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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The Buffalo News provides information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for details and links to this week’s articles. The Buffalo News Shares the “Catches and Hunts of the Week (Oct. 10)” The Buffalo News provides photos and stories about many of the great fish caught in the region this week in this edition of “Catches and Hunts of the Week.” Click here to see the more than 30 photos from this week! The “Fishing Beat (Oct. 10)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides an overview of the latest fishing related happenings and conditions throughout the region in this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News. Bodies of water discussed include the Lake Ontario, Niagara River, Lake Erie and tributaries, and Chautauqua Lake. Click here to see! “Scattershots (Oct. 10)” 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 covered include, “Capt. Bob’s fall derby starts Oct. 17,” “Orvis fly classes set for Oct. 13-14,” “Woodswalk to focus on Forest Regeneration Project,” and “Patrick Story Memorial Pheasant Hunt set for Oct. 21.” Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares the “BN Outdoor Calendar (Oct. 10)” Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details for several outdoor-related events in this edition of the “Outdoor Calendar” from The Buffalo News. Events included range from now through October 27. Click here to see!
  4. The Niagara River salmon action is still going strong according to reports from shoreline casters and boat drifters. From shore, Ricardo Davila of Wheatfield was doing well tossing Booker glow in the dark spinners. Rich Pisa of Kenmore was drifting egg skein under a float along the shoreline around the Whirlpool. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls was tossing No. 3 spinners to take his first lake trout of the year off of Artpark. At the Sanddocks in Lewiston, Gianni Etopio of Youngtown was using a soft splittail plastic on a jig to take some walleye and even a salmon the last week. Charter guys like Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters are still reporting success in Devil’s Hole drifting treated egg skein on a three-way rig. Mike Cardamone of Lewiston was 5 for 8 on Salmon on Tuesday. A few steelhead are starting to show up, too. With air temperatures plummeting into the 50s this weekend, look for fishing to turn on again. Olcott fishing action has not been consistent, but when it’s on it’s great according to Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors. Pier action is a bit spotty for hardware chuckers tossing spoons and spinners. Egg skein will also work, off the piers and up the creek from a boat. Burt Dam is seeing some salmon and a few brown trout being caught. Over in Wilson, Joel Spring of Ransomville caught a big salmon off this kayak, dragging him around the harbor for a while. Pier casters are picking up some trout and an occasional salmon there, too. Out in the lake, head out deep for a mix of salmon and trout if the weather cooperates. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  5. The Buffalo News provides information on a wide variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts through the articles discussed below. See below for details and links. The Buffalo News Shares “Scattershots (Oct. 3)” In this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides information about a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. Topics discussed include “Lake Ontario salmon stocking meeting Oct. 4,” “Parks announce waterfowl blind lottery,” “Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot Halloween Partner Shoot,” and “Trapping permits available at WMAs.” Click here for details! “The Fishing Beat (Oct. 3)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. shares updates on 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, and Chautauqua Lake. Click here to see! “BN Outdoor Calendar (Oct. 3)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details for several upcoming outdoor-related events in this edition of the “Outdoors Calendar” from The Buffalo News. Events included are from now through October 20. Click here for more information.
  6. With the heavy rains and cooler temperatures this week, salmon action has taken off in Olcott on the piers and is now starting up 18 Mile Creek at Burt Dam according to Karen Evarts at The Boat Doctors in Olcott. Pier fishing for kings, as well as the occasional Coho, brown and steelhead, was good off the east pier over the weekend but switched over to the west pier earlier this week. Casting spoons and spinners is one option; fishing egg skein under a float is another. Small boat trollers are working the harbor with J13 Rapalas in firetiger or blue-silver. Those color patterns are also working for spoons and spinners being tossed off the piers. Up the creek, egg skein or egg sacs are both working for salmon. So is natural color 8 mm beads fished under a float for trout like browns and steelhead. They are not found in any large numbers yet, but action can be good. Over in Wilson, the pier at the foot of Route 425 is producing a few salmon and trout. In the harbor, the perch action has been decent. There are still some pike hanging around, too. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  7. The Buffalo News shares information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in its most recent articles! See below for details and links! The Buffalo News Shares “The Fishing Beat (Sept. 26)” In this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides information about 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 to see! “Catches and Hunts of the Week (Sept. 26)” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of some of the fish caught and hunts completed in this edition of the “Catches and Hunts of the Week.” Click here to see!
