Niagara Gazette


October 4, 2013

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


Niagara Gazette — All of the tributaries are back to low and clear so your best bet for a steelhead is Cattaraugus Creek. Rain is needed to for the other tributaries and that could happen this weekend. Casting or trolling the creek mouths with spoons or stickbaits are good options for trout, too.

5. Chautauqua Lake

Perch action has started to pick up again all around the lake on small minnows. Walleye are also starting to show up in some of the deeper holes. Try vertical jigging with spoons, jigging Rapalas, shiners or hair jigs tipped with a crawler. Bass, both largemouth and smallmouth, can be caught along weed edges. Some musky catches have been reported around those same weed edges by casters in 10-16 feet or water or by trollers seeking out suspended fishing over 25-35 foot depths. Use large six- to eight-inch stickbaits.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters

Oneida Lake – Big Bay was reporting good perch action in 10-20 feet of water recently. Dunham and Frenchman’s islands enjoyed similar success. Small jigs, minnows and worms were the best baits to use. For walleye, the fall shoreline bite is slowly starting to improve, but it’s far from consistent yet. We need some cooler temperatures to trigger that action. In the main lake, look in 25-30 feet of water with black and purple jigs tipped with a crawler.

Bill Hilts Jr. is an outdoor writer with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. Contact him at

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