Niagara Gazette — 2. Lower Niagara River
Moss is still a problem and not too much fishing is taking place. Bass are available, but you have to work for them. Some silver bass are still being caught off the NYPA fishing platform.
3. Upper Niagara River
This weekend is the Hooked on the Tonawandas Fishing Tournament out of Gateway Park. For all the details, check out www.fishgatewayharbor.net or call 628-1247. The 22nd Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby July 3 to 14 – that’s this coming week! The derby is an excellent vehicle to get the entire family out fishing and there’s plenty of shoreline access to take advantage of. If you have a boat – even a canoe or a kayak – it will open new areas for casting or drifting live bait. Check out the website at www.eriecanalderby.com for all the details. With over $20,000 in prizes and an additional $10,000 possible in tagged fish, the odds are good to catch a winning fish in the bass, walleye, pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead or catfish categories. Moss is still posing problems for trollers, casters and drifters, but a few fish are being caught at Broderick Park, Ontario Street and Squaw Island.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
A decent walleye bite continues around the lake. Ed Belbas of North Tonawanda reported good success off the windmills on worm harnesses in 35 feet of water earlier this week. Anglers have been doing well from the windmills to Myers reef in 30 to 40 feet of water on worm harnesses and stickbaits. Perch fishing has been a bit sporadic off Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek, but if you can find the schools between 50 and 65 feet of water you can do well using emerald shiners or small minnows. Smallmouth bass fishing is steady in 20 to 35 feet of water wherever you can find structure.
5. Chautauqua Lake