Storm Kick’n Stick 16 tested for trophy Pike.

Dave Neil struggles to hold up his trophy pike that smashed the Storm Kick'n Stick #16.
Dave Neil struggles to hold up his trophy pike that smashed the Storm Kick'n Stick #16.

Dave Neil was out testing the new 2010 Rapala SHIFT series rods over the weekend and tagged into this trophy pike that measured-out at just under 44” in length and is one of the largest pike Dave has seen in Southern Ontario (Parry Sound Area). The fish was suspended off a shoal in about 25’ of water when it charged the new Storm Kick ‘n Stick 16. This lure has a great action for large Pike and Musky. Make sure to look for it in stores soon.

The Strom Kick'n Stick will be available right up to a #20 (20 cm), and will definitely work well for trophy pike, musky & lake trout.
The Strom Kick'n Stick will be available right up to a #20 (20 cm), and will definitely work well for trophy pike, musky & lake trout.

 

Sund’s Lodge, BC Chinook Salmon Action.

On our last day of filming from www.sundslodge.com, BC several trophy Chinook Salmon were landed by guests at the lodge.   I had a chance to compliment the exciting Halibut footage we shot the day before by doing a segment trolling with a flasher/anchovie combination using the new Rapala RSC Mooching Rod and Center Pin reel combination and landed a nice 17 lb. Chinook.  The largest fish was weighed-in by Tony Spencer and weighed over 30 lb.!  If you enjoy 5-star service, meals and accommodations combined with world-class BC coastal fishing for trophy Salmon, Halibut and a variety of other bottom fish, you should check-out Sund’s Lodge.

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Lake Ontario Salmon Action.

Dave Kubassek and his friend Gord were out off Bronte Creek in Lake Ontario this past Tuesday and had good results trolling with downriggers from 7’ – 60’ deep in 95’ of water.  They caught a mix of Rainbow trout and Chinook salmon.  A variety of fluttering spoons produced their fish.  They also had a chance to fish Island Lake Lodge for walleye and caught lot’s of fish using pickerel-rigs and bait.

Ontario Grey-Bruce Tributary Update.

Wayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries. It appears that Spring has finally arrived in southern Ontario, although everything is about 2-3 weeks behind normal. It was a little wet to start the week with heavy rains on Monday, but the weather got better each day for the rest of the week of my vacation. Fishing last weekend was very good, as we caught a couple of 10 inch rainbows. Butch caught and released a couple of small brown trout and rainbows in the campground. We noticed white Mayflies have started to appear on the Saugeen River. Fishing on Lake Erie for pickerel is still a little slow, with the odd one being caught here and there.

 

 River Flow Rates: moderate

 

Saugeen River (Durham) down at 1.3M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) down at 9.6M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) down at 7.8M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) down at 0.86M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 5.01M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.05M, French River at Woseley Bay 187.3M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.5M, Credit River at Orangeville steady at 11.3M, Grand River (Doon), steady at 4.11M (below Shand dam) steady at 1.7M.

 

Prime Fishing Times: Saturday June 20th, 2009: 9:12am to 12:48pm (moon overhead), 9:57pm to 1:13am (moon underneath). New moon Monday June 22nd

 

Great Lakes: Lake Superior, 30-40ft, Lake Michigan 50-60ft, Lake Ontario 50-70ft, Lake Huron 40-50ft, Lake Erie 30ft. Best baits; spoons: body baits, cracked ice and monkey puke

 

Fly Fishing: Grey Fox, Sulphur Dun, Green Drake, Hex, and various caddis

 

Saugeen conditions:  moderate, tea colored water, 15C, and visibility Saugeen River, 4ft.

 

For more info., you can contact Wayne at, brntrout@golden.net

 

Or you can visit Wayne at http://www.canadianangling.com .

Terrace, BC Tributary Update.

noel_gyger_graphic3Daytime temperatures have been on the cool side causing rivers to continue to drop and clean. The Skeena is now borderline fishable.  Time to try your luck, there are lots of Chinook in the river migrating to their home tributary rivers. The Kalum River is high and clean and fishing for Chinook continues. The Zymoetz (Copper) River has been dropping and is borderline fishable. Fishing for Chinook in the Kitimat River is excellent!

Trophy Halibut TV Show at Sund’s Lodge, BC.

Scott Sund & I hold-up one of the many trophy Halibut we landed producing a dynamic deep-water jigging TV show.
Scott Sund & I hold-up one of the many trophy Halibut we landed producing a dynamic deep-water jigging TV show.

 

 

 

Enjoying great weather, Barb & I, our guide Geoff & Scott Sund shot a dynamic Halibut show jigging 200-300′ depths with the Williamson vertical jigging spoons in the 5-7 oz. size, & also using traditional Halibut jigs/plastic squid lures.  We travelled about 7-miles from www.sundslodge.com, and found relatively calm waters and ended up hooking many Halibut to complete our trophy TV show.  Many of the guests also limited-out on Halibut to compliment their Chinook Salmon catches.   Make sure to check the new series when it airs on TSN for this exciting and educational program.

 

 

 

Sund’s Lodge, BC Shooting Update.

We are continuing to enjoy excellent weather while shooting at Sund’s Lodge, in beautiful BC.  Today we caught a variety of bottom fish and enjoyed a unique Sund’s shorelunch which included freshly caugth Dungeness Crab, fresh salmon chowder, and a full-out barbacue on the beach.  Now, that’s fishing and eating in style.  Tomorrow we will be chasing tropy Chinook salmon in the mornining and Halibut mid-day.  I will keep you posted.

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Canadian Sportfishing Filming at Sund’s Lodge, BC.

We are having an excellent trip filming two TV episodes at Sund’s Lodge, BC.  Even though the long-range forecast last week called for 6-days of rain, we had bright sunny skies today and the next two days also look excellent.  Trophy Chinook salmon are plentiful and several fish over 30 lbs. have been landed over the last couple of days.  Along with our Canadian Sportfishing crew, we have also met very nice guests that have travelled from Indiana and Oklahoma, USA to enjoy the excellent fishing Sund’s has to offer.  In addition to trophy chinook salmon we are also catching good-size halibut and rock cod.  One of the benefits of fishing from Sund’s Lodge is that you don’t have to travel far from the lodge to have excellent fishing, and there are so many islands and inlets to fish that anglers can always find calm waters to fish in.  We’ll keep you updated daily on the fishing action.  If you would like to book a trip to Sund’s Lodge, you can contact them at, www.sundslodge.com .

Ontario Grey-Bruce Update.

wayne_sheridan_graphicWayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries. It appears that Spring has finally arrived in southern Ontario, although everything is about 2-3 weeks behind normal. It was a little wet to start the week with heavy rains on Monday, but the weather got better each day for the rest of the week of my vacation. Fishing last weekend was very good, as we caught a couple of 10 inch rainbows. Butch caught and released a couple of small brown trout and rainbows in the campground. We noticed white Mayflies have started to appear on the Saugeen River. Fishing on Lake Erie for pickerel is still a little slow, with the odd one being caught here and there.

 

River Flow Rates: moderate

 

Saugeen River (Durham) down at 1.3M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) down at 9.6M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) down at 7.8M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) down at 0.86M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) down at 5.01M, Maitland River (above Wingham) down at 10.05M, French River at Woseley Bay 187.3M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.5M, Credit River at Orangeville steady at 11.3M, Grand River (Doon), steady at 4.11M (below Shand dam) steady at 1.7M.

 

Prime Fishing Times: Saturday June 20th, 2009: 9:12am to 12:48pm (moon overhead), 9:57pm to 1:13am (moon underneath). New moon Monday June 22nd

 

Great Lakes: Lake Superior, 30-40ft, Lake Michigan 50-60ft, Lake Ontario 50-70ft, Lake Huron 40-50ft, Lake Erie 30ft. Best baits; spoons: body baits, cracked ice and monkey puke

 

Fly Fishing: Grey Fox, Sulphur Dun, Green Drake, Hex, and various caddis

 

 Saugeen conditions:  moderate, tea colored water, 15C, and visibility Saugeen River, 4ft.

 

 For more info., you can contact Wayneat, brntrout@golden.net

 

Or you can visit Wayne at http://www.canadianangling.com .

 

Lake Simcoe producing Trophy Panfish.

Gabor Horvat reports:  We took advantage of the nice weather and headed-out to Lake Simcoes, Cook’s Bay to try our luck at catching some nice pike.  To our surprise, we tried to locate weedlines, but they were not developed yet.  We tried casting a variety of lures  around sparse weeds, but with not success.  We decided to change our strategy and tied on small crankbaits and head to the shallow-water structure to try and catch some panfish.  Fishing 5-7′ of water we started catching nice jumbo perch and noticed some commotion in the shallower water.  We headed into 2-4′ of water and started catching good-size rock bass and bluegill.  We quickly forgot about the pike and had a lot of fun catching the panfish!

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Just Shot a Dynamic Gar Pike TV Show.

[singlepic id=39 w=320 h=240 float=left]I just returned from filming my first Gar Pike show on the Bay of Quinte.  After 2-days of scouting shorelines from Belleville to Deseronto, ON, I was blessed to locate enough Gar Pike to successfully produce and entertaining and educational show catching them on the Original Rapala #9 size.  The action was non-stop and we were able to get all of the Gar Pike chasing and hitting the Rapalas live on camera.  There were lot’s of jumps and many Gars that got off.  Make sure to look for this program when the new series starts in the fall.  You will see lot’s of action and you will get great tips on catching Gar Pike right on the surface!

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BC Tributary Update.

noel_gyger_graphic2Noel Gyger reports: The weather has been good all week with lower daytime temperatures close to average (19 degrees C.). All rivers have come down since their highs of last week. The Kalum River is high and clean and fishing for Chinook has started. The Skeena River water heights have dropped but still too colored for fishing. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is too dirty to fish. Fishing for Chinook in the Kitimat River is excellent!

The photo of the week shows Nelson Furtado with a nice Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon landed on June 9th.  Nelson was fishing with his friend Greg Buck.  Photo by Greg Buck.
The photo of the week shows Nelson Furtado with a nice Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon landed on June 9th. Nelson was fishing with his friend Greg Buck. Photo by Greg Buck.

 

 

Pre-fish on Bay of Quinte for Gar produces Trophy Walleye.

I had the opportunity to pre-fish the Bay of Quinte to do a Gar Pike TV show this past Sunday and Monday with my friends Kam Anderson and Sean.  We were searching the shorelines for concentrations of Gar Pike and also looking for them along open-water rock-humps, weedbeds and weedlines.  Along with finding two excellent Gar Pike spots, we also caught quite a few good size walleye.

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Sean started the morning off by catching the first walleye about 15 min. after  we started fishing right off a weedline across from Massassauga Point.

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Kam Anderson ended-up catching the largest walleye fishing a shallow-weedline in 6-7′ of water right in the Belleville, ON city limits.

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I landed several good-size walleye including the above fish.

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The walleye were so concentrated in some spots that Kam & Sean even had a double-header hook-up.

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If you are planning on going down to the Bay of Quinte, make sure to take some of the Rapala Tail Dancers in the #9 size and “hot-chub” colors….that’s all we used to catch our fish.  Most weedlines growing in 8-12′ of water are holding good number of walleye.

