This past week saw the walleye anglers getting more action in the northern basin of Chautauqua Lake. Trollers are more consistent in their creels, by working jointed stick baits in perch color off Warner’s Bar and Lighthouse Point. The key seemed to be keeping offers in 25-to-40-foot range, with the bigger “eyes” staging 10-12 feet off the bottom. The muskie bite continues to off a little from the early season but casters that put in the work are still doing well casting stick baits off the Mayville Flats and Warner’s Bay.
LAKE ERIE AND TRIBUTARIES
With a small craft advisory on Lake Erie on Friday made getting out impossible. Earlier in the week, the walleye that been holding between 60-80 feet should be pretty much scattered. But starting at those depths first of the week and moving out should work well. Earlier in the week a few anglers where out going to catch 110 feet of water to catch some large fish and even catching bonus Lakers.
With the change in weather this past week the perch should start to move closer to shore, 50-70 feet. Anglers have been finding the closer to shore one goes the fish have been holding tighter to the bottom.
No salmon yet in the lower Niagara River, but bass and walleye are still snapping. Shore anglers have been using plugs and spinners off Artpark to take some nice walleye and bass both. The better fishing has been at night. Remember that Sept. 22 is a kids fishing derby on Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls starting at 8 a.m. and NYPA will be hosting a Wildlife Festival Sept. 22-23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day to honor National Hunting and Fishing Day weekend.
The days are getting shorter as Pacific salmon slowly migrate closer to their home ports. Last Saturday morning, Keegan Walczak of East Amherst was casting a spoon off the Olcott pier when he caught the first salmon of the year. A few more were caught over the weekend by other anglers. This is the first sign that we’re getting close to some fall fishing but we still have a ways to go. High temperatures are in the 60s this weekend and some cool rain today should make a difference. In the meantime, the Niagara Bar is holding fish at the drop-off according to some mixed reports. Off Wilson, the salmon were stacking up in 40 to 80 feet of water according to Kyle Duncan of Newfane. He was fishing with Captain Carl Martin of Dublin Up Charters and doing very well on matures. Duncan says use spoons and cut bait early in the day and switch over to spoons later, using your electronics to help identify prime areas. These fish could feed at any time so stay on them until you figure out what they want. Flasher-fly combos were also catching numbers of fish, including brown and rainbow trout while boaters are targeting salmon. Off Olcott earlier in the week, 60 to 90 feet was a good depth contour to follow. J-plugs, flasher and cut bait, flasher-fly and magnum spoons were all producing fish early in the day.