Niagara Gazette — Catch of the week was a 28 pound laker caught by Jon Gwara of Newton Falls, Ohio while fishing with Capt. Jeff Draper of Grand Island on the Niagara Bar.
3. Upper Niagara River
Perch fishing off Ontario Street has been hot of late according to Larry Balch of Ransomville. They were catching good numbers of fish as well as good size. Pike season opens on Saturday which means that places like the marinas around Grand Island, Woods Creek, and the Erie Canal up around creek mouths like Tonawanda and Ransom may be good spots to target. Walleye season opens, too. Panfish should be snapping in many of the marinas and bays around Grand Island and along River Road. Trout are still available at the head of the river off the Bird Island Pier and Broderick Park, as well as the head of the rapids in Niagara Falls.
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
Walleye season opens on Midnight Friday night so trollers will probably be pounding the shoreline with stickbaits off Hamburg. Perch action has been great out in the lake. Perch fishing continues to be good between Evangola and Foxes Point in 45 to 55 feet of water. Dunkirk Harbor trout has been good for steelies and the occasional brown at the fishing platform, the city pier and by boat. Saturday is also the opening day for the special early bass season on Lake Erie.
Anglers are entitled to one bass over 20 inches long (if they wanted to keep one)per day, but catch and release is encouraged. Trout are still available in all of the tributaries and Cattaraugus Creek should be fishable by the weekend.
5. Chautauqua Lake
Walleye season opens on Saturday and Craig Robbins reports that a good bet for the opener might be trolling the weed edges in bays like Warner and Dewittville with worm harnesses or stickbaits in perch color. Crappie action has been good in the canals around Ashville Bay, Burtis Bay and Lakewood. Also the open waters in 6-10 feet of water around Mayville and Bemus Bay. Use a small jig head with a one inch tube or grub tipped off with a minnow.