Lake Erie Fishing Hotline
November 26 to December 6, 2013
Lake Erie & Tributaries
Silvery steelhead (rainbow trout) caught on
Cattaraugus Creek in early fall.
Anglers have enjoyed good steelhead action so far this fall, and the late fall run of steelhead is arriving right on time for the holiday week. Anglers have reported fresh runs of steelhead in the streams over past few days. Many streams are fishing well for a mix of fresh silvery steel and more colorful earlier run fish. The small to medium sized streams are in good shape today (Tuesday) with moderate to slightly lower flows. Chautauqua, Canadaway, Silver, Walnut, South Branch Cattaraugus, Eighteenmile, Buffalo and Cayuga Creeks are all good prospects. Cattaraugus Creek currently has near ideal conditions and a flow of about 415 cubic feet per second. Anglers should expect slush in the mornings, especially later this week when nighttime temps dip into the teens.
Fishing with egg sacs and egg pattern flies are good bets for steelhead. Light colored streamers and bugger patterns are good options in clear water conditions while darker patterns in black or purple work better in stained conditions. For those new to steelhead fishing, see the Steelhead Fishing in Lake Erie Tributaries page for information on steelhead fishing equipment, locations and links to stream maps.
Upper Niagara River
Musky anglers still have a few more days left before the season closes after November 30th. Currently, upper river waters are a chalky green color. But winds are building and expected to last a couple days. The Buffalo Harbor looks like the best bet for the tail end of the season. Musky are generally caught in the outer Buffalo Harbor by trolling large stickbaits. Casting spoons or drifting egg sacs from Broderick Park/Squaw Island usually produces some rainbow trout catches at this time of year.
The open-lake fishing season is all but over, and most anglers have pulled their boats for the season. However, anglers still have until Saturday to chase muskellunge. Boaters can target musky near weed edges in 8-16 feet of water. Productive methods include casting large bucktail spinners or stickbaits or trolling on the outside of the weed edge with large jointed stickbaits.
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 were over 2 years old and were stocked in waters where trout fishing is permitted year-round. The following waters were stocked; Birch Run Pond 50 14-inch brook trout; Allen Lake 100 14-inch brook trout and 100 20-inch brook trout; New Albion Lake 150 14-inch brook trout; Genesee River (Wellsville to PA border) 300 14-inch brown trout, 50 20-inch brown trout and 200 14-inch rainbow trout; Red House Lake 140 20-inch brown trout; Quaker Lake 150 30-inch rainbow trout, 250 20-inch rainbow trout and 75 24-inch brown trout; Case Lake 100 14-inch brook trout, 100 20-inch brook trout and 50 20-inch brown trout, 45 30-inch rainbow trout and 90 14-inch rainbow trout.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Markham (716-366-0228; email@example.com). Good Luck Fishing!
The fishing hotline can also be heard at (716) 679-ERIE or (716) 855-FISH.