Prime Time for Trophy Sheepshead.

Over the last few days I have been fishing from Lake Erie, NY to the Bay of Quinte, Belleville and I have seen quite a few number of sheepshead move into areas I normally catch bass (Lake Erie, NY), and walleye (Quinte).  I have been fishing lures along shorelines and weedbeds as deep as 30′ and started to catch quite a few sheepshead, some of which have been up over 15 lb.  I know not too many people get excited over hooking sheepshead, but when you are casting and retrieving artificials with light spinning and baitcasting gear, it’s a lot of fun!  If you are fishing Lake Erie and Lake Ontario shallows over the next few weeks, don’t be surprised if you tie into one of these hard-fighting fish.

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Rapala Husky Jerk produces trophy Lake Erie, NY Smallmouth Bass.

Tony Brecknock, John Cowie and I targeted “post-spawn”, trophy smallmouth bass on the NY side of Lake Erie yesterday.   Conditions at 8am where cool and overcast as we headed across Lake Erie to the NY-side.

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It took as about 1/2 hr. to locate some big smallmouth bass, but as soon as we did, John Cowie and Tony Brecknock hooked a double-header.  Tonys fish ended up being the biggest fish of the day.

To our surprise, over the last week weeds had grown several feet high in 7-12′ of water making it challenging to fish the Rapala Husky Jerk #13 without getting weeds on the lure.

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Twitching with stiffer Rapala R-Type & ST2 rods along with the Rapala Taitanium Line made it easy for us to “rip” the Husky Jerk right through the weeds.

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John Cowie also landed a chunky largemouth bass that was mixed-in with the smallmouth.

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In addition to catching the smallmouth & largemouth bass, we ended up also  catching sheepshead, pike, and rock bass. Lake Erie water are still pretty cool around the 59C range on most in-shore shoals and reefs.

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As surface water temperatures warm-up, it should make for excellent top-water fishing for smallmouth bass!

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Haliburton Rainbow Trout Action.

greg_klatt_graphicGreg Klatt reports: The past few weeks I have been fortunate to pursue a different fishing passion that gets me out of the bass boat and into my 14′ square stern canoe to hit a few different Rainbow lakes in the province.

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Some trips saw amazing action while a couple of early season ones were poor with cold water temps keeping fish scattered and in a negative mood. The last couple of trips the water temps have started to climb and the Rainbows are starting to setup in their summer patterns suspending over deeper water off secondary points and islands.

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On one of the trips we caught some nice fish using the Storm Scat back which is a 1.5″ bug shaped crankbait. The black/Gold and Brown/Orange color patterns produced best and I trolled them on Rapala Ultralight rods with 4lb Suffix line and used small split-shot sinker to get down to the depths I was marking the Rainbows on the sonar.

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Luhr Jensen Davis trolls with a 3′ length of fluorocarbon line and muddler minnow flies in black and brown shades also worked well.

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The other successful pattern was just #1 spinners in gold/silver combo’s tipped with a small piece of worm.

PS, If you plan on heading out make sure you load up on the bug juice and/or jacket. The black flies and mosquito’s were really bad in the back woods.

Take care and good fish’n…. Greg.

If you would like to book a guided fishing trip with Greg, you can contact him at, www.Profishntanglingservices.com .

Lake Erie Channel Catfish Action.

tyler_jason_howick_graphicJason and Tyler Howick report: Catfishing has been slower than normal this year across Lake Erie tributaries due to colder night-time temperatures and lack of significant rainfall. The Channel Catfish that we have caught have been holding in deeper holes in lower sections closer to the lake. Significant temperature drops in rivers scattered fish downstream and pushed them tight to cover. Fishing slip-bobbers and bottom rigs, baited with chunks of cut baitfish, close to shoreline holding areas has produced some good fish in the 10-13 lb range. The rainfall we have recently received has drawn more and bigger fish upstream and hopefully warmer temperatures will improve the fishing.

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Lake Simcoe, ON Jumbo Perch.

Once located in deeper water, jumbo perch can easily be caught fishing small 1/8 oz. jigheads/1-2 1/2" plastic grubs along the bottom.
Once located in deeper water, jumbo perch can easily be caught fishing small 1/8 oz. jigheads/1-2 1/2" plastic grubs along the bottom.

 

 

Anglers are reporting good perch catches on Lake Simcoe both from fishing the shallow flats and also fishing water as deep as 30-40′.  The shallow-water perch are scattered and varying in size from 6-9″, while the deep-water perch are in larger schools and ranging from 8-11″  in size.  Best way to locate the deep-water perch is to troll slowly either using a weighed spinner/worm, or jig/worm or minnow close to the bottom.  Once you hook a fish, try today football predictions anchoring and working the area more thoroughly.  Most anglers are using jigs/live minnows in the deeper water while shoreline anglers are using mostly 1/8 oz. jigs/1-3″ plastic grubs in water ranging in depth from 5-10′.

Lower Grand River, ON Update.

Kam Anderson holds up his first carp ever....not a bad size fish to catch on a 1/8 oz. jig, 6 lb. test line and an ultralight Rapala rod/reel combo!
Kam Anderson holds up his first carp ever....not a bad size fish to catch on a 1/8 oz. jig, 6 lb. test line and an ultralight Rapala rod/reel combo!

 

 

 

 

 

I fished the Lower Grand River today with my friends Kam Anderson and John Waind to check-out the conditions for walleye.  Anglers up to yesterday have had good success trolling the Grand River south of Dunnville, ON for eating-size walleye.   Unfortunately we received some heavy rainfall last night and the Grand River was high and muddy this morning.  Talking to anglers fishing below the Dam, not even the sheepshead were biting.  We worked 1/8 & 1/4 oz. jigs/plastic grubs along the bottom in water ranging from 5-15′ deep and also cranked with the new Rapala DT Thug.  We did manage to catch a carp and a few sheepshead, but no walleye.  As soon as the water clears-up anglers will once again be catching walleye.

 

 

Lake Ontario Salmon Fishing Update.

Lake Ontario anglers have been experiences challenging  fishing conditions mainly due to high winds.  Dave Kubassek was out from Bronte Creek Harbour, ON and had good results fishing in 140-160′ of water.   Silver spoons with accent stripes in green, red & blue worked well trolled 55-75′ deep.  If you are planning on fishing Lake Ontario for Pacific Salmon and trout, make sure to cover a lot of water (fish are scattered), and definitely fish deeper water.

Use the Strongest Knots to Catch More Fish.

In my earlier years I spent quite a bit of time doing “pro-staff” promotions in tackle stores throughout southern Ontario.  On many occasions I had a Trilene Knot-testing machine with me where anglers were encouraged to tie their favorite knot to see at what “pound-test” the line would break, or if the knot would indeed cut the line.  To many people’s surprise, poor knots, such as the “half-hitch” , and the “clinch knot” are very poor knots that when you apply a lot of pressure to the line, the knot cuts the line!  So, here are the three top knots you should be using for all intensive purposes (not special applications), when you are fishing.  The #1 knot to use is the The Trilene Knot.  It is a strong reliable connection that resists slippage and premature failures.  The #2 & #3 knots are the Palomar and the Improved Clinch.  All three of these knots can be used for making monofilament or braid connections.  Make sure to always lubricate a knot before you tighen it (to prevent over-heating of the line-material).  Always pull the knot as tight as you can (without breaking the line), and always leave at least a 1/8” “tag” of line when trimming the knot.  Click on the thumbnail images below to see easy instructions to tie the strongest fishing knots.

 

 

 

Rapala X-Rap#12 Excellent for Smallmouth Bass.

I had a chance to test the new Rapala X-Rap #12 in Lake Erie, NY and I can confirm that this brand new size “slash-bait” works extremely well to raise trophy bass up from the depths.  We fished a flat next to 20+’ of water and twitched the X-Rap#12 to make it dive down to 7′ in an amazing “slashing-action”.  My friend Gerald Fisher and I landed over a dozen trophy bass in just a few hours using this new bait.  Look for it in stores this coming season.

Terrace, BC Tributaries Blown-out.

noel_gyger_graphic1Noel Gyger reports: The average daytime temperature in Terrace is 19C.  The daytime temperatures have been extremely high all week (over 25C.), causing lots of snow melt to come off the mountains.   We are near flood condition on the Skeena River.  Some lower areas have already flooded.  This report is more of a flooding report than a fishing report.  It is normal for high water in the Skeena this time of year but “nobody” likes it this high.   Although we can still fish in the isolated wilderness rivers the Skeena River is un-fishable now.  Fishing in high water is not necessarily a bad thing. I’ve had some of my best fishing in high water although the water must be clean.   The fish would be holding in the slow moving water on the corners.   The Kalum River is very high but still fairly clean.   Kitimat River is very high and really not fishable.   Lake fishing is still available plus ocean out of the ports of Kitimat and Prince Rupert.   The Skeena water heights may have stabilized today and maybe we have seen the worst of it.   Hopefully the water will continue to drop but it will depend on the weather (lower daytime temperatures and no heavy rain). We have many options here for fishing…but…due to the fact that the Skeena has flooded I must state, in general, the fishing is poor.

Southern Ontario Conservation Area Fishing Update.

gabor_horvat_graphicGabor Horvat reports: Taking advantage of the great weather this weekend, I took the time to check-out a few of South Ontario’s conservation areas that offer fishing opportunities. The first thing I observed was that the water was very clear.  I expected the visibility in the water to be 4-5 feet, but to my surprise it was about 8-10 feet.  The surprise was even bigger when I was looking for the usual weedlines, and they had not come up yet.  All I found was the dead weeds from last year, and they did not hold any fish.  Another conservation area had a little better water conditions.  The water was clear, but only 5-6 feet visibility.  I had some pike follows, but they were not too aggressive. I landed one (picture attached), small pike.  I’m guessing that because the winter was so long, and we have had cold temperatures through this spring, the vegetation growth is delayed. It was interesting to hear and look lots of carp going about their spawning activities.

Lake Simcoe, ON, Lake Trout & Whitefish.

Anglers are reporting good catches of Whitefish & Lake Trout fishing in 80′ of water in the main Lake Simcoe-basin.  Weather and waves permitting, the best presentation has been vertical jigging with vertical jigging spoons, jigs/tubes, and jigs/4 1/2″ Finesse Minnow grubs, right near the bottom.

Lake Huron Lake Trout.

While Great Lakes salmon & trout may be tough to catch right now, anlgers can still target trophy lake trout.
While Great Lakes salmon & trout may be tough to catch right now, anlgers can still target trophy lake trout.

 

 

 

 

Dave Kubassek was out of Kinkardine, ON fishing deep-water for lake trout in about 100′ of water trolling about 65′ down with his www.cannondownriggers.com , with a silver/blue fluttering spoon when he tied into this trohpy lake trout.  The water surface was rough to begin with, but by 10am it calmed down.

Water Temperature Key to Catching Fish.

 

Water temperature is critical when it comes to catching migratory rainbow trout in our Great Lakes and in their tributaries.
Water temperature is critical when it comes to catching migratory rainbow trout in our Great Lakes and in their tributaries.

