Upstate and Western New York Fishing Report-September 8, 2022

Wayne Culverwell
First place in the Salmon Division was Wayne Culverwell of Ransomville fishing the Niagara Bar in the Fall LOC Derby.

Greater Niagara Region

Frank Campbell

What a difference a weekend makes, especially when it’s the final weekend of the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby! David Williams of Groton and Brandon Nielsen of Locke were fishing the final day of the derby – Labor Day – and at 8:30 a.m. they hooked into a big fish. When they finally got it to the scales and it weighed 29 pounds, 9 ounces – two ounces bigger than the leader at the time reeled in by Wayne Culverwell of Ransomville while fishing the Niagara Bar on Sept. 1. Williams won $25,000 while Culverwell won $6,000 plus another $500 for being the LOTSA member with the largest salmon.

Daryl Jenkins steelhead
Daryl Jenkins of PA with the winning LOC steelhead out of Olcott at 13.06 pounds.

In the Steelhead division, Daryl Jenkins of Factoryville, Pennsylvania won $2,750 with a 13-pound, 6-ounce Olcott fish while fishing with Capt. Nick Glosser aboard the Thrillseeker.

Jayden Hubert coho salmon
Jayden Hubert of Newfane caught a monster Coho salmon while fishing in the LOC Derby this past weekend. It weighed 17 pounds.
Jayden Hubert steelhead
Jayden Hubert with his second place catch in the Steelhead Division.

Ten-year-old Jayden Hubert of Newfane earned second place with a 12-1/2-pound Olcott fish, fishing with his uncle Eric Bickel of Newfane.

Kathryn Covin brown trout
First place brown trout was out of Wilson, a 16-pound Wilson fish reeled in by Kathryn Covin of Penn.

For the brown trout category, Kathryn Covin of Howard, Pennsylvania won with a 16-pound Wilson fish. She won $2,750 in her first derby appearance. Check out for the leaderboard. All first-place fish came from Niagara County waters … but not the Grand Prize.

Mike Rzucidlo walleye
Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls caught this nice walleye in the Niagara Gorge using a spinner this week.

Don’t be surprised if a few salmon start showing up in the lower Niagara River. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls saw one off the NYPA platform, but the No. 1 unit was shut down. The Niagara Bar was loaded with fish before the lake flipped. Rzucidlo hit the Artpark shoreline on Tuesday and hit 3 walleyes and 6 bass on spinners. Matt Wilson of Wheatfield reported that the water was stained on Friday after high winds. He found clearer water in the lake just past the Fort in 14 to 22 feet of water using drop shots and tubes. He took some above average fish with big bass going to 5 pounds. Baits were KVD dream shots, flat worms, and Yamamoto shade shape worms. On Labor Day Wilson was in the upper river. Wind direction and positioning was key. He took 30-plus bass on a Carolina rig with plastics near the Huntley plant. His graph was piled up with bait, so he threw on Z-man’s new line of swimbaits – 2-3/4-inch baits in pearl white color and others. Light line is key when running this set up and leader length he uses is as long as your rod, tying the hook to where your hook keeper is on your rod and then 3 inches below your last eye on your rod to a 2-way swivel. He adds a ¼-ounce bullet weight before the 2-way (barrel swivel), then the leader. Just tick the bottom and use floating plastics. The lower trail at Devil’s Hole State Park was temporarily closed following a rockslide earlier this week. It could take a few days for the trail to be opened again. Best way to check status is the NYS Parks Explorer App on your smartphone.

Matt Wilson smallmouth
Matt Wilson of Wheatfield with a nice lower Niagara River bass he caught around Fort Niagara.

Lake Ontario flipped due to recent winds. Wayne Culverwell of Ransomville was back on the lake Monday trying to improve on his 29-pound, 7-ounce king salmon that had been sitting at the top for the Lake Ontario Counties Fall Derby. It was all cold water. Action on the Niagara Bar had been decent for mature salmon according to Capt. Richard Brant of North Tonawanda. Boat traffic was a bit heavy with the derby going on, but things should settle down now as they begin to stage and get ready to run up the river. Brant found that both flasher-fly and meat rigs were working for him on the drop off outside the red buoy marker.

Out of Wilson, fishing for staging salmon and browns had been good inside of 170 feet according to Capt. Joe Oakes with Salmonboy Charters. However, the east winds rolled the lake over and you may have to wait until things set back up again. Best bet is to fish offshore with spoons to hit the more stable water in the top 60 feet. Oakes says that both browns and salmon had been hitting flasher-fly combos in close and that should resume once things settle back down again.

The September meeting of the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association has been moved from Sept. 8 to Sept. 15 due to the Bills game. Starting time is still 7 p.m. at the North Amherst Fire Hall on Tonawanda Creek Road and it will be a panel of LOTSA captains giving a season recap.

Oswego County

  • With the lake flipping salmon are drawn closer to the mouth of the rivers.
  • There was a decent push of fish this weekend with the white-water release. But most fish are still being caught in the lower stretches of the river (compactor on down).
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Lake Ontario – Oswego

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The surface temps in front of the Oswego are 47-55 degrees. Down 10’ is currently in the low 40’s.
These conditions give few options:

  • Make the run to the Salmon River
  • Head out deep
  • Or grind out the waters around and in the harbor.

Unfortunately, the harbor wasn’t holding many fish as of today, but that can change quickly. If heading offshore we recommend starting in 350-400’ and head NW looking for bait and fish.

Jacob Y
Jacob Y, from Albany NY displays this big king salmon, caught with Dirty Goose Sportfishing

Lake Ontario – Mexico, NY

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The water in front of the Salmon River is a slightly more stable than the Oz. Fish can be found from 30-80’. The best depth changes day to day but a good starting point is to set down shallow and work your way out as the day goes on.

We recommend the following flasher fly combos: Hammertime/Hammer Fly, Got tamale/Grn Fly, Chartreuse/hammer fly, Jack’s Pretty Girl/UV 190 fly. Mag spoons are also taking a few.

Kaley's first salmon.
Kaley’s first salmon. Her face says it all! Photo courtesy of High Hook Guide Service

Salmon River

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There was a decent push of fish this weekend with the white-water release. Most fish were caught in the lower stretches of the river (compactor on down).

With the lake flipping salmon are drawn closer to the mouth. Add some rain to the forecast and a nice push of salmon is coming soon. Be ready early next week conditions are lining up!

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Wayne County Fishing Update

Chris Kenyon

Lake Ontario

September is a challenging time for the king bite.
Currently they have been scattered and some have been netted in 130 to 140 fow/ down 90 to 100 fow.
They are hitting spoons, especially Carbon 14.

Don’t forget the Sodus Channel. You may pick-up some steelhead and autumn browns. Cast from the pier with Kastmasters or Cleo spoons. Use anything glow and bright. Red works. Bring your long handled net.

Lake Ontario tributary regulations:

Three fish in combination and not to include more than one Rainbow Trout (or Steelhead) and One Brown Trout.


The action in the bays is now. Cooler water and less recreational boats will make bass fishing enjoyable.
This is the time of year where the fish put on the feeding bag before the cold season. They will be in shallower water looking for bait fish.

Use crankbaits, swimbaits, and Senko worm rigs. Both Port and Sodus Bay have fantastic bass fishing opportunities.

Erie Canal

Bass fishing is just as exciting as casting in the bays. The largemouths are feeding more during September.

Fish anywhere along the south side of canal waters. Use the below link for canal changes.

Keep informed from the NYS Canal web for changes and restrictions with canal waters. Keep informed about 2022 canal hours.

There are no tolls or fees for recreational use of the Canal system this year.

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