Niagara Gazette — The speaker schedule is now finalized and it looks like it’s a good one if you want to learn about fish and fishing – from bass, walleye and musky to salmon and trout. The Expo has put together an excellent lineup of top name fishing experts like Mike Iaconelli, Pete Gluszek, Bernie Schultz, Ott DaFoe, John Murray and Chris Zaldain on the bass front; Capt. Pete Alex and Capt. Brian Garrett on the Lake Ontario salmon and trout front; Capt. Frank Campbell on the Niagara River; Lance Valentine giving a Walleye 101 instruction for beginners; Nick Lange, a Salmon River fishing guide, will give a talk on bead fishing; Jeff Snyder will be talking ice fishing tactics; Chuck Booker will be talking about stream fishing in the local tributaries; and there will also be seminars on the history of hunting and fishing from Fort Niagara; the different species of fish available locally from the Aquarium of Niagara Falls; and Helen Domske of Seagrant will discuss invasive species.
There will also be kids’ fishing seminars and beginning and intermediate salmon trolling instructions by the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association.
Go to www.lotsa.org to find out when some of these things are going on; log on to www.niagarafishingexpo.com for the complete seminar schedule. If you want to improve your fishing skills, there really is something for everyone at this expo. See you there!
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
When streams start to settle down again, there should be a few trout fishing opportunities if you can find some open water. Keep in mind that the water is cold, so fish slow and deep. Wait until the warmest part of the day to try and initiate a fish strike or two. Egg sacs, egg imitations flies, trout beads and small jigs tipped with a wax worm or spike and fished under a float are all tried and true offerings this time of year.