Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
The fishing action in the lake continues to be a bit inconsistent because of the weather patterns that we have been experiencing, especially relating to the east-northeast winds. However, those northeast winds usually spell good news for the Niagara Bar when things settle down.
Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown has reported good action on the bar, but he has been moving around a bit to find his fish. Last weekend he found his fish just off the bar drop off in 175 to 200 feet of water, fishing flasher-fly 100 feet down on the riggers and 300 back on the divers.
Steelhead have been in 280-300 feet of water in the top 50 feet on spoons. Brown trout have been cooperating on the ledge in 85 feet of water on the bottom. Lake trout are also available. Look for decent action around the drop off or just off of it this weekend. Off Wilson and Olcott, the more stable water has been out deep in the 450- to 550-foot range.
A mix of steelhead, cohos and kings can be found in the top 60 feet of water on spoons according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. Kings are down a bit deeper, below 80 feet with flasher and fly. Some mature kings were found inside of 80 feet and beyond 200 feet, but water is mixed up from the recent storms and wind.
No major changes with the LOC Derby for salmon and trout other than a new brown leader at 20 pounds, 1 ounce caught by Eric Burger of Baldwinsville while fishing out of Sodus. The summer derby ends at 1 p.m. Sunday, followed by the awards ceremony in Sodus Bay starting at 4 p.m. We’ll have a full report next week.
2. Lower Niagara River
The big news is the Niagara River Anglers bass contest set for this Saturday, July 27 out of Lewiston Landing and Fort Niagara State Park. The weigh in will take place out of Lewiston Landing from 1 to 2 p.m.