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  1. There’s another storm blowing in this weekend but Niagara County could luck out on some of the rain and white stuff should it arrive. Keep your fingers crossed! This just in from state parks: The stairs into the Niagara Gorge at Devil’s Hole State Park will be reopened on Saturday, November 18 after having been closed all summer so that they could be rebuilt. The stairs had been expected to be closed until Spring 2018. This is great news for shore fishermen who like to cast for trout in the Devil’s Hole area. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  2. The Buffalo News provides a wealth of information and updates for this interested in the outdoors! See below for links and details! The Buffalo News Highlights New Sea Grant Video Bill Hilts Jr. provides important information in this article from The Buffalo News titled “New York Sea Grant video highlights salmon fishery.” According to the article, “The video delves into the value of the fishery and also discusses how Cornell University researchers and NY Sea Grant personnel are using modern technology to monitor salmon movement and behavior.” Click here to see! The Buffalo News Features Former Sabre Who Wrote Writing Fishing Book Bill Hilts Jr. tells the story of Jim Lorentz, who “spent his last six NHL seasons wearing No. 8 with the Buffalo Sabres back in the early to middle 1970s, enjoying his best seasons as a player” in this article from The Buffalo News called “Former Sabre Jim Lorentz finds the net with fishing book.” The article details Lorentz’s long history as a fisherman and the publishing of his book called “The Atlantic Salmon: Moody and Mysterious.” Click here to read more! “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the latest happenings on the water in this week’s “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News. In particular there are tips and tricks for musky anglers and late autumn fishing. Bodies of water featured include Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie, and tributaries. Click here to see! “Catches of the Week” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides photos and stories behind some of this week’s best catches in this edition of “Catches of the Week.” Click here to see!
  3. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 from Destination Niagara USA After some intense weather over the weekend and cold weather blowing in the end of this week, you will have to pick and choose how and where you want to fish. Niagara Falls USA waters fared better than most in Western New York, just in time for the Veteran’s Day Free Fishing Day on Nov. 11. In honor of our veterans, Nov. 11 is a designated free fishing day in the state. It means you don’t need to purchase a license for that day. However, you still have to abide by the fishing regulations! In the lower Niagara River, the water turned to mud and chased away the boaters until waters start to clear a little. Capt. John DeLorenzo of Niagara Falls got a jump on the Veteran’s Day celebration by taking out a mother and son through Western New York Heroes, when the weather was decent last Saturday. WNY Heroes is a non-profit veteran’s assistance organization. Along for the ride was Tim Finney of Wheatfield, who was helping DeLorenzo, Danielle Nichols and her 9 year old son Ty. They caught two nice steelhead up to 11 pounds and lake trout up to 40 inches for the morning. Best bait was a chartreuse trout bead fished on a three-way rig. Other captains working the drifts were doing well on MagLips and Kwikfish. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  4. Updates from Buffalo The Buffalo News provides a wide variety of information of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this week’s edition. See below for details! “Catches and Hunts of the Week” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides photos and details about some of this week’s best catches in this edition of “Catches and Hunts of the Week.” Click here to see! “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the fishing scene on a number of bodies of water including Lake Ontario and tributaries, the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake, and Lake Erie and tributaries. According to the article, “It may be difficult to find a fishing spot the next few days, thanks to some untimely weather events that brought us heavy rain and plenty of wind. To make matters worse, a cold front will be supplying us with some arctic air that will cover us with the coldest temperatures of the season. Nov. 12 is a free fishing day in honor of veterans.” Click here to learn more! “Fishing outings help veterans' families” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. tells the story of the healing power of a fishing trip in this article from The Buffalo News. According to the article, “Time helps heal. So does a good old-fashioned lower Niagara River fishing outing. Western New York Heroes, a not-for-profit group serving the needs of area veterans and their families, teamed up with Capt. John DeLorenzo of Niagara Falls and Tim Finney of Wheatfield to take out Danielle Nichols and her 9-year old-son Ty last weekend. The two lost their husband/father in a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crash.” Click here to read more! “Outdoors Calendar” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides dates and details for several outdoor-related events in this edition of the “Outdoors Calendar.” Included are events between now and November 25th. Click here to see! “A Sportsman's Tale: An Alaskan salmon caught on the fly” from The Buffalo News Hollie Hanley tells the story of an angler’s experience fishing in Alaska (the first time she used a fly rod and the first time she’s caught a salmon) as well as fishing locally, where her father is a charter captain. Click here to read more!
