Niagara Gazette


June 28, 2013

Bill Hilts' Fish Forecast for June 28, 2013

Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries

The New York State Free Fishing Days are here this weekend and everyone should be taking advantage of these special days. Whether it’s to tie into special events like the kids derby in Olcott on Saturday or the Gateway Harbor Hooked on Fishing Tournament in North Tonawanda both days, this is a perfect opportunity to wet a line and cast for some big prizes. If a fishing contest isn’t up your alley, then just go out and sample the local waters for a long list of fish species. If you have a license and are always looking to find someone to fish with, this is a great way to take a neighbor, friend or relative. While kids under 16 do not need a license, it’s still a perfect excuse to teach the next generation of anglers some tips of the trade. 

On Lake Ontario, the summer LOC Derby is going on and several leading fish were caught this past week. Most noteable was the 27-pound, 12-ounce king salmon caught by Woodrow Bussenger of Barker to take of the division lead and Steve Klejdys of North Tonawanda to take over second place in the lake trout division with a Niagara Bar 30-pound, seven ounce fish – and those were from last Saturday. Check out for a current leaderboard. The lake fishing has been a bit tough, but normal in this June transition time. Better fishing should be just around the corner. The deadline for signing up online for the Oswego Pro-Am is June 30 at midnight. 

Overall, fishing has been tough – typical for June as it goes through its transition. Best waters have been 80 to 150 and 350 to 450 as far as feet of water. Smaller fish are being caught in the top 50 feet; mature kings a bit deeper. Spoons and flasher-fly. A few browns have been caught off the Olcott piers early in the morning as they come in and feed on shiners. Cast spoons. In the harbors of Wilson and Olcott, bass, pike and a few panfish are being caught.

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