Niagara Gazette


October 4, 2013

Bill Hilts, Jr.'s Fish Forecast for October 4, 2013


Niagara Gazette — Bass action continues to be decent at the lower drifts as well as on the Niagara Bar. Perch fishing off the corner of the Lewiston Landing area has been very good the past week. 

Congratulations to 7-year-old Bella Carr of Lewiston who won the kids fishing contest at the Wildlife Festival with a .13 pound bluegill from Bond Lake. She beat out her two-and-a-half year-old brother Jackson by .03 pounds. Like she said at the scales: “You have to be in it to win it!”

3. Upper Niagara River

Bass fishing has been the hottest action for anglers drifting live bait around weed edges in the west river, as well as around Strawberry and Motor islands. Also at the head of the river. Shiners, crayfish or tube jigs work best. 

A recent electroshocking survey by DEC revealed good numbers of northern pike just east of the southern tip of Grand Island along the weed edges there. Yellow perch have been hitting around Buffalo at places like Ontario Street and off Broderick Park. 

Musky action should improve as waters start to cool, but the recent nice weather has not contributed much to lowing temperatures. Try using large eight- to 10-inch tubes to entice a musky to hit.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries

The yellow perch bite is still the hottest thing going on the lake with good fishing being reported from Sturgeon Point to Dunkirk in 60 to 70 feet of water. The best depth seems to change daily but once you find the sweet spot, limit catches are the norm. Live minnows or emerald shiners have been the best baits to use. 

No reports of walleye, but the bass fishing is slowly changing to shallower areas. Reports coming in show that 15 to 35 feet of water around structure is the place to be for bass. 

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