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Western New York Fishing Report – June 26th, 2015

Lake Ontario and tributaries: It’s all about the wind right now. After consistent east wind on the lake, cold water was stacked along the shoreline. Locating bait and some warmer water temperatures should both be important to finding some hungry fish. For the recent tournaments, spoon programs worked best.

Lake Erie and tributaries: The walleye bite was on fire until the weather patterns changed. If we get some stable weather conditions again the fishing should improve. Worm harnesses off three-way rigs or trolled are both effective techniques. From Buffalo to Seneca Shoal, try to stay in 30-40 feet of water. East of Cattaraugus Creek has been good in 50- to 60-foot depths. Yellow perch fishing has been spotty. Reports of bass starting to go on their beds are coming in. Some anglers have been targeting the shallows in 5 to 8 feet of water to take some fish.

Upper Niagara River: Bass fishing has been decent throughout the river system. Great Lakes muskie season opened on June 20, too. The Hooked on the Tonawandas fishing contest is set for June 27-28, the state’s Free Fishing Days weekend. For info go to  or call the Tonawanda Chamber of Commerce.

Lower Niagara River: The moss was starting to show up, but that hasn’t kept people from fishing yet. Shore fishermen in the gorge and off the fishing platform have been doing well on smallmouth bass. Bass can also be found toward the mouth of the river. Look at casting tubes, spinners or jerkbaits in 5 to 8 feet of water as some of these fish start to spawn. A few trout were still hanging around the river system, but it won’t be long before they are gone for the summer. Boaters were using three-way rigs baited with an egg sac, a minnow or a Kwikfish. Both steelhead and lake trout were being reported.

Chautauqua Lake: The inland muskie season is now open throughout the state. Muskie trollers were doing well in the southern basin from Lakewood Beach to Ashville Bay. Stay in 10 to 12 feet of water and troll 2.1 to 2.6 mph, according to local muskie maven Craig Robbins. Black and white over-sized jerkbaits work well. Bass fishermen were working green 3-inch tubes around Rock Island; white tubes around Warner’s Bar. The crappie bite has slowed and there was no consistent news on walleye.

Orleans County: The summer LOC Derby is well under way and there were no entries in the salmon division at last look. It’s also interesting that the top five lake trout were all caught out of Point Breeze during the Oak Orchard Open Tournament, as was the first-place steelhead. Now that the west end tournaments are pretty well wrapped up some good fishing information should be somewhat easier to obtain. Out of “The “Oak,” reports have a good mixed bag of fish being taken in the top 50 feet of water in the 150 to 200 feet depth range. Spoons have been taking most of the fish to this point. Riggers, planer boards, Dipsy divers, lead lines and copper rigs are all taking fish. On the tributaries, small lakes and the Erie Canal within Orleans County, fishing for the warmwater species is on the upswing. Lake Alice was still producing a fair number of both bluegill and crappie, along with an occasional northern pike.

Bass season is now open, which will increase fishing pressure on that species. On June 27 the annual Glenwood Lake Carp Derby will take place. 

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