Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
Jamie Stanley at All in the Same Boat reports that tributary action is drawing mixed reviews. Her husband Greg was fishing Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek on Wednesday and he managed to produce a few browns on jigs and minnows but found the water very stained. It should start to clear up by the weekend.
Keg Creek was too high and muddy to fish and Johnson Creek to the east also had turbid conditions and fishing was slow. When things start to clear those trout should be hungry.
Wilson Harbor was still sporting up to eight inches of ice but caution is advised after the recent warm snap that brought temperatures into the 50s and some rain. Some trout were being reported along with the traditional perch, bluegills and crappie. Use ice jigs tipped with minnows, wax worms and spikes. Pike minnows are being used, too.
2. Lower Niagara River
Action was starting to pick back up again at mid-week, but high winds on Wednesday could rile things back up again. We’ll have to play that by ear. Trout were hitting wherever you could find a bit cleaner water.
Devil’s Hole and some of the mid-river drifts were producing some steelhead, browns and lake trout. The Niagara Bar and the mouth of the river was too muddy to fish but that could change by the weekend. Trout have been hitting minnows and egg sacks consistently. Kwikfish lures will also work if the wind conditions are right.
3. Upper Niagara River
Not too much to report. We’re only a week away from the first annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, set for Jan. 24 thru 26 at the Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls – in the shadow of the Seneca Niagara Casino in downtown Niagara Falls. Parking is for free in the casino parking areas for this show, including the lot right across the street from the conference center.