Having been an avid angler for over 38-years I have really come to appreciate the affect water temperature has on fish metabolism, location, and feeding activity.  Temperature is a key tool anglers can use to catch more fish.  A thermometer is such a simple and inexpensive tool that every angler should have and use, especially early and late in the season when temperatures in Canada can really fluctuate from one body of water to another and also within the same body of water (such as the Great Lakes).  Fish can still feed if the water temperature is not ideal for them, but it makes it much tougher for the angler to catch them.  Extreme cold-fronts that move in, or strong winds that blow-in cold water from an open lake to the shallower water, can shut-down fish in a matter of hours.  So, if you’re planning to fish a specific species off fish, especially early and late in the season, make sure you confirm the water temperature is adequate for the fish you are planning to angle for.  Here is a simple chart to help you.

 

 

Catfish 74°-78°

White Bass 74°-78°

Blue Gill 73°-77°

Largemouth Bass 71°-76°

Stripped Bass 70°-74°

Crappie 68°-73°

Smallmouth Bass 68°-72°

Walleye 67°-72°

Yellow Perch 66°-70°

Northern Pike 62°-71°

Steelhead 58°-60°

Brown Trout 57°-61°

Rainbow Trout 56°-62°

Coho Salmon 54°-55°

Chinook Salmon 53°-55°

Brook Trout 52°-56°

Lake Trout 48°-52°

Quinte Consistent Walleye Action.

As we head into summer, aquatic weedbeds will grow larger and denser.  Finding solid weedlines will be the key to cathing some of the larger walleye on the Bay of Quinte.
As we head into summer, aquatic weedbeds will grow larger and denser. Finding solid weedlines will be the key to cathing some of the larger walleye on the Bay of Quinte.

 

 

 

 

Anglers are continuing to catch lot’s of walleye averaging 1 1/2 – 4 lb. fishing both shallow-water weedbeds/weedlines and also fishing the main Bay-basin.  We are getting reports that anglers fishing shallow weeds with spinnerbaits and twitch-baits for pike are regularly hooking walleye.  Since the walleye season opened, anglers have been steadily catching walleye fishing the main-Bay basin in water depths ranging from 12′ (Telegraph Narrows), to 15-20′ (most of the Upper Bay basin).  Those anglers have been doing well bottom-bouncing with a worm-harness/worm, spinner/worm, or jigs/plastic grubs/live bait.  Larger walleye are being caught trolling with medium-diving crankbaits and by casting crankbaits like the Rapala Tail Dancer #9 around the weedlines.  Virtually anywhere there is good weed-growth right now, there are walleye feeding on the edges.

Lake Erie, NY Fishing Report.

brcanalsmb1Lake Erie and Tributaries

 

Smallmouth bass continue to be the main attraction for anglers fishing Lake Erie, its tributaries and harbours. Lake Erie surface water temperatures have risen to around 54F.

 

Near shore reef areas are a good bet for anglers searching for smallmouth bass. Some boating groups have called it a day after landing as many as 80 bass! Concentrate efforts in 10-25 feet of water (fow) around reefs, shoals, rock piles and other structure. Productive areas include Seneca Shoal, Woodlawn Bar, Myers Reef, Evans Bar and Van Buren Bay. In shallow areas, casting and retrieving of lures such as tube jigs, twister tails and deep-diving stickbaits/crankbaits are productive. A drop shot rig combined with a live minnows or tube jig works well in deeper water. Harbors such as Barcelona, Dunkirk and NFTA Small Boat Harbors are great locations for smallmouth bass as well.

 

The Erie tributaries have swelled following recent rainfall. As they drop back into fishable levels, anglers can still target smallmouth bass through mid-creek. Fly anglers do well with woolly buggers and minnow imitation patterns. Casting and retrieving stickbaits and crankbaits that imitate minnows also works very well. Many suckers and large carp are in the tributaries and will readily take woolly buggers or live bait. Hooking into a large carp can be quite exciting, especially on a light or medium-light action fly rod!

 

Yellow perch anglers report catches in 50-55 fow off Cattaraugus Creek to Evangola State Park and 45-55 fow off Sturgeon Point. Live minnows and shiners or salted shiners are baits of choice. The walleye bite has picked up a bit for night anglers. Better catches have come off the Hamburg shoreline and around Van Buren Bay. Trolling with shallow diving stickbaits or worm harnesses over rocky and rubble areas is a good bet.

 

Anglers be aware that Lake Sturgeon have been accidentally caught on Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River. Lake sturgeon are a threatened fish species in New York and it is illegal to possess threatened fish species. It is also illegal to target threatened species when fishing. Threatened species which are accidentally caught must be immediately released without causing unnecessary harm to the fish (do not remove sturgeon from the water for photographs). For more information see Lake Sturgeon press release.

 

Upper Niagara River

 

Anglers are picking up a mixed bag of bass, panfish and perch around the upper river shoreline and harbor sites. Anglers are catching white bass and white perch around Squaw Island and yellow perch at the foot of Ontario Street. Smallmouth bass have moved into the shallow areas on the Black Rock Canal side of Bird Island Pier. For those willing to walk from Broderick Park to south of the Peace Bridge, action can be very good.

 

Inland Trout Streams

 

The area’s trout streams received some much needed rainfall. Some of the larger creeks are high and muddy, but should be in good shape after a day or two. Anglers are having success with little spinners, salted minnows, worms and flies. Fly anglers are seeing good surface activity with trout rising to hatching flies. Depending on the stream, march browns, grey foxes, sulphurs and caddisflies are good flies to tie on.

 

Trout Stocking 2009

 

Many of the region’s streams and lakes are stocked each spring (March through May) with thousands of yearling brown, rainbow and brook trout. In addition to the traditional stocking of yearling trout, many waters also receive generous numbers of two-year old brown trout that average 14 inches in length. All of the region’s trout stocking waters have now been stocked, though select waters will receive a second stocking during May. For a complete list of stocked waters by county and number of trout stocked, view the Spring 2009 Trout Stocking pages. Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many stocked trout streams and wild trout streams in the region.

 

Wiscoy Creek Angler Diary Program

 

The DEC Region 9 Fisheries Office will be running an angler diary program for Wiscoy Creek in Allegany and Wyoming Counties during 2009 and is currently looking for anglers to keep diaries. If you fish Wiscoy Creek (even once) and would like to keep a diary for DEC, please call the DEC fisheries office at (716) 372-0645 or email fwfish9@gw.dec.state.ny.us. The program will run March 1 through October 31. This program duplicates one run in 2006 and will be used in conjunction with a late-summer electrofishing survey to evaluate the fishery’s overall quality. In 2006, over 115 anglers signed up for the program.

 

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; mttodd@gw.dec.state.ny.us ) or Jim Markham (716-366-0228; jlmarkha@gw.dec.state.ny.us ). Good Luck Fishing!

 

The fishing hotline can also be heard at (716) 679-ERIE or (716) 855-FISH.

Next Week On TSN, Crankbaiting for Quinte Walleye.

cs23_26 This week on TSN broadcast join Italo & his guests, Yehuda Alcaslasy and Amir Gissin, Israel’s Consul General for Toronto and Western Canada as they take you crankbait fishing for walleye on Big Bay, Bay of Quinte, ON.  You will get excellent tips on choosing the right crankbait and presentation tips to help you locate and catch multi-species of fish feeding in open-water near aquatic vegetation.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

Hot Erie Jumbo Perch Fishing.

Rick is the inventor of the Getemstick, a fishing sinker that get’s your bait to the bottom and is virtually snag-proof.  You can see the Getemstick hanging below the perch.
Rick is the inventor of the Getemstick, a fishing sinker that get’s your bait to the bottom and is virtually snag-proof. You can see the Getemstick hanging below the perch.

Anglers are continuing to have excellent jumbo perch fishing action off  Lake Eries many points.  From Point Abino to the east right through to Mohawk Point to the West,  large schools of perch are feeding on plentiful Emerald Shiners in 55-62’ of water.  The best presentation is to fish a “pickerel-rig” with up to a 1 oz. sinker and #8 size baithooks/live minnows right on the bottom.  

Clay Dyer & Italo Labignan ICHA Fishing Derby Summary, Windsor, ON.

Clay Dyer from Alabama, USA and myself were the official MC's for the event.
Clay Dyer from Alabama, USA and myself were the official MC's for the event.

The 7th Annual ICHA Fishing Derby held on May 31, 2009 at Windsor’s, ON waterfront was a huge success.  Hundreds of people participated in the morning fishing, complimentary lunch & entertainment and special appearance by myself and Clay Dyer from Alabama, USA.  The weather cooperated with bright sunny skies, and the fishing was good.  People of all ages that may not be able to get out fishing were encouraged to join the activites on the “all-access” walkway.  Many sponsors supported the event by providing complimentary fishing outfits, fishing caps, food, beverages, an assortment of gifts and much, much more.  The Ives Insurance Company was one of the key sponsors. 

The 7th Annual ICHA Fishing Derby, Windsor, ON Great Success.

Some real characters that joined Italo, Clay Dyer and Pat Pagano at the 7th Annual ICHA Fishing Derby.
Some real characters that joined Italo, Clay Dyer and Pat Pagano at the 7th Annual ICHA Fishing Derby.

The 7th ICHA (Italian Canadian Handicapable ), Fishing Derby took place again in Windsor, ON on the Detroit River and was a great success.  The weather cooperated and hundreds of people attended the charitable event which took place at the water-front park just south of the Ambassadeur Bridge.  Even though winds picked-up later in the morning, over 30-anglers weighed-in 50 fish.   White perch, rock bass, yellow perch, silver bass and round headed gobies were the most common species caught.  We had the pleasure again to cover the event for our Canadian Sportfishing Show on TSN, and join Clay Dyer who travelled from Hamilton, Alabama along with his agent Elvin Smith to also attend the event.   The fishing concluded at noon and was followed by a hamburger and sausage lunch, and entertainment performed by the Music Express Orchestra.  Both of us MC’d the event, helped anglers with useful tips, and we also did a question & answer period  that included Clay doing casting & knot tying demonstrations.  All participants also received a signed copy of Clay Dyer’s book, “The View from Down Here is Just Fine.” (available on www.booksamillion.com , www.amazon.com , and on Clay’s www.teamdyer.com .  Congratulations to all the people that attended the event, the Essex County Bass Anglers for their help,  and also to the entire event coordinating team headed by Pat Pagano and key sponsors such as Ives Insurance.  We look forward to attending and covering the event again next year.  If you would like more information on the event you can go to, http://www.icha.ca/?module=content&node=who-we-are .

BC Tributary Update.

noel_gyger_graphicNoel Gyger reports: The weather has been a mixed bag but daytime temperatures are getting warmer.  The lower section of the Kalum River is very high but in good shape. Chinook are in the river and the Steelhead are spawning. The mainstem Skeena River is too dirty and not fishable.  A good place to fish is at the clean seams where the tributary rivers flow into the Skeena, i.e. Extew, Kasiks and Exchamsiks. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is too dirty to fish. The Chinook are coming into the Kitimat River now.  The Skeeena Is too dirty and not fishable. Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea.  The Kalum Is very high and in good shape. Fresh early run Chinook (King) Salmon are in the river. The Steelhead are spawning and should be left alone.  In the Kasiks it is now possible to fish for Chinook at the mouth, in the clean seam, where it joins the Skeena.  Sometimes the Chinook come out of the Skeena and into the clean water in search for scent of their home river.  The, steelhead fishing on the Kitimat River has dramatically dropped off this week which is typical for this time of year.  In fact the Steelhead Season this year has extended longer than normal I suspect because it started later.  

