Niagara Gazette — 3. Upper Niagara River
The waters there are starting to clear after all the rain and run-off last week. John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda was fishing with Randy Tyrrell of North Tonawanda at the Holiday Inn Marina on Grand Island picking up some perch. While the numbers were not plentiful, the size was worth the wait. They could have caught more if Randy wasn’t keeping warm in the truck more than he was getting a line wet. Other marinas and bays around the island and along River Road were producing a mix of panfish. Trout are still available at the head of the river and above the rapids.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
All the tributaries were blown out last week and the small to medium sized streams are starting to settle down again with a few fresh fish entering the system. Weather will be cooler again this weekend, with some rain in the forecast. This could impact those streams again. Cattaraugus Creek is too muddy. Harbors at Dunkirk and Barcelona are been producing a few trout but water clarity has been an issue there, too.
5. Chautauqua Lake
Ashville and Bemus Bays are producing good catches of crappie in five to eight feet of water according to local guide Craig Robbins. Also shoreline anglers are doing well in morning from shore and in the canals around Lakewood, Ashville and Bemus Bays. Fishing minnows or small jigs (1/32 oz) teamed up with jig heads without and a minnow under a float. Bullheads are available in the canals and from shore at night. Worms, leeches or chicken livers fished on the bottom at night are good baits to use.
6. Oneida Lake
Shore anglers are catching bullhead in many of the traditional areas such as off creek mouths and in Big Bay. Toad Harbor is a good spot for crappie with minnows or small plastics. The Oneida Fish Hatchery at Constantia has completed its egg take for the spring. If you are in town and would like to visit the hatchery, it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Bill Hilts Jr. is the outdoor sports specialist with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.