Western New York Fishing Report – June 14th, 2013
Lake Ontario and tributaries: Some browns are available inside 50 feet. Some kids’ contests are scheduled on June 15 so be sure and mark your calendar. The Wilson Conservation Club will be holding its annual kids’ contest on the public waters of Niagara County. For the bass opener on June 15, the Burt Hotel in the town of Newfane will be holding an opening day bass contest that includes both smallmouth and largemouth bass. Stop in at the restaurant-tavern located on Route 78 near Fisherman’s Park.
Lake Erie and tributaries: A mix of live bait and artificials like tube jigs and jerk baits will help produce a mix of smallmouth sizes. Fish can be found in 10- to 30-foot depths around structure. Walleye were starting to hit with more regularity. Target 8 to 15 feet of water at night with stick baits or worm harnesses. Try outside the Buffalo Boat Harbor breakwall, off Hamburg and around Van Buren Bay. Yellow perch were hitting out in the lake again, too. Off Sturgeon Point and Evangola State park, focus in on 50-55 feet of water.
Upper Niagara River: Perch action around Ontario Street continued to be very good for drifters and still fishermen using emerald shiners. Also, perch were hitting below the Black Rock Canal. Some walleye were being reported around Broderick Park and along the wall running north on minnows. Bass have been hitting tubes and other artificials from the head of the river to the head of Strawberry Island.
Lower Niagara River: Shore fishing in the gorge has been producing some lake trout for casters using a yellow jig with white Twister Tail. Boat fishermen were using emerald shiners to take a mixed bag of fish, including lake trout and steelhead.
Chautauqua Lake: Big crappies were still being reported around Rock and Grass islands in the lower basin of the lake. Use a 1⁄32-ounce jig tipped with a minnow or a one-inch tube tipped with live bait. The walleye bite has picked up again outside the weed edges at dusk and into the evening hours. For bass, try off the Mayville Flats and Warners Bar with soft baits like crawfish.
Orleans County: The only thing heard fairly consistently is to look at the 80- to 100-foot range before wandering off too far for trout and salmon on Lake Ontario. Rains should create a pretty well defined mud line in the lake, which would be another good place to target. On Lake Alice, the bluegill and crappie bite seems to be holding steady.