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Western New York Fishing Hotline

June 26 to July 3, 2015

Attention anglers: The next Western New York Fishing Hotline update will be on July 10th.

Lake Ontario and Tributaries

Angler holding 27 pound king salmon from Lake Ontario.
Mature 27 pound king salmon (chinook salmon)
from Lake Ontario.

It has been a tough month of salmon fishing in the west end of Lake Ontario, with windy weather and scattered fish. However, the deep water bite from Wilson to Sandy Creek has been improving recently. Trollers working depths of 200 to 450 feet have been catching a modest mixed bag of steelhead, lake trout and smaller king salmon, with the occasional coho salmon or larger king salmon. Spoons have worked best in the top 60 feet. For those new to fishing Lake Ontario, visit the Trolling for Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon page for more information.

Warmwater species are plentiful in the harbors and slow moving sections of the tributary streams. Anglers have been catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish. You never know what you'll catch next.

Lower Niagara River

Filamentous algae or "moss" has been a problem for lower river anglers lately. There are plenty of smallmouth bass in the river, but expect to clean your lure/line frequently. Boaters can target bass by drifting with bottom-bouncing rigs with tubes and plastics or by casting towards shore with jerkbaits, stickbaits and spinners. Anglers at the NYPA fishing platform are catching mostly smallmouth bass and white bass. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.

Inland Trout Fishing

Most of the area's trout streams are in good shape today. However, that will certainly change with this weekend's heavy rains. There are some hatches of sulphers, isonychia and caddisflies in the area. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is a good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.

Western New York anglers have a variety of Wild Trout Streams and Stocked Trout Streams to choose from. In addition, Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many of the area's best trout streams. Check out the Fishing For Stream Trout page for introductory information on trout baits, lures, fishing equipment and techniques.

Spring Trout Stocking

DEC Fish Hatchery staff stocked thousands of yearling brown, brook and rainbow trout throughout western New York. In addition, many of the popular trout waters also received stockings of two-year-old brown trout that are between 12-15 inches long. For complete County lists of stocked waters and numbers of trout stocked, check the 2015 Spring Trout Stocking page.

Wiscoy Creek Angler Diary Program

DEC Region 9 Fisheries Unit will be running an angler diary program for Wiscoy Creek in Allegany and Wyoming Counties during 2015, and is currently looking for anglers to keep diaries. If you fish Wiscoy Creek (even once) and would like to keep a diary, please call DEC Fisheries at (716) 372-0645 or email at fwfish9@dec.ny.gov. The program will run March 1st through October 31st. This program duplicates one run in 2012 (2012 survey summary) and will be used in conjunction with a late-summer electrofishing survey to evaluate the fishery's overall quality.

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.