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  1. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Sept. 20, 2017 from Destination Niagara USA The salmon run is happening in the Niagara River right now from both boat and shore. From boat, treated egg skein is the ticket. From shore, try tossing glow in the dark spoons or spinners under low conditions. The amazing weather we’ve been experiencing does have a down side. Water temperatures in the river have risen by 4 degrees already and it could impact the salmon run. If the kings and cohos make it up into the warm water, they probably won’t last long. Or they could head over to the tailrace of the power plant and the fishing platform guys and gals will do better. Things have slowed down a little there. Some bass and walleye are still available in the river, too. One area is just north of the Lewiston Landing area, where they have also been taking some perch. Directly relating to the run of salmon in the river is the Niagara Bar fishing. Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Wet Net Charters reports that the kings are staging again at the drop-off in 70 to 80 feet of water with E-Chip flashers and A-Tom-Mik flies or meat. Glow in the dark spoons work early morning and at dusk. In Olcott and Wilson, there has been some pier action for salmon and trout. Again, spoons and spinners work best. There was actually a hot bite for steelhead the past 24 hours for some reason up a Burt Dam, but with the warm temperatures near record-breaking the next 4 or 5 days, those fish will probably head back out into the lake. Speaking about out in the lake, trollers are using spoons, flasher-fly, flasher-cut bait or J-plugs to take salmon and the occasional trout inside of 100 feet of water. Fish are also available out deep. Wilson harbor was also producing some nice northern pike on spinnerbaits. Check out some of the catches featured this week in the Buffalo News website to see what’s really happening here fishing-wise (www.buffalonews.com). Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  2. Information for Outdoor Enthusiasts from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides a wealth of information for outdoor enthusiasts in this week’s edition. See below for summaries and links! "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides an overview of the latest fishing news in this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News. He states that, “Warmer temperatures could … affect the pier fishing off Wilson and Olcott, as well as the tributary action off of Lake Erie. It may be more than a week before more traditional fall weather arrives.” Click here to see more. "Scattershot" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. discusses a variety of outdoor-related happenings in this week’s “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. Included in the article are details about celebrations taking place in Niagara and Erie counties in recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day, taking place on Saturday, September 23rd. Click here to see more! "Outdoors Calendar" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides dates and details for a number of upcoming events for outdoor enthusiasts now through October 10th. Click here to see more! "Catches of the Week" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides photos of some of this week’s catches in this photo gallery. Among this week’s catches is a steelhead caught out of Olcott, a steelhead caught out of Wilson, a Lake Ontario smallie, an Olcott king, and more. Click here to see more!
  3. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Sept. 14, 2017 by Destination Niagara USA The salmon are snapping all around Niagara Falls USA as the mighty fish have shown up in the Niagara River and off the piers in Olcott. Lake action is continuing, too, for pier head trollers seeking a mature king. Out deep, some salmon are available along with a mix of two and three year olds, as well as steelhead. Out in the lake, the Niagara Bar has been a little slow for king action. Your better bet is to target mature kings on J-plugs, spoons, flasher-fly and flasher-meat rigs inside 100 feet. Capt. Mike Johannes of On the Rocks out of Wilson reports that the Niagara Bar was ice water after the recent northeast winds. He was finding good action in 300 to 400 feet of water straight out from his home port, 40 to 80 feet down on the riggers, 300 copper and 10 colors of lead core. Use flashers and meat for the biggest kings, UV orange spoons for steelhead. Out of Olcott, Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane was doing some thrillseeking out to 500 foot depths, focusing his DW spoons and A-Tom-Mik flies in the top 80 feet of water. Off the piers, cleos and other heavy spoons are taking both salmon and trout, but the action isn’t hot and heavy. We need a good cool rain to really trigger a run. The east pier at Olcott is now open. Click here to read the rest of the report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  4. The Buffalo News Highlights King of Lower Niagara Shore Anglers Bill Hilts Jr. highlights a master at shore angling in this article from The Buffalo News called “Meet Mike Rzucidlo, king of Lower Niagara shore anglers.” The article states, “Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls is an angling gladiator. His battlefield is the Niagara River, especially in the gorge below Niagara Falls. His weapons are fishing rods, some modified by him to the specifications he has encountered through four decades of combat. His projectiles are lures that are also made by him – spinners and jigs (although he does purchase some hard baits to expand his arsenal of ammunition).” Click here to read more.
  5. Updates from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides a wealth of information valuable to outdoor enthusiasts in this series of articles! Catches of the Week The Buffalo News shares pictures and stories of some of this week’s catches in this photo gallery. Included are several salmon and steelhead caught on Lake Ontario as well as other bodies of water. Click here for more information! The Fishing Beat Bill Hilts Jr. shares fishing reports and updates from Lake Ontario as well as other bodies of water in this week’s Fishing Beat from The Buffalo News. According to the article, “Trolling off the pier heads in Olcott has been producing some mature kings on J-plugs, spoons, flasher-fly and flasher-meat rigs inside 100 feet.” Click here for more information! Outdoors Calendar The Buffalo News provides dates and details about several outdoor-related events coming up now through early October. Included are a special DEC public meeting, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association monthly meeting, the Southtowns Walleye Association monthly meeting, and more! Click here for more information!
  6. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Sept. 7, 2017 by Destination Niagara USA Daniel Clinger from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania won the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby with a huge king salmon that weighed in at 39 pounds, 3 ounces. Wow! It was the biggest salmon he’s ever caught and they won the $25,000 Grand Prize hands-down by nearly 5 pounds. He caught it on a DW flasher and an A-Tom-Mik meat rig while fishing out of Sodus Point. First place in the salmon division was a 34 pound, 11 ounce king reeled in by Robert Reynolds of Auburn while fishing out of Fair Haven. He narrowly beat out Joe Oakes of Lockport who weighed in a 34 pound 8 ounce king off Wilson. In the steelhead division, Steve Gardinsky of Ohio set the pace with a 16 pound, 9 ounce fish out of Point Breeze. Second place was Rebecca Frye of Ashville while fishing out of Olcott. In the Brown Trout Division, Anthony DiGiovanni of Rochester took the top prize with a 16 pound, 15 ounce fish caught off Webster. Second place was a 15 pound, 5 ounce brown hauled in by John Nardone of Wayland. Go to www.loc.org for a complete leaderboard. Click here to view the full report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  7. Updates and Information from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides a series of articles and resources for those interested in the outdoors in this week's edition. Highlights include: "Pennsylvania angler cashes in with $25,000 salmon” from The Buffalo News As author Bill Hilts states in the article, “Dealing with large, mature Lake Ontario Chinook salmon is never an easy proposition when it comes to the fall – when these fish have reached a peak weight in a short life cycle. Just ask Daniel Clinger of Jersey Shore, Pa. who was fishing out of Sodus Point in Wayne County as part of the Fall Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby held Aug. 18 through Sept. 4. Clinger weighed in a 39-pound, 3-ounce king salmon to take the top prize – a check for $25,000. He also took big fish on the day it was caught for an extra $500.” Click here to learn more! "Catches of the Week" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares a series of photos and stories of fish caught in the past week in this photo gallery. Featured catches include a salmon caught off the Olcott pier, an 11-pound 5-ounce steelhead caught out of Wilson, a salmon caught out of Wilson. Click here for more information. "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides information about current news and events in the region in this series from The Buffalo News. Featured in this week’s edition is a special DEC meeting about Lake Ontario taking place on September 13. As the article states, “If you are wondering what is happening with Lake Ontario’s forage base and what that will mean with overall stocking numbers for 2018, make sure you mark Sept. 13 on the calendar.” Click here for more information. "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the latest fishing-related happenings on Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Lake Erie, and Chautauqua Lake in this article from The Buffalo News. Click here to see more. "Outdoors Calendar" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides dates and details about a number of upcoming events between now and September 24 in this edition of the Outdoors Calendar. Click here to learn more.
