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NYSDEC Fishing Report

April 21 to May 5, 2017

  Lake Ontario

The first of the season's king salmon have been caught off Niagara County by trout trollers. If the fishing follows the normal spring progression, look for king salmon action to ramp up in early May. Anglers continue to see a good brown trout bite inside 25 feet of water on stickbaits run behind planer boards. Some coho salmon, steelhead and now a king or two have been mixed with the brown trout catches. Lake trout are biting well in 40 to 100 feet of water. Spoons, stickbaits and flasher-fly combos work well for lakers that are tight to the bottom.

Federal, state and local leaders announced a State of Emergency in Niagara County Thursday afternoon due to rising lake levels along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Boaters are asked to observe a 500-foot 'no wake zone' off the Lake Ontario shore. Boaters should be on the lookout for floating debris that has been carried into the lake by runoff.

  Lake Ontario Tributaries, Harbors and Piers

Heavy rains has all of the freestone creeks running very high and muddy. Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks are up and still on the rise. It will be a while before the dammed streams come back down. Prior to the water surge, trout numbers were on the decline.

Muddy harbor conditions will put the yellow perch fishing on hold. However, bullhead should still cooperate despite turbid conditions. West Branch Twelvemile Creek at Wilson-Tuscarora State Park is a top spot, but bullhead should be available at many other Lake Ontario shoreline sites such as harbors, stream inlets, low-slow moving sections of tributaries and the connected ponds near Rochester.

NYS Fishing Reports courtesy New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. Visit them at NYSDEC

Fishing Report from Bill Hilts

Lake Ontario and tributaries

April 26, 2017

Lake Ontario

Kings are starting to hit more readily in Lake Ontario; trout are still in the river below Niagara Falls and picking up. High water levels on Lake Ontario continue to be a concern for shoreline home owners and marina operators but boaters have been able to fish in the 500 foot no wake zone along the shoreline. A bigger concern is the amount of debris that has washed out from the shoreline

Lake Ontario tributaries

The trolling trio of John Van Hoff and Wade Winch of North Tonawanda and Adam Gierch of Lewiston worked the waters just west of the Niagara River in 60 foot depths for an incredible spring day on the lake. All told they boated 21 Chinook salmon up to 20 pounds, a Coho and an Atlantic, as well as six lake trout. Stickbaits and spoons were the preferred baits, using primarily 5 or 7 colors of lead core line or dipsy divers to get the baits into the fish zone. They caught a few on downriggers, too. The key water was were the green water met the clear water. This is great news for anglers that fish the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby set for May 5-14. There has been decent fishing off Wilson and Olcott, too. Lots of Coho salmon and lake trout have been hanging around out in the 50-plus foot range.

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Matt Bedient
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Ollcott, NY

Captain Matt says...

"I've been fishing Lake Ontario since before I can even remember with my Father. I fish every day, year round, rain or shine.

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