Niagara Gazette


July 4, 2013

Bill Hilts' Fishing Report for July 5, 2013

Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries

For the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Derby, a new Grand Prize leader showed up over the weekend out of Olcott – a 33 pound, two ounce king salmon reeled in by John Scalise of Franklinville using a flasher-fly out in 200 feet of water while fishing with Capt. Darryl Roate of Water Wolf. Wednesday saw a 31-pound, eight-ounce king come to the scales in Wilson, courtesy of Malcolm Bennett of Plano, Texas while fishing with Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Thrillseeker II. That fish is first place in the salmon division now. There was also a new leader in the Rainbow-steelhead category, a 15-pound, nine-ounce fish weighed in by Carol Comerford of East Aurora while fishing out of Wilson. 

Fishing in the lake is slowly starting to pick back up again but as of this report there was fog and cold water after a recent northeast blow. Wes Walker at the Slippery Sinker reports some warmer water has been found out deep for salmon and trout at the 28-30 line. As a result of the cold water near shore, bass have turned on in the harbors of Wilson and Olcott as those fish have sought out the warmer creek waters. 

The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association will be holding their next meeting on July 11. Capt. Don Ruppert will be giving a seminar on Lake Erie walleye fishing starting at 7 p.m. at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara in Lockport. 

LOTSA’s in-club tournament is Saturday, July 13 and the deadline to register is Sunday, July 7. Sign up on the website at Friday July 12 is the Curt Meddaugh Memorial event for registered members. Check out the website for details.

2. Lower Niagara River

The lower Niagara River moss problem seems to be lessening. However, bass fishing has been tough, probably due to the cooler water temperatures relating to weather – some bass are still on the beds. The action should get better as the summer progresses. A few silver bass are still being caught off the New York Power Authority fishing platform and you can also cast the shoreline up into the gorge for bass with jigs tipped with plastics. If you are in a boat, make sure you call in to the Canadian Border Services Agency if you cross the international line. Border agents have been cracking down.

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