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Western New York Fishing Hotline

June 24 to July 1, 2016

DEC Free Fishing Weekend

On June 25th and 26th, anyone can fish the waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! Since no license is required, its the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing. Anglers must still abide by New York State fishing regulations during the free fishing weekend.

Lake Ontario and Tributaries

Angler holding large Lake Ontario chinook salmon
Chinook salmon are the "kings" of Lake Ontario.

June is traditionally a down month with lighter angler effort, and this year was no different. However, trout and salmon fishing has started to pick up off Niagara and Orleans Counties. Between Wilson and Olcott, trollers have seen an uptick in mature king salmon catches (Chinook salmon). Depths of 150-200 feet of water have been productive for kings and steelhead in the top 70 feet. Anglers are also catching king salmon at depths over 300 feet near temperature breaks. Large spoons have been tops over flasher-fly combos and cut-bait rigs. Out of Oak Orchard and Sandy Creek, anglers have been catching a mix of king salmon and steelhead in 100-200 feet of water on gear run 50-100 feet down. Orleans County anglers also report better action on spoons. In the nearshore zone, anglers are still picking up brown trout inside 75 feet of water on the bottom.

At harbor sites, anglers can catch a variety of warmwater fish including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, bowfin, yellow perch, rock bass and other sunfish.

Lower Niagara River

Filamentous algae, or "moss" continues to frustrate anglers in the lower river. Closer to the mouth of the river it has been less of a problem. Smallmouth bass fishing in the upper drifts has been tough due to the moss. Anglers working the mouth of the river report decent smallmouth bass catches on live shiners and crayfish. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.

Inland Trout Fishing

All of the area streams have low flows and many have warm water. Keep in mind that hooking and playing trout in warm waters can be lethal to trout.

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 region'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 2016 Spring Trout Stocking pages.

Cattaraugus Creek will receive a surplus stocking of 1000 two-year-old brown trout on Tuesday, June 7th.

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.