  8. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for August 31, 2017 by Destination Niagara USA The 41st Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby ended on a high note as the awards ceremony was held last Sunday at the Olcott Fire Hall. This year, the $3,000 Grand Prize winner was the Lake Trout Division and the lucky angler was Ed Klejdys of North Tonawanda. He earned the right to be in the drawing by weighing in a 21-pound, 6-ounce lake trout caught on the Niagara Bar. In the Walleye Division, Tony LaRosa of Lewiston was dragging a worm harness along the bottom on the Niagara Bar off the mouth of the Niagara River to reel in an 11 pound, 6 ounce winner. The most interesting thing about his catch is that it came during the solar eclipse. In the Smallmouth Bass Division, there was a tie for first place. Both were 5 pound smallmouth bass from Lake Erie … and they were caught by a husband and wife fishing duo – Dave and Kathy Muir of North Tonawanda. Since Dave’s was weighed in first, that was the tie breaker. Biggest salmon for the Odyssey was a 34 pound 8 ounce king caught out of Wilson in Lake Ontario by Joe Oakes of Lockport. Oakes also won a special $500 prize for the largest salmon caught by a LOTSA member. Biggest brown or rainbow trout was a 13 pound 9 ounce brown reeled in by Ken Trontel of Sharon, Pa. In the Carp Division, Paul Natiella of South Lima reeled in the winner from the Oak Orchard River using corn – a 30 pound 9 ounce fish. Nice catch! There is also a Junior Division for kids 15 and under. For the second year in a row, the Grand Prize species category was panfish. And, for the second year in a row, the lucky winner was 6 year old Alyssa McGrath of Niagara Falls. This time it was a 1 pound, 2 ounce Lake Erie perch that did it for her. Other Junior Division winners were: Megan Walsh of Niagara Falls with a 7 pound, 14 ounce lower river walleye; Abigail McGrath of Niagara Falls (Alyssa’s sister) with a 4 pound, 5 ounce Lake Erie bass; Cole Gallo of E. Amherst with an 8 pound Wilson steelhead; Alex Heath of Sanborn with a 26 pound 3 ounce Niagara Bar king salmon; and Jacob Velesko of Middleport with a 16 pound 6 ounce carp from the Oak Orchard River. The LOC Derby is still going on through Labor Day and the Grand Prize leader is now a 39 pound, 3 ounce king salmon reeled in by Daniel Klinger of Auburn. Top steelhead is a 16 pound, 9 ounce fish from the Oak, weighed in by Steve Gardinsky of Ohio. Big Brown is a 16 pound, 15 ounce Rochester fish checked in by Anthony DiGiovanni of Rochester. We still have a few days to go. Check out www.loc.org. Lake Ontario rolled over and there is cold water close to shore. In fact, a nice salmon was caught off the pier in Olcott (west pier) by casting a Moonshine spoon. The east pier should be ready to go by Sept. 15 as they are doing some renovations and clean up from the high water earlier this year. Lots of steelhead around and many fish were caught off Wilson in 150 to 300 feet of water in the top 50 feet. Spoons seem to work the best. For salmon, flasher-fly or flasher-cutbait has been the ticket. The Niagara Bar was tough with the roll-over but it should pick back up by the weekend if past performance is any indication. Lower river bass action has been great on leeches, crabs and shiners. Worm harnesses are working for walleye. Shad raps and Rapalas are producing walleye in the gorge under low light conditions. No word on the NYPA fish platform, but it could be opening soon. Click here to see photos and more on ILoveNYFishing.com!
  9. Updates from "The Buffalo News" Bill Hilts Jr. provides photos, dates, and details about a variety of outdoor-related events on Lake Ontario and surrounding bodies of water in this series of articles published in The Buffalo News - see below for details and links! Catches of the Week from The Buffalo News Included is a Lake Ontario smallmouth, a 26-pound 2-ounce king salmon caught while fishing in front of Olcott, a 28-pound salmon caught while fishing out of Olcott, a 16-pound 9-ounce steelie caught out of Point Breeze in Orleans County, a 15 pound 5-ounce brown trout weighed in at South Bay, and much more! Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. Click here to see! The Fishing Beat from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides the latest news from Lake Ontario and other nearby bodies of water in this edition of the Fishing Beat from The Buffalo News. He states that, “It’s hard to believe that September is upon us and that fishing activities will be undergoing a metamorphosis of sorts. Fishing contests are starting to wane. The NYS Summer Derby ends on Aug. 31 and the Fall Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Derby wraps things up on Labor Day. Salmon and trout fishing will soon be transitioning from lake to river and stream. Lake Erie perch action will start to pick up and muskellunge activity will increase in the Niagara and Buffalo Harbor as the waters start to cool. A cool rain will probably trigger the first runs of trout into the Lake Erie tributaries. Could it be this week?” Click here to read the full article. Outdoors Calendar from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides details about a wide range of outdoor events from now through September 21st in this edition of the Outdoors Calendar. Click here to see!
