Niagara Gazette


July 19, 2013

Bill Hilts' Fish Forecast for July 19, 2013


Niagara Gazette — 5. Chautauqua Lake 

Bill Joseph of Youngstown sends word that he’s been fishing the eastern shoreline of the lake north of Long Point for walleye and picking up some nice fish. At least, his son Jacob has been reeling in some big ones. They’ve been catching some nice fish up to 9 pounds, which is big for Chautauqua. They’ve been using a three-way rig tipped with a leach to take their fish, drifting with the wind or using a trolling motor to move them slowly along in 15 feet of water just outside the weeds. They have also picked up some bass up to five pounds and a gar pike up to 10 pounds, in addition to some perch and sunfish.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters

Cayuga Lake – Lower Cayuga Inlet was treated for weeds this week, but the inlet and boat launch is back open again for fishing. Trollers are still working 60 to 90 feet down over 80 to 120 feet of water with flasher-fly or spoons. Jiggers are picking up lake trout in 80 to 100 feet of water. Atlantic salmon have been hitting spoons in the top 50 feet of water over 60 to 125 foot depths. Green has been a hot color. In the north end, bass and a variety of panfish has been dominating catches. The area adjacent to the gates at the Mud Locks is now closed to fishing.

Bill Hilts Jr. is an outdoor writer with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. Contact him at billhiltsjr@

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