 

If you would like to get more info. on fishing BC tributaries, or if you would like to book a guided fishing trip, you can contact Noel at, www.noelgyger.ca .

The photo of the week shows Ariel Kuppers with a 33-pound Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon landed the evening of May 27th. Clint Travis was the fellow who landed the fish. The boys were test fishing the hot spots before the clients arrive.
The photo of the week shows Ariel Kuppers with a 33-pound Kitimat River Chinook (King) Salmon landed the evening of May 27th. Clint Travis was the fellow who landed the fish. The boys were test fishing the hot spots before the clients arrive.

Filming trophy smallmouth bass & white bass TV shows on Lake St. Clair & Detroit River, Michigan.

Clay Dyer and I show off one of the many bass we caught pre-fishing for our trophy smallmouth TV program.
Clay Dyer and I show off one of the many bass we caught pre-fishing for our trophy smallmouth TV program.

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Clay Dyer ( http://www.smgoutdoors.com/page/page.cfm/claydyer), from Alabama to produce two excellent TV programs fishing for smallmouth bass on Lake St. Clair, Michigan, and non-stop white bass action on the Detroit River, Michigan this past weekend.  Clay and his agent Elvin Smith made the trip to Windsor, ON to join us in doing twoTV programs and to also participate in the 7th Annual ICHA Fishing Event that was held yesterday on the Detroit River in downtown Windsor.  We all got together on Thurs., night at Jeff Ives home (Ives Insurance is on one of the major supporters of the ICHA Fishing Derby), to meet an discuss the strategy for the weekend.  Jeff Standaert from the Ontario MNR also joined us to check-out the event.  On Fri., together we scouted the Michigan side of Lake St. Clair for productive smallmouth bass and white bass filming locations.  I had the pleasure of fishing with my wife Barbara, Pat Pagano (tournament anglers & co-ordinator of the ICHA Event), & Clay Dyer from the Yamaha 175G3 (on-camera boat), while Mike Atkins operated Pat Pagano’s boat and was joinedby Elvin Smith & Jeff Standaert.  Lot’s of smallmouth bass were located on a large shoal about 6-miles west of Windsor, ON on the Michigan, USA side of the lake.  Smallmouth up to 4lb. were caught by cranking Rapala’s new DT Thug (Dives To Thug) cranckbait, and on tube jigs in 7-10′ of water.  We later checked out the Detroit River and located spots to film for trophy white bass.  White bass are plentiful in the Detroit River from the middle of May right through June and it’s common to spot schools of hundreds of fish feeding on baitfish right on the surface.  On Saturday filming started at 8am and our first goal was to produce a trophy smallmouth show using crankbaits.  We headed to the same location we had prefished the day before but encountered overcast skies and the wind was blowing from the north-east.  Even with the changing conditions, it was not long before we found the fish.  By noon we had completed the smallmouth bass show and headed to the start of the Detroit River in Lake St. Clair and for the next 4 hrs. experienced non-stop trophy white bass action using the Luhr Jensen Crippled Herring spoons and the Vibrax #2 spinners.  We fished a current break where the water dropped form 10-30′ (just inside the shipping channel), where white bass continually moved from the deep water to the shallows to feed on schooling baitfish.  Make sure to look for the two up-coming TV episodes featuring Clay Dyer as the new Canadian Sportfising TV series premiers on TSN this coming November.  Once the new series is airing, you will also be able to view the programs on our website by going to the “Videos” section.

Lake Ontario, NY Tributary Update.

ron_bierstine_graphic1Ron Bierstine reports: Oak Orchard turbine flows are so far hanging in at slightly better fishable levels compared to other smaller waterways. Water color has been mostly clear with 3+ feet of visibility, but now turning back a little more stained. The rain and cool temps earlier this week perked flows up only slightly. Now seasonal Erie Canal water feed will be commencing with the Canal being filled for the summer season, so flows may increase slightly and go a little off color. There has been an unseasonable warm-up thru weekend. A slight blip back to cooler temps today and the area received some thunderstorms last night. Some smallmouth bass have begun their spawning migration. Anglers can target these feisty fighters now before the season opener on a catch and release basis. Anglers can still get in on some late season action with a few steelhead hookups too. Anglers might intercept some drop back fish or be lucky enough to come across a few fresh steelhead. River mouth and shoreline casting action is underway with spoon casters taking advantage of slowly warming in-shore waters. The action is mostly for hungry brown trout with a few Coho’s or steelhead in the mix. Persistent east or north winds can make for slower action.

 

The last of the steelhead action in the Oak Orchard should continue on any mod – med or greater flows coupled with cool weather thru April. This weekend’s hot weather may just about cap off the last decent steelhead action in the Oak Orchard and smaller tributaries. Any remaining fish seem to be in the middle reaches of the river near fast water gravel areas or dropping back into temporary holding lies in the downstream, slower, slack water. Look for mod turbine flows thru the weekend. Any more precipitation could bring flows higher and dirtier. Water temps have been around the low 50’s F and will begin to climb with warmer weather. Earlier higher water temps put plenty of fish on gravel with spawning already complete for most fish. Suckers are fairly numerous and smaller, fresh jack steelhead are also being caught.

 

You can contact Ron at, www.orleansoutdoor.com .

Sturgeon Comeback in Detroit River, ON.

This is a file photo of a 60-pound lake sturgeon caught near Fort Malden in 2007. Shown holding the pre-historic looking fish are Aime Bourdon of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Matthew Child of the Essex Region Conservation Authority and Jim McFee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
This is a file photo of a 60-pound lake sturgeon caught near Fort Malden in 2007. Shown holding the pre-historic looking fish are Aime Bourdon of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Matthew Child of the Essex Region Conservation Authority and Jim McFee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

For the first time in 30 years, lake sturgeon are spawning on the Canadian side of the Detroit River. 

 

 

 

Lake sturgeon, which can grow to six or seven feet long and live up to a century, used to be so plentiful in the Detroit River, 4,000 adult fish would be caught in the spring in the late 1800s and there are stories of them being stacked up on the Amherstburg shore like cordwood.

 

Overfishing and habitat loss — channels were dug through their spawning beds – has left the Detroit River with about one per cent of the former sturgeon population.

 

An acre of spawning beds constructed last year between Fighting Island and LaSalle marked the first time the United States and Canada had worked together to restore fish habitat in the Great Lakes. ERCA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service were two of the 17 partners in the project that included BASF Corporation, the owners of Fighting Island.

 

The spawning beds cost more than $250,000 and used four different kind of reefs. The sturgeon preferred a mixture of rock off the northeast corner of Fighting Island.  To read the full article, go to, http://www.windsorstar.com/Technology/Sturgeon+comeback+truly+breakthrough/1633050/story.html .

 

This is a photo of a lake sturgeon fish fry hatched from eggs taken off a spawning bed that was built off Fighting Island in the Detroit River. The fish fry showed the spawning beds built last year worked and were the first proof in 30 years that lake sturgeon are successfully spawning on the Canadian side of the Detroit River.  Sharon Hill story.  Photograph by: Jeff Allen, U.S. Geological Survey.
This is a photo of a lake sturgeon fish fry hatched from eggs taken off a spawning bed that was built off Fighting Island in the Detroit River. The fish fry showed the spawning beds built last year worked and were the first proof in 30 years that lake sturgeon are successfully spawning on the Canadian side of the Detroit River. Sharon Hill story. Photograph by: Jeff Allen, U.S. Geological Survey.

Ontario Grey-Bruce Tributary Update

wayne_sheridan_graphic4Wayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries.  It was a nice weekend on the Grey-Bruce.  Other than a few small isolated showers, the weather was better than the long weekend.  River levels dropped to moderate levels during the week, but will be rising again this weekend due to the rain on Wednesday and Thursday.  We noticed that the fish have moved to more mid-level feeding areas than the previous weekend.  This is due to the warmer temperatures and slower flow of the river.  We went fishing on Saturday evening and caught and released a nice 10 inch rainbow.  We love it when they jump and do a summersault.  Unfortunately the Black flies, June bugs, and Mosquitoes have returned to aggravate all. River banks are slippery and the water is still cold, be careful.  Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, blown up worms, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.

 

River Flow Rates: moderate but rising

 

Saugeen River (Durham) up at 1.44M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.5M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) rising at 8.6M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.6M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.4M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.7M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.8M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.5M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.5M (below Shand dam) up at 1.9M.

 

 Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 30th, 2009: 5:56pm to 8:28pm (moon overhead), 5:22am to 8:14am (moon underneath).

 

 Great Lakes: Lake Ontario 30-50ft, Lake Huron 20-30ft. Best baits; spoons: cracked ice and monkey puke.

 

 Fly Fishing: Grey Fox, Sulphur Dun, Green Drake, and various caddis

 

Saugeen conditions:  moderate but rising, tea colored water, 10C, and visibility Saugeen River, 4ft.

 

For more info. you can contact Wayne at, brntrout@golden.net  

Or you can visit Wayne at http://www.canadianangling.com  

Quinte Walleye Fishing

gabor_horvat_graphic1The Rapala Tail Dancer #9 produced all of our walleye and pike on the Bay of Quinte.  While many anglers are catching walleye by fishing lure/live bait combinations, we have continued to crankbait fish the shorelines, weedbeds and weedlines.  Most of the fish we caught have been feeding in water from 7-15′ depths.  In the Upper Bay, Telegraph Narrows produced many fish and in the Lower Bay, the weedbeds off of Sherman’s Point (mouth of Hay Bay),  has also been producing a lot of fish.

Just shot two trophy Smallmout Bass shows on Lake Erie, NY.

I had the pleasure of filming with my guest Bill McFarlane for trophy smallmouth bass on Lake Erie, NY today.  Moderate winds were blowing when we left the Fort Erie, ON boat launch and by the time we arrived on a shoal about 2 miles west of Buffalo, NY, the winds had picked-up to 20-30 mph, and they were brisk from the south-east.  We lost several bass fishing tubes in 12-20′ of water a Bill managed to land the first fish “on-camera” by twitching a #13 Rapala Husky Jerk.  As the winds became stronger (and we got colder), we decided to cruise into Buffalo Harbor to look for more sheltered fishing areas.  The first spot we fished produced several small pike and a few largemouth bass.  Bill again landed the 2nd “on-camera” largemouth bass that hit the Husky Jerk.  The fish was around 3 1/4 lb.  From there we fished a large 7-10′ flat and located a bunch of feeding smallmouth.  We ended up finishing a Rapala Husky Jerk TV show in about an hour.  After lunch we decided to fish tubes along fast-dropping shorelines and had we were able to get some exceptional footage such as a live double-header (picture below), and several other fish.  By 2pm it started to rain and then it got cold, so we decided to head back.  Well done Bill!

