Tropical Depression Barry arrived on the scene this week, bringing hot, humid weather. How that will impact special events like the Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout on Lake Erie or the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association events and LOC Derby remains to be seen. There’s plenty of fish available if the weather doesn’t get too bad.
Walleye fishing has been great the past week. Fish are spread out from Buffalo to Barcelona. Catching fish isn’t the issue; finding bigger fish for a contest will be more of a challenge. Out of Buffalo, you can go where the boats are … or not.
John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda did a three-man limit in two hours using five colors of lead core and dipsy divers in 40 feet of water, all on stickbaits. No special color, they hit everything. Meanwhile, Steve Brzuszkiewicz of Marilla was fishing north-south from the Seneca Shoal buoy using a worm rig with purple beads and firetiger blades on the bottom to make short order of a limit of six fish. Capt. Jim Hanley of Angola hit the waters from Buffalo to Cattaraugus Creek. Everything was working. Bottom bouncing with harnesses and three colors of lead core behind his Off Shore boards were both catching fish. Speed was 1.5 mph. Best depth was 40 to 48 off Buffalo.
Off Cattaraugus Creek, Capt. Jim Skoczylas of Sheridan reports that he’s been pre-fishing for the Sunset Bay Shootout this weekend. Finding bigger fish has been tough. One trip he fished from the Catt to Dunkirk in 55 to 65 feet of water. Then he moved to 75 to 100 feet of water on another trip. Many of the fish were 25 to 30 feet down using riggers, divers and lead core. His deepest baits were on six colors of lead core. He was catching fish on stickbaits, harnesses and spoons. One hot bait was a purple/red Hawkins spoon with a copper back off his diver. Another lure that is continuing to amaze is the Bay Rat 35th anniversary lure to celebrate the Southtowns Walleye Derby last June. They are going to have to order more.
Capt. Frank Schoenacker of Infinity Charters reports a great trip out of Dunkirk this week using Bay Rat sticks behind five colors of lead core and R&R Superlight spoons on divers. In addition to a good catch of walleyes, they also caught three lake trout up to 20 pounds. Bass action has been spotty, but some anglers have been doing well by targeting structure in 34 to 40 feet of water with crayfish, shiners, tubes and swimbaits.
The Fishing Beat (July 17) Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Tropical Depression Barry arrived on the scene this week, bringing hot, humid weather. How that will impact special events like the Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout on Lake Erie or the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association events and LOC Derby remains…
Bass fishing in the lower Niagara River has picked up, according to Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle. The moss is still an issue but it does seem to be getting a little better. Worms, crabs and tube jigs have been the bait of choice. A few walleye have been reported, too.
Upper river action has been great for bass, as well. According to Capt. Ryan Shea of Brookdog Fishing, his best bass bait has been a Ned rig. The same rig has produced an amazing number of muskellunge, too. So far this year, he has connected with 16 muskies, caught and released with care. There is decent walleye fishing in the river, too, especially in the Emerald Channel.
Randy Snyder of Marion caught this 22-pound, 14-ounce brown trout to take over the Brown Division in the Summer LOC Derby. (Photo courtesy of LOC Derby)
The Summer Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby continue to rack up some impressive catches. The new grand prize leader is Chris Mandell of Spencerport with a 29-pound, 6-ounce fish. He caught it on Saturday while fishing out of Rochester. Robyn Wolf of Wilson came close with a 27-15 king that is second in the Salmon Division. She was fishing out of her home port with Capt. Mike Johannes of On the Rocks. Randy Snyder of Marion weighed in a 22-14 brown trout to take over the lead in that division. He caught the fish on Monday out of Hughes Marina in Wayne County.
Speaking of Wayne County, its Pro-Am tournament starts Friday. In the one that didn’t get away department, Capt. Tim Sylvester of Tough Duty out of Olcott reported that his customer failed to enter the LOC Derby and, of course, they caught a potential division leader at over 28 pounds. He insisted that you had to be patient and work your spots. He found a pod of fish from 315 to 340 feet of water and stayed on them. The best tactic was copper line back 400 feet with meat.
Capt. Matt Bedient of Lockport was a little bit east of Olcott in 300 to 400 feet of water, running spoons before 8:30 a.m. 50 to 90 feet down. After 8:30 a.m. he would switch over to more of a meat program. You have to be at the right place at the right time.
Fishing has been great on Chautauqua the past week according to Capt. Mike Sperry of Chautauqua Reel Outdoors. Warm weather and the threat of storms fired up the fish. For walleyes, troll worm harnesses on the weed lines in the north basin. Use small Colorado- and Indiana-style blades. Jigging works, too. Best baits have been Vibes or just a jig head with a twistertail. Muskies have been hitting jerk baits (Leo’s and Sledges) and small crankbaits, casting near the weed lines.
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