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  1. Moss is still an issue in the Niagara River, but fish are available to be caught if you can solve the moss problem. Lisa Drabczyk with Creek Road Bait and Tackle reports some decent bass action the past week in the lower river, but you do have to work for them. Shoreline access is minimal in the lower river due to the high-water levels. Launch ramps are open at Lewiston and Fort Niagara for boaters. In the upper river, some nice muskies are being reported including a 49.75-inch fish reeled in by Denis Kreze of Fort Erie, Ontario. He was using a Venom Musky Spinnerbait. Mixed reports on bass and walleye due to the moss. Some bass were caught off the Bird Island Pier this week. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  2. The Buffalo News provides updates and information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition. See below for details and links. The Buffalo News Shares “Catches of the Week (July 10)” The Buffalo News shares photos and stories about some of the many fish caught in the region recently in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” Included in this edition are an 18 pound, 3 ounce Lake Trout, a 16 pound Lake Trout, a 26 pound, 12 ounce king salmon, and more. Click here to see! “New York’s fishing resources again in national spotlight” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “New York’s fishing resources again in national spotlight,” Bill Hilts Jr. highlights the reasons several bodies of water throughout the state are popular. According to the article, “Lake Ontario has some big bass, too, but the big focus that attracts anglers from around the world is chinook salmon. It’s one of the reasons that this popular lake and its corresponding tributaries make it New York’s most heavily fished body of water.” Click here to read more! “Scattershots (July 10, 2019)” 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, “Erie Canal Derby enters final weekend,” “Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout scheduled for July 19-20,” “16th annual LOTSA King Salmon Tournament set for July 19-20” and “Free youth sportfest in East Aurora on July 20.” Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares "The Fishing Beat (July 10, 2019)" Bill Hilts Jr. provides details on the latest fishing related news 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. Also included is an update on the Erie Canal Derby. Click here for details!
  3. The Buffalo News provides details on several fishing related topics, including fishing tournament results, photos and stories of fish recently caught in the region and more. See below for the latest details and links. The Buffalo News Shares “Scattershots (July 3)” Bill Hilts Jr. provides details on a variety of topics of interest to fishing enthusiasts in this edition of "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include, "Hanley, Rich’s Win BassEye Contest," "Summer king salmon fishing is LOTSA topic," "Southtowns Walleye to hold Kids Fishing Derby" and "BOW workshop opens registration." Click here to read more! "Catches of the Week (July 5)" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of several fish caught recently in the region in this edition of the "Catches of the Week." Species featured include king salmon, Atlantic salmon, steelhead, and more. Click here to see! The Buffalo News Presents "The Fishing Beat (July 3)" Bill Hilts Jr. discusses 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 and Lake Erie and tributaries. Click here for details.
  4. The Erie Canal Fishing Derby is set to kick off today, July 3 and run through July 14 from the Upper Niagara River to Albion in the canal proper (no tributaries like Tonawanda Creek in Pendleton). Fish species include walleye, bass, catfish, bullhead, pike, sheepshead and carp. Check out www.eriecanalderby.com for details. In the Summer LOC Derby, a 27-pound, 13-ounce king salmon is the early leader. Check out loc.org for a current leaderboard. The derby ends on July 28th. The Niagara Bar action was good the past week according to John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda. He was reporting a nice mix of fish, including two Atlantic salmon, while working his riggers, dipsy divers and 7 colors of lead core. Spoons worked best for him as he focused around 45-degree water 80 feet down. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  5. The Buffalo News provides details on a variety of topics of interest to fishing enthusiasts, including fishing reports, outdoor related news, and more! See below for the latest details and links! “Scattershots (June 26)” 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, “Reel Mania wins Rayzor’s Big Dawg Tournament,” “29th annual Erie Canal Derby set for July 3-14,” “NYS Summer Classic begins July 1” and “Women’s fishing photo contest now open.” Click here for more information! "The Fishing Beat (June 26)" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides 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 and Chautauqua Lake. Click here for details!