Anglers getting good Walleye catches on Bay of Quinte.

gabor_horvat_graphicGabor Horvat reports: We just got back from fishing the Bay of Quinte and even though we had some issues to deal with like getting sick (the runs and having a temperature of up to 38.6 C), and on the first day cutting my left hand (quite deep, I had to go to the Picton Hospital emergency room and get 3-stitches and they told my not to get the wound wet for 10-days….how do you not get wet when you’re fishing??), the fishing was relatively good.   We did not get monster-fish, but very respectable walleye.    We fished from the Adolphus Reach, Hayward Long Reach, many points in-between, and the Telegraph narrows.  We had the most success fishing at the Narrows. We also caught some walleye close to the Glenora ferry-crossing. Those were the biggest walleye we caught.  We also caught northern pike. The weeds around Sherman’s Point were also producing fish as well.   At the Narrows, most fishermen were drifting and bottom bouncing or trolling with worm-harnesses.  I am more of a “caster”, so we used the cast and retrieving method with the www.rapala.com, Tail Dancers. .

To start-off with, we tried different lures (because at the beginning we did not know where and what to use). Only the Rapala TD7, TD9 (hot chub) and the new Bleeding-lip series (I do not know the name – similar like the TD hot chub), were catching fish.   In-fact, we did not need the whole tackle box, only these 3 lures to catch all our fish! Well, if we only knew beforehand.  The weed growth is not as high as last year. The winter was too long and it looks like everything is late about 2-3 weeks.  We were concentrating cranking the edge of weed lines.   We had several pike follows, but they were not very aggressive, and we did manage to land a few small fish. 

 

Lake Erie, NY Fishing Update.

Italo smiles as he holds up a trophy Erie, NY smallmuth bass that hit a 4" tube-jig fished with the new Rapala R-Type rod & reel outfit.
Italo smiles as he holds up a trophy Erie, NY smallmuth bass that hit a 4" tube-jig fished with the new Rapala R-Type rod & reel outfit.

 

Lake Erie

and Tributaries

 

Smallmouth bass continue to be the main attraction for anglers fishing Lake Erie, its tributaries and harbors. Lake Erie surface water temperatures have risen to around 52F.

 

Nearshore reef areas are a good bet for anglers searching for smallmouth bass. Concentrate efforts in 10-25 feet of water (fow) around reefs, shoals, rock piles and other structure. Productive areas include Seneca Shoal, Woodlawn Bar, Myers Reef, Evans Bar and Van Buren Bay. In shallow areas, casting and retrieving of lures such as tube jigs, twister tails and deep-diving stickbaits/crankbaits are productive. A drop shot rig combined with a live minnows or tube jig works well in deeper water. Harbors such as Barcelona, Dunkirk and NFTA Small Boat Harbors are great locations for smallmouth bass as well. For instance, a group caught 25 smallmouth bass inside the breakwall at Small Boat Harbor by slow trolling over a rock hump with F7 Rapalas.

 

Lake Erie tributary anglers continue to catch smallmouth bass through mid-creek. Fly anglers do well with woolly buggers and minnow imitation patterns, especially emerald shiner imitations. Casting and retrieving stickbaits and crankbaits that imitate minnows also works very well. Cattaraugus Creek is in the best shape, other tributaries are low and clear. Many suckers and large carp are in the tributaries and will readily take woolly buggers or live bait. Hooking into a large carp can be quite exciting, especially on a light or medium-light action fly rod!

 

Yellow perch anglers report catches in 50-55 fow off Cattaraugus Creek to Evangola State Park and 45-55 fow off Sturgeon Point. Live minnows and shiners or salted shiners are baits of choice. The walleye bite has been slow, however increasing water temperatures should prompt an increase in walleye bites. Early season walleye action is best in nearshore areas at night. Trolling with shallow diving stickbaits or worm harnesses in as little as 6 feet of water over rocky and rubble areas is a good bet. Try to locate areas that have water temperatures in the low to mid 50s and troll around 2 mph. Good early season locations include (from west to east): Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar, off Hoak’s Restaurant (Hamburg) and near the mouth of Smokes Creek.

 

Upper Niagara River

 

Anglers are picking up a mixed bag of bass, panfish and perch around the upper river shoreline and harbor sites. Yellow and white perch are hitting minnows with more consistency at the foot of Ontario Street and around Squaw Island. Northern pike catches have been decent on chubs or large shiners between Ferry and Ontario Streets. Smallmouth bass are moving into the shallow areas on the Black Rock Canal side of Bird Island Pier. For those willing to walk from Broderick Park to south of the Peace Bridge, action can be very good.

 

Chautauqua Lake

 

Anglers are still picking up some crappie in the southern basin, but reports indicate the crappie are nearly spawned out. Dewittville Bay walleye catches have been decent at night, along the weedline in 8-14 fow.

 

Inland Trout Streams

 

Water levels are low on almost all inland streams in Western New York, but temperatures seem to be holding. Anglers are having success with little spinners, salted minnows, worms and flies. Fly anglers are seeing good surface activity with trout rising to hatching flies. Depending on the stream, march browns, grey foxes, sulphurs and caddisflies are good flies to tie on.

 

Trout Stocking 2009

 

Many of the region’s streams and lakes are stocked each spring (March through May) with thousands of yearling brown, rainbow and brook trout. In addition to the traditional stocking of yearling trout, many waters also receive generous numbers of two-year old brown trout that average 14 inches in length. All of the region’s trout stocking waters have now been stocked, though select waters will receive a second stocking during May. For a complete list of stocked waters by county and number of trout stocked, view the Spring 2009 Trout Stocking pages. Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many stocked trout streams and wild trout streams in the region.

 

Wiscoy Creek Angler Diary Program

 

The DEC Region 9 Fisheries Office will be running an angler diary program for Wiscoy Creek in Allegany and Wyoming Counties during 2009 and is currently looking for anglers to keep diaries. If you fish Wiscoy Creek (even once) and would like to keep a diary for DEC, please call the DEC fisheries office at (716) 372-0645 or email fwfish9@gw.dec.state.ny.us. The program will run March 1 through October 31. This program duplicates one run in 2006 and will be used in conjunction with a late-summer electrofishing survey to evaluate the fishery’s overall quality. In 2006, over 115 anglers signed up for the program.

 

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; mttodd@gw.dec.state.ny.us ) or Jim Markham (716-366-0228; jlmarkha@gw.dec.state.ny.us ). Good Luck Fishing!

 

The fishing hotline can also be heard at (716) 679-ERIE or (716) 855-FISH.

Niagara River Steelhead Update.

This nice male migratory rainbow trout hit a #5 Vibrax spinner in the "fire-tiger" color fished with a North Coast 9 1/2" baitcaster and the Rapala Avantis Rod.
This nice male migratory rainbow trout hit a #5 Vibrax spinner in the "fire-tiger" color fished with a North Coast 9 1/2" baitcaster and the Rapala Avantis Rod.

 

As water temperatures are warming-up, anglers are catching a mixed bag of migratory rainbow trout, smallmouth bass and sheepshead. 

Guides fishing the Lower Niagara out of Queenston, ON are averaging 4-10 steelhead an outing and a half-dozen warm-water fish (smallmouth bas & sheepshead).   Luhr Jensen Kwikfish in the #5 & #7 size and silver/accent colors have been producing well, as well as small spawn sacks fished near the bottom.  There are lot’s of baitfish throughout the Upper & Lower Niagara and it looks like the mixed-species fishing should be good right through May.

I fished below the Falls and experienced similar results.  The water levels have been high, even at 7am in the morning and the best action was definitely before 10am.

Big Channel Catfish in Lake Erie, ON Tributaries.

tyler_jason_howick_graphic1Tyler and Jason Howick report:  The channel cat fishing in Lake Erie tributaries has been slow the last couple of weeks due to cooler day and night temperatures and lack of significant rainfall, which has kept many fish staging off of river mouths.  We have had some luck fishing lower river sections using slip-floats baited with pieces of cut-bait.  The fish that we have caught were concentrated in a few select spots often closer to shorelines in shallower, warmer water.  Hopefully the warmer temperatures and some much needed precipitation will kick start the channel catfish run in the coming weeks. 

 

Hot Smallmouth Bass Fishing in Lake Erie, NY.

This weekend my wife Barbara and I had the pleasure of meeting and fishing with Chris & Jennifer Jackson from Thunder Bay, ON.  Chris had won a weekend in Niagara Falls and fishing for the weekend with me as a prize from Rapala.  We took advantage of the warm weather and calm Lake Erie conditions and headed out to some of the shoals on the NY side of the lake.  We fished 3/16 oz. jigheads/4″ tubes, and the Rapala Husky Jerk #13 in water that ranged from 12-25′ deep.  We honestly lost count of the number of fish we caught.  Tomorrow we’re off fishing the base of Niagara Falls to see if we can hook into some late season migratory trout.

Lake Erie, NY Trophy Smallmouth moving shallower.

Pre-spawn trophy smallmouth bass are slowly making their way to shallower reefs in the NY side of Lake Erie.
Pre-spawn trophy smallmouth bass are slowly making their way to shallower reefs in the NY side of Lake Erie.

I was out today to check out the near-shore reefs on the NY side of Lake Erie, just west of Buffalo, NY and fished water depths from 25 to 7′ depths.  Looks like the trophy smallouth bass are starting to make their transition from deeper water to the shallows.   The first smallmouth I hooked hit a new Rapala DT15 Flat (trolling series).  I was working my way to a reef and was cranking in water depth from 25-15′.  The second fish was caught by my daughter fishing a 3/8 oz. jighead/4″ tube in the same area.  All of the fish we hooked were right on the break, but not visible.  We used 15 lb. test Rapala Titanium Braid with Rapala 12 lb. test fluorocarbon leaders and it was the right combination to feel every hit.

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Labignan's fish took a well presented tube-jig fished in 15-20' of water.
Patricia Labignan's fish took a well presented tube-jig fished in 15-20' of water.

Lake Erie, NY Pike Fishing.

The top lure for cold-water pike fishing is the Rapala Husky Jerk #13.
The top lure for cold-water pike fishing is the Rapala Husky Jerk #13.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been scouting for areas to shoot pike programs and have located lot’s of fish from 4-8 lb. in the Marina Basins on the NY side of Lake Erie.  Aquatic vegetation is growing slowly which is making for “easy-pickings” if you are “twitching” with a Rapala Husky Jerk.  I hooked a dozen pike in about 1 hr. just in one area.  I have a feeling that as the weeds start to grow, they will attract even higher concentrations of larger northern pike.

Ontario Grey-Bruce Tributary Update

wayne_sheridan_graphic3Wayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries. As usual, the Victoria Day Long weekend’s weather left much to be desired. Rain Saturday morning followed by a major drop in temperatures and a very strong cold wind made fishing and camping a challenge. The river levels remain high due to the spring rains. Fishing however was great. We went fishing and Jim caught a nice 2lb rainbow and we caught and released a 22 inch female brown trout and a 20 inch male brown trout. Many of our members also report a great fishing weekend. We noted that the fish that were at mid levels last week now have moved to deeper holes, where it is warmer. They probably will move back to mid levels later this week as the water warms. We also noticed a major hatch of dark brown Mayflies coming off the Saugeen River this past weekend and the trout were readily feeding on the nymphs in the deep pools. River banks are slippery and the water is still very cold, be careful. Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, blown up worms, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.

