Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
The fishing is finally coming around in Lake Ontario – at least at this end of the lake. According to Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott, the best trolling depths have been in the 200- to 250-foot depth contour from the Niagara River to Point Breeze. Put spoons or flasher-fly combos in the 60- to 80-foot range, wherever the temperatures are best. Current has also been an issue so be aware of what’s going on down below while trolling.
Capt. Jim Gordon of Appleton did well on Tuesday, recording five mature kings among his catch that also included some steelhead and lake trout. Steelhead and the occasional salmon are also available in deeper waters if you want to venture out beyond 350-foot depths.
The Lake Ontario Counties Summer Derby is ending on July 27 and there’s still plenty of room for improvement. The Grand Prize leader changed hand five times in the past week and the current leader is Jim Foltz of Pennsylvania with a 30-pound, three-ounce fish. Top Brown trout is now 17 pounds, 12 ounces, caught by Kay Boekel of W. Henrietta with a Point Breeze fish.
Niagara County has the first-place fish in both the lake trout and steelhead divisions. Top laker taker is Steve Klejdys of North Tonawanda, who is still in first with his 22-pound, six-ounce Niagara Bar fish. Ed Wilson of Wexford, PA is leading the steelhead category with a 13-pound, 10-ounce Wilson fish.
Check out www.loc.org for the current leaderboard. And if you are heading out onto Lake Ontario for a day of fishing, the derby does offer a one day pass. Grab one!
Tip of the week comes from Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown, who recognizes how slippery goose excrement can be: “Make sure the launch ramp is clean so that your truck doesn’t slide down into the water while you are in the boat.” Geese are known for that.