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.
Lower Niagara River fishing has been good to very good for salmon in the Devil’s Hole area for boaters drifting globs of treated egg skein and fished with a three-way rig. Shore casters are also placing skein under a float to pick fish up, but spoons, spinners and rattlebaits will also produce fish. Glow in the dark Booker Lil Gem spoons are working for kings under low light conditions from shore and salmon are being caught all the way up to the whirlpool.
On Oct. 4, DEC will be holding a public presentation on the 2019 king salmon stocking numbers with background on how they reached this decision through forage base trawls. The meeting will be held at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78), Lockport starting at 6:30 p.m.
For you junior hunters out there, this weekend is the special Youth Firearms Big Game Hunt Oct. 6-8. Next weekend Oct. 13 and 14 is the youth hunt weekend for waterfowl and pheasant. Check out the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov for all of the details and requirements. A lottery drawing for waterfowl blinds at Beaver Island State Park of Grand Island specifically for the youth hunt will take place on Oct. 12 at the Beaver Island Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. sharp.