 

 River Flow Rates: moderate/high

 

Saugeen River (Durham) up at 1.39M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.0M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) rising at 8.2M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.2M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.1M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.2M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.4M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.15M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.0M (below Shand dam) up at 1.7M.

 

 Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 23rd, 2009: 10:34am to 2:304pm (moon overhead), 10:58pm to 2:29am (moon underneath).

 

 Fly Fishing: Hendrickson, BWO, and various caddis

 

 Saugeen conditions:  moderate/high, tea colored water, 7C, and visibility Saugeen River, 3ft.

 

 For more info., you can contact Wayne at, brntrout@golden.net

 

Or you can visit Wayne at http://www.canadianangling.com

Sheepshead Action in Buffalo River, NY

I had a chance to explore the Buffalo River in Buffalo, NY today and used the new www.rapala.ca, Rapala Thug crankbait working both sides of the river.  To my surprise I caught largemouth bass, sheepshead and a rainbow, that’s right, a migratory rainbow!  When sheepshead move up on the shorelines it’s a sign that the water is warming-up.  Many people don’t like the idea of catching sheepshead, but I find them very entertaining in-between catching gamefish.  By the way, they are excellent eating!

Lake Erie, NY, Bass Fishing Trip.

I had the chance to try out the new 175 G3 powered by a www.yamaha-motors.ca , 150 hp motor and outfitted with a www.minnkotamotors.com , Fortrex 80 lb. thrust electric and www.humminbird.com , 1197 cSI Combo & 798 SI Combo sonars.  The rig worked great and we headed out of Fort Erie, ON to fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass on the NY side of Lake Erie which has an all-year open season for bass.

My daughter Patricia hooked the first fish on a 1/4 oz. jighead/4″ www.stormlures.com , Rattle Tube.  We both ended up cathing about a dozen bass between us averaging 3- 3 1/2lb..  From my observations, many of the bass are still in deeper water and working their way shallow.  The www.rapala.com , Husky Jerk in the #13 size produced most of the smallmouth bass.  If the weather continues to be warm, the shorelines waters will warm up and the bass should move shallower in the next week or so.

Niagara River Jumbo Perch Shore Action

Dave Belafonte holds up a couple of jumbo perch he caught fishing right off the rocks in the Niagara River in Fort Erie, ON.
Dave Belafonte holds up a couple of jumbo perch he caught fishing right off the rocks in the Niagara River in Fort Erie, ON.

 

 

 

I checked-out the perch fishing along the Upper Niagara River and can confirm that there are plenty of Emerald Shiners in the Upper River at Fort Erie, ON.  The jumbo perch have been feeding on them for the last several weeks.  Shore anglers fishing the Fort Erie, ON stretch from shore are doing well using “pickerel-rigs” and fishing small minnows with a 1/2 oz. bell-sinker, right on the bottom in 12-20′ of water.  If you are planning on heading out, the best fishing is early morning, 5-9am, and again in the afternoon.  If you have a minnow net, you can catch your baitfish right off the dock at the Fort Erie, ON boat launch.

This Week on TSN, fishing for Trophy Channel Catfish.

cs23_25On this weeks TSN program join Italo, Jason & Tyler Howick as they take you fishing for trophy channel catfish in one of the many Lake Erie, ON tributaries.  You’ll learn excellent tips on using the right rods, reels, line and terminal tackle to intercept migrating channel catfish.  While most anglers use bottom-fishing techniques to catch catfish, on this week’s show you will learn how to use a “slip-bobber” rig to catch channel catfish using large chunks of baitfish.

Atlantic Salmon Stocking in Bronte Creek

bronte_atlantic_salmonThe last pair of naturally spawning Atlantic Salmon were spotted over 100 yrs. ago in Toronto, ON.  The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources along with the OFAH are spearheading the project along withe the help of over 40-conservation minded partners.

Detroit River Walleye Update

The Kubasseks enjoyed good jig-fishing on the Detroit River.
The Kubasseks enjoyed good jig-fishing on the Detroit River.

Walleye fishing is getting more consistent on the Detroit River.  The Kubasseks had a chance to fish the La Salle, ON stretch of the Detroit River and had good fishing jigging with 1/2 jighead & 4″ brown plastic worms righ on the bottom.  Due to strong winds this spring, the Detroit River has been turbid and the fishing has been tough.  Water conditions have improved greatly over the last 2-weeks and the fishing is getting better daily.  We will be filming a walleye show there the end of this month out of the La Salle, ON boat launch.  If you are planning a trip to the Detroit River for walleye, the last week in May should be excellent!

Terrace, BC Tributary Update

noel_gyger_graphic1Noel Gyger reports:  The weather has been a mixed bag of sun, rain and wind.  Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are high but in good shape. The first Chinook are in the river now. This time of year I like to remind folks of the great possibilities of angling for both Steelhead and Chinook (King) Salmon on the same day. The mainstem Skeena River is too dirty and not fishable.   A good place to fish is at the clean seams where the tributary rivers flow into the Skeena.  The Zymoetz (Copper) River is too dirty to fish. The Chinook are coming into the Kitimat River now. 

 

The Skeena is too dirty and not fishable. Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is also a good idea.  The Kalum River Is high and in good shape. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now.  Spring runs of Steelhead are still coming in with the higher water. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well.  Fresh early run Chinook (King) Salmon are in the river now.  The Zymoetz (Copper) River is too dirty to fish.  The Kitimat River has been low and clean this week which has provided excellent steelhead fishing conditions all week.

Upper NY, Lake Ontario Tributary Fishing Report.

ron_bierstine_graphic02Ron Bierstine reports: Oak Orchard turbine flows are so far hanging in at slightly better fishable levels compared to other smaller waterways. Water color has been mostly clear with 3+ feet of visibility, but now turning back a little more stained. The rain and cool temps earlier this week perked flows up only slightly. Now seasonal Erie Canal water feed will be commencing with the Canal being filled for the summer season, so flows may increase slightly and go a little off color. There has been an unseasonable warm-up thru weekend. A slight blip back to cooler temps today and the area received some thunderstorms last night. Some smallmouth bass have begun their spawning migration. Anglers can target these feisty fighters now before the season opener on a catch and release basis. Anglers can still get in on some late season action with a few steelhead hook-ups too. Anglers might intercept some drop back fish or be lucky enough to come across a few fresh steelhead. River mouth and shoreline casting action is underway with spoon casters taking advantage of slowly warming in-shore waters. The action is mostly for hungry brown trout with a few cohos or steelhead in the mix. Persistent east or north winds can make for slower action.

 

The last of the steelhead action in the Oak Orchard should continue on any mod – med or greater flows coupled with cool weather thru April. This weekend’s hot weather may just about cap off the last decent steelhead action in the Oak Orchard and smaller tribs. Any remaining fish seem to be in the middle reaches of the river near fast water gravel areas or dropping back into temporary holding lies in the downstream, slower, slack water. Look for mod turbine flows thru the weekend. Any more precip could bring flows higher and dirtier. Water temps have been around the low 50’s F and will begin to climb with warmer weather. Earlier higher water temps put plenty of fish on gravel with spawning already complete for most fish. Suckers are fairly numerous and smaller, fresh jack steelhead are also being caught.

 

You can contact Ron at, www.orleansoutdoor.com .

Saugeen River Update

wayne_sheridan_graphic2Wayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries. River levels continue to be high this past weekend due to heavy rains in the Grey-Bruce area. Fishing has been a bit of a challenge with fluctuating levels and temperatures. We noticed a major hatch of dark brown Mayflies coming off the Saugeen River this past weekend and the trout were readily feeding on the nymphs. River banks are slippery and the water is still very cold, be careful. Remember to check the regulations for areas that are open to trout this weekend. Some river sections open at a later date.  Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, blown up worms, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.

 

 River Flow Rates: moderate/high

 

Saugeen River (Durham) rising again at 1.41M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.1M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) rising at 8.3M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.25M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.2M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.3M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.6M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.25M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.15M (below Shand dam) up at 1.8M.

 

 Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 16th, 2009: 6:09am to 7:31am (moon overhead), 6:34pm to 7:56pm (moon underneath).

 

 Fly Fishing: Hendrickson, BWO, and various caddis

 

 Saugeen conditions:  high, tea colored water, 8C, and visibility 4 foot.

 

 For more info., you can contact Wayne at, brntrout@golden.net .

 

Or you can visit Wayne at http://www.canadianangling.com .

 

Upper NY, Lake Ontrio Tributary Update

ron_bierstine_graphic021Ron Bierstine reports: Each of the high water events since January encouraged some fresh steelhead migrations and redistributed a few browns and darker steelhead thru all the tribs. The last high flows about two weeks ago perked the action back up in the smaller waterways for what now looks like the last bit of spring time action. Anglers can also look toward the larger tribs like the Cattaraugus, Niagara or Genesee Rivers hanging on to some late season opportunities. Check out the pics below of some steelhead action from earlier late winter high and off color flows.

 

Thru the past week anglers making the typical dead drifts were into some hook-ups on a few fresh and drop back fish mixed in on the Oak Orchard. Warming water temps also offer the chance at shallower swung fly presentations. Tributary temps will warm-up on lowering flows, longer days and any sunny warm weather. There are rising and off color flows in the overflow channel of the Oak Orchard whenever turbine flows cannot keep up with the water flow thru the Waterport Reservior. Anglers might consider re-releasing any fish caught there back into the turbine channel to prevent fish from getting stranded and dying later this spring/summer.

 

Overall the fishing pressure has been light. Weekends and milder temps are bringing only a few more anglers out and about. Some anglers are now pursuing 8 – 10 inch trout in their home waters instead of getting out for the last of the trib season 8 – 10 pounders! Mod – med or greater and cool flows in the tribs will prolong and spread out the fishing action. Low and clear and warming flows will stall migrations and bring the drop backs thru seeking cooler Lake waters.

 

Flows in the Oak Orchard are mod with slightly stained visibility of about 2 – 3 feet. Flows consist of turbine water. Any more precipitation could raise flows back up. The downstream, slower slack water is open and Lake Ontario levels are rebounding quickly leading to deeper, ponded water in the downstream reaches. The other area smaller tributaries have mod flows and just slightly stained water color. Thunderstorms thru last night will cause a small increase in water flows with some color to the water.

 

You can contact Ron at, www.orleansoutdoor.com .

Lake Simcoe 2010 Competitive Fishing Events

GEORGINA FISHING SERIES, parent company of the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship / The Great Georgina Ice Fishing Derby / Winter Perch Attack Ice Fishing Tournament / Spring Perch Attack Fishing Tournament are pleased to announce the 2010 Competitive Series Schedule.  To get more info., you can contact, www.georginafishingseries.com .
GEORGINA FISHING SERIES, parent company of the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship / The Great Georgina Ice Fishing Derby / Winter Perch Attack Ice Fishing Tournament / Spring Perch Attack Fishing Tournament are pleased to announce the 2010 Competitive Series Schedule. To get more info., you can contact, www.georginafishingseries.com .

