Niagara Gazette — 4. Lake Erie and tributaries
Some of the national writers have sampled the early bass fishing on Lake Erie that opened last weekend. While a few fish over six pounds have been caught, the magical fish over seven pounds is still waiting to be caught. Well, at least with the media contingent. One was caught the day prior to the May 4 opening by Michael Webb of Toronto while fishing with Capt. Bruce Blakelock of Lewiston – a seven-pound six-ounce smallmouth that hit a tube jig in the south gap area. Bob George, National Sales Manager with Buck Knives was out with Capt. Terry Jones to take 60 bass on Tuesday using a mix of tubes and stickbaits. Targeting the middle gap along the break walls and off Hamburg Beach in 8 to 12 feet of water was producing the most fish. Most of the tributaries are over as far as the trout run. The only exception is Cattaraugus Creek. Smallmouth bass are moving into the lower sections of streams and so have some catfish. The lower section of the Catt and 18 Mile Creek are good spots to target for channel cats. Yellow perch action continues to be good in 45 to 55 feet of water near Cattaraugus Creek. The Sturgeon Point launch is closed for dredging. Some walleye action is being reported at night along Hamburg Beach with trolled stickbaits.
5. Chautauqua Lake
Good numbers of crappies are still being caught in the canals around Lakewood, Ashville Bay and Burtis Bay. Ditto around the open waters off Mayville and Bemus Bay in six to ten feet of water on small jigs tipped with a tube or grub and tipped with a minnow. For walleye, try trolling the weed edges in Warner and Dewittville bays with worm harnesses or stickbaits in perch colors.
6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters