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  1. After some muddy water slowed things up earlier in the week, anglers are catching fish again in the lower Niagara River. You never know what you are up against after a storm in Western New York. Winds, rain and snow can have an effect on water conditions, especially in the Niagara River. There is a difference, though, and fishermen and fisherwomen need to be cognizant of that difference between stained and dirty conditions. Mark and Jake Romanack of the Fishing 411 TV Show that appears on the World Fishing Network showed up in town on Monday to try and put a show together on the lower Niagara. The water was stained, but definitely fishable. Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls met up with them and they fished the afternoon using 3.0 MagLips in Double Trouble and Green Machine colors. In 2 hours of actual fishing time they boated 9 browns on 9 hits, enough for a show. The next day the water was dirty. After 4 hours, not a single hit, but the crew was able to take some drone footage and film some tech tips before they headed back to Michigan. As of today, the shore guys were already catching fish again according to Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston. Along Artpark, pink and chartreuse spinners are working for steelies, orange for the browns. Chartreuse egg sacs and beads are also producing for the shore guys, as well as the boat drifters. Shore casters are out-fishing the boat guys right now, but that will change a bit as the waters start to clear a bit more. In the Niagara Musky Association John Henning Memorial Musky Contest last Sunday, Andrew Lacko of Kenmore took top honors with a 41-inch fish caught on a Bondy bait. It was the only fish caught for the event held in the lower Niagara River. Musky season continues in the lower river and Lake Ontario until Dec. 15. Lake trout season is now open on the Canadian side of the lower river, but closed until Jan. 1 on the New York side of the river. For the Lake Ontario tributaries, weather conditions have not been the best with a mix of rain, snow, wind, warm and cold temperatures. Still, trout are being caught. Not too many anglers have been hitting the streams according to Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors in Olcott but for those that are making the effort to wet a line, they have been rewarded with some nice brown trout, a few steelhead and even some late salmon. Spikes and wax worms are the baits being talked about most, usually tipped on a small jig and fished under a float. Fishing your bait slow with the slightly cooler conditions could help increase your chances for a hook-up. Scott Feltrinelli of Ontario Fly Outfitters caught some impressive fish yesterday in a favorite Lake O. stream. You might have to do a little searching. When you find them, though, the rewards are great. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  2. The Buffalo News provides information on several outdoor related topics via the stories below. Read on for details and links. “Scattershots (Dec. 5)” 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, “LOTSA Salmon School sold out,” “Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot features shooting champs,” “SCI game dinner Dec. 7,” “Holiday promotion to help habitat, access,” and “Pa. bear take nearly 2,000.” Click here to read more! “The Fishing Beat (Dec. 5)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides information on the latest fishing conditions and 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, and Chautauqua Lake. Click here for details! “Catches and hunts of the week (Dec. 4)” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides photos and stories of some of the great fish caught in the region in this edition of “Catches and hunts of the week.” Click here to see! The Buffalo News Shares the “BN Outdoor Calendar (Dec. 2)” Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details about several events of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of the “BN Outdoor Calendar (Dec. 2)” from The Buffalo News. Dates included range from now through December 22. Click here to see!