Israeli Consul General to Toronto and Western Canada, Amir Gissin, discovers the joy of fishing for the first time.

tcjnThe www.cjnews.com , (Canadian Jewish News),  site is featuring segments from the Canadian Sportfishing TV program that aired recently on TSN where I’m fishing with Amir Gissin and Yahuda on the Bay of Quinte, ON for a mix of fish.  If you have not seen the program, I would encourage you to check-out the clips by going to, Part 1: http://tinyurl.com/pj7y8k , Part 2: http://tinyurl.com/r5ecbb .

Spey Fishing for Skeena, BC Steehead.

tracey_john_hittel_graphicTracey John Hittel reports: As predicted the past 10 days have been the highlight of the season for our guests. Making predictions for Steelhead on the fly is a dangerous choice of words, so lets say we had to produce the past few weeks.

 Attached are a few of the monsters we captured on the Spey. Mr. Yamada a regular at Steelhead Heaven landed and hooked into 1-4 fish per day, a dream come true for any angler on the fly.  Not to mention watching as 100m of backing line is pulled off his reel, twice, and landing both fish.  Patience is the name of the game here and lets not kid ourselves, luck as well. Yamada also fished with a 30ft Japanese telescopic rod with no reel, a traditional and very old technique used only by Japanese anglers.  Last year he broke a rod on a big fish and this year he pulled out a few nice ones as well.  Again, fly selection was key to the Spey fisherman as Yamada chose pink and was rewarded each pass he fished a special pool that we targeted for consecutive days.

 When you’re a fishing guide your client will follow your direction as he feels you know the water and the pools the best.  Well sometimes we are right on the head with pool selection as high water conditions mean the fish are moving, so why move as the fish will come to you and that is exactly what we did.  The key to success is first finding the fish, then once you do that, don’t leave the fish, target the pool and stick with you guns and you will be rewarded.  This lesson I learned this spring when fishing some very productive water for 2 hrs without a bite thinking the fish are not there, then having a dyed in the wool bait fisher pass thru and smack three fish, so do not give up on your selection of water, change flies, sink tips etc until you get a fish, then the others will follow.

 Another great week was with Tomio, his 3rd trip for Steelhead on the Spey, this trip he will never forget. Fishing a black intruder he fooled 5 Steelhead in one day and snapped one of them off.  Again fly selection was key as the pink flies did not work but when he changed to a black the game was on. Tomio is a excellent Spey caster and when you fish with T-14 and other sinking tips your cast has to be perfect.  Tomio hooked 10 fish in 3 days and commented to his friends before leaving for Canada that he would get a 3 fish day, we’ll Tomio your friends can eat crow now. Attached is a picture of Tomio and a small taste of his trip.

 Guests Sara and Cristian from Italy, spent some days with us and attached is a chrome bar that Cristian landed on his single hand fly rod.

 The Diva of the season was Mrs. Hak who landed her first Steelhead on the Spey and was top rod for the week, in a very cold and snowy week. Attached is her pic with a Steelhead. With the tough times we face this season with the credit crunch we were fortunate to have a nice group of Steelheaders and look forward to our August to October Steelheaders who have booked for the autumn season.

 Now that the middle of May is closing in on us, so are the Chinooks and they are trickling in small numbers. A friend told me that he saw a fly angler with a ultra-light set-up, reel in a 25lber on the Kitimat River yesterday, fresh from the ocean.

 June and July and peak for Saltwater and Freshwater Chinook out of Kitimat and July and August to the 6th for Skeena record fish.

 Space is limited for the summer fishing season so please let us know if we can book you a trip. 

 You can contact Tracey John Hittel at, thittel@uniserve.com .

 

 

 

This Week on TSN, catching Cover Largemouth Bass.

cs23_24Join Italo this week as he shows you how to fish heavy cover for trophy largemouth bass.  You’ll learn how to fish www.triggerx.com, pheromone impregnated soft-baits for largemouth bass holding & feeding in the middle of cattail patches,  under trees that have fallen into the water along the shorelines, beneath floating cattail matts, and from thick open-water weedbeds.  In addition to finding out about some of the latest impregnated soft-baits, you’ll learn about the best fishing outfits to use for the various presentations and the best fishing lines to use.

Terrace BC, Tributary Update.

The photo of the week shows Andrea Charlton with a Kalum River Steelhead.  This was her first Steelhead landed ever.
The photo of the week shows Andrea Charlton with a Kalum River Steelhead. This was her first Steelhead landed ever.

Noel Gyger reports: The weather has been good all week with average daytime temperatures. Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are high but in good shape.  The first Chinook are in the river now.  This time of year I like to remind folks of the great possibilities of angling for both Steelhead and Chinook (King) Salmon on the same day. The main stem Skeena Riveris borderline fishable.  I have heard reports of a few anglers fishing for Chinook with some success.  If the water cleans more the fishing should be even better.  A good place to fish is at the clean seams where the tributary rivers flow into the Skeena.  The Chinook are coming into the Kitimat River now.  Steelheading on the Kitimat River was really good this week after she dropped from last weekend’s high water.  There are Steelhead throughout the entire system in various stages of the spawning cycle. We are still seeing some fresh silver fish with sea lice but more and more of the males are in their deep spawning colors.  The Skeena Rivers borderline fishable.  Friends tell me it is a good idea to try your luck Chinook fishing as there should be lots of them in the river now.  Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is also a good idea.  The Kalum River s high and in good shape.  Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now.  Spring runs of Steelhead are still coming in with the higher water.  Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well.  Fresh early run Chinook (King) Salmon are in the river now. 

The Copper Rivers clean enough to fish. Steelhead and Chinook are in the river now.

Bay of Quinte Walleye fishing looking good for this season.

Krista Armstrong shows-off her 3-walleye that she caught while fishing with her Dad, Gord.  The 3-fish weighed over 13 lbs.!
Krista Armstrong shows-off her 3-walleye that she caught while fishing with her Dad, Gord. The 3-fish weighed over 13 lbs.!

 

 

 

My niece Krista Armstrong had a chance to fish with her Dad,  Gord  on the Bay of Quinte this past weekend and really showed her Dad off by catching the nicest walleye.   Well done Krista!!!  Krista is thirteen and as her Dad says, “I taught her well….”.  That figures since Gord has been fishing the Bay of Quinte around Telegraph Narrows most of his life.   If you are planning on heading down to the Bay keep in mind that the trophy walleye (8-12 lb.), are easiest to catch at night either trolling or casting with a Rapala Husky Jerk.  Fishing in and around current areas such as near the mouth of the Trent, Moira, and Napanee Rivers can be very productive (even casting from shore).

Lake Erie Jumbo Perch Update – East End.

Giant Lake Erie Perch are still feeding heavily in deeper water, but should be making their migration to shallow water in the next week.
Giant Lake Erie Perch are still feeding heavily in deeper water, but should be making their migration to shallow water in the next week.

While many anglers attention is on the Lake Erie, NY State bass fishing, others have been capitalizing on the consistent jumbo perch action off the Port Colborne to Crystal Beach, ON stretch.  The lager jumbo perch are still in the 55-65′ depths and they are getting ready to move shallower to spawn.  The surface water temperature is around 48F.

Tony Brecknock and I fished about 1/2 mile off the west-side of Point Abino and started looking for the larger perch in 45′ of water.  Baitfish schools were scattered throughout the entire area.  Most of the baitfish schools were located within 20′ of the bottom and there were also suspended schools of baitfish from 20-30′ down.

After moving around and trying 3-different locations, we finally intercepted a large school of jumbo perch in 58-64′ of water.  We used 5/8 oz. bell sinkers with a “pickerel-rig” and #8 bait hooks.  Small, live emerald shiners worked well hooked either just behind the head, or between the dorsal fin and the tail.  Most of the hits were light, and it seemed that the larger the fish, the lighter they hit. 

As everyone knows, we have had very windy weather almost every other day, so making a trip out on Erie is really a gamble.  On our outing, we had excellent water conditions from about 8:30am – 11am, than it got windy and “lumpy”.

Tony Brecknock holds up one of several "double-jumbo perch" hook-ups he had while fishing 60' of water.
Tony Brecknock holds up one of several "double-jumbo perch" hook-ups he had while fishing 60' of water.

Southern Ontario Pike Action

Tony Brecknock our head of TV productions, and I went out yesterday to see what the water temperatures were like in Lake Erie and to see if the normthern pike were active.  We fished Port Colborne harbour and the water temperature was around 48F.  Fishing was very slow.  We twitched Rapala Husky Jerks in the #7 & #13 size and did not even see a follow.  We spoke to two anglers in another boat that had fished all morning and had only caught one pike around 4 lb.  They had fished the day before and had landed 5-pike between 3-5 lb. 

Tony shows-off a nice pike that inhaled the Rapala Husky Jerk #13 within 5' from shore.
Tony shows-off a nice pike that inhaled the Rapala Husky Jerk #13 within 5' from shore.

From Port Colborne we headed to Dane City on the Welland Recreational Canal to check it out.  To our surprise they had rigged the south-end of the canal with many “lane-markers” for either a rowing or kayaking competition.  Unfortunately we discovered that the markers are held in place with long steel cables that are submurged about 5-7′ below the surface and come out from the south shore about every 30′.  We figured this out when after getting hung-up and loosing several lures.

We used the same Rapala “twitching technique” and managed to land one decent pike.  Weed-growth was very young and I think that as soon as the weeds start growing, the pike will be more aggressive.

Lake Erie, Upper NY State Fishing Update

cattcreeksmbLake Erie and Tributaries

 

It is prime time for some of the best smallmouth bass fishing of the entire year in Lake Erie’s tributaries, harbours and near shore reefs. Lake Erie water temperatures hover around 45F.

 

The smallmouth bass action is going strong in the Lake Erie tributaries with good numbers of bass through mid-creek. Catches have been best on Cattaraugus Creek. Recent rain contributed a much needed increase in flow on the small to medium tribs which had been low and clear. Cattaraugus, Eighteen Mile, Canadaway and Chautauqua Creeks are all good bass bets this weekend. Fly anglers do well with woolly buggers and minnow imitation patterns, especially emerald shiner imitations. Casting and retrieving stickbaits and crankbaits that imitate minnows also works very well. Anglers fishing in Lake Erie and tributary streams can keep one bass per day, minimum size 20 inches and use of natural bait such as minnows is permitted. The last of the season’s steelhead are mainly in Cattaraugus Creek. Mid to lower section of the creek are best for drop-back steelhead. Channel Catfish have also moved into the lower sections of the tributaries, settling into deeper holes. Fishing at night with worms, raw shrimp or cut bait can have you hooked into a 20 to 30 pound channel catfish.

 

May is also a good month for smallmouth bass fishing in nearshore reef areas of Lake Erie. Target bass concentrations hanging around rocky structure in 15-20 feet of water. Productive areas include Seneca Shoal, Woodlawn Bar, Myers Reef, Evans Bar and Van Buren Bay. Casting and retrieving of lures is a proven early season method. Top lures include tube jigs, twister tails or deep diving stickbaits and crankbaits. Look for smallmouth bass action to pick up in harbors such as Barcelona, Dunkirk, Sturgeon, Small Boat Harbors and Black Rock Canal (south of Peace Bridge). Minnows or minnow imitation stickbaits will produce.

