Western New York Fishing Report – April 29th, 2016

Most stocked trout waters in DEC’s Region 9 have received their first stocking. The lower end of Ischua Creek had its stocking postponed earlier this month due to high water but was expected to be stocked last week. Hatchery staff will also start delivering second stockings to the larger, more popular area streams. Anglers can call the Randolph Hatchery Fish Stocking Hotline at (716) 358-4950 or check back here for stocking updates. 

Among the waters stocked with trout are:

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), Caneadea Creek (Rushford), Canacadea Creek (Almond, Alfred), Belmont Rod & Gun Club Pond (West Almond), Vandermark Creek (Scio, Ward), Chenunda Creek (Willing), Genesee River (Amity, Wellsville).

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), 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), Ischua Creek (Franklinville), Franklinville Retention Pond (Franklinville), Lake Flavia (Dayton), Perrysburg Conservation Club Pond (Dayton), Maples Club Pond (Otto), Crandall Pond (Ashford), Ischua Creek (Ischua), Olean Creek (Olean).

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), Sprague Brook Park Ponds (Concord), East Branch Cazenovia Creek (Aurora, Holland).

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), Perry Park Pond (Perry), Letchworth Park Pond (Genesee Falls), Cattaraugus Creek (Arcade), East Koy Creek (Gainesville).

Genesee County: Spring Brook (Byron), Oatka Creek (Le Roy), Dewitt Pond (Batavia).

Monroe County: Oatka Creek (Wheatland), Irondequoit Creek (Brighton, Perinton, Pittsford, Penfield).

Livingston County: Little Dansville Creek (Nunda).

Ontario County: Canandaigua Outlet (Phelps, Manchester).

If you need more fishing information or would like to contribute to the fishing report, call or e-mail Mike Todd at (716-851-7010 or fwfish9@dec.ny.gov.

Fishing hotlines can also be heard at (716) 855-FISH or (716) 679-ERIE.

Lake Ontario and tributaries: Spring finally arrived last week to the joy of both shore and boat fishermen. In the weather department, the bullhead contest in Wilson was a week off. Shoreline trollers are working the waters inside of 15-20 feet to take a mix of browns and coho salmon, with an occasional steelhead thrown in. Stickbaits in firetiger, rainbow trout and black-silver or black-blue have all been working off boards. Some boaters have been using spoons to take some fish as well. Casting spoons or spinners off the piers is another way to take a trout or two. Fishing minnows under a bobber will also work. In the streams, fresh trout are still available, primarily steelhead. Burt Dam and Eighteenmile Creek were still producing, but so are some of the smaller streams like Keg Creek. Fish a small jig under a float and tip it with some meat. Egg sacs will also work. Over at The Oak, one surprise for a trout caster was reportedly a 15-plus pound walleye reeled in by Matt Bedient of Lockport. He caught the monster on a jig. Walleye season is closed until May 7 and he released the lunker immediately. Walleye is a category in the LOC Derby. The LOC Derby will be May 6-15 and registrations are coming in hot and heavy now. Go to www.loc.org for details or sign up at any Niagara County location. Richard Haun of Niagara Falls braved the cold temperatures to win the Wilson Bullhead Contest earlier this month with two fish totaling 3.69 pounds. He as using nightcrawlers at Wilson Tuscarora State Park after dark. Second place was Terry Molinari of Appleton with 3.56 pounds. He was fishing near the cow bridge in Wilson with worms and shrimp at dusk and after dark. John Pittsley of Niagara Falls and Bob Shank of Wilson tied for third at 3.53 pounds but Pittsley won the tie-breaker with length of his two fish. The top youth angler was Zachary Heath with two fish totaling 2.21 pounds. Nearly 40 anglers competed in the contest. The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Tournament, set for May 20-22 this year, has a live website now for registrations at www.lakeontarioproam.net.

Lake Erie and tributaries: Boaters are glad to see the winds dying down again so that they can chase perch. Fish can be found as shallow as 30 feet or as deep as 50 feet in areas between Cattaraugus and Sturgeon Point. You might have to move around to find the schools of perch, but when you do, you can do well. Tributaries are still holding trout, but the increase in water temperature has started to turn on panfish, bass and catfish, too. Flow was good and fresh trout are still available.

Upper Niagara River: Trout should still be available off Unity Island and out of Broderick Park, as well as off Bird Island Pier when you can get out there. Egg sacs, minnows and spoons or spinners will catch fish. Use emerald shiners for perch or other panfish. Oppenheim Park Pond in Wheatfield received 200 rainbow trout and 100 2-year-old browns recently; Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls received 1,720 brown trout and 200 2-year-old browns. Gill Creek, the outflow of the lake, also received 560 yearling browns. Those fish have been cooperating for anglers.

Lower Niagara River: Trout action has been decent of late as the weather conditions finally settle down. A call from Mike Fox of Lewiston noted that he reported good numbers of smelt and hopefully that will continue with the warmer weather finally arriving. While the Lewiston smelt festival will not be held until May 6, the early dippers can do well. Keep your fingers crossed! Trout can be found from Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar. Minnows, egg sacs and wobbling baits like Kwikfish or MagLips are all good baits to use, but it seems to change daily and you need to be flexible. Steelhead and lake trout top the list; a few browns are also available. Capt. Jeff Draper of Grand Island had the brown trout touch, using minnows to take double-digit browns on the Niagara Bar – fish up to 10 pounds. Shore casters can use spinners, egg sacs or egg imitations fished under a float. Remember that the stairs at Whirlpool State Park are closed. The NYPA fish platform is open again, as is the shoreline access and the reservoir.

Chautauqua Lake: Craig Robbins reports crappies are being picked off in the narrows between the bridge and the ferry on the Stow side of the lake. Good numbers of perch are being caught on Lakewood Bar in 6 to 10 feet of water.

Orleans County: It looks like the tributary fishing for steelhead and brown trout could be singing its swan song until fall. There are still a few of both hanging around but that shouldn’t last very long. Until fall, the tributary fishermen will have to refocus their efforts on bass and other warm water species. On Lake Alice both bluegill and crappie are becoming active as surface water temperatures approach 56 degrees. The Erie Canal folks are busy filling the canal up for the May 1 opening. The canal offers another great fishing option. Lake Ontario fishing is picking up at a fast pace. When stained water forms on the shoreline, brown trout fishing has been very good to excellent. When the on-shore water clears lake trout fishing is also good to excellent in the 60- to 100-foot depth range. Lure colors and varieties are all over the place so start with what you’ve had the most success with.

The LOC Spring Derby starts in 15 days and this is one that you don’t want to miss so sign up now.

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