Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
The Niagara County version of the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament is next weekend out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott, June 1-2. The deadline is past for the Classic and Trophy Divisions and a chance for 100-percent cash payback. It will certainly be exciting for this 29th annual event. In the meantime, the Recreational Open Division, which has few rules and no observer, offers another skill set of anglers to compete in a tournament event, but only for three fish each day – Saturday and Sunday. The deadline is Monday, Memorial Day at 5 p.m. Drop your registration off at the Niagara Tourism Visitor Center at 10 Rainbow Blvd. in Niagara Falls or at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott.
As a precursor to the Pro-Am weekend, the Don Johannes and Pete DeAngelo Memorial contests are set for May 31, a combined three-fish, one-fish event that will have teams compete for the best three-fish catch and the biggest fish overall – salmon and trout. Weigh-in will take place at Clark’s Park in Wilson starting at 3 p.m. when all competitors must be in line. Sign up at The Slippery Sinker or the Boat Doctors in Olcott or the Gas Shack in Wilson by 7 a.m. on the morning of the event. You don’t have to be fishing the Pro-Am to compete in this fund contest.
Fishing in the lake has been spotty and even if it was good, we wouldn’t hear about it from the captains fishing the Pro-Am tournament. This is when it really gets interesting. Lake Ontario flipped over on Tuesday and cold water was everywhere. Seek out any place where there’s warm water … like the Niagara Bar where the warmer Lake Erie waters are flowing out of the Niagara River. Capt. Matt Yablonsky had four days of limit catches – primarily on spoons – before the lake flipped. Some days you can catch fish 40 feet down; other days you need to fish 140 feet down. The Burt Hotel will be holding an opening day Bass Contest – smallmouth and/or largemouth – on June 15 for interested bassers. Stop in to sign up.