The hard east winds last weekend mixed things up like a washing machine according to Capt. Mike Johannes of On the Rocks Charters. On Tuesday he fished in 200 to 350 feet of water straight out from Wilson and put his temperature probe down 80 feet. It recorded 44 degree water. An hour later it was 64 degrees. While he marked good numbers of fish on his electronics, getting them to hit was tough. They did manage to catch 2 kings over 20 pounds. Flasher-fly rigs and 400 copper line set-ups produced the big fish. The Wilson Bicentennial tournament was postponed last Sunday and was rescheduled for July 28. Contact Johannes at 523-1727 for information. The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association held its club tournaments last Friday and Saturday. According to one of the coordinators for the event Kyle Hovak: “Fishing was lights out for a lot of teams. Mag spoons tended to be what the bigger fish hit – riggers down 40-50-60 feet. Long lines – copper/10 color lead cores with spoons pulled a lot of fish. We fished more flasher-fly and Dreamweaver big foot paddles with meat deep. Caught a ton of fish but they tended to be in the 15-pound range. Most guys trolled north-south until they found a good class of fish.”
Winner of the LOTSA 323 contest was Reel Therapy and the Wills brothers Larry of Lewiston and Tim of Niagara Falls. The contest is to catch 3 big salmon and weigh them in over two days of fishing, but you only get to weigh in 3. Figuring out which 3 is tough. Playing Hookey and Jeff Smith caught 3 nice kings on Friday and weighed them in for a weight of 65.67 pounds. Weather didn’t look good Saturday and they rolled the dice. Meanwhile, the Wills brothers hit the Niagara Bar on Friday and hit a 22-pound king on a magnum glow Warrior spoon 65-feet down over 120 feet of water. They caught a bunch of other fish, but they were all smaller. With the east wind on Saturday, they ran east and fished east of Olcott in 100 to 200 feet of water. Right away Tim hit a 26-pound king (his biggest ever) on a spin doctor and a homemade fly that Larry put together. The last hour of the fishing contest they threw down another magnum glow Warrior spoon 75 feet down over 150 feet of water and they hit another 20 pounder to overtake the Playing Hookey squad with a 3-fish total of 68.83 pounds. The 26-pound fish is currently in 7thplace in the LOC Summer Derby. A new Grand Prize leading fish came in this week, too – a 28-pound, 10-ounce Wilson fish reeled in by David Salvalzo of Derby. The Derby ends on Sunday at 1 p.m.
In the Niagara River, the waters are starting to clear from moss according to Capt. Joe Marra of Lewiston. He also had a surprise catch this week when David Meidel of Kenmore caught an 8-pound steelhead on a crab while fishing for bass. The 13th annual WNY Independent Living Bass Fishing Derby is set for August 5 out of Lewiston. For more info call 836-0822 Ext. 146.
Remember that the Costa Fishing League Series Tournament will be held this week on Lake Erie out of Safe Harbor Marina in Buffalo. Weigh in on Thursday and Friday will be at Safe Harbor Marina in Buffalo starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, the weigh in will be at Cabela’s in Cheektowaga at 3 p.m.