Niagara Gazette

Sports

October 17, 2013

Bill Hilts, Jr.'s Fish Forecast for Friday, October 18

Niagara Gazette —

1. Lake Ontario and tributaries

Fishing action in area tributaries continues to be slow for one reason or another, leaving many anglers chomping at the bit to hook into a nice trout or salmon. Some fish have been reported at Burt Dam, according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott, but the water has been muddy since the weekend, contributing to the problems. Egg skein or egg sacs fished under a float is the best approach, but anything smaller will be difficult to see until the waters clear. 

Some fish are also being caught off the piers and in the lake, but the big run of fish still hasn’t started. Pier fishermen can use spoons, stickbaits or fish egg skein under a float. Trollers are using J-plugs, J-13 Rapalas or any deep diving stickbaits. 

At mid-week, large numbers of salmon were seen jumping near the mouth of 18 Mile Creek so it’s just a matter of time before they succumb to their natural urges. 

Keg Creek is low and the mouth appears to be closed off. Both Twelve Mile Creeks in Wilson are low and muddy right now and four mile creek was not holding many fish, either – but the mouth is still open. Perch have been hitting in the clean water on the lake side of the pier in Olcott. The rain in the forecast should help.

2. Lower Niagara River

The lower river is going the opposite way for the salmon as the run is slowing down. However, the trout are starting to move in. Small Kwikfish or egg sacs are the way to go right now. However, bass and walleye can still be caught down river toward the mouth. 

Monday is the annual meeting of the Niagara River Anglers Association. Because of a conflict in dates, the Monday meeting has been moved from the Jetport Restaurant to the Sanborn Area Farm Museum Meeting Hall, 2660 Saunders Settlement Rd. in Sanborn for this meeting only. The guest speaker will be 90-year-old ice fishing expert Joe Montgomery from Southern Ontario. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. sharp. 

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