Niagara Gazette

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January 24, 2014

Fish Forecast: Chill out with ice fishing, warm up at the Expo

Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries

The frigid temperatures have hampered action in the streams, but ice fishing options have been good this year. In Niagara County, the best ice action has been at Wilson Harbor where a mix of perch, panfish and the occasional trout has been reported. Use ice jigs tipped with live bait for the best success. 

There is some open water fishing around Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek but you might have to move some ice around like Greg Stanley of All in the Same Boat did earlier this week. Once they opened up some water, they managed to catch a few trout – steelhead and browns – on egg sacs. 

The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is here at the Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls – from today through Sunday. Lots of great exhibits, speakers and more. The best day to go is Sunday if you are looking for the biggest bang for your buck – when the LOTSA Marketplace will be going on in addition to the overall EXPO. Check out the LOTSA site at www.lotsa.org or the Expo site at www.niagarafishingexpo.com. A full list of seminar speakers for the weekend is on the Expo site. There are special kids fishing instruction, as well as beginner/intermediate classes for salmon and trout trolling. What a great cabin fever reliever! 

And we have some more good news for those of you out there that buy a hunting or fishing license. A brand new fee structure is being put into place on February 1 that should help attract more people into sampling these popular pastimes. For starters, the new license year will change. For fishermen, an annual license will start from the day you purchase it. For hunting, the new license year will be from September 1 to August 31 instead of the current October 1 starting date. Those are both good changes. 

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