DEC’s Randolph fish hatchery has been conducting its fall stocking of broodstock trout in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. All breeder trout stocked are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted year-round. The following waters have been stocked as of Oct. 18: Birch Run Pond, 50 14-inch brook trout; Allen Lake, 100 14-inch brook trout and 100 20-inch brook trout; Case Lake, 100 14-inch brook trout, 100 20-inch brook trout and 50 20-inch brown trout; New Albion Lake, 150 14-inch brook trout; Genesee River (Wellsville to Pa. border), 300 14-inch brown trout, 50 20-inch brown trout and 200 14-inch rainbow trout; Red House Lake, 140 20-inch brown trout; Quaker Lake, 150 30-inch rainbow trout, 250 20-inch rainbow trout and 75 24-inch brown trout. Call the Randolph hatchery stocking hotline at (716) 358-4950 for updates.
Lake Ontario and tributaries: Fishing action in area tributaries continued to be slow for one reason or another, leaving many anglers frustrated. Some fish have been reported at Burt Dam, according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott. Egg skein or egg sacs fished under a float are the best approach, but anything smaller will be difficult to see until the waters clear. Some fish were also being caught off the piers and in the lake, but the big run of fish still hadn’t started as of late last month. Pier fishermen can use spoons, stick baits or fish egg skein under a float. Trollers are using J-plugs, J-13 Rapalas or any deep diving stickbaits. Large numbers of salmon were seen jumping near the mouth of Eighteen Mile Creek, so it’s just a matter of time before they succumb to their natural urges. Keg Creek was low and the mouth appeared to be closed off. Both Twelve Mile creeks in Wilson were low and muddy and Four Mile Creek was not holding many fish, either – but the mouth was still open. Perch have been hitting in the clean water on the lake side of the pier in Olcott.
Lake Erie and tributaries: Perch action was hot and cold. Schools have been moving around so you need to seek out suspended bait schools and schools of perch predators. There were mixed results in 60 to 70 feet of water from Sturgeon Point to Cattaraugus Creek. Boats aren’t a requirement for success. Speaking of the Catt, that was the best tributary for trout. With any rain, look for the smaller streams to attract fish.
Upper Niagara River: Bass were still the hottest ticket on the upper river, with live bait the best opportunity to hook up. The head of the river, Strawberry Island, the Huntley plant were all good spots to give it a go. As waters cool, muskies should start to turn on, too. Large tubes along weedline edges are good spots to try, but don’t rule out trolling large body baits.
Lower Niagara River: The salmon run was slowing down. However, the trout are starting to move in. Small Kwikfish or egg sacs are the way to go right now. Bass and walleye can still be caught down river toward the mouth.
Chautauqua Lake: The weedlines have been a good spot for muskie casters and trollers. Try casting large bucktail spinners or trolling large jointed stickbaits to connect. Perch or firetiger have been good colors. The same areas with live bait were working on bass, too. Crappie action was good and should continue as waters cool. Perch were hitting in 6-12 feet of water but many smaller ones were being reported.
Orleans County: Cooler weather and rain may have caused the runs to extend themselves, with numbers of fish spread out over a longer period of time. There were good numbers of salmon and trout in all of the tributaries within Orleans County. Flows were at a medium level and water clarity was slightly stained. With the number of leaves dropping there may be fluctuations in water flows in Oak Orchard River when the trash gates at the entrance of the power plant are cleaned. It seems like every fisherman talked to over the past week has a different super secret lure that is absolutely slaying the fish. Nymphs, stoneflies, Woolly Buggers and egg sac patterns in black, purple or white were but a few of the hot lures of the day. On the other fishing fronts, perch fishing on the Oak was spotty at best. Anglers fishing from the piers at The Point were catching not only the coldwater species but also bass and northern pike. On Lake Alice there were still bluegill, crappie and bass being taken but you really have to work for them