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Western New York Fishing Hotline

November 20 to November 27, 2015

Attention anglers: The Western New York Fishing Hotline will not be updated for the week of November 27 to December 4.

Lake Ontario Tributaries, Harbors and Piers

Angler holding large rainbow trout caught at Oak Orchard Creek.
Colorful steelhead/rainbow trout caught at
Oak Orchard Creek.

Recent fishing on western New York's Lake Ontario tributaries has been fair at best. Eighteenmile Creek is running low and clear and fishing has been slow, with light catches of brown trout and steelhead. The trout bite has been slightly better at Oak Orchard Creek. Currently, Oak Orchard has a moderate, clear flow. De-watering of the Erie Canal could start this week. When this occurs, Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks will see a bump in flow. Hopefully this will draw more trout upstream. All other western tributaries have very low and clear flows. Egg sacs, single eggs, trout beads, egg patterns, bugger patterns and grub-tipped marabou jigs are good trout offerings. When fishing clear conditions, downsize your tippet, hooks and bait to trick finicky trout. For additional steelhead fishing tips see Steelhead Fishing in Lake Ontario Tributaries.

The lower, slow moving sections of Eighteenmile Creek, Oak Orchard Creek and the Genesee River are also good options for trout and salmon. The majority of these sections are only accessible by boat. Trolling with stickbaits (where possible) or casting and retrieving stickbaits are good methods. In the sections of these waterways between the bridge closest to the stream mouth, upstream to the first impassible barrier, any lure that has more than one hook point must float while at rest. When weather permits, there is still opportunity to target trout and salmon from the piers at major tributary mouths. Casting spoons is a top method.

Lower Niagara River

Lower river waters are currently stained, but fishable. Boaters and shore anglers have been catching plenty of lake trout with some steelhead and the occasional brown trout mixed in. Keep in mind that lake trout season is closed until January 1st, and all incidentally caught lakers should be quickly released. Shore anglers have seen the best bite along Artpark, but Devils Hole and Whirlpool State Parks are also good options. Egg sacs and chartreuse trout beads have worked well. Live shiners, jigs with mister twister, spoons and Vibrax spinners are also good offerings. Boaters are catching trout in the Artpark and Devils Hole Drifts. Controlled drifting with a three-way bottom bouncing rig with Kwikfish, egg sacs or shiners works well. Some trout have also shown at the NYPA fishing platform. NYPA has announced that the platform elevator is now closed due to the start of a project to replace the elevator. The remainder of the fishing pier remains open until December 1st, or the onset of ice and snow. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.

Surplus Broodstock Trout Stocking

DEC Randolph Fish Hatchery has 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: Case Lake received 300 brook trout (14-18") and 300 brown trout (14"); Quaker Lake received 175 brown trout (18-24") and 100 rainbow trout (18-28"); Red House Lake received 100 brown trout (18-24") and 25 rainbow trout (28"); Allen Lake received 100 brook trout (18"), 125 brown trout (18-24") and 75 rainbow trout (14-28"); New Albion Lake received 175 brook trout (14"), 25 brown trout (24") and 50 rainbow trout (21-28"); Genesee River received 65 brown trout (24") and 400 rainbow trout (14-28") between Wellsville and PA border.

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.