After the heavy rains yesterday, much of the Niagara River shoreline snow and ice was melted away. However, more cold weather is on the horizon and we saw about an inch of snow this morning to make the going a little slippery along the Niagara River rocks. Be careful out there. Spinners in orange and chartreuse are still working to take a mix of trout that include steelhead and lake trout. Jigs will also produce some fish according to Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls who caught lake trout on orange and steelhead on white in the Niagara Gorge area. From boats, add in brown trout and walleye to the mix depending on where in the river you are fishing. Pink egg sacs, kwikfish, MagLips and minnows will all produce fish for you. If you run plugs, make sure the lures are working properly. Fishing was very good yesterday in the rain for Ely Moskal and Matt Yonkin of Albany. They caught all 3 trout species on Pautzke brined eggs and MagLips while fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls. It should continue into the weekend. The Niagara River Anglers Association will be hosting the Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest on Saturday, Feb. 2 from sunrise to 2 p.m. Sign up at the Lewiston Landing launch ramp the morning of the event or register at Creek Road Bait and Tackle or The Slippery Sinker in Olcott. You must be a NRAA member to participate. Eligible waters include the lower Niagara and Niagara County tributaries off Lake Ontario. www.niagarariveranglers.com.
In the upper Niagara River, we have to mention the huge lake trout caught by Denis Kreze of Fort Erie when he reeled in a 30-plus pound fish this week. We are trying to find out more details. What a trophy!
For the Lake Ontario tributaries, the heavy rains yesterday opened up some water in the creeks, but we’ve not had any reports on turbidity or fish cooperation. The precipitation event should have pulled some more fish into the streams. Egg sacs, jigs tipped with wax worms, egg imitations like Lick-em Lures should all work to catch you a trout or two. Streamers and woolly buggers can also be very effective. We’re not sure what the rain did with the ice in the harbors. With more cold weather on the way, you might want to wait until things are safe again. Use a spud to check ice thickness.
Don’t forget the Birds on the Niagara Festival – A winter Celebration is going on Friday and Saturday of this week. The opening ceremony will be at 5 p.m. at Tifft Nature Preserve in Buffalo. Saturday, Jan. 26, there will be seminars, vendors and demonstrations at Niagara University from noon to 5 p.m. Check out www.buffaloaudubon.org for details.