Western New York Fishing Report – April 15th, 2016
Trout waters recently stocked include:
Allegany County: Dodge Creek (Clarksville), Genesee River (Wellsville, Amity), Little Genesee Creek (Bolivar), Allen Lake (Allen), Dyke Creek (Andover), Cryder Creek (Independence), Black Creek (West Almond), Canaseraga Creek (Burns), Hunt Creek (Alma), Root Creek (Bolivar), California Hollow Brook (Bolivar).
Cattaraugus County: Forks Creek (Great Valley), Great Valley Creek (Great Valley, Ellicottville), Wright’s Creek (Humphrey), South Branch Cattaraugus Creek (East Otto), Mansfield Creek (Mansfield), Beaver Meadow Creek (Ellicottville), Connoisarauley Creek (Ashford), New Albion Lake (New Albion), Case Lake (Franklinville), Harwood Lake (Franklinville), Bone Run (South Valley), Guernsey Run (South Valley), North Branch Sawmill Run (South Valley), Paisley Park Pond (Randolph), 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), Red House Lake (Red House), Quaker Lake (Elko).
Chautauqua County: Goose Creek (Harmony, North Harmony), Clay Pond (Poland), Bear Lake Outlet (Stockton), Cassadaga Creek (Stockton), West Branch Conewango Creek (Villenova), Farrington Hollow Brook (Cherry Creek), Canadaway Creek (Arkwright), Mill Creek (Gerry).
Erie County: Cattaraugus Creek (Yorkshire), East Branch Cazenovia Creek (Aurora, Holland), Little Buffalo Creek (Lancaster, Marilla), Eighteenmile Creek (Boston Town Park), Clarence Main Park Pond (Clarence), Ellicott Creek (Amherst), Cayuga Creek (Lancaster).
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 (Arcade), Little Tonawanda Creek (Middlebury), Tonawanda Creek (Orangeville), East Koy Creek (Gainesville), Oatka Creek (Warsaw).
Lake Ontario and tributaries: Trout and salmon fishing has started along the shoreline for trollers working stickbaits or spoons in the shallows around creek outflows – especially off Wilson and Olcott – as well as off other streams like Four Mile Creek. Trolling the shoreline inside of 15 feet is a good place to start. Some Coho salmon, brown trout and steelhead were being caught when it’s not too windy and rough. The piers are also an option, casting spoons or spinners. Fishing a minnow under a float will also work, again when the winds will cooperate. In the harbors, there have been some perch around but they have been more cooperative in Wilson because the water has been clearer, according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. He also reported some trout were still being caught at Burt Dam in Eighteen Mile Creek, but the water has been stained. Some bullheads were being caught in Wilson.
Lake Erie and tributaries: Perch were still a viable option on the lake if you can get on the big water. If you can get out, Sturgeon Point is still a good place to start in 45 to 55 feet of water with minnows or emerald shiners. There has been a fair number of steelhead in the streams when conditions are favorable.
Upper Niagara River: The water has been off color, but when it clears the best spots to fish are off Ontario Street and around Broderick Park. Bird Island Pier is another good spot if the winds cooperate. Trout and perch were available in all of those locations. NYPA has now opened up access to the reservoir in Lewiston. Access is available off Upper Mountain Road at the fire department and at Reservoir State Park.
Lower Niagara River: High winds stained the water a bit and created unfavorable fishing conditions from boat and shore late last month. Anglers started catching fish again but wind and rain could remain an issue. Trout were cooperating for casters from shore with spoons and spinners. Egg sacs and minnows will also work. Boaters have been using minnows, too, and when the water is stained adding some color with the new Pautzke Fire Dye. Steelhead and lake trout were the primary focus, but a few browns were still being caught in the river. No word on the smelt run yet. The Lewiston Smelt Festival is set for May 6. April 1 was the kick-off for the NYPA Access Road for the fishing platform and the stairs to the shoreline. This comes at a good time because of construction taking place on the stairs at Whirlpool State Park. The stairs are closed from now into July. The lower trail could be closed during the week from Tuesday to Thursday due to falling debris.
Chautauqua Lake: Shoreline anglers were still picking up crappies in the canals at Ashville and Lakewood. Other good spots include Burtis Bay, around Bemus Point and lower Dewittville Bay in 6 to 8 feet of water. Also off Mayville. Local anglers John Van Hoff and Randy Tyrell of North Tonawanda did well on some slab crappie on the lake.
Orleans County: The colder weather has dropped tributary temperatures to more seasonal levels. Flows in all of the tributaries within Orleans County were at levels that offer some great fishing opportunities for those fish that remain in the system. Both dropback and fresh steelhead were being caught by the few fishermen venturing out. On Lake Ontario, the big problem was the wind. When conditions are good catches of brown trout, steelhead and some coho salmon were being reported. On Lake Alice, the colder temperatures have started producing ice again but hopefully that will not last too long.