Niagara USA Fishing Report for March 9, 2017

Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for March 9, 2017
It’s all about the weather sometimes and this week was no different. Yesterday saw high winds with gusts to 70 miles per hour locally, which spelled bad news for river or lake fishermen. In the Niagara River, the water went from perfect conditions on Tuesday to chocolate milk on Thursday. With a wide open Lake Erie set as a backdrop to the river fishery, boaters and shoreline casters are at the mercy of what happens on the Great Lake. Every week it seems like a combination of wind and rain has been hampering the fishing action. Lower river drifters were pulling a fair number of fish earlier in the week, with one boat in particular hitting 20 trout – a mix of steelhead and lake trout. Pink egg sacs fished in a three-way rig set-up was the best approach. Other colors can also work, but figuring out what the fish want on any given day is part of the fun. Shore casters have been struggling a bit. Ric Davila of Wheatfield managed to catch a few small lakers earlier in the week casting spoons and spinners. The Niagara River Anglers Association has announced that their12th Annual John Long, Sr. Raffle and Feast is set for April 2 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Niagara Active Hose on Lockport Road in Niagara Falls. Call 628-1460 for information.

Some nice Niagara steel …

Lake Ontario and tributaries – The streams were high and muddy following the recent rains, but they should come down quickly. In the meantime, look for more frigid temperatures this weekend with lows into the single digits. Remember we spring ahead one hour on Sunday morning if you are going fishing. Steelhead and brown trout are both being caught at Burt Dam but with the stained conditions, you do have to work for them with egg sacs, egg imitations, woolly buggers, jigs tipped with a wax worm and fished under a float … all will catch fish. A few suckers are starting to show up, too. Down in the harbor, some perch and northern pike are being caught. Remember that pike season closes at the end of the day on March 15. The piers should be ice free now, but that could change with the cold temps if we get any winds at all. There were a few reports of some bullhead being caught. The run is still a ways off. Hopefully it will coincide with the Wilson Conservation Club bullhead contest set for April 7-9. Call Eric at 628-6078. The Western New York Sport and Travel Expo is going on this weekend at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg thru Sunday. Check out the website at and look for the WNY Sport and Travel Expo. Fishing has been a little tough for the All in the Same Boat Annual Catch and Release Steelhead Tournament which already started and it will be running through March 25. Boundaries are for Niagara and Orleans County tributaries only. Register at the Newfane shop and pick up rules there. The new leader came last weekend when Matt Tall of Wilson caught a 33-1/2 inch trout. On March 25, the 28th annual Antique Fishing Tackle Show will be held at Elk’s Lodge, 6791 N. Canal Road, Lockport from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $5. Tables are available for $15 before March 18; $20 after. For more information call Dan Bedford at 713-9410.