The place to be this week is the Niagara River both above and below Niagara Falls. At the top of the list the past week in the lower river has been the steelhead and brown trout. As of Monday, river conditions were near perfect according to Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island. Pink egg sacs were the ticket for steelhead in Devil’s Hole and along Artpark. Head down river for brown trout. Egg sacs were working on them as well. Gary Hall of Niagara Falls had a good day fishing with Capt. Frank Campbell on Monday and he was rewarded with a big musky on a MagLip lure in silver and chartreuse. Remember that musky season is open until Dec. 15 in the lower river and Lake Ontario. The Niagara Musky Association will be hosting the John Henning Memorial Musky Tournament on Dec. 2. Call Scott McKee at 225-3816. You must be a member to participate. Lake trout continue to be caught, too, as part of an incidental catch. Lake trout season is closed until the end of the year. One popular fishing spot will be closing for the winter on Nov. 30 at dusk. The NYPA fishing platform in the gorge, as well as the parking area and stairs, will be shutting down for the season due to the winter conditions. This also includes the Upper Mountain Road access point for the reservoir. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls is still picking up a few fresh salmon and some walleyes at the platform on spinners and jigs. Swimbaits work, too. In the Upper Niagara River, Capt. Ted Kessler was reporting some good musky action recently, including a double-header for two brothers – Virgil Mosiman of Kenai, Alaska and his brother Brad from Warsaw, NY with 47-inch and 38-inch ‘skies while fishing with Capt. Ted Kessler of Grand Island in the Upper Niagara River. The season closes on Nov. 30 in the upper river and Lake Erie, as well as the rest of the state, except for the lower river and Lake O.
Speaking of Lake O., the action in the streams off Lake O. has slowed for browns and steelhead, as well as the occasional late king salmon. We’ve heard a few Cohos being caught, too. Water has been slightly stained and conditions aren’t too bad, but fish have been finicky. It’s a good bet that many people are hunting. There hasn’t been a lot of fishing pressure. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!