New York Fishing Reports

New York Outdoor News Fishing & Hunting Report – April 5, 2019

(Pick up your copy of the 2019-20 Freshwater Fishing Digest at any license sales vendor. The new guide provides some great information for anyone interested in getting more involved in the sport of fishing, particularly women. The online version is also available on the DEC website.) Western New York In the lower Niagara River, Ricardo Davila of Wheatfield has been…

New York Outdoor News Fishing and Hunting Report – Dec. 28, 2018

Western New York Brown trout and steelhead were dominating the fishing report, with walleye not far behind. Buffy Frank of Lockport caught a monster brown trout while fishing a favorite Niagara County Lake Ontario tributary. Using a black marabou jig tipped with wax worms, she hauled in a 34-inch brownie that tipped the scales at better than 15 pounds. She…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Nov. 2, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and tributaries: Cattaraugus Creek is currently running a little high at last look. Steelhead catches had previously been reported all the way up to the Springville Dam, so it’s a good bet when conditions improve – and they may have by now. All other Erie tributaries had lower flows and clear conditions. There have been…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 19, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and tributaries: Anglers were still catching good numbers of walleye off Cattaraugus Creek and to the west. Target walleye in 70-90 feet of water with worm harnesses or stickbaits run between 60 feet down and the bottom. There have been some decent yellow perch catches off Cattaraugus Creek and slightly to the west in 50-60…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Oct. 5, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: Lake Erie anglers continued to enjoy an exceptional walleye. From Cattaraugus Creek to the Pennsylvania line, anglers reported constant fish marks on the screen both high and low. However, most walleye seemed to be suspended above the cold water at about 40 feet down. A DEC creel technician reported that every boat returning…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 21, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: When conditions allow, anglers are still enjoying an excellent walleye bite from Sturgeon Point to the Pennsylvania line. Good numbers of walleye were available, starting in 55 feet of water out of all ports, and extending to 75 feet of water between Sturgeon and Cattaraugus Creek, and out to 85 feet plus between…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Sept. 7, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: When conditions allowed anglers to take to the water, they caught walleye, as they have all season. The recent walleye bite has been excellent from Sturgeon Point to the Pennsylvania line. The better catches have been trending deeper in most locations. From west/northwest of Sturgeon Point to Cattaraugus Creek, anglers were seeing good…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Aug. 24, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: The walleye bite has been quite good from Sturgeon Point to the Pennsylvania line. Out of those ports, most walleye seemed to be suspended between 15-35 feet below the surface. Sturgeon Point trollers reported good walleye numbers to the west in 55-62 feet of water. Off Cattaraugus Creek, depths of 50-75 feet have…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – July 27, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: Anglers reported good walleye action from Buffalo to the Pennsylvania border, with best fishing at the east and west ends (New York waters). Off the Buffalo, windmills to the international line in depths of 45-55 feet of water, trolling and bottom bouncing has produced solid catches of walleye of all sizes. From Seneca…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 29, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: There were still some walleye available at night in the near-shore shallows, but that bite is tapering off. The daytime action has been decent to good at mid-depth areas, including some limit catches. Out of Buffalo, anglers were catching walleye off the windmills in 30-40 feet of water. Productive methods include trolling with…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 15, 2018

Western New York After a bit of northeast wind, Lake Ontario saw fish scatter. Yes, fishing suddenly became a bit more difficult after a month that was often spectacular. Despite the tougher conditions, the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Charity Fishing Outing went off without a hitch last month and plenty of fish were caught by the 22 boats that participated. The…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – June 1, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie and harbors: The walleye night bite seems to get better with each passing night, but there have been some good catches during the day, too. Popular nighttime spots include Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar, off Hamburg and near the mouth of Smokes Creek. Trolling minnow-type stickbaits at around 2…