Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
Shoreline trolling is working for trout and Coho salmon with stickbaits being the most popular lure. Tributary action can be good, but most will have to wait until the streams settle down after the rain earlier this week.
Bob Fronczak of Ransomville was out earlier this week to do some shoreline trolling for trout and salmon on either side of Wilson. Using small stickbaits off planer boards (the Storm baits with ultraviolet paint worked best), he managed to boat 26 Coho salmon and brown trout for the morning. A variety of colors were all working. Browns ranged in size from five to eight pounds; the Cohos around four to five pounds.
Greg Stanley at All in the Same Boat Tackle Shop in Newfane reports that some trollers were also working a Super UV Johnny Buster stinger spoon to take some fish off Olcott in 10 to 40 feet of water. Challenger’s junior minnow sticks in silver-black were also catching fish. Cast the piers in Wilson and Olcott for salmon and trout – spoons or spinners.
Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker reports that the first kings were caught this week – off the short pier in Wilson by fishermen casting spoons.
In the creeks, some trout are still available. Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek is holding steelhead and a few browns. Keith Webster of Olcott scored on a double-digit steelie earlier this week on a black jig tipped with a warm worm. Some of the other fish are starting to turn on, too.
Remember that northern pike, pickerel, and walleye seasons don’t open until May 3. Jean’s Bullhead Contest starts on Friday, April 25 at 6 p.m. and runs through 1 p.m. on April 27. Stop into the tavern to register.
Bullhead fishing has been good in Wilson and they are starting to pick up some in 18 Mile Creek, too. To the east, the Oak has some new regulations in place near the dam. Be aware of that. Also, they are doing well in the creek and out in the lake trolling the shoreline.