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Western New York Fishing Report – April 30th, 2015

DEC has added Cayuga Creek as new trout stocking site for 2015, offering another trout fishing option for anglers in the greater Buffalo area. The creek was stocked 2,500 yearling rainbow trout in over a mile stretch within Como Lake County Park in Lancaster. .
Other recently stocked waters in the region include:

Allegany County: Dodge Creek (Clarksville), Clarksville Town Pond (Clarksville), Genesee River (Wellsville, Amity), Little Genesee Creek (Bolivar), Dyke Creek (Andover), Cryder Creek (Independence), Black Creek (West Almond), Canaseraga Creek (Burns), California Hollow Brook (Bolivar), Hunt Creek (Alma), Root Creek (Bolivar), Caneadea Creek (Rushford), Canacadea Creek (Almond, Alfred), Belmont Rod & Gun Club (West Almond), Vandermark Creek (Scio, Ward), Chenunda Creek (Willing), Allen Lake (Allen).
Cattaraugus County: Forks Creek (Great Valley), Great Valley Creek (Great Valley, Ellicottville), Wrights Creek (Humphrey), South Branch Cattaraugus Creek (East Otto), Mansfield Creek (Mansfield), Beaver Meadow Creek (Ellicottville), Connoisarauley Creek (Ashford), Bone Run (South Valley), Guernsey Run (South Valley), North Branch Sawmill Run (South Valley), Little Conewango Creek (Conewango), Bay State Brook (Red House), Quaker Run (Cold Spring), Red House Brook (Red House), Science Lake (Red House, Elton Creek (Freedom), Haskell Creek (Hinsdale), Five Mile Creek (Allegany), Rice Brook (Carrollton), Quaker Lake (Elko), Birch Run Pond (Allegany), Franklinville Retention Pond (Franklinville), Ischua Creek (Franklinville), New Albion Lake (New Albion), Case Lake (Franklinville), Harwood Lake (Franklinville), Paisley Park Pond (Randolph), Crandall Pond (Ashford), Maples Club Pond (Otto). Lake Flavia (Dayton), Perrysburg Conservation Club Pond (Dayton), Olean Creek (Olean).
Chautauqua County: Goose Creek (Harmony, North Harmony), West Branch Conewango Creek (Villenova), Farrington Hollow Brook (Cherry Creek), Mill Creek (Gerry), Canadaway Creek (Arkwright), Cassadaga Creek (Stockton), Bear Lake Outlet (Stockton).

Erie County: Eighteenmile Creek (Boston Town Park), Little Buffalo Creek (Lancaster, Marilla), East Branch Cazenovia Creek (Aurora, Holland), Cattaraugus Creek (Yorkshire), Cayuga Creek (Lancaster), Clarence Main Park Pond (Clarence), Ellicott Creek (Amherst), Sprague Brook Park Ponds (Concord).

Niagara County: Oppenheim Park Pond (Wheatfield), Hyde Park Lake (Niagara Falls), Gill Creek (Niagara Falls).

Wyoming County: Buffalo Creek (Java), Beaver Meadow Creek (Java), Cattaraugus Creek (Java), Little Tonawanda Creek (Middlebury), Tonawanda Creek (Orangeville), East Koy Creek (Gainesville), Oatka Creek (Warsaw), Perry Park Pond (Perry), Letchworth Park Pond (Genesee Falls).

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Things are taking off in Lake Ontario, just in time for the spring fishing derbies. Brown trout are starting to turn on for shoreline trollers using stick baits in tight to the shoreline, but with the recent wind and weather stick close to the creek outflows to take advantage of the warmer waters. A few cohos were also reported. Lake trout fishing was good between Wilson and Olcott. If you are launching your boat, take care out there because of the low lake levels. A few of the larger boats have hit an old bridge abutment in the harbor at Olcott. Olcott action off the piers and in the harbor was slow due to the stained water. A few fish were being taken from the dam at Burt. Lake trout action has been excellent on the Niagara Bar, with a few salmon mixed in. If you catch a tagged laker in the next two months, please release it. They are using tags that will log important information and they need to be in the water at least a month or two. After June it should be okay to recover the tag. Most of the streams were high and muddy at last check. 

Lake Erie and tributaries: There are plenty of fish in the streams, but high water has been a challenge. Steelhead were hitting egg sacs, egg imitations, worms and a wide variety of flies. Some trout are also being reported in Dunkirk Harbor at the fishing platform and at the city pier.

Upper Niagara River: Some reports came from along River Road and around Grand Island, where some perch and panfish are being caught. Don’t forget that the NYPA Reservoir is now open for fishing. Try off Upper Mountain Road at the new stairs access. No reports of trout at the Bird Island Pier or Broderick Park, but this is the time of year that trout catching is usually good.

Lower Niagara River: Steelhead are the primary focus, but a few lake trout were also mixed in. For boaters, Kwikfish lures, minnows or egg sacs will all work. Shore fishermen can use sacs or egg imitations, spoons and spinners. The fishing platform is now open in Devil’s Hole at the power plant.

Chautauqua Lake: The southern basin and some of the canals have been producing some panfish. Fish for crappie at night. 

Orleans County: Stained discharges from the tributaries within Orleans County are a fisherman's delight when fishing for trout and salmon on Lake Ontario, as they provide cover for bait and predator fish alike. High winds kept most boats off the lake but the fishing should be great when they subside. Tributaries were providing opportunities for catching browns and steelhead, as well as perch, suckers and bullhead. On Lake Alice, bluegill were being taken around the Kenyonville Bridge and crappie were starting to show up at the Waterport Bridge.

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