Niagara Gazette — No report of smelt in any numbers in the river, but Creek Road Bait and Tackle is trying to stay on top of it. Call (716) 807-6111 for updates. They also have telescopic smelt nets for sale.
The Niagara River Anglers group is working on organizing their salmon pen project in Youngstown and they are looking for volunteers. Call Steve Drabczyk at (716) 807-6248.
Ice could still be a problem in the river this weekend. Shore fishermen could be doing well along Artpark and Devil’s Hole with turbid conditions. Eggs or minnows fished under a float or casting hardware in clear water.
3. Upper Niagara River
Good news for trout fishermen. There are two inland lakes or ponds that will receive trout stockings April 15 – Oppenheim Park Pond on Niagara Falls Blvd. in Wheatfield and Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls. Oppenheim will receive 100 two year old brown trout and 200 rainbow trout yearlings at 10 a.m.; Hyde Park Lake receives 200 of the bigger two year old browns and 1,450 of the yearling browns at 11 a.m.
In addition, Gill Creek in Niagara Falls – the outflow of Hyde Park Lake –will also receive 470 brown trout. In the upper river, ice was flowing down at a good pace and the water turned muddy with the recent winds. When the ice finally leaves the river, action should start to heat up for panfish.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
If you want to find out what’s happening in Lake Erie, the annual state of the lake meeting is set for Thursday April 11 at the Southtowns Walleye Club House at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 7 p.m. Tributary action should pick up on the weekend as flows increased a bit according to Craig Robbins.
Cattaraugus Creek was flowing about 715 cubic feet per second and was a bit turbid, but that should come down to fishable levels by the weekend. Chautauqua and Canadaway creeks had trout in all the holes and fish were spread out. It is recommended to avoid active spawning fish and do not disturb the gravel nests.