  3. It’s November 30 and there are quite a few noteworthy occurrences that take place. For example, muskellunge season closes today with one exception – the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario. The upper Niagara River produced a few nice late-season fish like the 50 inch trophy reeled in by Rebecca Gaulteri of Hamilton, Ontario. She was fishing with Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island over the weekend and managed to catch a fish of a lifetime. Joining her was her husband, Francesco and her dad Chris Mills (who also caught a 45-inch fish the same morning). John Anthone of Sanborn hit a 30-plus pound 49 incher on Nov. 29, also fishing with Capt. Chris Cinelli. Below Niagara Falls, water was stained but still fishable after the most recent storm. The lower river had been hot the past week as waters cleared and trout fishing took off. Lisa Drabczyk at Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston reported that beads, egg sacs and Kwikfish/MagLips lures fished off three-way rigs from boats has been good to very good for a mixed bag of trout. Just ask 87-year-old George Gregory of Lewiston who was fishing with his son Kurt and Capt. Joe Marra of Lewiston. They caught double-digit trout over the long weekend using primarily egg sacs, catching steelhead up to 13 pounds and some nice browns. What had them talking, though, was a lake trout that both father and son caught at the same time. Remember that lake trout season is closed on the NY side until Dec. 31. However, on the Canadian side of the river, the lake trout season opens on Dec. 1. Shore fishermen are still doing well with the good conditions, especially off the NYPA fishing platform. However the platform closes as dusk on Nov. 30. Nancy Colavecchia of Niagara Falls caught her first-ever steelhead with a green egg sac while fishing off the platform. She was fishing with Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls who caught nearly double-digit steelies on egg sacs and 4 walleyes on jigs. Drabczyk also reported that spinners and beads are also working in chartreuse, orange and pink colorations. The Niagara Musky Association will be hosting the John Henning Memorial Lower River Musky Tournament, a catch-and-release event that will be held Dec. 2 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. You must be a member of NMA. Contact Scott McKee at 225-3816. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  4. The Buffalo News provides stories on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition. See below for details and links. “The Fishing Beat: Musky season in upper Niagara River closes Nov. 30” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the fishing related news throughout the region in this edition of “The Fishing Beat: Musky season in upper Niagara River closes Nov. 30” 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! “Scattershots (Nov. 28, 2018)” 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 in the region. Topics discussed include, “Henning Memorial Musky Tourney Dec. 2,” “DEC announces photo contest for ladies,” “NYPA fishing facilities close Nov. 30” and “CWD test negative on Chautauqua deer.” Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares the “Catches and Hunts of the Week (Nov. 28)” The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of many of the fish caught recently in the region in this edition of the “Catches and Hunts of the Week.” Among the species caught are lake trout, brown trout, Chinook salmon and steelhead. Click here to see.
  5. The place to be this week is the Niagara River both above and below Niagara Falls. At the top of the list the past week in the lower river has been the steelhead and brown trout. As of Monday, river conditions were near perfect according to Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island. Pink egg sacs were the ticket for steelhead in Devil’s Hole and along Artpark. Head down river for brown trout. Egg sacs were working on them as well. Gary Hall of Niagara Falls had a good day fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell on Monday and he was rewarded with a big musky on a MagLip lure in silver and chartreuse. Remember that musky season is open until Dec. 15 in the lower river and Lake Ontario. The Niagara Musky Association will be hosting the John Henning Memorial Musky Tournament on Dec. 2. Call Scott McKee at 225-3816. You must be a member to participate. Lake trout continue to be caught, too, as part of an incidental catch. Lake trout season is closed until the end of the year. One popular fishing spot will be closing for the winter on Nov. 30 at dusk. The NYPA fishing platform in the gorge, as well as the parking area and stairs, will be shutting down for the season due to the winter conditions. This also includes the Upper Mountain Road access point for the reservoir. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls is still picking up a few fresh salmon and some walleyes at the platform on spinners and jigs. Swimbaits work, too. In the Upper Niagara River, Capt. Ted Kessler was reporting some good musky action recently, including a double-header for two brothers – Virgil Mosiman of Kenai, Alaska and his brother Brad from Warsaw, NY with 47-inch and 38-inch ‘skies while fishing with Capt. Ted Kessler of Grand Island in the Upper Niagara River. The season closes on Nov. 30 in the upper river and Lake Erie, as well as the rest of the state, except for the lower river and Lake O. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  6. 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. “Author chronicles dealing with daughter's loss through fishing in Western New York” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “Author chronicles dealing with daughter's loss through fishing in Western New York,” Bill Hilts Jr. provides a beautiful overview of a recently published book. In "Strong is the Current," author Joel Spring shares the story of how fishing helped him through an incredibly difficult time. Click here to read more! "The Fishing Beat (Nov. 14)" from The Buffalo News In this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. shares details about the latest fishing conditions and happenings throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie and tributaries, and Capt. Bob's Outdoors Contest. Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares "Scattershots (Nov. 14)" Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include, "Kustich to speak at WNY TU meeting," "USA bass team wins gold," "'Let Young Bucks Go, Watch Them Grow,'" and "Three-F Club Winter Skeet League starts." Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares the "Catches and Hunts of the Week (Nov. 13)" The Buffalo News provides photos and stories about several of the fish caught recently in this edition of the "Catches and Hunts of the Week." Catches include brown trout, Atlantic salmon, and more. Click here to see!
