Western New York Fishing Report – August 8th, 2014

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Fishing has been pretty good on the lake as things have slowly started to turn around. In the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s King Salmon Tournament and Curt Meddaugh Memorial event, most of the boats headed out to over 400 feet of water to set up. While spoons caught a large percentage of the fishing, flasher-fly also started to produce fish consistently. Competing angler Kyle Hovak kept downriggers from 40 to 80 feet down and had some decent luck. Dipsy Divers were anywhere from 150 to 250 feet back and some of their bigger fish came at 180 feet back on a No. 3 setting. They used a Capt. Volume spin doctor with a green hammer fly to take some nice fish, including a 21-pound king that placed second in the Meddaugh event. Matt Dunn and the Slammin’ Salmon team out of Wilson took top honors with a 23.62-pound king salmon. He was running meat rigs off the downriggers out deep.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Walleye action slowed a bit off the Buffalo area, but fish were still available if you work for them. Roy Larson and Mike George fished two mornings off Buffalo near the Canadian line in 50-foot depths to take a dozen nice ’eyes on worm harnesses off three-way rigs. The further west you go, the deeper the fish are. Off Sturgeon Point and west, best success was coming in 70 feet of water; off Dunkirk and beyond we heard 80-foot depths and deeper. Worm harnesses or stick baits will catch you fish. The perch bite was still available off Sturgeon and Cattaraugus Creek is 45- to 65-foot depths, but that has been tougher, too. Bass fishermen were still hitting some nice smallmouths in the 25- to 45-foot range around structure like Myers Reef, Seneca Shoal, Evans Bar and all of the popular bass spots.

Upper Niagara River: With the moss gone, action in the upper river has turned on for smallmouth bass, according to Mike George of Niagara Falls. Using shiners fished off three-way rigs, George was fishing with Roy Larson of North Tonawanda for just three hours to catch more than a dozen fish in the 18- to 19-inch range while drifting the west river. Some walleye were available around Strawberry Island at the head of the river in the Emerald Channel. Muskie action has been around weed edges and drop-offs with large tubes or body baits. Shore anglers have been picking up white bass and white perch off Broderick Park area on shiners. Some yellow perch, bass and walleye have also been caught by shore casters. Don’t forget that the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby is set for Aug. 16-24. Check out www.fishodyssey.net  for details.

Lower Niagara River: Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston targeted walleye on the Niagara Bar and did very well on walleye using worm harnesses. He actually caught five nice fish using three-way rigs. While he was catching walleye, though, he also managed to catch a dozen bass.

Chautauqua Lake: Not too much changed from last report, with anglers targeting bass, muskies and walleye. Bass were still around the weed edges and docks; muskie also around those same weed edges but a bit deeper. For walleye, worm harnesses and stick baits under low-light conditions offer the best bet for success.

Orleans County: Most of the tributaries within Orleans County, including the waters of the Erie Canal, were flowing above normal levels with medium to highly stained water heading into early August. On Lake Ontario, water temperatures remain on the cool side, with 44-degree water found 50 to 60 feet down. This causes the band of workable water to be in that top 50 to 60 feet where you will find most of the bait and target fish. The winds have moved bait and fish anywhere from the 26 line out to the 30 line, depending on wind strength and direction. As a result most boats are setting up when they first start marking bait and then trolling north until they find the action they’re looking for. It seems like the fishing is slightly better west of the port. Spoons still seem to be getting more of the action than other lure types. Riggers, divers and lead lines seem to be the productive set-ups right now, with limited action on the copper rigs.

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