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Western New York Fishing Hotline

May 13 to May 20, 2016

Attention anglers: The Western New York Fishing Hotline will not be updated for the week of May 20th to 27th. The next update will be on Friday, May 27th.

Lake Ontario and Tributaries

Stocking of steelhead fingerlings in Twelvemile Creek, Niagara County.
Stocking of future Lake Ontario "lunker" trout
and salmon is in full swing.

When winds cooperate, the king salmon fishing has been decent off Niagara County. The better bite has been from just west of Wilson Harbor to the Niagara Bar. Most trollers are working 100 to 225 feet of water with large spoons or meat combos run 60-100 feet down. On a good day, anglers see a few king salmon hook-ups and plenty of lake trout. Kings have also briefly shown inside 80 feet of water at times. Brown trout are available inside 50 feet of water on stickbaits or spoons run close to the bottom.

The steelhead run is all but over on the Ontario tributaries. Warmwater species have moved into the streams. Black bass fishing is by catch and release only, artificial lures only until the 3rd Saturday in June. Northern pike season will open on Saturday, May 7th.

Lake Ontario Harbors & Piers

Brown trout and the occasional coho salmon area available at pier sites. Fishing during low light periods or when waters are murky green, will improve your catch odds. Spoons, spinners and a minnow under a float are good pier offerings.

Lower Niagara River

Boaters are still catching some steelhead and lake trout. However, smallmouth bass and white bass are starting to dominate the catch count. Tube jigs have produced good smallmouth bass catches near the mouth of the river. For fishing access maps and lower river fishing information see the Fishing the Lower Niagara River page.

Inland Trout Fishing

Area streams are in good shape with moderate flows. Depending on the stream, look for hatches of hendricksons, blue winged olives, caddisflies or March browns. Productive offerings for spinning anglers include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. If you are a catch-and-release anglers and use spinners, it is 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 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

All of western New York's trout stocking waters have been stocked. Hatchery staff are now delivering additional stocking increments to the larger and more popular area waters. Anglers can call the Randolph Hatchery Fish Stocking Hotline at (716) 358-4950 or check back here for weekly stocking updates. For County lists of stocked waters and numbers of trout stocked, check the 2016 Spring Trout Stocking pages. The following waters will receive an additional stocking increment between 5/16 and 5/20.

Allegany County: Dyke Creek (Andover), Cryder Creek (Independence), California Hollow Brook (Bolivar), Little Genesee Creek (Bolivar).

Cattaraugus Creek: Elton Creek (Freedom).

Wyoming County: East Koy Creek (Gainesville).

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.