  7. After a week of muddy water in the Niagara River, the fishing is slowly starting to improve to the delight of boaters and shore anglers. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls saw a slight green tint show up in the lower river on Tuesday and he grabbed his gear to head down to the New York Power Authority (NYPA) fishing platform in the gorge. Using a pearl zoom swimtail, he took a couple of walleyes. He switched to a No. 4 spinner and caught a couple of late-run king salmon. When he switched to a jig he managed to catch a small rainbow trout. The fishing platform is normally shut down for the winter on Dec. 1, unless we see some ice. If we do, the platform will be shut down early. Keep that in mind. A couple of boats hit the lower river yesterday under marginal conditions and the fish were hungry. Gold 3.0 MagLips worked off three-way rigs, as did beads and egg sacs. They caught a mixed bag of fish that included steelhead, brown trout and lake trout. Remember that lake trout season is closed so be sure to release those fish quickly and unharmed. Bass are still available in the lower river, too. If you want to try and target smallmouth, head down river from Lewiston and bounce swim baits off the bottom. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  8. The Buffalo News provides updates and information on several topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this. See below for details and links. “Scattershots (Nov. 7)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides information about a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. Topics covered include “Niagara River Habitat projects meeting Nov. 15,” “Deer Check Station announced for WNY,” “Take it, Tag it, Report it for Big Game,” and “Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot Nov. 10.” Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares "The Fishing Beat (Nov. 7)" Bill Hilts Jr. discusses the latest fishing conditions and news throughout the region in this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario and tributaries, Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries, and Chautauqua Lake. Click here for more information! "Catches and Hunts of the Week (Nov. 7)" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides photos and stories of many of the fish caught in the region in this edition of the "Catches and Hunts of the Week." Photos of brown trout, steelhead, and more are included. Click here to see.
  9. Make sure you mark Nov. 11 on your calendar. That’s now a “free fishing day” in New York State. No license is required and it’s a great opportunity to reach out and take a vet fishing. Remember you do have to abide by the fishing regulations wherever you are going to wet a line. Winds are continuing on the local front today which created a mess of the water conditions in the lower Niagara River. If the shore casters can locate a little clean water along the shoreline, you might have a chance at catching a trout. For sure the land-bound fishermen will be fishing before the boaters in the lower Niagara River. Just prior to the winds, action in the lower river was good for trout. Steelhead were hitting MagLips and beads for boaters and shoreline anglers were tossing spoons, spinners, jigs, eggs or egg imitations to take fish. Along Artpark, steelhead are available, but the lake trout have been very aggressive. Remember that lake trout season is closed and fish should be released quickly and unharmed. Downriver, bass are still hitting swimbaits on a consistent basis. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  10. The Buffalo News provides updates and information on a wide variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts on an ongoing basis. See below for details and links. “The Fishing Beat (Oct. 31)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates and information about the latest fishing conditions in 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, Chautauqua Lake, and Lake Erie and tributaries, as well as an update on Capt. Bob’s Outdoors derby. Click here for details! “Scattershots (Oct. 31)” from The Buffalo News In this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. Topics covered include “Coho salmon study ongoing,” “Bills’ Murphy helps Venison Donation Coalition,” “Swartz scholarship offered by fly fishers,” and “Wittek Memorial Musky contest set for Nov. 4.” Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Presents the “Catches of the Week (Oct. 31)” The Buffalo News provides photos and stories about many of the fish caught recently in the region in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” Featured photos include salmon, brown trout, and more! Click here to see!
  11. Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek continue to be good for king salmon, brown trout and steelhead according to Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors in Olcott. Skein, egg sacs or egg imitations are the way to go. Maribou jigs and beads are also working. Chartreuse, orange and pink egg sacs have been working, along with nymphs, glo bugs and woolly buggers in purples, browns and blacks. Peach and orange beads have been catching fish, too. The Olcott and Wilson piers have been producing some pike and steelhead for casters using spoons and spinners. Water flow is still an issue in many of the smaller streams in the lake. When they do get water, it pulls fish in and many times those fish will be stranded in some of the deeper holes. If you notice any illegal activity, use your phone to call 844-DEC ECOS. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  12. The Buffalo News provides updates and information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for details and links to this week's stories. "Catches and Hunts of the Week (Oct. 23)" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides photos and stories about some of the best fish caught in this edition of the "Catches and Hunts of the Week." This week features catches of brown trout, salmon, and more. Click here to see! “Scattershots (Oct. 24)” 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, “WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting Oct. 30,” “Story Memorial Pheasant Hunt raises $3,000,” “'Hunting Whitetails by the Moon’” and “Leftover Deer Management Permits released Nov. 1.” Click here to read about these topics! “The Fishing Beat (Oct. 24)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates and information about the latest 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, Chautauqua Lake, and Lake Erie and tributaries. Also included is an update on Capt. Bob’s Outdoors Contest. Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares the “BN Outdoor Calendar (Oct. 24)” The Buffalo News provides dates and details for several upcoming events of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of the “Outdoor Calendar.” Dates included range from now through November 15. Click here to see!
