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NYSDEC Fishing Report
December 31, 2020 to January 15, 2021
Lower river waters are currently stained, but fishable. Conditions will continue to improve through the weekend. There has been good steelhead action in the upper drifts and gorge section, when conditions have permitted. Controlled drifting with a three-way rig with egg sacs, trout beads, flatfish style lures or live shiners is the standard technique for boaters. Egg sacs, egg flies, trout beads, shiners, jigs with plastics, spoons and spinners work well from shore. The Niagara Bar has been producing decent catches of brown trout and lake trout, with some surprise king salmon too! Controlled drifting with live shiners or kwikfish-style lures has worked well. All NYPA fishing facilities (at Power Vista and Reservoir) are closed for winter season.
Lake Erie, Tributaries & Harbors
There have been mixed reports on steelhead action lately, depending on the stream or day. However, many anglers have been saying there are more larger steelhead (25" to 30" range) around when compared to the past few years. There is currently a rain induced blowout on all Erie tribs, with creek levels peaking last night. Smaller creeks such as Silver, Walnut, Canadaway and Chautauqua Creeks are better bets for fishable flows this weekend, depending on additional rainfall. Water temperatures are near freezing now and steelhead are lethargic and hugging the bottom. It is best to keep drifted offerings slow and deep. It is also good to concentrate efforts during the warmest part of the day.
Steelhead are now the dominant catch on all Lake Ontario tributaries, though there are still some brown trout hanging around Eighteenmile and Oak Orchard Creeks. All creeks are high and stained at report time. With larger drainage areas, flows on Eighteenmile and the Oak are likely to stay up for a couple more days. The small streams will drop back much quicker. Creeks such as Fourmile, Twelvemile, East Branch Twelvemile and Keg Creeks have been low and clear for most of the fall run. However, with two high water events in the past week, these streams are now worth a look.
NYS Fishing Reports courtesy New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. Visit them at NYSDEC
If you need more fishing information or would like to contribute to the fishing report, please call or e-mail Mike Todd (716) 851-7010. Good Luck Fishing!
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