Niagara Gazette — 2. Lower Niagara River
In the lower Niagara River, Don Dziedzina of Chicago came in and did a television show with Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown last Monday. It was an impressive day as they boated no less than six species of fish including lake trout, steelhead, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, sheepshead and silver bass. Dandy Don had one fish on for more than a half hour that we guessed was a big old sturgeon. Speaking of silver bass, quite a few were being caught off the NYPA Fishing Platform this week. Use jigs tipped with twister tails or an emerald shiner. Emerald shiners were working from boats fished off three-way rigs.
3. Upper Niagara River
Yellow and white perch continue to cooperate in places like Broderick Park, Squaw Island and Ontario Street. Some walleye are also being caught at Broderick Park. Use minnows on the bottom. Catch and release bass fishing is also taking place in many marinas, harbors and streams or creeks. Remember that you must use artificial baits. You will also catch a mix of panfish in those same areas on emerald shiners. Remember that the Wagon Wheel Restaurant will be holding their opening day smallmouth bass fishing contest on June 15 once again. Sign up at the restaurant located on Niagara Falls Blvd at 72nd Street in Niagara Falls.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
Perch should be back snapping again between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point in 45 to 55 feet of water. Walleye fishing continues to be slow for night trallers, but as water temperatures increase, the fishing should get better with stickbaits or worm harnesses. Channel cats have moved into some of the lower sections of creeks like Cattaraugus and Eighteen Mile Creek. The best fishing has been for bass and they are spread around any kind of bottom structure – 10 to 30 foot depths. This past week, anglers were catching bass on live bait (they can for the early trophy season on Lake Erie), jerk baits, tubes and spinnerbaits. Fish up to six pound were reported this week.