Niagara Gazette — Lake action has been good-to-very-good for a mix of fish. You can pick up mature kings first thing in the morning as close as 75 feet of water in front of Wilson and Olcott. On the Niagara Bar, kings are also available at the drop off and beyond. Fish have been scattered from the 26-line to the 32-line out in front of Olcott, with flasher-fly, spoon or meat your top baits. Target the top 60 feet of water for trout and down a little deeper to 90-100 feet for kings.
In the battle for the $25,000 LOC Derby king salmon, 36 1/2 pounds is leading the way right now. Twentieth place is 31-plus pounds. Three steelies are tied for first at 14 pounds, four ounces and Larry Goehring’s big brown is the current leader. The LOC continues through Labor Day. Tip of the week goes to Chris Zaganiaczyk of the Buffalo area who chartered with Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott this week. After being warned about the derbies going on, they opted not to enter into the contests. The result was a massive steelhead that tipped the scales at better than 18 pounds.
2. Lower Niagara River
No reports of the first king salmon off the fishing platform yet, but it won’t be long. The big news this week is the hot walleye bite that’s going on in the river – just in time for the Lower Niagara River Walleye Tournament sponsored by the Niagara River Anglers Association. Register at www.niagarariveranglers.com or at Creek Road Bait and Tackle. You can also register at the Lewiston launch first thing in the morning.
Capt. Steve Drabczyk sends word that good catches are being reported in the river, especially from the Stella Drift in 32 feet of water on worm harnesses fished off three-way rigs. The Niagara Bar seems to be producing the bigger fish, but you do have to work for them. Harnesses with larger blades seem to be attracting the big boys like Devlin’s from the Fish Odyssey. Green has been a good color to use.