Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario & tributaries
It’s been a strange year so far out on Lake Ontario and things are finally starting to settle in with a bit more consistent angling action. Just ask Pat Comerford of East Aurora. Fishing in the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby on Monday aboard his boat “Sandman,” with friend Darryl Day of St. Catharines, they managed to catch not one but two leading fish in the contest — a 36-pound, 5-ounce king salmon to take over the lead for the $10,000 Grand Prize AND a 33-pound, 7-ounce king salmon — reeled in by Day — to take over the lead in the Salmon Division. They weighed in their fish at Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston.
Carol Comerford, Pat’s wife, is currently leading the Rainbow/Steelhead Division with a 15-pound, 9-ounce fish reeled in off Wilson. To add to the week’s stellar catches, Ed Klejdys of North Tonawanda did the impossible — taking over the lead in the Lake Trout Division — with a 32-pound, 4-ounce monster from the Niagara Bar last Sunday, overtaking the 31-pound, 11-ounce fish that was caught by Darrin LaChance in June. Some impressive fish have come to the scales for sure and the derby continues until July 28.
Capt. Jim Gordon of Appleton reports some very good fishing off Olcott the past week, especially for City of Lockport Treasurer Mike White and some of his fishing buddies. They reeled in salmon up to 24 pounds over the weekend. According to Gordon, the best action was in 100 to 200 feet of water for a mix of salmon and trout, Steelhead and the occasional brown trout were hitting spoons up high, while king salmon were down deeper with flasher-fly. When the winds changed out of the west, moss became a problem, so they headed out to the 25 to 27 line. Earlier in the week, it was Capt. Jim Taylor fishing out of the “Hawg” to register 30 hookups for the day, a great effort on the water.