  8. Fall is in the air. Oct. 1 is the opening of a long list of different hunting seasons, including the Southern Zone opening of the early archery season for deer and bear. With so many things going on, it’s the perfect time to go fishing! The rains that fell Tuesday night into Wednesday morning were a welcome sight. Early season salmon action in the lower Niagara River finally turned on the past week. Devil’s Hole is the place to be, fishing from a boat. Drift treated egg skein from a three-way rig. Shore anglers are picking up a few fish by casting spoons and spinners or drifting egg skein under floats. That action has already improved since the rains. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  9. The Buffalo News provides information about a wide variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for the latest details and links. The Buffalo News Shares the “Catches of the Week (Sept. 19)” The Buffalo News shares photos and details about several fish caught throughout the region in this edition of “Catches of the Week.” Click here to see! The Buffalo News Provides Details about National Hunting and Fishing Day In this article from The Buffalo News called “National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebrations Sept. 22 include Free Fishing Day” Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about this upcoming event. According to the article, “National Hunting and Fishing Day, set for Saturday, has become a tradition since it was first established in the early 1970s. Since that time, every fourth Saturday in September is dedicated to these popular outdoor pastimes, recognizing the endless contributions that the hunting and fishing ranks invoke in our country’s conservation movement.” Click here to read more! “Scattershots for Sept. 19, 2018” 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, “Sept. 28 Deadline for Pheasant Lottery in State Parks,” “LOTSA Opens Salmon School Registration,” and “Fly Fishing Meetings for TU, FFI.” Click here for details! “The Fishing Beat for Sept. 19, 2018” from The Buffalo News In this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. discusses the latest fishing conditions and happenings throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Lake Erie, and Chautauqua Lake. Click here to read more! “A Sportswoman's Tale: One magical trip and I’m hooked on fishing” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “A Sportswoman's Tale: One magical trip and I’m hooked on fishing” Ashley Dobbs tells the incredible story of catching her first fish while in Niagara Falls recently. Click here to read all about it! The Buffalo News Presents the “BN Outdoor Calendar for Sept. 19, 2018” Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details for several events of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of the “BN Outdoor Calendar for Sept. 19, 2018” from The Buffalo News. Events discussed range from now through October 13. Click here to see!
  10. National Hunting and Fishing Day is Saturday, September 22, a tradition since 1972. As you look around Niagara Falls USA, there are a number of exciting events going on this weekend, including the two-day Wildlife Festival sponsored by the New York Power Authority and the Niagara Co. Federation of Conservation Clubs. The event is held at the NYPA Visitors Center in Lewiston next to NU and it runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days with a huge emphasis on getting the kids in tune with nature and the outdoors. In honor of NHF Day, New York State has announced that Sept. 22 will be a free fishing day in the state. No one needs a fishing license, but you do have to abide by the fishing regulations in the state and on the body of water you intend to fish. This is a great opportunity to share your expertise with someone who you’ve always wanted to take on the water. It could be a neighbor or friend, a co-worker or a family member. Make the effort and it could make a huge difference in a person’s life. There is a kids fishing derby on Saturday morning at Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by canoeing and kayaking starting at 12:30 p.m. The fishing derby is for kids ages 6 to 16 years old. Get down there and get the next generation fishing. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  11. The Buffalo News provides details and information about several topics of interest to fishing enthusiasts. See below for details and links. The Buffalo News Shares “Catches of the Week (Sept. 12)” The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of some of the fish caught recently in the region in this edition of “Catches of the Week.” Click here to see! “The Fishing Beat (Sept. 12)” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides an overview of the 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, the Niagara River, Lake Erie, and a Salmon River update. Click here to see! The Buffalo News Shares “Scattershots (Sept. 12)” 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 “Youth Fishing Derby set for Hyde Park Lake,” “Environmental forum on ‘Creatures of the Night,’” “New Salmon River fishing book,” and “Youth Trapping Camp deadline is Sept. 24.” Click here for details.
