Niagara Gazette — Instead of a fish fry this year, the Niagara Sausage Company will be on hand to show off their tasty links at the NRAA Nature Preserve on Balmer Road following the weigh in for the contest (which will take place at Lewiston Landing from 1-2 p.m.). Top bass catcher wins $1,000!
3. Upper Niagara River-Erie Canal
The 23rd Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby ended last Sunday and the leader board is posted on the website at www.eriecanalderby.com. But there is still one more step in the process – who will win the Grand Prize boat, motor and trailer package? On Sunday, July 21, first place division anglers will be placed into a hat to determine who will win the big prize. These fishermen will all be meeting at 3 p.m. at the Gasport Fire Hall to determine their fate: George Frombgen of Gasport with a 4 pound bass; Janet Wright of North Tonawanda with a 7 and a half pound walleye; Mike Boncore of Tonawanda with a 5.6 pound pike; Richard Blackburn of Lockport with a one and a half pound bullhead; Codie Thomas of Grand Island with a 10-pound catfish; Joshua Staley of Virginia with a 24-plus pound carp; and Todd Wells of Medina with a 10.3-pound sheepshead. There were also four tagged fish caught in the popular canal contest. In the upper river, bass action has been good at the head of the river, the west bank of Grand Island and the areas around Strawberry and Motor islands on live bait like crabs or tube jigs. A few musky are being caught on large 8-10 inch tubes on the outside edges of the weeds.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
Capt. Frank Campbell is reporting good to very good bass fishing on live bait like crayfish and shiners in 20 to 40 feet of water around structure. Tube jigs will also produce fish, as will a drop shot rig. Capt. Terry Jones has been seeing some success on jerk baits, too. Walleye fishing continues to be crazy out there. Capt. Steve Drabczyk has been enjoying his best success between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. straight out from the south gap in 49 feet of water to the Canadian line. Worm harnesses are the way to go. Bass have been hitting golden shiners and crayfish for him in 35-40 feet of water along Seneca Shoal.