Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
Out in Lake Ontario, Pat Comerford of East Aurora is still leading the charge in the summer LOC Derby with a 36-pound, 5-ounce king salmon. He had a bit of scare when a 35-plus pound king salmon was weighed in this week out east, taking over the salmon division. His wife, Carol Comerford, is still leading the rainbow-steelhead division with a 15-pound, 9-ounce fish out of Wilson and Ed Klejdys of North Tonawanda is tops in the lake trout category with a 32-pound, 4-ounce Niagara Bar fish. Current first place brown trout is an 18-pound fish reeled in by Bill Kopek of Manlius. The derby continues through July 28. Check out www.loc.org for a complete leaderboard.
In the meantime, fishing action has been steady according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott. Mature kings are coming from 150 to 250 feet of water in from of Olcott, with fish coming from 80 to 120 foot depths on flasher-fly and spoons. Out deep, it’s been more of a numbers game from 450 to 550 foot depths, fishing 50 feet down and deeper for a mix of steelies, kings and cohos. Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors reminds fishermen that Olcott has a weekly fishing contest for salmon and trout and to stop in every week to register your boat at their Olcott location.
2. Lower Niagara River
Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston reports that some walleye are finally starting to cooperate along the Stella and Artpark drifts in 50 feet of water on worm harnesses or a K9 Kwikfish tipped with a piece of nightcrawler. Jacob Joseph reeled in a 9-pound walleye from the Coast Guard drift last week. Bass fishing is still improving, with some nice fish being caught in the 30 foot range on live bait. The Niagara River Anglers Assn. will be holding their Lower River and Lake Ontario smallmouth bass classic on Saturday, July 27. For more information visit www.niagarariveranglers.com or call 807-6111.