  5. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Nov. 2, 2017 from Destination Niagara USA Weather conditions certainly impacted the fishing this past week. High winds and rain resulted in water temperatures dropping 5 degrees since last weekend. That said, it could be just what the fish doctor ordered to force a transition into the next phase of fall fishing. In the Upper Niagara River, the last month of musky fishing action improved with the adverse weather, just in time for the Niagara Musky Association’s Tim Wittek Memorial Catch and Release Tournament on Nov. 5 out of the launch ramp area at the foot of Sheridan from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. To get your blood circulating again, there will be a post-tourney chili fest at the foot of Sheridan in Tonawanda. Cost is $25 to enter this catch-and-release “iron man” tournament. Call Scott McKee at 225-3816 for more information. If you just want to find our more information about fall musky fishing in the Niagara, stop in at the NMA monthly meeting at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad St., Tonawanda on Tuesday night (Nov. 7) starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Marc Arena with Red October Baits. Water conditions were murky this week thanks to the wind. The lower river musky season extends to Dec. 15. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  6. Updates from Buffalo The Buffalo News provides updates and details about a number of outdoor-related topics in this week’s edition. See the articles below. “Catches and Hunts of the Week” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides pictures and details about some of this week’s best happenings in this week’s “Catches and Hunts of the Week.” Included is a variety of species in several different locations. Click here to see! “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about the fishing scene on Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake, and a variety of tributaries in this week’s “The Fishing Beat.” According to the article, “Adverse weather conditions will have a negative effect this week on fishing, affecting the next few days, too. Hopefully things will settle down by the weekend. With bucks shifting into “rut” mode for bowhunters (including crossbow on Saturday), it should free up some shoreline real estate in the tributaries.” Click here to see!
  7. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Oct. 26, 2017 – brought to you by Destination Niagara USA There are many fishing activities going on right now so you will have to pick and choose what you want to do. For example, salmon fishing is good in Olcott right now at 18 Mile Creek and the lower Niagara River still has a mix of king salmon, Coho salmon and steelhead. If you want trout, you can catch them wherever there is good water flow. The most popular areas are the Niagara River and 18 Mile Creek, but you can do well after a rain in some of the smaller streams, too. Fishermen were picking up some trout in places like Keg and 12 Mile Creeks last week. Anglers are getting a few perch on Lake Erie and there are some bass around as well. There are lots of fish to cast for if you so choose. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  8. Updates and Information from Buffalo The Buffalo News provides a wealth of information and updates for those interested in the outdoors. See below for details! “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides fishing reports for Lake Ontario and its tributaries, Chautauqua Lake, Lake Erie, and the Niagara River in this week’s edition of “The Fishing Beat: The steelies are coming” from The Buffalo News. As the article states, “The leaves are starting to fly and more and more hunting seasons are falling into place. Tough decisions need to be made. Salmon fishing in the Niagara River is becoming more of a challenge but Lake Ontario tributaries are still seeing good numbers of fish including some trout. Lake Erie tributaries, while lacking in salmon (although a few are being caught), are seeing plenty of steelhead around.” Click here to see the rest of the article! “Catches and Hunts of the Week” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides pictures and details about some of the best fish caught in this edition of “Catches and Hunts of the Week.” Click here to see! “Outdoors Calendar” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides dates and details for a number of upcoming events of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of its “Outdoors Calendar.” Featured events run from now through November 14th. Click here to see!
  9. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Oct. 19 from Destination Niagara USA There are plenty of fish around to be caught! Scott Scheffler, Marina Director for the Town of Newfane and heading up Fisherman’s Park at Burt Dam/18 Mile Creek, reports that some dandy brown trout are starting to show up in the creek a bit more readily. It’s a nice complement to the salmon and steelhead that are already on the scene. Fresh fish can be found in all of the deeper holes further down towards the harbor and fish are still being caught off the piers and in the lake. When there’s a northeast wind, you can’t fish the piers at all because of the waves. However, when those winds subside, get out there and start casting spoons, spinners, rattlebaits, stickbaits or whatever. The fishing usually turns on! Another popular method is to use treated egg skein under a float. You can anchor or drift from a boat, too. Over in Wilson, they are still picking up some perch off the piers, as well as some nice trout. Use spinners and spoons for trout; minnows for the perch. Don’t rule out lake fishing either. If the weather cooperates – and it will be this weekend – don’t be afraid to try trolling for salmon and trout off the creek mouths or even out deep. There are plenty of fish to be caught! Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com!
