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Western New York Fishing Hotline

November 25 to December 5, 2014

Lake Ontario Tributaries, Harbors & Piers

Angler holding large king salmon caught in lower Niagara River gorge.
Large king salmon (chinook) caught in lower
Niagara River gorge on 3/4 oz silver/blue spoon.

There is good fishing opportunity on the Lake Ontario tributaries, as Orleans and Niagara Counties did not get the heavy snowfall seen to the south. Current conditions are good on the dammed streams, Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks, where moderate flows are being sustained by the de-watering of the Erie Canal and a little snowmelt. Anglers are catching a mix of brown trout and steelhead, with the occasional salmon. Catches are definitely better during periods of lighter fishing pressure. Creeks such as Johnson and Sandy Creeks have seen a slight bump in flow. Look for trout to spread out into the upper sections on this flow rise.

Egg sacs, single eggs, trout beads, egg patterns, bugger patterns and grub-tipped marabou jigs are good bets for brown trout and steelhead. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries page for information on equipment, baits and fishing techniques.

Lower Niagara River

High winds and extensive snowmelt are sending muddy water down the river. Turbid water conditions currently have the fishing on hold. Previously, the lower river had been producing a mix of steelhead, brown trout and lake trout for both boat and shore anglers. Keep in mind that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, so all caught lakers should be quickly released. Drifting with a 3-way bottom bouncing rig with egg sacs, live shiners or Kwikfish lures is a good method for boaters in Devils Hole and Artpark drifts. Shore anglers can target trout at Whirlpool, Devils Hole and Artpark State Parks. Fishing egg sacs, egg patterns, trout beads or shiners under a float, or casting medium sized spoons and spinners are good bets for shore anglers. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.

NYPA re-opened he South Access Road, leading to the fishing platform on November 1st. The newly redesigned road offers safer access to the fishing pier for vehicles and pedestrians. The shoreline stairway to Devils Hole also re-opened on the 1st. The fishing platform will close for the season by December 1st, or with the onset of ice and snow accumulation.

Surplus Broodstock Trout Stocking

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery completed their annual fall stocking of broodstock trout in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. All breeder trout stocked are over 2 years old and are stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted year-round. The following waters were stocked: Quaker Lake 100 brown trout (24 inch) and 100 rainbow trout (28 inch); Red House Lake 190 brown trout (18-24 inch); Birch Run Ponds 25 brook trout (18 inch); Case Lake 150 brook trout (14 inch) and 75 rainbow trout (22 inch); Allen Lake 150 brook trout (14 inch) and 75 rainbow trout (22 inch); Harwood Lake 30 rainbow trout (30 inch) and 75 rainbow trout (22 inch); Genesee River (Wellsville to PA border) 100 rainbow trout (14 inch) and 100 rainbow trout (22 inch).

If you need more fishing information or would like to contribute to the fishing report, please call or e-mail Mike Todd (716-851-7010; fwfish9@dec.ny.gov). Good Luck Fishing!

The fishing hotline can also be heard at (716) 855-FISH.