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I took another trip to the Buffalo Harbor today for a couple hours.Still nothing much there and water temp is still lower then Lake Erie.I took a troll up the Buffalo River , marked a little bit of bait fish and on the 2nd oasis caught a 38" muskie.Quit by 4:30 pm had to go to the Casino for my wife's invited birthday party.

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Today the water clarity of the Upper Niagara River is only about 2 to 3 ft from yesterday's high winds stirring things up out in Lake Erie.So I will pass on today and hope for green tint water tomorrow. Water temp now 49 degrees in the River and 48.6 in Harbor, so soon the Harbor will end up warmer then Lake Erie and the Bait Fish and following muskies will show.

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Water now 48.3 degrees for the Upper Niagara River.The next 5 days with colder weather and lake effect snow should get Lake Erie down to 46 degrees, at that point the Buffalo Harbor should end up warmer around 47 degrees and emerald shiner schools will move in thick bringing in walleye, perch, gizzard Shad and big muskies!

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Tuesday will get nasty,28 mph substained SW winds with gusts to 35 mph, waves to 9 ft, brown water, topped off with 4 to 8 inches of lake effect snow.Will loose Tuesday & Wednesday for fishing for sure.

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Headed out at 5 pm,Reel Magic to keep lines from freezing, chap stick for the rod eyes, earmuffs with hand warmers to keep reel drag washers from freezing and hand warmer 8 pocket vest to keep me warm.Tommy gets the dust pan to shovel snow in early am.

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We only managed one 35" muskie tonight.By 10 pm the snow came down hard enough you could not see anything from a distance of 200 ft.We marked lots of bait fish and big hooks but no other hits.We quit just after 10 pm and I went home and covered the boat and put in a heater to melt the snow.

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I got back up at 3 am and headed to the Buffalo Harbor.The Harbor is still void of just about anything that swims.At 5:25 am I caught a 41 " muskie up the Buffalo River near start of the General Mills Canal. The Buffalo River was the only place I marked bait fish,48.5 degree water temp, Buffalo Harbor was 47.3 degrees.Quit at 8:10 am heavy snow coming down.

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You are way tougher than i am! I put my boat away yesterday. I don't want to dig it out of a snowbank to winterize it like last year. I may take my little boat out if i get a decent day off. Good luck out there and stay safe.

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Great reports Larry, you've got me following you every day for the past few weeks.  My bro and I will be out there this Friday morning and afternoon after some success last Monday.  Sounds like it will be like chocolate milk in the upper river though.  Do you have any tips for fishing those conditions?  My gut tells me using big bright lures slowly but maybe I'm wrong.  Keep up the great reports!       

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Look for trapped clear water areas,like coke channel, union canal, Peir Restaurant slip, Inside the SBH,Buffalo river, General Mills Canal and Black Rock Lauch channel just above the Lauch!Also at Dunkirk Power Plant 12 ft channel from out flow to the lake!

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I always catch bigger fish using gold colored crankbaits in stained brown water, up size from Legend Perchbaits 9" to Legend Plows 13" in Gold Sucker color.Also the darker brown the water is there will be more silt in the water the deeper you go, so fish the top 10 ft, on Plows shallow eye with 30 ft on line out.You will need to slow way down to 2.0 mph, give them a slow lazy dazy wondering lure look.

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