Greater Niagara Region
Cooler temperatures and a significant amount of rain is just what the fish doctor ordered, and it is really making a difference in the fishing both in the Niagara River and in the tributaries of Lake Ontario.
Above Niagara Falls in the upper Niagara River, Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island reports that even though the water temps are still a bit warm, there are some muskies around. This cool rain can only make things better. Mike Nieremberg from Boston, NY caught a nice 46-inch fish over the weekend. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls has been catching some bass in the upper river, too, on spinners and jigs.
River action below Niagara Falls has been good in the gorge according to Mike Ziehm of Niagara Falls. Rainbows are starting to show up in larger schools and there are still a significant number of fresh salmon around. You do have to work for them though. This week he reeled in his largest salmon of the season in Devil’s Hole, a 26-pound king that hit a red No. 5 spinner. He has also been using a chartreuse No. 5 spinner to take both steelhead and salmon. The red spinners have produced some lake trout in the gorge but remember that the season is closed for another month or so. The NYPA fishing platform has also been fishing well. Visibility in the lower river was about 4 feet. Smallmouth bass have been hitting live bait like goldens on the Niagara Bar according to Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. Skeins and sacs are working for salmon and steelhead, fished off 3-ways from boats. Spoons are working for shore casters, too.
Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek are rocking according to Karen Evarts at the Boat Doctors in Olcott. With the combination of rain and cold temperatures, plenty of fresh fish have shown up on the scene including chinook and coho salmon, brown trout and even a few steelhead. Egg sacs or egg imitations like beads can work well for you. Water is high and muddy, but the fish have been biting. Use bright colored baits. It should be even better once the waters come down and the stain lessens. With all the rain arriving, the smaller tributaries are also pulling in fish. Over in Wilson and 12 Mile Creek, both salmon and trout are showing up. The piers have been popular in Wilson because the Olcott piers are closed with the construction. Chuck Booker spinners have been a hot lure for salmon and brown trout.
Report is Courtesy of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning
Salmon River Report:
This week’s report is brought to us by Capt Chris Mulpagano of Get the Net guide service:
The heavy rains we received this week have caused the waters of the Salmon River to swell. The water flow from the dam will remain at 1500 cfs through midnight and the current flow at Pineville is 2040 cfs. With these flows wading can be very dangerous. So please proceed with caution.
The fishing on the Salmon River this past week has been hit or miss. If you find a pod of fish you’ll do
well. But if you’re in the wrong spot you’re in for a long day. A few steelhead are starting to enter the river. No big numbers yet but with the increased water after the major rainstorm, we expect to see more trout in the system as the water recedes. As the weather settles in fishing will pick up.
Be safe out there this week. More rain is forecasted for this weekend so don’t expect the waters to drop anytime soon.
Wayne County Fishing Update
You can still catch salmon and trout close to shore. Do not take any chances if you have a small boat. Fish in 30 fow with spoons for steelhead and browns.
Maxwell Creek is opened at the mouth to Lake Ontario and the flow will get better with recent precipitation. At least we now have a place for salmon, steelhead, and browns to enter.
Anglers were fishing the south end of Lake Road. Some steelhead and browns were caught with egg sacs.
You can park on both sides of Lake Road.
Other smaller streams in the county that flow to the lake will have fish and Hughes’ Marina usually has action because of the channel to the lake.
Pier fishing has been productive, however use caution with high waves at Sodus Point. Bring your long handle net.
The hot spot for bass is Sodus Bay. Fish off the points, over by the northern breach and anywhere there is weed cover. Worm rigs are the favorite bait for bass anglers.
Launch at Bay Bridge Sport Shop.
The water in Port Bay is clearer than last week and the perch are hitting off the points in 20 fow. You can now launch at the south end off West Port Bay Road.
The canal water is high, however there are sections where you can fish without too much current. Launch sites are in Lyons, Clyde, and Widewaters in Newark. Bass is the species for most anglers.
The 2021 New York State fishing guide can be found at https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7917.html 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 FWFish@dec.ny.gov.
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.
This week’s report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge:
More rain thru yesterday (Mon) and today (Tues) with continued cooler weather. Forecast is for rain ending later today and a couple days of clearing for mid week. All the trib flows are on the rise and going off color. Rain has been slow and steady so look for smaller area trib flows to go high and dirty – probably stopping short of blown. This latest rain has come uncharacteristically from the east so to the west may be in slightly better shape then to the east. Smaller area tribs should crest about mid week and then be on the retreat for end of week. Look for good drift opportunities on the backside of the higher flows with the chance for fresh trout migrations and Kings to be well spread thru the water courses.
Guys in the Oak early today still fishing what’s been the medium – ish flows and slightly stained, but flows likely headed toward high and stained if not later today then by tomorrow. Good chance that flows can be contained in the turbine channel so look for a good head of turbine water. Flows likely to remain up and stained at least thru the weekend. Thru this beginning part of the week, most hook up action has still been mostly for Kings. Action reported pretty good around the Archers Club yesterday and then slower today. Maybe those fish pushed further upriver as so far there’s not been a lot of holding or spawning action except for the piling up at the dam.
For the Oak, this latest spate of water should bring on the bulk of the King action with some spawning underway no doubt under the cover of the higher and dirtier water flows. Guys have so far caught a few browns and a few steelhead and a few cohos and a few Atlantics. This latest rise in flows and continued cool down should kick off better brown trout migrations in the Oak setting up good drifting chances into November and maybe into December with reasonable weather hanging in. We, for sure, have the water flows for now! Canal water flow managers are likely throttling back any additional Canal releases into the tribs thanks to all the precipitation. Fishing pressure fairly heavy thru the past weekend and even thru yesterday but for this mid week period now with wetter weather looks quite a bit less.