Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
Salmon fishing on 18 Mile Creek is starting to pick up from the piers to the dam at Burt. Casting the piers with spoons or deep diving stickbaits in firetiger or chartreuse is working morning and early evening; glow in the dark works at night. Egg skein is another approach that has been getting fish to hit. In addition, brown trout are being caught off the piers at Wilson and Olcott. Some of those browns have been caught at the dam, too. While 12 Mile Creek in Wilson is in need of a good rain, 4 Mile Creek was filled with water from a blockage at the mouth. Thanks to local angler Chuck Booker of Amherst, he was able to open the creek back up so that it is flowing again. There should be fish in the creek this weekend.
Boat trollers are hitting the pier heads and a bit deeper with J-plugs and large J13 Rapalas. In the 100- to 200-foot range, target the top 60 feet for a mix of cohos, kings and steelhead. Steelhead are still hitting out deep, too.
Tip of the week comes from Sir Glenn Bird of Barkershire who decreed that if you are taking your boat up the creek, be sure to make sure you have petrol in your gas tank – especially if you are attempting to motor up before sunrise.
Remember that a new license year started up on Oct. 1 for sporting licenses. Also, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is closed until further notice – whenever Washington, D.C. gets their act straight.
2. Lower Niagara River
Local fishermen will have to suffer the consequences for the actions of a few people when the New York Power Authority announced that the Fishing Platform in the gorge will be closed week days through the remainder of the fall. After a few close calls with construction trucks by fishermen anxious to get to the platform, it was announced that the platform will only be open on weekends for the next month. The stairs to the shoreline is also closed at the South Access Road. Salmon fishing continues to be good in Devil’s Hole and this past week produced some big ones in the 30 pound class. Treated egg skein seems to be the ticket. A mid-day bite was working for some in the 11:30 am to 1:30 pm range, so don’t go in too early if it’s been a slow morning.