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  1. Some ice chunks continue to come down through the Niagara River system, serving as obstacles in the upper and lower river sections. This stems from the fact that the ice boom is still in place at the head of the river between Buffalo and Fort Erie. Winds from the southwest will push ice pieces over the flexible boom. As of Tuesday morning, there was 372 square miles of ice left. There needs to be 250 square miles of ice or less before the boom is pulled. Ice thickness varies right now from 6 inches to 28 inches. We will keep you posted. In the upper river, Jeff Pippard at Niagara Outdoors in North Tonawanda reports that perch have been hitting around Beaver Island State Park at the marina and in many of the bays around the Island. Just look for the Emerald shiners. A few rainbows and lake trout have been taken off Gratwick Park in NT on spinners, too. Click here to see the rest of the report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  2. The Buffalo News provides information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts, including photos and stories of fish caught, news from various bodies of water and details about current fishing conditions. See below for the latest details and links! The Buffalo News Shares "Catches of the Week (April 17)" The Buffalo News provides photos and information about several fish caught in local waters in this edition of the "Catches of the Week." Species featured this week include steelhead, salmon, and more. The article also shares photos of local residents fishing in faraway destinations. Click here to see! "The Fishing Beat (April 17, 2019)" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about the latest fishing conditions throughout the region in this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries and Chautauqua Lake. Details are also provided about a Coho salmon study in Lake Ontario. Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Presents "Scattershots (April 17, 2019)" In this edition of "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides helpful information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. Stories covered in the article include, "Domske honored at State of Lake Erie meeting," "Good Friday skeet fun shoot April 19," "Youth turkey hunt this weekend" and "Spring into Nature April 27." Click here to read more!
  3. The Buffalo News provides a great deal of information of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for the most recent details and links! “Honoring conservation leaders in Niagara County” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “Honoring conservation leaders in Niagara County,” Bill Hilts Jr. highlights several recipients of prestigious awards from the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs. Click here to learn about the winners and see pictures from the awards banquet! “The Fishing Beat (April 10, 2019)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides comprehensive updates and information about the latest fishing related news throughout the region in this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries, Chautauqua Lake and inland waters. Other headlines in the article include “Letcher wins bullhead contest” and “NMA Top 10 muskies for 2018.” Click here for details! The Buffalo News Presents “Scattershots for April 10, 2019” In this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. shares details about several topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. Topics discussed include, “2 the Outdoors Environmental Forum April 17,” “NMA celebrates silver anniversary,” “SWA tourney offers $10,000 prize” and “New York’s final deer harvest numbers.” Click here to see! The Buffalo News Shares “Catches of the Week (April 11)” The Buffalo News provides photos and stories of some of the fish caught recently throughout the region in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” More than 50 photos are provided, including steelhead, lake trout and more. Click here to see!
  4. The lake fishing out of Wilson and Olcott is really starting to turn on. Brown trout have been hitting closer to the shoreline on stickbaits and spoons. Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane focused efforts in 10 to 14 feet of water around Olcott with Bay Rats and Live Targets off the planer boards. On the riggers it was Dreamweaver SS spoons producing some nice browns, but a mix of other species including an Atlantic were also caught. Lake trout are out a bit deeper. A few king salmon are starting to show up in the lake. Chris Kempf of Cheektowaga hit a nice one on Saturday, a fish he reeled in while fishing with Capt. Joe Gallo of Amherst. They were fishing a flasher-fly 70 feet down over 125 feet of water when the bruiser hit while fishing out of Wilson. He also caught lake trout in 100 to 130 feet of water on spoons and flasher-fly. In the tributaries, the action has been consistent for steelhead and brown trout according to Scott Feltrinelli of Ontario Fly Outfitters. Water quality in the creeks is pretty good. The rain recently should help bring up water levels and add a light stain. Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors reports decent pier action off Wilson and Olcott for browns. Bass are starting to hit, too. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  5. The Buffalo News provides a wealth of information for fishing enthusiasts, including fishing reports, outdoor-related news and photos and stories of several fish caught recently in the region! See below for the latest details and links! The Buffalo News Presents “Scattershots (April 3, 2019)” Bill Hilts Jr. provides details on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include “State of Lake Erie meeting April 11,” “LOTSA meeting has new site,” “2018-19 PA deer harvest report released” and “State of Salmon River fisheries set.” Click here for details! "The Fishing Beat (April 3, 2019)" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the latest news and fishing conditions in this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News. The article discusses a highly anticipated weekend for trout action and provides information about the opening of the NYPA fishing platform. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries, Chautauqua Lake and inland waters. Also discussed is the Naples Opening Day Trout Derby. Click here to read more! The Buffalo News Shares "Catches of the Week (April 3)" The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of several fish caught recently in local waters such as Lake Ontario tributaries, the Lower Niagara, and others in this edition of "Catches of the Week." Photos of steelhead, lake trout, brown trout and more are included. Click here to see.
