Lake Ontario and tributaries: A warm spell helped the local fishing off Lake Ontario at bit, but that may have changed by now. The piers were ice-free at Wilson and Olcott and casting spoons or spinners was producing some trout when the wind wasn’t too bad. Other fishing action for trout has been good in Eighteen Mile Creek toward Burt Dam, with a few salmon still hanging around.
Lake Erie and tributaries: After the record snowfall in some areas of Erie County, you may have to wait a bit longer for streams to come down from flood stage in certain areas. The first to come down and become fishable should be the Chautauqua County streams – they did not receive as much snow so things could be looking good by now.
Upper Niagara River: If you are a muskie fisherman, remember that the statewide season for most waters ended Nov. 30, with a few exceptions. The deadline for the Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is Dec. 15 – giving you an extra couple more days to chase these elusive fish. Water has been like chocolate milk since the big storm in Buffalo.
Lower Niagara River: The Niagara River has not seen any fishing action in a week from boats, with some limited opportunities from shore. The shore guys will actually see fishing first as the waters slowly clear up from the shoreline out, but the lower river waters continued to be pretty darn muddy thanks to winds and excessive run-off from above. Muskie season continues through Dec. 15 in the Lower Niagara.
Chautauqua Lake: The season is all but over on the lake, with the exception of a few diehard muskie fishermen. The season ends on Nov. 30.
Orleans County: With the closing of the regular bass season Lake Alice seems to be fairly quiet, with bluegills and crappie being less than cooperative. With the de-watering process of the Erie Canal completed and very little precipitation in the forecast, flows in the tributaries within Orleans County should remain on the low side. Fishing pressure should also be low during the deer hunting season. Oak Orchard River is giving up brown and rainbow/steelhead trout in marginal numbers from the Waterport Dam all the way to The Point. Perch and northern pike fishing was good in the shallows (10 to 12 feet of water).