  6. It’s a free fishing weekend. Get out there and enjoy New York’s outstanding water resources. This Saturday and Sunday, residents and nonresidents alike have an opportunity to fish Empire State waters for free. It’s a great time to take a family member, old friend or the next generation on the water to make that important connection with nature. There are some special events to help encourage more people to pick up a fishing rod and give it a try, such as the Family Fishing Days that will take place on the Upper Niagara River at the foot of Ferry Street from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. For more information contact George Johnson at 818-3410. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  7. Capt. Hank Condes of Wilson (Blade Runner Charters) said it best as he spoke to a group of front line tourism folks this week in Wilson Harbor: “June isn’t the transition month that it used to be!” The push is on to let everyone know that Lake Ontario is open for business … and that the fishing is great, even in June! Capt. Alan Sauerland with Instigator Charters has been fishing 55 to 75 feet down over 160 feet of water straight out from his home port of Wilson. Magnum spoons are the ticket with the best ones being Moonshine Geezer and Warrior pink spoiler or green spoiler patterns. They caught 25 salmon during this catch and release trip. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  8. The Buffalo News provides information on several topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition! See below for details and links! “Lake Ontario faces challenges but fishing is great and open for business” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called "Lake Ontario faces challenges but fishing is great and open for business," Bill Hilts Jr. discusses fantastic fishing on Lake Ontario, despite the challenges with water levels. Click here to see the full story! The Buffalo News Shares "The Fishing Beat (June 19, 2019)" Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates and information on the latest fishing conditions 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. Click here to see. "Scattershots (June 19, 2019)" 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, "LOC Summer Derby set for June 29-July 28," "Greater Niagara BassEye Challenge for June 27-28," "N.Y. free fishing weekend is June 29-30" and "Waterfowl supporter Ed Fiorino dies." Click here to read more! The Buffalo News Shares “Catches of the Week (June 19)” The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of several fish caught recently in the region in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” Click here to see.
  9. The statewide bass season opens on Saturday, June 15, as well as the Great Lakes muskellunge season on that same day, as anglers get ready to rumble. First off, we need to emphasize the point that Lake Ontario is open for business! Despite the high water levels and State of Emergency along the shoreline with a 5 mph no wake zone within 1,000 feet of shore, the fishing is great! In the the Orleans County Open Tournament last weekend it was a Niagara County team fishing the eastern fringe waters of Niagara County to win the contest. The winner was the Dublin Up team from Wilson led by Capt. Carl Martin of Pendleton. The Dublin Up team started fishing 10 miles west of the Oak, starting in 60 to 80 feet of water. By the time they hit the 100-foot mark they had 5 salmon in the box and started to fish for lake trout. After dropping the speed to 1.5 mph, they had a good rip on the rod and it turned out to be the biggest fish of the tournament – a 22.30-pound king salmon. They managed to catch some lake trout and steelhead for a 124-pound box, good for second place behind Capt. Rob Wescott and the Legacy Team from Hilton. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  10. The Buffalo News shares information on several topics of interest to fishing enthusiasts in this edition. See below for details and links. The Buffalo News Presents "Scattershots (June 12, 2019): Dublin Up wins Orleans County Open tourney" 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, "Dublin Up wins Orleans County Open tourney," "Summer youth archery camp deadline extended," "Fly fishers talk musky at June 20 meeting" and "LOTSA speaker to focus on summer kings." Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Presents "The Fishing Beat (June 12, 2019)" Bill Hilts Jr. shares updates and information on 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. Click here for details! "Catches of the Week (June 12)" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of some of the fish caught recently in this edition of the "Catches of the Week." Species include king salmon, gar pike, and more! Click here to see!
  11. The Buffalo News provides information on a variety of topics of interest to fishing enthusiasts. See below for the latest details and links. “Niagara Pro-Am helps prove Lake Ontario is open for business” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “Niagara Pro-Am helps prove Lake Ontario is open for business,” Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates about the fantastic trout and salmon fishing on Lake Ontario and the 35th annual Skip Hartman Memorial Niagara County Lake Ontario Pro-Am Tournament. Click here to read more! The Buffalo News Shares “The Fishing Beat (June 5, 2019)” The Buffalo News provides updates and information about the latest fishing conditions throughout the region in this edition of “The Fishing Beat.” Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries and Chautauqua Lake. Click here for details! “Scattershots (June 5, 2019)” from The Buffalo News In this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about several topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. Topics discussed include, “Youth fishing events on the calendar,” “Rayzor’s Big Dawg Walleye Classic is set for June 21-22,” “Legacy, American Dream pace Memorial contest” and “PF sporting clays shoot scheduled for Saturday.” Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares “Catches of the Week (June 5)” The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of several fish caught throughout the region recently in this edition of “Catches of the Week.” Photos from the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Charity Fishing event are included, as well as a variety of species. Click here to see!