  10. Updates and Information from Buffalo The Buffalo News provides a wide variety of details for those interested in the outdoors in this week's edition. See below for details! “State’s Outdoor Writer’s Group Celebrates 50-Year Anniversary” featured in The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. highlights a group of writers celebrating their 50-year anniversary in this article from The Buffalo News. As stated in the article, “A group of dedicated and passionate media professionals devoted to the outdoors – the New York State Outdoor Writers Association – celebrated its golden anniversary last weekend in the same area the group convened for the first time five decades ago, Lake George in Warren County. While there have been many changes through the years, both with the area and the organization, there was one constant that rang true with each passing year … William R. Hilts (Bill, Sr.), one of the founding members.” Click here to read more! “Catches and Hunts of the Week” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares pictures and stories about some of this week’s best catches. Click here to see more! “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about the fishing scene on Lake Ontario and other bodies of water including Lake Erie, the Niagara River, and Chautauqua Lake in this week’s “Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News. Click here to see more! “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates about a variety of outdoor related topics in this week’s “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. This week’s topics include the release of Ducks Unlimited license plates, Brook trout being featured at a meeting coming up on October 31st, and the DEC’s search for public comments on a draft Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan. Click here to see! “Outdoors Calendar” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details about a number of upcoming events in this week’s “Outdoors Calendar” from The Buffalo News. The calendar includes details about upcoming derbies, club meetings, and informational events for those interested in the outdoors between now and November 5th. Click here to see!
  11. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Oct. 12 from Destination Niagara USA Recent rains earlier in the week triggered a big slug of salmon and trout into many of the Lake Ontario tributaries like 18 Mile Creek in Newfane. While the water is a bit high from all the rain, conditions should be good in a day or two. There’s plenty of fish in the system for anglers to catch. Scott Scheffler, Marina Director for the Town of Newfane and heading up Fisherman’s Park at Burt Dam, also noted that they have been using a Ranger ATV to haul people to and from the fishing areas, a benefit for those fishermen who could use a little helping hand for access. Fresh fish can be found in all of the deeper holes further down towards the harbor and fish are still being caught off the piers and in the lake according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker. At least when there isn’t northeast or northwest wind chasing anglers off the piers. Casting spoons, spinners or stickbaits are all good approaches off the piers or from anchored boats. Another popular method is to use treated egg skein under a float. You can anchor or drift. Over in Wilson, Terry Swann of Wilson sends word they are picking up some perch off the piers, as well as some nice trout. Use spinners and spoons for trout; live bait for the perch. The lower river salmon action has been continuing on a consistent clip to the delight of boat fishermen and shoreline anglers. Casting glow in the dark spinners and Little Gem spoons under low light conditions work best. Rat-L-Traps can also produce salmon, but some brown trout started showing up in the gorge this past week according to Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls and they hit the rattlebaits and spinners. One angler, who preferred to remain nameless (because he called in sick) was 10 for 16 on salmon (9 kings and a coho) while fishing with his father in the gorge. Treated egg skein fished under a float did the trick. That was from shore! Sounds like some more fresh fish hit the river. The fishing platform has not been as productive as years past for some reason. Fish are available there. It won’t be long before lake trout start showing up to spawn. Remember that the season is closed now until the end of the year. In the upper Niagara River, bass and walleye are still available. For musky, water temperatures are still in issue as Lake Erie is still 67 degrees, the warmest its ever been for this time of year. A lot of work has been accomplished on the 2018 version of the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. Dates will be Jan. 19-21. Mark your calendar. Check the website out at www.niagarafishingexpo.com.
  12. This Week’s Updates from Buffalo The Buffalo News provides a wealth of information for outdoor enthusiasts in this week’s edition. Click the links below to see. "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides an update on the fishing conditions throughout the region in this week’s "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News. In addition to Lake Ontario reports there is information from the Niagara River, Lake Erie and its tributaries, and Chautauqua Lake. According to the report, “There’s plenty of fish in the system for anglers to catch.” Click here to read more! "Scattershot" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. gives a variety of information useful for outdoor enthusiasts in this week’s "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News. Key information for anglers includes water safety tips now that the cooler weather is approaching. Other details include an upcoming event about what to do if you find an injured animal, information about lottery drawing guidelines, and details about trapping permits. Click here to read more! "Outdoors Calendar" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details for a number of upcoming events now through November 4th in this edition of the "Outdoors Calendar" from The Buffalo News. Click here to see! "Catches and Hunts of the Week" from The Buffalo News This gallery from The Buffalo News shows some of the best catches from the past week! View the gallery to see a variety of steelhead, salmon, and much more! Click here to see!