  10. Photos and Upcoming Events from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News presents pictures and details about several of the fish caught in this edition of “Catches of the Week.” Included are photos from the second annual Reelin' for a Cure, fish placing in the LOC Fall Derby, and more! Submissions can be emailed to [email protected] and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. The Buffalo News also presents details about a wide range of upcoming outdoor events in this week’s calendar. Events on the calendar span now through September 10th and include a number of upcoming fishing tournaments and more! Click here to see the catches of the week, and here to see the calendar.
  11. Updates from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. presents news from Lake Ontario as well as other bodies of water in this week’s “Fishing Beat” published in The Buffalo News. Click here to see the full article and all the latest updates. Bill Hilts Jr. also provides a variety of outdoor related news in this week’s “Scattershots,” published in The Buffalo News. Click here to see.
  12. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for August 23, 2017 brought to you by Destination Niagara USA Last weekend there were three fishing derbies and a tournament going on in Niagara Falls USA waters. John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda went out fishing last Sunday, the final day for the Orleans County Rotary Derby. The leader was 30 pounds, 9 ounces. Using a flasher and meat rig, he pounded the Niagara Bar all morning. With less than an hour to go in the derby, Van Hoff hit a fish that looked to be over 30 pounds. Would it beat Keith Sheffield’s king salmon … and could he make it to the Slippery Sinker in Olcott in time by the 1 p.m. cut-off? Van Hoff made it with 15 minutes to spare and the weight was 30 pounds, 12 ounces – taking over the lead and eventually winning the $4,000 Grand Prize. Other divisional winners were Robert Griffith with a 16 pound steelhead; Bill Cole with a 14 pound brown trout; and Dan DeGeorge with a 17 and a half pound lake trout. Meanwhile, two hours after Van Hoff was catching his winning salmon, Joe Oakes of Lockport was reeling in a 34 and a half pound salmon out of Wilson that would take over the lead in the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby and the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey in the Salmon Division. The bar has been set as the LOC Derby continues through Labor Day and the Odyssey continues through Sunday. Speaking of the Odyssey, updates are now being put on the Fish Odyssey Facebook page due to the fact that webmaster Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors needed emergency surgery. Say a prayer. The awards for the Odyssey will be Sunday at Olcott Fire Hall on Route 78 starting at 4 p.m. Congratulations to the Just One More Cure team led by Capt. Bryan Lukehart of Pennsylvania. His ladies crew won the 2nd annual Reelin’ for a Cure event held last Friday with a score of 149 points while fishing out of Olcott. The tourney raised over $4,000 for the Breast Cancer Network of WNY. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com!
  13. Lake Ontario Fishing Featured in The Buffalo News! Bill Hilts Jr. provides a wide array of outdoor-related content through this series of articles from The Buffalo News! Click the links below to see: Catches of the Week for August 16, 2017 The Fishing Beat for August 16, 2017 Outdoor Calendar from The Buffalo News Scattershots from The Buffalo News
  14. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Report for August 16, 2017 – Presented by Destination Niagara USA Get ready to Rumble – Lake Ontario fishing style! This weekend, there will be three different fishing derbies going on, as well as a ladies tournament. First, the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby kicks off on August 18 and runs through Labor Day. $25,000 is the Grand Prize for the largest Salmon. Check www.loc.org for details. Also on August 18, the Second Annual Reelin’ for a Cure will be held out of Wilson and Olcott from 6 a.m. to noon. This all-ladies event will be raising funds for the Breast Cancer Network of WNY. It looks like right around 20 teams for this year. It’s a fun time for sure. Contact Stephanie Pierleoni at 481-6388 for more information or go on the event’s Facebook page. Another fun contest that starts up this weekend is the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby, set for August 19th to the 27th. Six species categories for the adults and a Grand Prize of $3,000. For the kids, it’s free to enter with loads of merchandise prizes and trophies. Sign up at any of the LOC weigh stations or at www.fishodyssey.net. This is for Niagara, Orleans and Erie counties. Many thanks to Jim and Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors in Olcott who do a lion’s share of the work behind the scenes, such as the website and the leaderboard. This is a great way to get the whole family out to enjoy the waters of Western New York. The Orleans County Rotary Derby is still going on and that contest will end on Sunday, August 20. Click here to see the rest of this report on www.ILoveNYFishing.com