Niagara Gazette — Check out www.niagarariveranglers.com or stop in to Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. As a result, not too many people are talking about the bass fishing this week. Traditional areas like Devil’s Hole, the Clay Banks, Stella and the Coast Guard are all good drifts to try. A few walleye are being reported on three-way rigs dragging worm harnesses from deeper waters — out to 50-foot depths.
3. Upper Niagara River
Upper river bass action has been good the past week and moss was not a problem at all. Mike George of Niagara Falls and Bill Hilts, Sr. of Sanborn used green floating jig heads with a full nightcrawler to take smallmouth bass in the west river along the Grand Island shoreline. Consistent action held throughout the morning until a southwest breeze kicked off the speed of the drift.
Other good bass areas include the waters between Strawberry Island and Beaver Island State Park, as well as at the head of the river. Live bait or tube jigs will both work well. Musky are available to those willing to put in the time, especially on weed bed fringe areas with large 8-10 inch tubes. Large jerk baits will also catch fish. The 23rd Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby went off without a hitch this year.
In the end, it was Jason Whitmer of Niagara Falls winning the grand prize of a boat, motor and trailer from Bryce Marine. The Grand Prize winner is selected at the awards ceremony when all the first-place division winners are placed into a hat and the lucky winner is drawn. Whitmer earned his chance by weighing in the top bullhead: a 1.88 pound fish.
This year, the other category leaders vying for the big prize were Shawn Krull of North Tonawanda with a 4.44 pound bass, Tyler Caltagirone of Lockport with a 6.65 pound walleye, Duane Brosius of North Tonawanda with a 5.46 pound pike, Codie Thomas of Grand Island with a 17.97 pound catfish, Joe Henneberger of Tonawanda with a 25.71 pound carp and Jacob Velesko of Middleport with a 12.86 pound sheepshead.