  6. The NYPA fishing platform is open! April 1 is traditionally the opening of the lower Niagara River’s fishing platform at the NY Power Authority, as well as the reservoir access off Upper Mountain Road and the water intakes area in the upper Niagara River. Icy conditions kept it from opening Monday and Tuesday this week, but the platform’s official opening is April 3! Feel free to check before heading down at 796-0135 Ext. 45 because the platform could be shut down temporarily if we have poor weather conditions. It’s good timing because the lower river trout fishing has been pretty darn good since the weekend. Egg sacs or egg imitations are working well for steelhead and brown trout. Some lake trout are also available. Big minnows or shiners have been working on all three species according to local boat drifters. Shoreline casters are using egg sacs, spoons and spinners to take trout. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  7. The Buffalo News provides photos, stories and details about several topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for the latest details and links! “April 1 trout opener is still a special time” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. discusses the start of trout season and the different meanings that has had over time in this article from The Buffalo News called “April 1 trout opener is still a special time.” Click here to read more! “The Fishing Beat (March 27)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about the latest fishing related happenings throughout the region in this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries, Lake Simcoe and Chautauqua Lake. Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares “Scattershots for March 27, 2019” In this edition of “Scattershots for March 27, 2019” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about several topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. Topics discussed include, “NYPA Opens Fishing Piers April 1,” “April 1 Naples Trout Derby Set,” “NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Picks 11” and “NYS Winter Classic Final Results.” Click here to see more! “Catches of the Week (March 26)” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of several fish caught recently in the region in this edition of “Catches of the Week (March 26).” Click here to see! The Buffalo News Shares the “Outdoor Calendar for March 27, 2019” The Buffalo News provides dates and details for several upcoming events in this edition of the “Outdoor Calendar.” Click here for details!
  8. The inland trout and salmon opener is April 1 but the Great Lakes are open all year! In the Lower Niagara River, there are plenty of trout available. However, the river water is super clear, and fish are getting really picky according to Capt. John DeLorenzo of Niagara Falls. Your presentation must be perfect, or you won't get the bites. Long leaders with 6-pound test fluorocarbon fishing line is a must. Downsize your baits with small egg sacs about the size of a pea in pink or yellow. Chartreuse micro yarn flies have been working for DeLorenzo and that bait produced a 16-pound steelhead over the weekend that was caught by George Peterson of North Tonawanda. Shoreline casters have been using jigs, spoons and spinners, as well as egg sacs. April 1 is traditionally the opening of the lower Niagara River’s fishing platform at the NY Power Authority, as well as the reservoir access off Upper Mountain Road and the water intakes area in the upper Niagara River. It looks good for that to happen on Monday. Feel free to check before heading down at 796-0135 Ext. 45. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  9. The Buffalo News provides updates and information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts! See below for the latest details and links, which include updates on fishing conditions in the region, fishing related news and photos of recent catches! The Buffalo News Shares "The Fishing Beat (March 20)" In this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the fishing conditions throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries, Chautauqua Lake and Lake Simcoe as well as an ice fishing update, details about Capt. Bob's Outdoors Fishing Contest and information about inland trout stocking. Click here for details! "Scattershots (March 20)" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides details on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include "Brookdog Fishing Premieres musky film March 28," "2019 Fly Fishing Film Tour sponsored by UB Fishing Club," "2018 bear harvest numbers announced" and "Wilson Bullhead contest set." Click here for more information! “Catches of the Week (March 20)” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of some of the fish caught in the region recently in this edition of “Catches of the Week.” Also included are photos of local residents and their catches while traveling. Click here to see.
  10. Happy Spring! Stream and river action are both strong right now and this week’s weather doesn’t look too bad as of right now, especially on Sunday. In the lower Niagara River, Ricardo Davila of Wheatfield has been doing well in the Niagara Gorge from shore casting spoons. Water has been very clear there. Hopefully we will see a little snow melt and rain to help stain that water up a bit. Still, he’s been taking some nice steelhead from shore. Boaters have more opportunity to move around and steelhead and brown trout are both producing consistently by anglers drifting shiners, egg sacs or plugs like Kwikfish or MagLips off three-way rigs. If you are looking for browns and lakers, try drifting the Niagara Bar with a shiner near the green buoy marker. The tributaries are opening up nicely and if there’s good flow, there will be some fresh trout in there. The most popular area in Niagara Falls USA off Lake Ontario is 18 Mile Creek near Burt Dam. Egg sacs and jigs are working to produce some feisty steelhead with an occasional brown trout. Don’t forget about the piers in Wilson and Olcott, too. Those should start to turn on soon. And speaking of Wilson, the 7th Annual Wilson Bullhead contest is coming up soon, April 5-7. Make sure that’s on your fishing radar screen. Speaking of brown trout, it appears a few boats have been trolling the shoreline out near Fort Niagara and picking up some browns in 6 to 8 feet of water. Use small stickbaits, either flatlining off the back or working the shoreline with in-line planers. On Saturday March 23rd, there will be a Lake Ontario Fisheries Symposium sponsored by NY Sea Grant and the Lake Ontario Sportfishing Promotion Council from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Finger Lakes Mall (adjacent to Bass Pro), Auburn. Expert panels and presentations on Lake Ontario will be offered up. Register for free at www.ilovenyfishing.com. Also, on March 23rd, the 8th Annual Fisherman’s Paradise Flea market and Swap Meet will take place at the Alexander Firemen’s Rec Hall located at 10708 Route 98 in Alexander. Admission is just $2. Kids 12 years of age and under are free. For more information, call Joe Kugel at 440-0004 or Jim Thompson at 585-591-0168. April 1 is opening day of the inland trout and salmon season. DEC does plenty of stocking in its inland waters. Call the Randolph Hatchery stocking hotline at 358-2050 for details. Stocking will take place in Niagara Falls at Hyde Park Lake and Gill Creek, as well as Oppenheim Park Pond in Wheatfield on April 11. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  11. The Buffalo News provides updates and information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for the most recent details and links. The Buffalo News Shares “Catches of the Week (March 13)” The Buffalo News shares photos and stories about some of the fish caught in the region recently in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” Photos of local anglers catching fish while traveling are also included. Click here to see! “State of Lake Ontario meeting updates anglers on lake, tributaries” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News titled "State of Lake Ontario meeting updates anglers on lake, tributaries" Bill Hilts Jr. provides details from the recent meeting. Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares "The Fishing Beat (March 13)" Bill Hilts Jr. provides fishing related updates from throughout the region in this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries, Chautauqua Lake and inland waters. This edition also includes details about the rescheduling of the State of Skaneateles Lake and NYS Winter Classic Awards. Click here to read more! "Scattershots (March 13)" from The Buffalo News In this edition of "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides details on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. Topics discussed include, "Niagara County Federation announces 2018 award winners," "Lake Ontario fisheries symposium March 23," "Eighth annual Fishermen’s Paradise Flea Market March 23" and "State youth archery tournament Friday." Click here for more information!
  12. Action has picked back up again in the lower Niagara River according to Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. Steelhead fishing was good in Devil’s Hole and along Artpark on pink egg sacs and Kwikfish. Some fish have also been caught on MagLips. There was no ice and water clarity was good, for now anyway. Best color of Kwikfish was gold. Some browns are still hitting downriver and walleye are still being caught. Emerald shiner fishing has been consistent off three-way rigs. Remember that walleye season closes in the state on March 15. From shore in the gorge, be careful of the shelf ice. Artpark only had a foot or two, but more could be found further up into the gorge toward the Whirlpool. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls was using jigs and spinners from shore to catch steelhead. Others were using egg sacs in pink, purple and chartreuse. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  13. The Buffalo News provides details on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for the most recent details and links. "Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Club honors conservation leaders" from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called "Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Club honors conservation leaders," Bill Hilts Jr. shares details about the annual awards and recognition banquet recently held by the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Club. Click here to see details fo the event and this year's honorees! The Buffalo News Shares “Catches of the Week (March 6)” The Buffalo News provides photos and stories of some of the fish caught recently in the region and by local residents while traveling. Species shown include steelhead, brown trout and more. Click here to see! “The Fishing Beat (March 6)” from The Buffalo News In this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates and information about fishing and other outdoor related topics throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries, Chautauqua Lake and Lake Simcoe. Also included is a section titled “Schirmer wins steelhead contest.” Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares “Scattershots (March 6)” Bill Hilts Jr. provides details on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include “WNY sport show opens March 7,” “SWA Special People Days March 11-16,” “Templeton Landing boat partnership seminar March 7” and “Batavia Gun and Sportsman’s Show March 16-17.” Click here to read more!
  14. Another cold blast of winter is keeping some anglers down this week and wind chills dipped once again below zero for most of the week. Look for a warm up this weekend as Saturday could see the mercury hit 40 degrees and Sunday it could be over 50, but with a significant rainfall – good and bad news. At the top of our list is the fact that the State of Lake Ontario meeting is set up for March 7. In the past, much of the meeting focused on the open lake. They are now including a significant portion on the tributaries, too. It’s important to attend and hear what’s going on with the lake. Meeting time and location will be Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport starting at 6:30 p.m. March 7 to 10 is the WNY Sport and Travel Expo at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  15. The Buffalo News provides details on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for details and links. “Tackle collecting helps keep local fishing history alive” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “Tackle collecting helps keep local fishing history alive,” Bill Hilts Jr. discusses the rich history of lure making throughout the region. He also talks about the 30th annual Antique Fishing Tackle Show. Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares "The Fishing Beat (Feb. 27, 2019)" In this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about the fishing related happenings throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries and Chautauqua Lake. Click here to see! "Scattershots for Feb. 27, 2019" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates and information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include, "DEC announces State of Lake Ontario meetings," "Bass Pro DelVisco hosts local kids contests," "Tentative duck seasons announced for 2019-20" and "Southtowns Walleye names 2018 award winners." Click here to read more. “Catches of the Week (Feb. 27)” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of some of the fish caught throughout the region in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” Fish caught by residents while traveling are also included. Click here to see.
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