Niagara Gazette — Some steelhead, lake trout and brown trout have been cooperating, but the bite has been difficult. One the Niagara Bar, a mix of trout and coho salmon have been reported, but that bite has been a bit off, too.
3. Upper Niagara River
The river was off color a bit, probably due to recent wind events. Trout are still available at the head of the river in places like Bird Island Pier and Broderick Park. Perch and panfish can be found all around Grand Island in bays and marinas, as well as along River Road. These backwater places will also be good for the opening day of northern pike season on May 4.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
The spring perch bite is on with the best areas being between Foxes Point and Evangola State Park in 45 to 55 feet of water. Use emerald shiners just off the bottom. Some trout are being caught in Dunkirk Harbor, off the platform and the city pier on live bait. The bullhead bite is turning on there, too. Remember that the opening day of the early trophy bass season is May 4. Until then, it’s catch and release for bass. All the tributaries will have come up after the rain on Wednesday and things should settle in nicely by the weekend in all tribs but Cattaraugus. Drop back steelhead are being caught with the occasional fresh fish.
5. Chautauqua Lake
Crappie fishing has been outstanding so far this spring according to local fish expert Craig Robbins of Jamestown. Good catches of crappie have been reported from most of the canals. On the open lake the bite has been best in 6 to 10 feet of water in sheltered bays with green weeds such as in Burtis Bay, Ashville Bay and off Mayville. Dusk through dawn is the best time on minnows or small 1/32 ounce jigs tipped with a minnow and fished under a float. Perch are starting to snap in the narrows between the bridge and the ferry, with the Bemus Point side doing the best. Use a minnow under a bobber and target just outside the weed edges.