  13. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Oct. 4, 2017 brought to you by Destination Niagara USA Get ready for another slug of fish to arrive in the Niagara River and area tributaries off Lake Ontario! Both wind and rain are in the forecast and that could be the trigger to bring some more fish into area waters. In the lower Niagara River, Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters called me at 9:30 a.m. to say he had limited out for his two customers. That’s six salmon in just a couple hours. Not every day is like that, but if the rains in the afternoon trigger a run, there are a bunch of fish – kings and Coho salmon – hanging out on the Niagara Bar waiting for a push from Mother Nature. We haven’t seen good numbers of Coho salmon in the fall in a number of years. This is great news! For boaters, the Devil’s Hole area is the place to be. Pautzke-treated egg skein is the ticket for taking Pacific salmon, fished off three-way rigs. Shore fishermen have been doing pretty well, too. Ricardo Davila of Wheatfield has been tossing glow in the dark spoons and spinners to take salmon early in the morning. When that sun comes up though, fishing gets a bit tougher in that Devil’s Hole area. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls has been using the same kind of hardware. He’ll also toss a Rat-L-Trap. Today he started catching some browns mixed in with his salmon in the Whirlpool area. He also reported some good bass fishing along the shoreline at Artpark. If you enjoy fishing around the Schoellkopf Site near the Discovery Center (yes, there’s an elevator there), this new access point will be closed Oct. 11-12 next week as they use a crane to complete some work. Over at Olcott and 18 Mile Creek, Burt Dam has seen more fishermen than fish. Hopefully that will change soon. Some fish are being caught from boats anchored around the harbor, as well as around the piers. Pier casters are only picking a few fish up now, but hopefully that will change, too. Spoons and spinners will work, but harbor boats are using treated egg skein and fished under a float. Boat trollers are still pounding the mature salmon with flasher and fly or meat until they hit. Sometimes it’s tough getting them mad enough to strike, but when they do you have your hands full. If the weather cooperates, you can always run out deep off Wilson and Olcott to take a mix of salmon and trout. Capt. Alan Sauerland of Instigators Charters out of Wilson found some salmon and trout in 450-plus feet of water but he had to go deep to find the right temperatures. His riggers were from 75 to 110 feet deep, the divers were 280 and 300 feet back and he needed 500 feet of copper line to hit the fish zone with spoons and flasher-fly presentations. In the Upper Niagara River, bass and walleye are still the primary focus. Capt. Chris Cinelli has been hitting some nice fish at the head of the river with shiners and spinner-worm combos.
  14. Outdoor Related News and Updates This week’s edition of The Buffalo News provides a series of updates and information about topics related to the Lake Ontario fishery. See below for details and links! “Lake Ontario to maintain stocking levels in ’18, Niagara River needs help” from The Buffalo News In this article, Bill Hilts Jr. provides an overview of the stocking situation as well as an overview of what is happening in the lake in general. Click here to see! “Catches of the Week” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides photos and details about several of this week’s best catches. Included are salmon caught off of Olcott, salmon caught off of Wilson, and more! Click here to view the gallery! “The Buffalo News Outdoors Named Best Outdoors Page by Great Lakes Writers Group” The Buffalo News shares the update that, “Outdoor writer Bill Hilts Jr. and the sports staff at the Buffalo News combined to earn "Best Outdoor Page" honors from a Great Lakes writers group. The News earned the Ducks Unlimited/Honda Best of Newspaper/Best Outdoor Page for 2016-17 as the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers announced its Awards in Craft winners at its annual conference in Lake Of The Woods, Minnesota last week.” Click here to see! Outdoor Calendar from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details for a number of upcoming events now through October 21st in this week’s calendar. Click here to see!
  15. Niagara Falls USA Fishing Forecast for Thursday, Sept, 28, 2017 by Destination Niagara USA A cold front finally came through the Western New York area, bringing some much-needed relief from the heat. With some 15 days of 80-plus degree temperatures during the month of September, water temperatures in area waters shot back up. Combined with the lack of precipitation, some of the fishing has been put on hold. Lake action for mature kings at the Niagara Bar, Wilson and Olcott is still holding on but you do have to work for them. Some mature king and Coho salmon are being taken regularly by pier head trollers pounding the waters with flasher-fly, flasher-meat, J-plugs or magnum spoons. Niagara Bar anglers are still reporting good numbers of salmon on the drop off in 70 to 80 feet of water using the same hardware that the pier head guys are using. Right now, there have been an equal number of Coho salmon and Kings being caught. This means that they are staging, hopefully to run up the Niagara River. Another option in the lake is to head out deep to 400-plus feet of water for a mix of salmon and steelhead. Target the top 80 feet of water with spoons or flasher-fly offerings. Make sure you throw on a free-floating slider spoon on your downrigger lines to pick up steelhead up high. If you want to learn more about salmon fishing in the lake, consider taking the LOTSA Salmon School set for Jan. 20 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. Sign up at www.lotsa1.org. Pier head casters are picking up a few salmon and trout off Wilson and Olcott, but a solid rain should trigger a run of fish. There could be some decent rain on Friday, just what the fish doctor ordered. Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek has a few fish showing up, but the best is yet to come. The dam area is ready for fishermen after some extensive work by the Town of Newfane to repair paths and the shoreline. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.