Chautauqua Lake anglers are reporting good ice this past week and with another sub-zero temperature front moving through later this week the 8-plus inches of ice will only get better through the week’s end. Long Point is producing good numbers of walleye and perch. Ashville Bay anglers have been picking up good numbers of panfish, including jack perch. Along with the flats in Mayville, anglers are doing well with minnows and crawlers for walleyes and, this week, perch.
With the latest warm-up, the Lake Erie tributaries are pretty much wide open. All creeks currently have high and muddy flows. Some streams may be an option by today. Productive wintertime steelhead offerings include egg sacs, egg flies, trout beads and small jigs tipped with a grub (fished under a float). Drift baits and flies slow and low.
With this end of Lake Erie still open, it will undoubtedly have an effect on Niagara River fishing by pushing ice into the river and also have an effect on water conditions. Wind that strong out of the Southwest has a tendency to stain things up, but with colder temperatures in the forecast for the weekend, it should help things out. The Niagara River was busy from both boat and shore the past week and trout and walleye dominated the catching scene. We heard about walleyes up to 12 pounds. Steelhead, brown trout and lake trout were all being caught by casters and boat drifters. Boaters were pulling Kwikfish and MagLips off three-way rigs to catch fish. Minnows were also working. From shore, spinners and jigs were both catching some fish.
LAKE ONTARIO & TRIBS
18 Mile Creek in Newfane saw some things open up again, and jigs tipped with a wax worm or egg sacs were working under a float. The Back Bay in Wilson was still producing perch, crappie and the occasional trout in Tuscarora Bay through the ice. With the recent warm ups, make sure you check the ice thickness before heading out and heading back in.