  13. Fishing action took off in the Lake Ontario tributaries last week immediately following our ho-hum report of last week. Yes, things can change considerably overnight and much cooler temperatures have been a catalyst for bringing fish into the streams. If we only had a bit more water flow for the smaller creeks. The biggest and best is 18 Mile Creek in Olcott where Burt Dam is a stopping point for salmon and trout. Like the riddle – what did the fish say when it ran into a concrete wall? Dam! Of course, that’s where fishermen are congregated, too. With big game hunting coming into a prime phase and the opening of ducks and geese on Saturday, it should help lessen the numbers of anglers. Go during the week if you can, too. Some big brown trout are being reported along with Chinook and Coho salmon, as well as steelhead. It’s not the prime run but there are good numbers of fish. Pier action has been hit for miss according to Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors. Spoons and spinners have been catching a few fish here and there. Small boat trollers are also working the harbor and heading up the creek to take a few fish, too. Troll big J13 Rapalas or cast away with sticks, spoons, spinners or Rattlebaits. Egg skein fished under a float will work, too. The closer you get to the dam, the better off you are with egg sacs, skein or egg imitation presentations. Small jigs fished under a float will also catch fish. Tip them with a spike or wax worm. Casting the piers at Wilson could also produce a salmon or trout, too. Some big pike are hanging around, too. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  14. The Buffalo News provides information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for details and links. “DEC announces salmon stocking reduction for 2019” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “DEC announces salmon stocking reduction for 2019,” Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about the decreased numbers of Chinook salmon and lake trout stockings in 2019. The article discusses the reasoning behind this decision and also states that, “Starting in 2019, DEC and OMNRF will clip every salmon that is stocked on both sides of the lake. This will help give them a better handle on natural reproduction.” Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares “The Fishing Beat for Oct. 17, 2018” In this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the fishing related 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 see! The Buffalo News Presents the “BN Outdoor Calendar (Oct. 17)” Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details for several upcoming outdoor related events in this edition of the “Outdoor Calendar” from The Buffalo News. Events included run from now through November 11. Click here for more details! “Catches and Hunts of the Week (Oct. 16)” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares photos and stories about some of the latest outdoor activity in this edition of the “Catches and Hunts of the Week.” Click here to see! “Scattershots (Oct. 17)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about many topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include, “Fish wins Chautauqua Lake bass title,” “Wilson Tuscarora launch to receive improvements,” and “Pheasant stocking set for Oct. 20 opener,” and “Waterfowl lottery drawing for Niagara County Parks.” Click here for more information.
  15. Lower Niagara River salmon fishing is still going on and some trout are starting to move in. There are salmon and trout at Burt Dam, too, but things have been hot and cold, depending on whom you talk to. Karen Evarts at the Boat Doctors in Olcott reports only fair action off the piers, usually early morning or at dusk for spoon and spinner casters. There has been quite a few salmon and trout being reported off the Route 425 pier and don’t rule out the Wilson piers off the main harbor for browns and steelhead with an outside shot at an occasional salmon. Egg imitations will also work at any of these spots. A pink bead worked for one angler on 18 Mile Creek for a beautiful Atlantic salmon. At the dam in Burt, brown trout top the list of preferred targets, followed by steelhead and salmon. Practice catch and release when you can. Small boaters have been fishing some of the deeper holes with egg skein and picking a few salmon up, too. Trolling with J13 Rapalas is another option in the creeks at Olcott and Wilson. In the lake, there aren’t too many people heading out but fishing can be good out deep (over 300 foot depths) for a mix of salmon and trout. Staging fish off the creek mouth has been limited so far at Wilson and Olcott. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
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