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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
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