  12. The 35th Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Niagara County Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament was held May 31 and June 1 out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott. The weather was near perfect, the fishing was very good, and it all came down to the wire in determining who the winners were when all the salmon and trout were weighed in at Krull Park in Olcott. After the final basket was put on the scales, it was a pair of anglers named Matt that won the first-place prizes. Oh Baby/Irish Knots, a team lead by Matt LeClair of Plattsburgh, took top honors in the Professional Division with a score of 514.09 points for two days of fishing (based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound). They won a check for $11,000. Meanwhile, it was the Streaker team led by Matt Dunn of Newfane setting the pace in the Amateur Class with 265.56 points and earning a check for $2,000. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  13. The hard northeast blow last Thursday certainly scattered some fish around, changing up a very good salmon bite. According to Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Wet Net Charters, action was good from the Niagara Bar to 30 Mile Point in 100 to 200 feet of water. Fish are everywhere and all throughout the water column. Spoons, flasher-fly and meat were all catching fish. Anything more specific than that and you will have to wait until after the 35th Annual Skip Hartman Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament slated for May 31 and June 1. In the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Charity Fishing Outing from Olcott yesterday, fishing was consistent despite the mixed up waters. Bill Salley fishing with the LaBatt crew aboard the Hawg with Capt. Jim Gordon of Appleton reeled in the big fish of the day, a 19.45 king salmon. Second place was former Sabres player and coach Lindy Ruff who “high sticked” a 19.34-pound king salmon while fishing with Capt. Vince Pierleoni aboard the Thrillseeker. Third place was Tim Kraska of Eden, fishing with Capt. Jonathan Ross aboard the Tomahawk. The weigh in station will be open in Krull Park at the Lions Club pavilion starting at noon each day. Yes, Lake Ontario is open for business and the launch ramps are open at Olcott, Wilson and Fort Niagara. Bring boots for Wilson and Fort Niagara. Remember that there is a no wake zone in effect within 1,000 feet of the shoreline (5 mph). Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  14. The Buffalo News provides information on a wide variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts! See below for the latest details and links! "Fishing companies flock to Niagara to show off new equipment" from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called "Fishing companies flock to Niagara to show off new equipment," Bill Hilts Jr. provides insight into the attractiveness of this region for fishing related companies and events. He discusses the choice many fishing companies make to come to this area, due to the proximity to Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and the Niagara River, as well as events like the recent media event. Click here to read more! The Buffalo News Shares “Scattershots (May 29)” Bill Hilts Jr. provides information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include, “Local high school fishing duo sets record,” “SWA derby scheduled for June 8-16,” “Orleans Open tournament is June 8-9” and “National Fishing and Boating Week.” Click here for details! "The Fishing Beat (May 29)" from The Buffalo News In this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides details on the latest fishing conditions and happenings throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, Chautauqua Lake, the Niagara River and Lake Erie and tributaries. Click here to learn more! The Buffalo News Shares the "Catches of the Week (May 29)" The Buffalo News provides photos and stories of several of the fish caught recently in the region in this edition of the "Catches of the Week." Photos of salmon as well as other species are included. Click here to see!
  15. 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. "Hamburg man wins Spring LOC grand prize with 25-pound, 14-ounce salmon" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides an exciting recap of the Spring Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby in this article from The Buffalo News called "Hamburg man wins Spring LOC grand prize with 25-pound, 14-ounce salmon." Click here to see the full story, complete with photos! The Buffalo News Shares “Scattershots (May 22)” Bill Hilts Jr. provides information about a variety of outdoor-related news in this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include, “Wekenmann wins SWA perch contest,” “Hideout wins WHI salmon tourney,” “Johannes/Wilson Tournament scholarship offered” and “Johannes/DeAngelo 3-Fish, Big Fish Contest is May 30.” Click here to see! "The Fishing Beat (May 22, 2019)" from The Buffalo News In this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides information on the fishing conditions throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries and Chautauqua Lake. Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares the "Catches of the Week (May 22)" The Buffalo News provides photos and stories of some of the fish caught throughout the region in this edition of the "Catches of Week." A variety of species are included, as well as some fish caught by locals while traveling. Click here to see!
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