The hard northeast blow last Thursday certainly scattered some fish around, changing up a very good salmon bite. According to Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Wet Net Charters, action was good from the Niagara Bar to 30 Mile Point in 100 to 200 feet of water. Fish are everywhere and all throughout the water column. Spoons, flasher-fly and meat were all catching fish. Anything more specific than that and you will have to wait until after the 35th Annual Skip Hartman Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament slated for May 31 and June 1. In the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Charity Fishing Outing from Olcott yesterday, fishing was consistent despite the mixed up waters. Bill Salley fishing with the LaBatt crew aboard the Hawg with Capt. Jim Gordon of Appleton reeled in the big fish of the day, a 19.45 king salmon. Second place was former Sabres player and coach Lindy Ruff who “high sticked” a 19.34-pound king salmon while fishing with Capt. Vince Pierleoni aboard the Thrillseeker. Third place was Tim Kraska of Eden, fishing with Capt. Jonathan Ross aboard the Tomahawk. The weigh in station will be open in Krull Park at the Lions Club pavilion starting at noon each day. Yes, Lake Ontario is open for business and the launch ramps are open at Olcott, Wilson and Fort Niagara. Bring boots for Wilson and Fort Niagara. Remember that there is a no wake zone in effect within 1,000 feet of the shoreline (5 mph).
In the Niagara River, fishing has been good for bass and trout. Bass have been hitting swim baits and tubes. Trout have been hitting MagLips, minnows and sacs in Devil’s Hole and along Artpark. Water levels are high and it limits how much shoreline is available when casting. Spinners, jigs and egg sacs are working from shore. The NYPA platform has been closed because of the high water levels. Upper river bass fishing has been good, too.
National Fishing and Boating Week is June 1-9 this year. On Saturday, there is a kids fishing derby at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge at the Ringneck Overlook June 1. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and fishing will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information call 585-948-5445.