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NYSDEC Fishing Report
October 16 to October 23, 2020
The upper river is a good smallmouth bass fishing option in the fall as waters cool and bass go on the feed. Also, conditions on the river are often more manageable than the open lake in fall, and boat launches remain open well into the fall. Target bass outside weed edges by drifting with ned rigs or bottom bouncing rigs with live shiners, crayfish or plastics.
Anglers are catching fair to decent numbers of king salmon in the gorge and report that some trout are starting to show up. Charter boats target king salmon by controlled drifting in the Devils Hole drift with three-way rigs with cured skein.
Lake Erie, Tributaries & Harbors
Big lake outings are diminishing as the boating season winds down. Over the past couple of weeks, there have been some good yellow perch catches off Cattaraugus Creek in 64-67 feet of water. Live emerald shiners are the top bait. Some emeralds have been available for dipping in the upper Niagara River at Broderick Park and near some small stream inlets along City of Buffalo.
Cattaraugus Creek is the top option for Lake Erie steelhead. The Catt currently has lower flow of about 130 cubic feet per second, with good color. The lower section has provided decent to good steelhead action lately. Be aware that most of the stream below Gowanda is on Seneca Nation Territory, and a Seneca fishing license is needed to fish on Seneca lands. There are a few steelhead around the lowest sections on the other Lake Erie tributaries. However, fish are easily spooked in the very low and clear conditions.
Stream conditions and catches are good at Oak Orchard Creek, so expect plenty of angler company. The moderate and slightly stained flow at the Oak has been sustained by Erie Canal water releases. Solid numbers of king salmon are in the section immediately below the dam and more sparsely scattered from there down to the Park Avenue access. Some brown trout are starting to show in the Oak as well. Eighteenmile Creek has low and clear conditions with only spotty numbers of kings and a few brown trout around.
NYS Fishing Reports courtesy New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. Visit them at NYSDEC
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