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Western New York Fishing Report – December 26th, 2013

Lake Ontario and tributaries: No reports from Wilson or Olcott harbors, but fish should be available if the weather cooperates. We’re still a ways off for hard water. To the east, Johnson Creek has slowed but The Oak was doing okay. Perch were still being caught at Irondequoit Bay. Some of the shallower waters this side of Rochester were starting to form ice, but be patient.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Things should have been settling down nicely by now, but the snow will create problems. With light fishing pressure being reported, it appears the quality of the fish has been better. No good perch reports on the main lake.

Upper Niagara River: Best spot of late has been Broderick Park, where shoreline casters can pick up either perch or trout.

Lower Niagara River: You can always find open water someplace on the lower river. The concern is whether the water is fishable due to muddy conditions. Be careful of icy conditions. On the bar, the occasional chinook or coho was being caught, but most of the action has been for lakers, browns and a few steelies. Artpark is another good drift for trout.

Chautauqua Lake: For perch, look in the near-shore areas with minnows or small jigs. For walleye, target the deeper holes below 20-foot depths.

Orleans County: The smaller tributaries within Orleans County should be opened up by the warmer temperatures. Those who have braved the harsh conditions prior to the warmup and fished Oak Orchard River near the dam area have been rewarded with some decent steelhead/rainbow trout fishing. 

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