Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
The Southern Zone regular big game season is here, opening on Saturday, and prospects are good this fall for both deer and bear in specified areas. If you are not a hunter, then this could be a great time to go fishing because there will be a lot less pressure in places like Eighteen Mile Creek and Burt Dam. Water flow is good and the water is stained so use brightly colored egg sacs or egg imitations to try and get salmon and trout to hit. Hopefully some fresh fish will be coming from the most recent rains. A few fresh salmon are still being seen along with a fair number of brown trout. Steelhead are starting to arrive in the scene in modest numbers.
Johnson Creek to the east was offering some good action for Greg Stanley of All in the Same Boat Tackle Shop in Newfane – lots of fish and not many fishermen. Pier casting is another good option with spoons the number one hardware – off either Wilson or Olcott.
2. Lower Niagara River
In the Niagara River, the water is off color but it was not too stained to fish last weekend. Just ask Capt. Joe Marra of Lewiston, who was fishing the Niagara Bar on Sunday with customers. Dr. Mark Nartatez from Pittsburgh, PA was the lucky angler reeling in a monster 45-inch lake trout that tipped the scales at nearly 40 pounds! It attacked a Kwikfish lure fished off of a three-way rig in 25 feet of water. Lake trout season is currently closed so it was released unharmed to fight another day. It was caught on 10-pound test line. Had they been using 8-pound test line, it would have been a catch-and-release line class record!
Steelhead and lake trout were both hitting in the river, as well, with golden shiners and Kwikfish the top two enticements to get fish to hit from boats. Boat action seemed to be shut down during the week because of the stained water, but the weekend looks good for water to clear a bit – if the high winds on Thursday do not pose a problem.