Western New York Fishing Report – September 6th, 2013
Lake Ontario and tributaries: Lake action has been good to very good for a mix of fish. You can pick up mature kings first thing in the morning as close as 75 feet of water in front of Wilson and Olcott. On the Niagara Bar, kings are also available at the drop off and beyond. Fish have been scattered from the 26 line to the 32 line out in front of Olcott.
Lake Erie and tributaries: Bass fishing has been fair to good off Buffalo and toward Myers Reef. Seneca Shoal has been a hot spot, too. The walleye bite has slowed and you have to work for them.
Upper Niagara River: The Bird Island Pier is back up for shore fishing action and that area is a good bet for bass on the river side of the pier. Bass are also being caught at the Ontario Street launch area. Boat fishermen are picking up bass on the east side of Motor and Strawberry islands, in the west river on the west side of Grand Island and at the head of the river.
Lower Niagara River: The big news this week was the hot walleye bite that’s going on in the river. The Niagara Bar seems to be producing the bigger fish, but you do have to work for them. Bass fishing has been spotty.
Chautauqua Lake: Weed edges are still key no matter what kind of fish you want to try and target – from panfish and bass to muskies.
Orleans County: On Lake Ontario, trout and salmon are being caught anywhere from 80 feet of water all the way out to “The Fence.” Cut bait is the ever-increasing bait of choice, but gold spoons and a variety of flasher/fly combinations (especially in green) are catching their fair share.