Niagara Gazette — There were also three tagged fish caught in the popular canal contest. In the Kids Division, it was Kaevon Rollins of Buffalo with the top bass at 3.52 pounds, Haylee Brosius from North Tonawanda with a 2.73 pound northern pike, Adam Dinardo of North Tonawanda with a 1.5 pound bullhead, Sara Caltagirone of Lockport with a 7.75 pound catfish, Colby Lawrence of Sanborn with a 20.51 pound carp and Timothy Drake with a 6.41 pound sheepshead.
Winner of the new Grand Prize bike was Colby Lawrence in a special youth Grand Prize drawing.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
Walleye fishing continues to be outstanding off of Buffalo, especially near the international line in 50 feet of water. Roy Larson of North Tonawanda and Mike George of Niagara Falls have been doing very well trolling slowly outside of the departure buoy and beyond to the west toward Sturgeon Point, locating the larger schools of fish. Limit catches have been the norm.
Fish can also be found in shallower and deeper waters, with stickbaits a secondary option for fish. You will catch other species of fish like white bass and sheepshead. The Larson/George duo caught a dozen sheepshead their last trip out before they caught a walleye. Once they moved into the yellows, though, they had their limit in a couple of hours.
Bass fishing has also been good in the lake and the best action has come from deeper water like 25 to 45 foot depths with tube jigs, drop shot rigs and live bait like soft shelled crabs.
5. Chautauqua Lake
Decent walleye action is still being reported along the weed edges around 15 feet of water. This past week, some good reports came in around the Bell Tower and Prendergast Point. To the south, the stretch of lake from Cheney Point to Ashville Bay has also been good. Worm harnesses, stickbaits or jigs tipped with a crawler are all working.