New York Outdoor News Fishing Report

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…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – May 4, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie tributaries and harbors: Steelhead fishing was slowing down prior to the latest blowout, but there were still decent numbers of fish around. Steelhead smolts have recently been stocked in the Lake Erie tributaries. If caught, handle these small steelhead with care so they may return to the creeks as large adults.  The steelhead bite at…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – April 20, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie tributaries and harbors: Most creeks are back to a fishable level; Cattaraugus Creek was higher with muddy conditions at last look, but things can change fast on the tribs. Steelhead fishing has been pretty good in all creeks and the consistently cold weather extended steelhead fishing opportunities through April. It’s recommended that anglers avoid actively…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – April 6, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie tributaries and harbors: Cattaraugus Creek was seeing some steelhead action for those anglers still chasing chrome. Target steelhead in the deeper holes and drift offerings slow and low for best results. Conditions can change rapidly in the spring; sometimes a shot of rain can really trigger some fine fishing. Niagara River: Trout fishing has recently…

New York Outdoor News Fishing Report – Jan. 12, 2018

Western New York Lake Erie tributaries: Extreme cold had the streams pretty much iced over. The smaller creeks were completely locked up and open water was very limited on the mid to larger streams. The upper section of Cattaraugus Creek might be your best bet for finding open water. Niagara River: Floating ice was accumulating along upper river shorelines, limiting…