  12. Fall was in the air last weekend as cooler temperatures and rain triggers some early movement into the Niagara River and closer to the mouths of area streams. Staging kings off Wilson and Olcott were finicky the past few days, forcing boats to head out for more stable conditions starting in 300 feet of water off Wilson and Olcott. It was a spoon program for Capt. Mike Johannes of On the Rocks to take a mix of salmon and trout out deep. His last trip he was 7 for 13 on salmon and trout – not as good as it’s been but it kept his customers happy. Staging kings should be cooperating again soon. Use J-plugs, flashers with cut bait, flasher-fly or magnum spoons for the kings and some trout are also available in the same waters. The piers at Olcott were hot on Monday and Tuesday according to Karen Evarts of The Boat Doctors in Olcott. J13 Rapalas in perch and firetiger were working for Mark Vogt of Newfane Tuesday, but Booker glow spoons and spinners have been catching fish, too, according to Evarts. Nothing to speak of in 18 Mile creek yet. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  13. The Buffalo News provides articles on a wide variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for details and links! "$25,000 salmon catch highlights record-breaking salmon action ... in spring" from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called "$25,000 salmon catch highlights record-breaking salmon action ... in spring" Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about this year's record-breaking fishing conditions. The article states, "As the Fall Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby came to a close on Labor Day weekend, an announcement came through from the Albany press office of the state's Department of Environmental Conservation: record-breaking trout and salmon fishing in Lake Ontario." Click here to read more! The Buffalo News Shares the "Fishing Beat (Sept. 5)" In this edition of the "Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides an overview of the latest fishing related happenings throughout the region. Bodies of water included are Lake Ontario and tributaries, Chautauqua Lake, the Niagara River, and Lake Erie and tributaries. Click here to see! "Scattershots (Sept. 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 covered include "Sept. 15 is deadline for Bird Challenge," "Canada goose season underway," "Early bear seasons begin soon," and "Swiatkowski passes away at 65." Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares the “Catches of the Week (Sept. 6)” The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of several of the fish caught throughout the region in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” Click here to see.
  14. The days are getting shorter as Pacific salmon slowly migrate closer to their home ports. Last Saturday morning, Keegan Walczak of East Amherst was casting a spoon off the Olcott pier when he caught the first salmon of the year. A few more were caught over the weekend by other anglers. This is the first sign that we’re getting close to some fall fishing but we still have a ways to go. High temperatures will be in the 60’s over the weekend and we will see some cool rain on Sunday so that should make a difference. In the meantime, the Niagara Bar is holding fish at the drop-off according to some mixed reports. Off Wilson, the salmon were stacking up in 40 to 80 feet of water according to Kyle Duncan of Newfane. He was fishing with Capt. Carl Martin of Dublin Up Charters and doing very well on matures. Duncan says use spoons and cut bait early in the day and switch over to spoons later, using your electronics to help identify prime areas. These fish could feed at any time so stay on them until you figure out what they want. Flasher-fly combos were also catching numbers of fish, including brown and rainbow trout while boaters are targeting salmon. Off Olcott earlier in the week, 60 to 90 feet was a good depth contour to follow. J-plugs, flasher and cut bait, flasher-fly and magnum spoons were all producing fish early in the day. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  15. The Buffalo News provides updates and information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for details and links. “Fish Odyssey journey ends with some last-minute heroics” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “Fish Odyssey journey ends with some last-minute heroics,” Bill Hilts Jr. provides a recap of the 42nd running of the Greater Niagara Fishing Odyssey Derby. To see all the details about this derby that spans several counties, click here! “Scattershots (Aug. 29)” 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 covered this week include “Evil Eyes wins Innovative Outdoors tourney,” “Waddington hosts bass battle on St. Lawrence,” “Waterfowl permits needed at Tonawanda, Oak Orchard WMAs,” and “Bowhunters needed for sighting log.” Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares “The Fishing Beat for August 29” In this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides an overview of the fishing conditions and happenings throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Lake Erie, and Cayuga Lake. Click here to see! “Catches of the Week (August 28)” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of many of the fish caught in the region this week in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” Click here to see!
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