Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
Shoreline trollers in the lake are picking up browns and Coho salmon with regularity, using stickbaits to attract these feisty fish to hit. Dennis Hoffman of North Tonawanda reported good success on Cohos usually any silver colored Rapala stickbait long lined or fished off boards in eight to 10 feet of water. Steelhead were in eight to 20 feet of water in front of Four Mile Creek. In the clearer, shallower waters, an electric motor worked better than his kicker motor. Boat pressure can also make a difference on fish attitudes.
The piers in Wilson and Olcott are also producing browns, steelhead and the occasional Coho according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker in Olcott. Tributary action has also been good. Browns and steelhead are still at Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek and there are even some reports of bass. Remember that bass season is catch and release right now. If you do target bass, you must use artificial baits. Creek temperatures were in the low to mid-40s. If you are helping out with the Olcott pen rearing project, they will be receiving their fish at 1 p.m. April 22 at the Town of Newfane Marina. Check out www.lotsa.org for details or to sign up for the feeding schedule.
The Wilson Conservation Club held their Third Annual Bullhead Contest last weekend and there was some pretty good action in the area around Wilson. A total of 54 adult anglers competed in the friendly contest, as well as eight junior fishermen. Winning two-fish weight was 3.65 pounds reeled in by Joel Feagin of Wilson. Second place was John Pittsley with 3.55 pounds. In the kids’ division, Cameron McKee was first place with a two-fish weight of 3.07 pounds. Next bullhead contest on the calendar is being hosted from April 25-27 by Jean’s in Wilson. Call 751-9198 for more info.