Western New York Fishing Report – September 20th, 2013
Lake Ontario and tributaries: Reports of salmon showing up off the piers in Olcott have come in from some night fishermen casting glow-in-the-dark spoons and rattlebaits. A few brown trout are also being reported off the piers, so it’s only a matter of time before those fish start to make their runs up to places like Burt Dam. One good, cold rain should bring the first fish up the creeks. In the meantime, warmwater fish like bass, pike and perch will continue to dominate catches in Wilson and Olcott harbors. Out on the Niagara Bar at the drop-off, it’s been hit or miss on the salmon. However, steelhead and salmon action has been good out deep, according to Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown. Toward Wilson and Olcott, some staging fish are being caught out to 150 feet, according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker, and brown trout inside of 60 feet. Spoons, flasher-fly and cut bait are working on the salmon; spoons or flasher-fly on the trout and cohos.
Lake Erie and tributaries: Smallmouth bass fishing has been good around Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar, Myers Reef and other traditional bass areas. Look for structure in 25 to 45 feet of water with crayfish, shiners, tubes or drop-shot rigs. Yellow perch action is starting to turn on again. Walleye action for consistent catching continues to move west from Cattaraugus Creek and Dunkirk. Target fish 55 to 65 feet down over 65- to 100-foot depths with worm harnesses or stick baits.
Upper Niagara River: The white bass bite along Broderick Park continued to be very good, with emerald shiners the best bait to use. You can also use a small white Twister Tail tipped on a jig or plain hook. Some perch and bass are also being caught. The Bird Island Pier is back open again. Bass fishing continued to be good in the West River, around Strawberry and Motor islands and at the head of the river.
Lower Niagara River: Bass and walleye action continued to be consistent throughout the river system. Bass can be found from the gorge to Fort Niagara and out on the Niagara Bar. Crayfish, shiners or tube jigs work best on bass. Walleye can be found in many of those same waters, with a worm harness fished off a three-way rig the bait of choice. One of the best places to catch a salmon is from the New York Power Authority Fishing Platform attached to the Niagara Power Project. However, the corner turbine should be on to increase your chances of success. NYPA recently announced that the utility will be making some major safety improvements on the South Assess Road leading the fishing platform starting Sept. 9. As a result, half of the lower parking lot will be closed off while the construction is taking place. Parking will be available in the upper lot. The stairs leading the shoreline will also be closed off. For information on the road renovations call 796-0135 Ext. 45.
Chautauqua Lake: Muskie action has been fair for trollers along weed edges. Use large stick baits or bucktail trolling spinners to take those toothy fish. A few fish have been suspended over 20-25 feet of water. Bass and panfish can be caught around the same weed edge areas. Some walleye were being reported by anglers fishing the deeper holes.
Orleans County: The weather rollercoaster ride continued. If you think that this confuses us you should see what it does to the fish. Fishing on Lake Ontario was still good to very good, with the fish moving closer to shore every week. Look for chinook action in the early morning and then again toward evening right around the break wall.There were reports of both steelhead and chinooks being caught from the jetties when conditions are favorable. Surprisingly good catches of both largemouth and Smallmouth bass and northern pike were being taken all through the lower stretches of Oak Orchard River all the way to the dam. The wide water area of the Erie Canal still seems to be the place to fish the canals. On Lake Alice, fishing is up and down with the weather swings. When you hit it right, good catches of bluegill and crappie as well as smallmouth bass are likely.