Western New York Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013

Lake Ontario and tributaries:  It’s been a strange year so far out on Lake Ontario and things are finally starting to settle in with a bit more consistent angling action. Capt. Jim Gordon of Appleton reports some very good fishing off Olcott of late, especially for City of Lockport Treasurer Mike White and some of his fishing buddies. They reeled in salmon up to 24 pounds. According to Gordon, the best action was in 100 to 200 feet of water for a mix of salmon and trout. Steelhead and the occasional brown trout were hitting spoons up high, while king salmon were down deeper with flasher-fly.  Wilson and Olcott harbors are still doing well on a mix of bass, pike and panfish.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Walleye fishing continued to be hot ,according to Capt. Larry Balch of Ransomville. He’s been enjoying some great success around the departure buoy off Buffalo in 35 to 45 feet of water using worm harnesses. Blade color doesn’t seem to matter, but speed does. He’s been keeping his troll around 1.1 to 1.3 miles per hours, but varying a little. He’ll never go over 2 mph. You can also do well off Sturgeon Point in 55-65 feet of water. Yellow perch action was still available between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point in 50-65 feet of water, with shiners the best bait. Bass were starting to move a little deeper with the warmer waters. Crayfish, minnows, tubes and drop-shot rigs topped the list of preferred enticements. Start in 25 feet of water around structure and move deeper.

Upper Niagara River: Bass fishing has been hot in the upper river. Try tubes and a variety of other artificial lures. Crayfish are also a good bait for bass right now. Broderick Park is a good spot for perch, but many of those fish have been smaller.

Lower Niagara River:  The Lower River (below Niagara Falls) has slowly started to clean up of moss and as a result the bass fishing has started to pick back up again. Live bait like crayfish or shiners will work, as will tube jigs. Shoreline anglers can also cast Twister Tails in the gorge for bass up to the whirlpool. A word of caution if you venture across the International Boundary into Canadian waters: make sure you call into the Canadian Border Services Agency.

Chautauqua Lake: Walleye anglers were still doing well with worm harnesses trolled along weed edges. Focus on the north basin near the Chautauqua Bell Tower and in Dewittville Bay. In the south basin, try your luck near Cheney Point. Largemouth bass fishing has been decent inside the weed edges in 10 feet of water, according to Craig Robbins of Jamestown. Top-water lures, weedless-rigged power worms and wacky-rigged Senkos were working well. Live minnows, crayfish and plastic grubs have produced decent smallmouth bass catches outside weed edges.

Orleans County: Hot and humid weather hit the area last week. On Lake Ontario, fishing has been good but very scattered. Magic numbers seem to be anywhere between the 26 line and The Fence, with fish at depths from 40 feet to below 100 feet. On the inland waters of Orleans County, water clarity was improving. Bass and northern pike seem to be active on all of the inland waters. Perch were being taken on Lake Ontario on the west side of the point.

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