With skim ice on the lower basin of Chautauqua Lake and several areas beginning to start to harden up in the northern basin, we have no solid fishing reports for Chautauqua Lake this week.
UPPER NIAGARA RIVER
Above Niagara Falls in the upper river, Rich Pisa and his dad, Richard, this past week found some success with jigs. They managed to catch three lake trout up to 16 pounds, 10 walleye and some silver bass. Water conditions were near-perfect.
LOWER NIAGARA RIVER
The Niagara River fishing was good from both boat and shore. Brown trout, steelhead and walleye have all been caught with consistency. Boaters are using three-way rigs to entice fish to hit with MagLips, Kwikfish, beads, egg sacs and minnows. A minnow is what worked for Matt Gerhart of Spring Mills, Pa. when he was fishing with Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island. He reeled in an 11-pound walleye fishing the lower river. Some nice browns and steelies into the double-digits have also been caught by drifters. Shoreline casters in the gorge are using spinners, jigs and egg sacs to take trout and the occasional walleye, too. Even a few late salmon are hanging around.
LAKE ONTARIO AND TRIBS
Brown trout and steelhead are dominating the fishing report this week, with walleye not far behind. Buffy Frank of Lockport caught a monster brown trout yesterday while fishing a favorite Niagara County Lake Ontario tributary. Using a black marabou jig tipped with wax worms, she hauled in a 34-inch brownie that tipped the scales at better than 15 pounds. She didn’t get an actual weight because she wanted to get it back into the water and release it as quickly as possible. She did get a quick photo though. Nice fish! Tributaries seem to be offering moderate to medium flows. Egg sacs, single eggs, egg imitations and a variety of flies are all working to take fish. Surprisingly, there hasn’t been a lot of fishing pressure the past week. We could see a little bit of rain and temperatures into the 40s over the weekend.
We’re only a month away from the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, set for Jan. 18-20, 2019, at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. Check the website out at naigarafishingexpo.com.