Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report – October 7, 2021

West Marine

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

Fishing is really starting to turn on in the tributaries of Lake Ontario. At the top of the list is 18 Mile Creek in the Town of Newfane, from the lake at Olcott to Burt Dam. However, the bite appears to be better at night than during the day in the lake near the mouth and in the harbor. Casting glow spoons is the way to go, but stickbaits and egg skein will also work to take king salmon. Maddy Mahar, 18, of Amherst caught her first salmon this week, a 42-inch salmon that tipped the scales at over 30 pounds. She caught it on a glow spoon. At Burt Dam, action is picking up for brown trout and salmon, with some steelhead being reported. Water temperatures need to come down a bit for better runs of fish and the forecast is for daily highs to be in the 70’s into the weekend. Water releases from the Erie Canal have been complementing recent rains to keep pulling fish into the streams. The Olcott piers are still shut down due to construction, but the Wilson piers are producing some salmon and trout. For many, it has been hit-or-miss casting at those piers. No reports from trollers out in the lake.

Billy Gilbert and Kelly Roeser
Hats off to Billy Gilbert of Hamburg and Kelly Roeser of Lockport with their winning catch of 5 bass that totalled 28.8 pounds, 4 ounces of penalty points while fishing Lake Erie.

Jim Williams and Bob Hood
Jim Williams of Lockport (left) and Bob Hood of Pendleton with some upper Niagara River fish they caught recently – a smallmouth bass and a sheepshead.
Logan Noon
Logan Noon, 11, with a chunky 18 Mile Creek steelhead he caught this week.
Mike Rzucidlo
Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls with a king salmon he caught from shore on a spinner.
Nancy Colavecchia
Nancy Colavecchia of Niagara Falls with a bass she caught off the Wilson pier this week.

In the Niagara River, salmon action increased with the start of last week’s report. Most captain reports are still 2-3 fish on a regular basis in the Devil’s Hole area using treated egg skein. However, some guides have hit limits with six fish for 2 anglers. Plan on losing some fish, and some gear. Capt. Ernie Calandrelli of Lewiston boated 4 kings earlier this week, but they had 9 fish on. You must capitalize on your hits. Capt. Frank Campbell of Lewiston also caught a couple of limits since last week, but it is important to stay focused. Shore guys are still catching a few salmon with an occasional bass or walleye. Remember that lake trout season is now closed until Dec. 1. Just a reminder that the new inland trout stream regulations that open on Oct. 16 do not apply to the Great Lakes tributaries.

Oswego County

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

Oswego River Report

This week’s report is from Capt. Stephen Ernye of Lake Run Fly and Guide service.

The CFS as of this morning has come up to 8580, from a low of slightly over 600 last weekend. The water temperature for the week has remained steady around 65F. With daytime air temperatures expected to reach 70F for next couple days we may see a slight rise in water temperatures for the up-and-coming weekend.

The king run is well underway. With water temperatures remaining in the mid 60’s and plenty of kings in the system it’s just a matter of putting the right bait in front of the right fish at the right time. Deep diving cranks in a variety of colors and red or pink eggs under slip floats have been producing bites. Flows have been up and down this week so it’s something to keep in mind if you’re wading the river.

Cleats, and wading staff are highly recommended. We are starting to see a few trout show up and expect more numbers as the month rolls on. Regulation reminder: one 25” or larger rainbow trout or steelhead per angler per day.

Please check our website, at, for the current CFS.

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:

The following report is from Capt Tom Burke at Cold Steel Sportfishing.

The 2021 lake season was a windy one! Which kept the salmon moving and spread out across the lake. We are still feeling the effects during the fall season on the Salmon River.

Tom Burke
Tom Burke

Guiding on the Douglaston salmon run each day we have seen less big runs of salmon on a given day, but rather small groups of fish entering both day and night. These fish are both dark and bright which should make for a slightly slower but longer spawning migration. Since the salmon are no longer feeding when they enter the river, they strike only due to anger and territorial aggression. This leads to a wide variety of plugs, flies etc. being effective. All presentations can only use single hooks on the river. One of the bonuses of the fish being scattered is that so are the fishermen! We have had good days at the lower, middle, and upper ends of the DSR. There have also been good numbers of coho and browns this year! The run usually slows down by mid-October but we will probably see a nice mix of salmon and trout through the end of the month before steelhead season gets into full swing.

Our second weekly report is brought to you by Capt. Stephen Shen of STS Guide Service:

Fish are spread out from Altmar down. The deeper holes are holding better numbers of chinooks and cohos. Early in the morning and late in the afternoon has the most fish movement. For fly fishing anglers both upper and lower fly zones are producing daily. Hopefully the main run of hatchery fish makes their way upstream to improve fishing conditions. A few trout have been spotted as well. Trout numbers will improve once the chinooks start actively spawning.

Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

Some late-season kings are being caught in 25 to 40 fow east of Hughes’ Marina. Spoons have been working the best this time of year. Temps are a warm 67 degrees top to bottom.


Maxwell has a slow flow, however, it’s enough for the salmon. Casting in the lagoons at Hughes’ Marina will find some kings.

Pier Fishing at Sodus Bay has been good with a nice 28 pounder hitting a Cleo spoon today. The kings are porpoising the channel waters. Use Cleos or Kastmasters to cast across the channel. Use caution anywhere near the channel as the current is strong.


The Sodus Bay hot spots for perch have been near the loop at Sodus Point or at the southern end of the bay on the east side next to Oak Park Marina. The perch are hitting white rubber bait or perch minnows.

Perch are also in Port Bay off the points at the north end of the bay. Some nice largemouth bass have been caught near docks or in the weeds at the south end.

Erie Canal

The Widewaters area of the canal has been the most productive area for largemouth bass. You can fish along the north side trail if you don’t have a boat.

Crappies are also suspended under the Port Gibson Bridge.

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

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

This week’s report is from Ron Bierstine from Oak Orchard Tackle & Lodge:

All the trib flows are up just a bit from the latest rain thru yesterday. Not a blowout but enough precipitation to bump everything up with a nice spate of water for some fresh fish migrations. Flows in the Oak are slightly high and slightly stained with a good head of water contained in the turbine channel. Still, no real cool down afoot and the forecast ahead thru the weekend and maybe some of next week looks warm. The next chance at precipitation or showers is this weekend. Anglers on the Oak reported small pods of Kings on the move thru the fast water areas yesterday. Not surprising since it was a real gloomy overcast wet kind of day that you would expect good fish movement. Not a lot of fish reported holding, still on that early run kamikaze mission to the dam. Look for Kings steaming thru the downstream fast water to the dam, from the frog water areas thru the fast water, from the lower river to the frogwater, and from the nearshore big Lake O waters to the rivermouth/lower river. Be there to intercept them! Certain days you’ll notice that salmon movement by seeing them crashing around, but as often as not that movement seems to go on quietly. Also, a few more brown trout hookups have been reported, but it’s early for that and there’s lots of good trout action ahead of us.

David Daughters
David Daughters
Thomas A. Higgins
Thomas A. Higgins

There are some brisk NE lakeshore winds that will make for some rough seas and cool and probably dirty watercolor. That could push more fish into the river plume and into the channel. Before things got too blown up yesterday guys reported some AM pier action. The other area smaller tribs should be going from mod/med flows to slightly stained med/slightly high flows. Flows should be back on the retreat already today with some stain hanging on. Scattered fish movement reported, that hoped-for cooldown will likely encourage more movement in the smaller tribs. Reports of good King and some trout action at Burt 18 Mile Creek.

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