaries
In the St. Catharines King of the Lake tournament last month, the winner produced eight king salmon over two days to take the top prize. Lake trout are turning on at the Niagara Bar off the mouth of the river and conditions are near perfect from the green buoy marker out for more than a mile. Along the shorelines at Wilson and Olcott, brown trout and coho salmon lead the way for anglers inside of 40-foot depths, but lake trout are also available along with the occasional king salmon out to 60 feet, according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. Most of the king fishing is taking place west of Wilson. Wilson Harbor is holding a mix of perch, pike and panfish, and off the piers you can cast for browns or cohos in either Wilson or Olcott. Spoons, spinners, worms or minnows will all catch fish. Eighteenmile Creek was still holding fish but now it’s a mix of warm and cold water species.
Lake Erie and tributaries
Trollers will probably be pounding the shoreline with stickbaits off Hamburg. Perch action has been great out in the lake. Perch fishing continued to be good between Evangola and Foxes Point in 45 to 55 feet of water. Dunkirk Harbor has been good for steelies and the occasional brown at the fishing platform, the city pier and by boat. The Lake Erie trophy bass season is open. Trout are still available in all of the tributaries.
Upper Niagara River
Perch fishing off Ontario Street has been hot of late, according to Larry Balch of Ransomville. They were catching good numbers of fish as well as good size. The marinas around Grand Island, Woods Creek, and the Erie Canal up around creek mouths like Tonawanda and Ransom may be good spots to target pike. Panfish should be snapping in many of the marinas and bays around Grand Island and along River Road. Trout were still available at the head of the river off the Bird Island Pier and Broderick Park, as well as the head of the rapids in Niagara Falls.
Lower Niagara River
Action has been good for steelhead and lake trout, with the occasional brown trout thrown in.
Trolling the weed edges in bays like Warner and Dewittville with worm harnesses or stickbaits in perch color should work for walleye. Crappie action has been good in the canals around Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay and Lakewood and the open waters in 6-10 feet of water around Mayville and Bemus Bay. Use a small jighead with a one-inch tube or grub tipped off with a minnow.
There have been reports of steelhead being taken off the boards straight out at the 29 line. On Lake Alice, the bluegill bite is becoming more active around both Waterport and Kenyonville bridges. On The Oak, from the bridges area to The Point, good catches of bullhead and perch were reported. All of the tributaries within Orleans County report a good number of smallmouth bass caught and released.