Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
It’s the final weekend for the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby and there’s $15,000 on the line for the Grand Prize salmon. The biggest salmon, which is currently a 27-pound 10-ounce king hauled in by Justin Monin of Lewiston, is currently leading the way for the big cash prize. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown is tops in the lake trout division with a 27-pound 13-ounce fish. Due to a rule change this year, the Grand Prize fish has to be a salmon. Yablonsky has won the spring derby with a lake trout before … but not this year. Top steelhead is 14 pounds, six ounces and top brown trout is a 14-pound 15-ounce fish. Current walleye leader is 12 pounds, two ounces.
It’s still not too late to register. Log on to www.loc.org for details. To help celebrate some of this great spring fishing going on around Western New York, some big name media are in town representing publications like In-Fisherman, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Bassmaster, On The Water and The Fisherman to name a few.
There are also some TV shows like Big Water Adventures, Mid-West Outdoors, and In-Fisherman that are on the water shooting shows for the future. Lake trout fishing has been very good on the Niagara Bar, but they are catching a few kings, cohos and a mix of other fish.
Mark Davis of South Carolina had the big laker for Tuesday while doing some filming on the Bar, a 25-pound 12-ounce lake trout. His highlight, though, was a 5 1/2 foot sturgeon that hit his bait. Jeff Pierce of Scottsville, National Sales manager with Mustad Hooks, also caught an early season bass off Fort Niagara on the Bar that tipped the seven pound mark a few weeks ago, too. In Wilson and Olcott harbors, bass, pike and panfish are all being caught along with the occasional trout according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker.