Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report – June 10, 2021

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Yankee Troller Team
The Yankee Troller Team won the 2021 Niagara County Pro-Am Tournament last weekend with a score of 415.86 points in the Pro Division.

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

Congratulations to the Yankee Troller team in the Pro Division and the Hound Dog team in the Amateur Division for the 36th Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament held out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott last weekend. Yankee Troller was led by Capt. Rich Hajecki of Monroe County, and his team came through with a point total of 415.86 based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound to best the 22 pro teams. In the 25-team Amateur Division it was Jim Spinelli of Wellsville and his Hound Dog team winning the two-day contest with a score of 211.90 points.

Reel Mania salmon
Reel Mania caught the big fish on the second day of action with a 23.10-pound salmon.

Reel Mania team
Reel Mania was runner up in the Pro Division with a score of 399.21 for 2 days of fishing.

Hajecki and company found some nice fish offshore between the Niagara River and Wilson in 370 to 400 feet of water. Nearly all the fish came in the top 50 feet of the water column. Team Dreamweaver Super Slims and regular DWs took most of the fish. Their program for the weekend was four lead cores, two wire divers, and two downriggers. On the lead core they ran 2 and 5 colors. Wire divers were set on 3 and ran out 40-50 feet. On the downriggers they ran them from 35-60 feet down with sliding cheaters. Spoon colors that worked for them consistently were UV Mixed Veggies and RodFather. Others that took fish were Lazer Spook, Glow Roy Boy, and Salmon Viagra.

The Hound Dog team fished both days off the Niagara bar in 300 feet of water. Their program for both days was mostly Moonshine and DreamWeaver spoons with a few custom cut bait rigs.

Leah Sowers Kaye Justice and Darla Sowers
Leah Sowers, Kaye Justice and Darla Sowers of Crooksville, Ohio with a nice catch of Olcott salmon.
Leah Sowers king salmon
Leah Sowers of Crooksville, Ohio with a big king fishing out of Olcott with Capt. Kurt Driscoll.

Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors in Olcott reports that this week there was a good mix of fish in front of Olcott from 80 to 200 feet of water. Lots of pike in 18 Mile Creek, along with perch, smallmouth bass, and bowfin.

Mike Rzucidlo pike
Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls with an Upper Niagara River pike.

In the Niagara River, Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston reports that casters have been picking up some bass off the NYPA fishing platform, but they do have to work for them. Moss is continuing to increase throughout the river system. Some catfish are starting to show up, too. The trout are pretty much gone in the river. Above Niagara Falls, all-species guru Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls has turned into Pike Mike around Grand Island this week, hitting 8 pike using plugs, spinnerbaits, and jigs. Mike Ziehm of Niagara Falls found some big upper river carp using corn, and wheat dough balls. In the lower river, white or chartreuse ¼ ounce jigs were working best.

Carson Barnhardt smallmouth bass
Carson Barnhardt of Orchard Park, a 3 year old cancer patient, caught some smallmouth bass this week fishing with Capt. Connor Cinelli of Grand Island

The 36th Annual Wilson Conservation Club’s Kids Fishing Derby is all set for June 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. You can fish in any waters located within Niagara County. Kids ages 3 to 14 years of age may participate. This contest will be based on length and no salmon and trout may be entered into the competition. There is no registration involved. The measuring station will be at the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson Cambria Road, Wilson (Route 425) and the awards ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Get your fish to the club by noon. For more information contact Gary Alt at 345-9769.

Remember that the regular bass season opens next Saturday, June 19, as well as Great Lakes muskie and tiger musky seasons. Steer clear of Buffalo for opening weekend because of the air show taking place on the waterfront there.

Oswego County

Report is Courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning

Oswego River Report

Spring and summer mean bass on the Oswego River. Anglers also target carp, walleye, and pan fish. Occasionally a summer run steelhead or Atlantic salmon is spotted in the mix too.

Mike Slater walleye
Mike Slater with an Oswego Cunty walleye

Our recommendation for walleye is to fish on the west side, between the two bridges, especially at night. Most walleye setups will get the job done.

Please check our website for the current CFS, and check back in mid-August for the fall salmon report.

Please Consider the Following Year-Round Notice: There are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page. The Oswego Fire Department
offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station at 35 E. Cayuga St. by calling 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure

Click here for the current water flow

Year-Round Notice: There are mandatory personal flotation device (PFD) zones on the river. For more information, visit our website at and click on the Fishing Report along the top bar on the home page. The Oswego Fire Department offers loaner life jackets at no charge through its “Loaner for Life” program. For more information contact the fire station at 35 E. Cayuga St. by calling 315-343-2161.

Click here for the Brookfield Varick Fish Safely brochure.

Click here for the current water flow.

Salmon River Report:

This time of year usually means bass on the Salmon River. Smallmouth can be very aggressive, so our biggest recommendation is to try a lot of pockets and keep moving throughout the day. They will hit anything from a juicy fly to a crank bait.

Northern pike are also caught at the mouth around port Ontario.

There are lots of boat launches and marinas on the Salmon River, but we recommend calling ahead to make sure the water is high enough to launch. Please check our website for the river CFS, and check back in late-August for the fall salmon report.

Lake Ontario Report:

Lake conditions have been relatively calm with light westerly and south westerly winds. This is expected to continue through the weekend. Overall, we’re still in transition mode.


This following report is courtesy of Captain Rich Converse who operates Squirrelly Sportfishing.

Fishing this week out of Oswego remains slow. But the June transition time is upon us. Overall, brown trout fishing is spotty. We’re mostly targeting them in 25-60 fow. Quality fish are being taken when they want to play! The offshore bite for silvers is a search bite. We’ve seen success in 80 and 500 fow and on the top of the water, in 5-60 foot. Spoons in natural colors seem to be the ticket. We recommend covering water and being patient while you search for pockets of fish as the lake sets up. Kings, cohos, and steelhead have all ended up in the cooler over the last week.


The following report is courtesy of Captain Jason Hamilton of Crime Pays Sportfishing.

The fishing has been a bit of a grind but the fish are here, and every few days we get blessed with a hungry pod of fish. That’s when the adrenaline really kicks in.

Brown trout are being taken in 35 to 75 feet of water from around the Catfish Creek area in Mexico Bay to the west end of the buoys at 9 mile point. Lead cores and cheated down riggers have been producing the bulk of the bites with spoons in Stinger and Stingray size. The hotter patterns have been Mongoose, NBK, and UV Diehard.

Silver fish have been willing in 140-200 foot range from the plant all the way across to the North Dune. The key has been finding a pod of active fish and staying on them. Steelhead in the top 50 feet have been making up the bulk of the catch however a few Kings a day have been gracing us with their presence.

Steelhead have been on 3 to 7 colors of lead core cheated riggers and high divers. The hot pattern for steelhead yesterday was uv green glow alewife in stinger size and frostbite in stingray. Kings have been coming on spoons just slightly deeper on ten colors of lead core to 350 coppers and slightly deeper tigers in the 40 to 80 foot range. We have heard of a few being taken on flies and meat slightly deeper but that has not been effective for us yet. Hot spoons have been uv diehard, Nbk, yellow killer, carbon 14, and uv green glow alewife.

Lake trout are being taken on cow bells in 140 to 165 feet from the ponds north daily.

Tight Lines my friends!

Oneida Lake Report:

Walleye season opened the second weekend of May, and with an average depth of 22’ bass can be caught throughout most of the lake. We recommend first-timers who are targeting bass to try the mouth of the Oneida River as well, since it’s easy to identify where the cover is.

The following report is courtesy of Adam Henderson, of Little O Charters.

The fish had been good in the 15-20ft of water with buck tails and spinners. Or deep water, 40’ plus, using stick baits or harnesses, purple is our go-to color. Speed is a crucial part of the game; we recommend varying it until the fish tell you what they want.
Good Luck and Tight lines…

Check out our website for more information on charters.

Sandy Pond Report:

The main points of access for Sandy Pond are: Greenpoint, “The Elms,” Wigwam, and the new DEC launch at Stanley Drive.

Popular species throughout the summer include bullhead, crappie, pan fish, northerns, bass, walleye, and the occasional pickerel.

Check back with us in January for our ice fishing report.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

The first week in June has produced a better catch rate than last week. Steelhead, cohos, and lakers are hitting straight-out from Sodus Bay and west to the power plant.

The cohos were in 250 fow down 60 to 70 hitting glow spoons off the riggers. Some steelhead were down 30 fow over 250 fow. There was a lot of bait down 150 near Port Bay.

The lake trout were on the bottom hitting the cowbells and peanuts.


There are still perch in the bays. The Sodus Bay action for perch was near the channel and next to the islands on the east side of the bay.

In Port Bay there has been an abundance of bait fish. The perch would usually go into the lake this time of year, however if there is bait in the bays…that is where they will stay.

Fish the points in 20 fow and use bright jigs tipped with spikes.

The 2021 New York State fishing guide can be found at for downloading and printing at home. Production of hard copies is finished and have been delivered to License Issuing Agents. Hard copies can be requested by emailing

Erie Canal

The bass boats were out at Widewaters this weekend. The weeds have been a problem for moving around but that’s where the fish are hiding. Concentrate on the south side of the canal.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters. Keep informed about 2021 canal hours. (There will be no fees for the 2021 canal boating season.) May 21st is the scheduling for the canal opening. Hours are 7 am till 5pm. Stay informed with the below web page.

Safety Precautions from DEC

While enjoying the outdoors, please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines (leaves DEC’s website) for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Try to keep at least six (6) feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC’s website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC’s website.

New York State is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York’s lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.

Orleans County

It’s the Orleans County Open week and our charter captains are keeping their strategies private! Good luck to all who have entered!

The Pic of the Week was taken just this morning, June 8, 2021 from Mike Grager, Get Hooked Sportfishing. “First timers from Texas, Shawn and Heather had a good morning on Lake Ontario today!” The steelhead and coho salmon were both caught on spoons straight out from the Oak Orchard River. The temps are returning to seasonably after a few days of a heatwave along with high winds.

Capt. Rick Hajecki from Crazy Yankee Sportfishing reminds boaters to “Not be a fool in the fog” and use your radar as they almost had an incident last week while fishing. And, a big shout-out and congratulations to Crazy Yankee for winning this past weekend’s 2021 Niagara Pro Am!

This weekend is the Orleans County Open Tournament (June 12-13) with the King of the Oak (KOTO) on Friday (6/11). Registration is only open for KOTO at Ernst’s Lake Breeze Marina. (Deadline for the Open was Monday, 6/7). All weigh-ins will be at the Black North Inn by 3 PM. See more info on their Facebook page. Good luck, guys!

Reminder: The Orleans County Open is June 12-13th with the Condor Memorial on June 11th. Registration Deadline is June 7 at midnight. Learn more and register online>>>

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