Western New York Fishing Report – May 30th, 2014

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Salmon and browns could be found in 10 to 40 feet of water; lake trout a bit deeper, outside of 50 foot depths. Alewives were starting to move in, which means the kings won’t be far behind. Pier fishing in Wilson and Olcott has been producing some trout and an occasional coho on spoons. In the harbors some perch and catch-and-release bass are being reeled in.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Perch fishing has been outstanding off Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point in 50 to 55 feet of water at last report. A few walleye have also been reported but the best is yet to come. Shoreline trolling at night off Hamburg is one option, using large stick baits.

Upper Niagara River: Perch and other panfish were available in the marinas and harbors in the river around Grand Island and up toward Buffalo. Northern pike action should also improve a little.

Lower Niagara River: Some decent trout fishing was being reported as the waters warmed up a bit. Amazingly, the smelt run was still producing some nettings for dippers around Lewiston. Capt. Jim Taylor of Hawg Master Charters produced double-digit steelies on a day that his trolling motor wasn’t working properly. The swirling currents produced a spin-drift that seemed to entice them to hit the minnows being offered off three-way rigs. Some lake trout were also being caught. Artpark drift was another good area to target trout from a boat, which means that shoreline casters can also do well in the gorge and along the Lewiston shoreline at the Fine Arts facility. Casting spoons, spinners or twisters can produce some trout. The stairs at Artpark should be completed by the end of the month, which is good news for shore fishermen.

Chautauqua Lake:  A few walleye were still being reported on the outside weed edges at night or during low-light conditions around the Bell Tower. Worm harnesses and stick baits will both work. Shorebound anglers can catch a few ‘eyes, too, around stream mouths. Boaters are picking up a mix of crappies, perch and bluegills in 6-10 feet of water all around the lake. Use a small tube, with or without a minnow. See what is working on any given day.

Orleans County: Lake Ontario fishing has moved out slightly from the shore fishing. The best action has been in the 50 to 80 feet of water range. Good reports of a mixed bag of fish, including steelhead, cohos and chinooks, along with lake trout and an occasional brown trout were being reported. Stick baits and spoons were taking the majority of the fish, with no real set color pattern yet.
June 7-8 will be the first Oak Orchard Open Tournament. This event will feature a new format in that there will be only one entry group and will feature a 10-fish limit – five salmon and five trout. Entry fee is $400 per boat. More information can be found on the Lake Ontario United website.
June 6 will be the annual Condor Derby, which is based on your best three fish. Entry fee is $100. The weigh-in for both events will be held outside the Black North Inn at the Point.
Off the jetties at Point Breeze, catches of perch, northern pike and even brown trout and steelhead were reported.
If Waterport Bridge is one of your favorite fishing spots on Lake Alice, here’s some bad news: You’ve lost that spot for the majority of the summer while major repairs are completed on that structure.
Speaking of Lake Alice, fishing has picked up, with good catches of crappie and some good perch being reported. Bluegills seem to be hard to find.

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