Western New York Fishing Report – August 22nd, 2013

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Fishing has been very good on Lake Ontario. Just ask some first-timers on the lake like Kyle Costello of Lockport; 14-year-old Bradley Poeller of Lockport; and youngsters Mark and Chris Finney of Jacksonville, Fla., and their dad, Keith Brong. Fishing with Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott, the five fishermen managed to all catch their first salmon ever, with many over 20 pounds. The biggest for the day was a 27-pound king hauled in by Costello. All of the fish were caught on flasher-fly rugs in 200-300 feet of water in front of Olcott, targeting the depths from 60 to 90 feet with downriggers, divers and copper lines.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Bass fishing was a little better than the walleye fishing as the great walleye bite slowed down a bit for trollers working the area off Buffalo. However, some walleye were still being caught near the international line in 50 to 55 feet of water with worm harnesses or stickbaits. For bass, fish anyplace there is structure in 25 to 45 feet of water, such as around Seneca Shoal, Myers Reef or any other place like that.

Upper Niagara River: Bass fishing continued to be consistent, especially around Strawberry and Motor islands, the west river near Beaver Island and at the head of the river on three-way rigs using crayfish or crawlers on a floating jighead. Shore fishermen did well at Broderick Park and at the foot of Ontario Street for perch and rock bass. For muskies, try using a large tube outside the weeds around Strawberry Island.

Lower Niagara River: Action has slowed a bit and shore fishermen are waiting for the first salmon to arrive, usually at the New York Power Authority’s fishing platform right about now. Shoreline casting for bass was decent in the gorge area. Boat fishermen were also enjoying success on bass using live bait like crayfish or shiners, but tube jigs have also been working well, according to Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston. The NRAA Walleye Contest is set for Aug. 25.

Chautauqua Lake: The walleye bite has slowed of late, but bass are still hitting around the lake when you focus on docks, along weed edges and in the weeds around open pockets. Musky action has been slow but a few fish are being caught along weed edges with large crankbaits, bucktail spinners and large tubes. White perch have been plentiful near shore all around the lake on live bait.

Orleans County: Great fishing has been taking place on Lake Ontario from 70 feet of water all the way out to the 31-32 line. On the inside waters it has been brown trout and Chinook salmon, and on the outside waters Chinooks and steelhead. The Fall LOC kicked off on Aug. 17.
On the inland waters of Orleans County, bass seem to be the most active fish right now, but northern pike, gar and the other warmwater species are holding their own. The Erie Canal, Glenwood Lake, Lake Alice and the tributaries within Orleans County are great spots to target.

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