Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
In Lake Ontario, action is slowly starting to turn on as the waters continue to warm. With 42 degree water coming into Lake Ontario from the Niagara River and the shoreline temperatures even warmer – especially off creek mouths – trollers have been picking up a mixed bag inside of 40 foot depths that have included brown trout, Coho salmon, lake trout and the occasional king salmon according to Capt. Bob Cinelli of Newfane. Stickbaits and spoons are both catching fish.
Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker reports that pier action is still available for trout and coho salmon off the piers at Wilson and Olcott. Harbor action in Wilson has been for bullhead, perch and the occasional northern pike. Perch and pike can be caught in Olcott. Some trout are still hanging out at Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek. The rain on Wednesday will probably bring water levels up and create turbid conditions for a few days. The pen project will be receiving their steelhead this week and their salmon on April 30.
Remember that the Lake Ontario Counties spring trout and salmon derby is just around the corner, from May 3 to 12. Check out their website at www.loc.org for all the details including registration outlets and weigh stations.
2. Lower Niagara River
The big news is that the smelt are running in the Niagara River, always a popular activity in the spring. They actually started running just prior to last weekend and many dippers along Lewiston have been enjoying limit catches. The daily limit is eight quarts per person.
The Greater Lewiston Smelt Festival is next Friday, May 3 starting at 6 p.m. at Lewiston Landing along the river. Once again, the Niagara River Anglers Association will be cooking up hundreds of pounds of smelt for the general public. River fishing has been a bit tough because of the combination of water clarity and excessive amounts of bait in the river.