Niagara Gazette


June 22, 2013

FISH FORECAST: Free Fishing Weekend, derbies highlight upcoming week


Niagara Gazette — 5. Chautauqua Lake

Walleye fishing has picked up off Warners Bar. Try drifting a split shot rig with a leech or crawler. For bass, try casting spinnerbaits over the top of weeds. Best colors have been white or black-yellow. Largemouth have been hitting spinnerbaits in the narrows between the ferry and the bridge.

A fair number of crappie are still being caught in both the northern and southern basins. Key is to find the school of fish and then stay on them. Use small tubes tipped with a shiner.

6. Finger Lakes - Inland Waters

Lake Alice-Glenwood Lake – Bluegill and crappie action is on the rise again and bass fishing was decent for the opener. Today, the 3rd Annual Glenwood Lake Carp Derby is taking place. If you would like to find out more information, contact 585-318-4310 or 716-913-2120.

Oneida Lake – Walleye fishing has been good when the winds cooperate. The best waters to target have been 20-30 feet with black and purple bucktail jigs, blade baits and stickbaits in perch colors. Some walleye are being caught by shoreline casters just before sunset and just after sunset with stickbaits and jigs. Bass fishing season is now in full swing. Fish stick worms on either side of weed beds, off rocky points and other types of structure like reefs or shoals.

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

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