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.
In the lower Niagara River, Capt. Arnie Jonathan of Lockport reports that the water has turned from muddy to stained so action should start to pick up for the boaters in a day or two. Water temperatures have dropped nearly 10 degrees in the past week, bring up more steelhead and a late push of kings. A few lake trout and brown trout have been caught, too. When the water is off-color, the shore guys usually have some banner fishing casting No. 4 spinners, tossing spoons or drifting treated egg skein and sacs under a float. The NYPA fishing platform is still doing very well, especially with the stained conditions around. The Lewiston sanddocks has been a good spot a night for casting glow-in-the-dark spoons.
If you have your big game license, remember that Nov. 1 is when the extra deer management permits are released. You must physically go to a license-issuing agent to apply for the remaining permits.