Niagara Gazette — Bass fishing has been spotty, but some nice fish have been reported from Devil’s Hole to the Bar. Live bait like crayfish or shiners will work for you, as will tube jigs or drop shot rigs. Shore fishermen are doing okay on bass with twistertails up in the gorge.
3. Upper Niagara River
The Bird Island Pier is back up for shore fishing action and that area is a good bet for bass on the river side of the pier. Bass are also being caught at the Ontario Street launch area. Boat fishermen are picking up bass on the east side of Motor and Strawberry islands, in the west river on the west side of Grand Island and at the head of the river. Target 10-20 feet of water with crayfish for best success. Two fish on the Fish Odyssey leaderboard were caught in the upper river.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
Bass fishing has been fair to good off Buffalo and toward Myers Reef. Seneca Shoal has been a hot spot, too. Capt. Jeff Draper of Grand Island showed customers some nice fish there last weekend – before the derby – in 35 feet of water on a “Crawl Fish.” Their biggest was a 22-inch six-pounder. Two fish on the Fish Odyssey leaderboard were caught from Lake Erie.
The walleye bite has slowed and you have to work for them. The big school continues to move west and out to deeper waters. Off Cattaraugus Creek, look in 70-85 feet of water; off Dunkirk head out to 80-plus feet of water. Worm harnesses are the way to go, but stickbaits will also catch fish. That’s not to say that there aren’t walleye around the near shore reef areas. Try casting a weight-forward spinner tipped with a worm or a worm harness bounced along the bottom. Yellow perch action has been spotty. Smaller schools have been scattered from 50-70 feet of water off Cattaraugus Creek.