Western New York Fishing Report – July 12th, 2013

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Overall, fishing has been tough – typical as the lake goes through its transition. Best waters have been 80 to 150 feet and 350 to 450 feet. Smaller fish were being caught in the top 50 feet; mature kings a bit deeper.A few browns have been caught off the Olcott piers early in the morning as they come in and feed on shiners. In the harbors of Wilson and Olcott, bass, pike and a few panfish were being caught.

Lake Erie and tributaries: A decent walleye bite continued around the lake. Ed Belbas of North Tonawanda reported good success off the windmills on worm harnesses in 35 feet of water earlier this week. Anglers have been doing well from the windmills to Myers Reef in 30 to 40 feet of water on worm harnesses and stickbaits. Perch fishing has been a bit sporadic off Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek, but if you can find the schools between 50 and 65 feet of water you can do well using emerald shiners or small minnows. Smallmouth bass fishing was steady in 20 to 35 feet around structure.

Upper Niagara River: Moss was still posing problems, but a few fish were being caught at Broderick Park, Ontario Street and Squaw Island.

Lower Niagara River: Moss was still a problem and not much fishing was taking place.

Chautauqua Lake: Bass action continued to be good all around the lake for both smallmouth and largemouth. Target waters inside of 10 feet with tube jigs, stickbaits, spinnerbaits and a variety of plastics. Crayfish were also hot, as were minnows and shiners. Leeches will also work. Walleye were hitting stickbaits and worm harnesses under low-light conditions along weed edges. Upper Dewittville Bay is a good place to try.

Orleans County: Northeast winds stalled fishing last week, but things should be back to normal on Lake Ontario by now. On Lake Alice, both bluegill and crappie catches have dropped off a bit. On all of the inland waters within Orleans County, bass catches, both largemouth and smallmouth, have picked up dramatically. The Erie Canal Fishing Derby runs through July 14.

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