Niagara Gazette — 3. Upper Niagara River
Musky season closes down on the upper river Nov. 30 and if the waters clear up you might want to try and give it a go. Jim Hanley of Angola reported that he had some buds out fishing on Sunday and Stan Skotnicki of Eden was the lucky angler reeling in a 52-inch musky that weighed over 40 pounds! They were trolling a green watermelon perch body bait over 22 feet of water at 2.8 miles per hour when the lunker hit in Buffalo Harbor. After a quick picture, it was released to fight another day. Most of the week was shut down because of the turbid water conditions. Remember that the regular bass season also closes down on Nov. 30. Bass action can be good still as they go on an aggressive feed just prior to winter. Some trout should be available in the upper rapids or at the head of the river.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
The small to medium-sized streams like Cayuga, Buffalo, Walnut, Silver, Canadaway, Chautauqua and Eighteenmile have been great this fall for trout. Cattaraugus Creek should be fishable this weekend. Egg sacs or other egg pattern flies are good bets for trout right now. No one we talked to made it out on Lake Erie due to high winds and some more are being forecast for this weekend. If you do make it out, target 40-50-foot depths between Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek.
5. Chautauqua Lake
Musky anglers are making their last ditch effort to catch a lunker before the season closes on Nov. 30. Look for fish in 8-16 feet of water around weed beds, casting the edges with large bucktail spinners, jerk baits or jointed stickbaits, according to Craig Robbins of Jamestown. Trollers can also do well in the same area, again with large jointed stickbaits or body baits. Not too much else to report with hunting season going on.