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Western New York Fishing Report – April 17th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: A fair number of anglers were hitting the streams, the piers and the lake to take advantage of some increased activity of fish. At Burt Dam, some steelhead have started spawning but a good brown trout bite was being reported. Shoreline trollers were starting to pick up a few more trout and even an occasional Coho.  

Lake Erie and tributaries: Tributary action has been decent for many of the streams off the lake, with a mix of fresh fish and trout that are spawning.

Upper Niagara River: Casting the shoreline in the upper rapids area could produce a few trout with an egg sac, spoon or spinner. 

Lower Niagara River: With the influx of additional water in the Niagara River with the April 1 water flow changes, trout fishing really turned on, according to Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island. He was reporting good catches for customers in Devil’s Hole and along Artpark on pink egg sacs. Minnows have also been working for three-way drifters from boats. Shore fishermen have also been doing well, too. 

Chautauqua Lake: Some of the canals have opened up for some early crappie action.  

Orleans County: The warmer weather has really brought the entire fishery within Orleans County to life. The near-shore waters of Lake Ontario are producing some great brown trout on stickbaits and flutterspoons off planer boards, on very shallow riggers and just longlining them. Those fishing from the shoreline and from jetties are also doing well using stickbaits and casting spoons. The tributaries within Orleans County still have good numbers of steelhead in them, from the lake all the way to the first impasse. Other species are starting to show up, including suckers, perch, walleye and some bass. Lake Alice has sprung to life with rock bass, perch, bluegills, channel cats and smallmouth bass. It won’t be long before the Erie Canal starts regaining its water and offers even more fishing opportunities.

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