 

Trollers are managing a few nighttime walleye, but the good bite has yet to start. Early season walleye action is best in nearshore areas at night. Trolling with shallow diving stickbaits or worm harnesses in as little as 6 feet of water over rocky and rubble areas is a good bet. Try to locate areas that have water temperatures in the low to mid 50s and troll around 2 mph. Good early season locations include (from west to east): Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar, off Hoak’s Restaurant (Hamburg) and near the mouth of Smokes Creek.

 

Upper Niagara River

 

Bass and panfish action will be best in areas with slightly warmer water temperatures, like the various harbors and inlets along Grand Island, Buffalo and the Tonawandas. Good locations to try include Beaver Island State Park Marina, Blue Island Marina, Big Six Creek Marina and the foot of Ontario Street. These warmer water pockets draw in bait fish which in turn draw feeding panfish and bass. Look for smallmouth bass to move into the shallow areas on the canal side of Bird Island Pier. For those willing to walk from Broderick Park to south of the Peace Bridge, action can be very good.

 

Chautauqua Lake

 

Crappie catches have been decent this week and word is they are not spawned out yet. The southern basin has been best with good action under the bridge, in Hadley Bay and around Crib and Grass Islands. Fathead minnows have produced in 4-6 feet of water. With many anglers still chasing crappie, walleye reports have been slim. Shore anglers at Long Point have caught a few at night on Rapalas and Rat-L-Traps. Casting from other points and stream inlets could produce walleye as well. Night trollers have also caught a few on stickbaits and worm harnesses in 8-10 feet of water near stream inlets and weed beds.

 

Inland Trout Streams

 

Much needed rain brought stream levels up in most creeks. A few sections of larger streams may be a bit turbid, but overall the streams are in good fishing shape. Anglers are having success with little spinners, salted minnows, worms and flies. Fly anglers are reporting an increase in fly hatches. Trout are rising to the last of the hendricksons. Caddisflies are present on most streams, march browns and grey foxes should start soon. Nymphs such as stoneflies, scuds, pheasant tails and caddisflies will also catch fish.

 

Trout Stocking 2009

 

Many of the region’s streams and lakes are stocked each spring (March through May) with thousands of yearling brown, rainbow and brook trout. In addition to the traditional stocking of yearling trout, many waters also receive generous numbers of two-year old brown trout that average 14 inches in length. All of the region’s trout stocking waters have now been stocked, though select waters will receive a second stocking during May. For a complete list of stocked waters by county and number of trout stocked, view the Spring 2009 Trout Stocking pages. Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many stocked trout streams and wild trout streams in the region.

 

Wiscoy Creek Angler Diary Program

 

The DEC Region 9 Fisheries Office will be running an angler diary program for Wiscoy Creek in Allegany and Wyoming Counties during 2009 and is currently looking for anglers to keep diaries. If you fish Wiscoy Creek (even once) and would like to keep a diary for DEC, please call the DEC fisheries office at (716) 372-0645 or email fwfish9@gw.dec.state.ny.us. The program will run March 1 through October 31. This program duplicates one run in 2006 and will be used in conjunction with a late-summer electrofishing survey to evaluate the fishery’s overall quality. In 2006, over 115 anglers signed up for the program.

 

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; mttodd@gw.dec.state.ny.us ) or Jim Markham (716-366-0228; jlmarkha@gw.dec.state.ny.us ). Good Luck Fishing!

 

The fishing hotline can also be heard at (716) 679-ERIE or (716) 855-FISH.

Saugeen River Update.

wayne_sheridan_graphic1Wayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries. River levels this past weekend were extremely high due to the heavy rains the week before. We caught and released a beautiful 14-16 inch brown trout at Saugeen Cedars Campground. Tim Yoworski had some friends that canoed and fished through the park on opening weekend of trout and they caught 5 brown trout, ranging in size from 19 to 23 inches. On Sunday, we sat down by the river watching a few brown trout feeding on nymphs and flies as they emerged from the river. River conditions continue to change quickly with river levels rising and falling quickly and changing the locations and feeding habits of the fish.  River levels remain high due to thunderstorms and rain, river banks are slippery and the water is still very cold, be careful. Remember to check the regulations for areas that are open to trout this weekend. Some river sections open at a later date.  Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, blown up worms, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.

 

 River Flow Rates: moderate/high

 

Saugeen River (Durham) rising again at 1.54M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.6M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) rising at 8.9M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.49M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.29M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.7M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.8M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.3M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.35M (below Shand dam) up at 2.2M.

 

Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 9th, 2009: 12:38am to 1:36am (moon overhead), 1:03pm to 2:01pm (moon underneath). Low moon Tuesday May 12th.

 

 Fly Fishing: Hendrickson, BWO, and various caddis

 

 Saugeen conditions: very high, tea colored water, 8C, and visibility 2 foot.

 

 For more info., you can contact Wayne at, brntrout@golden.net .

Or you can visit Wayne at http://www.canadianangling.com .

Saugeen River Update.

wayne_sheridan_graphicWayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries. With the temperatures varying so much, all the thermometers feel like yo-yo’s. With snow flurries today and then warm weather last  weekend (20C), this has caused nature to be a little confused (as we are). The cold temperatures had slowed down the spring rainbow run and it was a good opening weekend & week. Remember to check the regulations for areas that are open.  Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.

 

 River Flow Rates: moderate/high

 

Saugeen River (Durham) rising again at 1.47M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.1M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) rising at 8.5M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) steady at 1.32M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) steady at 5.18M, Maitland River (below Wingham) rising at 1.35M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.6M, Credit River at Orangeville steady at 11.3M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.1M (below Shand dam) 1.58M.

 

Saugeen conditions: high, tea colored water, 5C, and visibility 2 foot.

 

 For more info., you can contact Wayne at, brntrout@golden.net .

 

Or you can visit Wayne at http://www.canadianangling.com .

Trophy Channel Catfish in Grand River, Lake Erie, ON

tyler_jason_howick_graphicJason and Tyler Howick  report: We recently made a trip to the Grand River in Dunville, ON for the first time to fish for pre-spawn Channel Catfish.  Fishing from a boat we surveyed a lot of river using our sonar to locate deep holes, channel edges and concentrations of cats.  We fished slip sinker rigs using 2-3 oz weights and 3/0 – 4/0 hooks baited with chunks of cut shiner and sucker.  Most of our hits came from the edge of sharp breaking flats leading into the deeper channel.  We managed to catch eight channel cats ranging in size from 2 – 12 lbs and from the reports that we heard, the best fishing for big trophy cats seems to be early shortly after ice out when water temps reach the 45 F range.

Trophy Bass Season just started in the NY side of Lake Erie.

The trophy bass season on the Lake Erie, NY side just opened on May 2. The other popular season opener is for walleye the same day, so anglers are pursuing both fish species this weekend.  For bass, New York, state regulations allow for one fish with a minimum size of 20 inches in length, per person per day.  Some of the most productive areas to target are around the break walls in Buffalo harbour. Some of the best Walleye fishing will be taking place at night with casting & trolling with Rapalas in front of Hamburg, NY.  Bullhead are being caught in most bays and tributary marshes in both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.  Trout are still in a many of the Upper NY tributaries like the Cattaraugus, Canadaway and Chautauqua Rivers.  Most of the Ontario-side of the Lake Ontario & Lake Erie tributaries are still offering some steelhead action, but the fish are moving out fast.

Terrace, BC Tributary Fishing Update

noel_gyger_graphicNoel Gyger reports: The weather has been good all week with average daytime temperatures and lots of sun until it rained overnight. The rivers are on the rise as more snow melt comes down. The run-off has come down slowly so there is no danger of flooding yet.  Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are in good shape. The first Chinook are in the river now. This time of year I like to remind folks of the great possibilities of angling for both Steelhead and Chinook (King) Salmon on the same day. The main stem Skeena River is dirty and not fishable. Best places to fish now are at the clean seams where the tributary rivers flow into the Skeena.

 

The Skeena Is too dirty to fish.  Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea now.  Is in good shape and rising slowly. Good numbers of Steelhead are in the river now.  Spring runs of Steelhead should be coming in. Fishing for them with fly or spin tackle works well.  Fresh early run Chinook (King) Salmon are expected anytime.  We have caught them around mid April. Chinook have been seen rolling in the lower river.  Kitimat River Steelhead are in full swing with lots of Steelhead being caught.  This has been a Great Steelhead season so far with some steelhead caught weighing over twenty lbs, one pushing thirty pounds.  Wow !  And the weather has been outstanding!  Just when we thought that the Steelhead season was going good, the hot weather started to bring the river level up and the Kitimat River started to murk up a bit.  The Kitimat River very seldom becomes unfishable due to snow melt but the higher, murky water will present some challenges.  Anglers simply need to adjust to the conditions.  Float fishers need to lengthen the float and use some roe, Hot shotters may have to fish a larger size and Fly Fishers may have to change the sink tips and possibly change to different flies.  All anglers should be making some kind of adjustments.  If the right adjustments are made sometimes Steelheading can still be very good…The weather is forecast for cooler temperatures so conditions will improve.  For more info., you can contact Noel at, noel@noelgyger.ca .

Niagara River Fishing Update

Lower Niagara River

 

Fishing in the Lower Niagara has been slow, but Steelhead are still being caught from the Devil’s Hole to the Niagara Bar and many of the drifts in-between. Minnows and Kwikfish are producing quite a few fish. Smelt fishermen are still picking up fish at night.  The Niagara Bar is continuing to produce lake trout.  Anglers are   trolling or drifting/jigging to catch their  fish.

 

Upper Niagara River

 

Migratory rainbow trout and a few bass are being caught throughout the runs at the mouth of the Niagara River from Buffalo/Fort Erie going north to Grand Island, NY.   For bass in NY state,  it’s catch and release fishing until the regular season opener in June, unless you’re fishing Lake Erie. The special early trophy season starts up May 2.  Crappie and perch are being reported at the sand piles and around the tunnels.  Perch and a mix of other panfish are being caught in the Buffalo Boat Harbour and also near the boat launch in Fort Erie.  

Lake Ontario, NY Tributary Trout Report

ron_bierstine_graphicRon Bierstine reports: Oak Orchard turbine flows are so far hanging in at slightly better fishable levels compared to other smaller waterways. Water color has been mostly clear with 3+ feet of visibility, but now turning back a little more stained.  The rain and cool temps earlier this week perked flows up only slightly.  Now seasonal Erie Canal water feed will be commencing with the Canal being filled for the summer season, so flows may increase slightly and go a little off color.  There has been an unseasonable warm-up thru weekend.  A slight blip back to cooler temps today and the area received some thunderstorms last night.  Some smallmouth bass have begun their spawning migration.  Anglers can target these feisty fighters now before the season opener on a catch and release basis.  Anglers can still get in on some late season action with a few steelhead hookups too.  Anglers might intercept some drop back fish or be lucky enough to come across a few fresh steelhead. River mouth and shoreline casting action is underway with spoon casters taking advantage of slowly warming in-shore waters.  The action is mostly for hungry brown trout with a few cohos or steelhead in the mix. Persistent east or north winds can make for slower action.

 

The last of the steelhead action in the Oak Orchard should continue on any mod – med or greater flows coupled with cool weather thru April.  This weekend’s hot weather may just about cap off the last decent steelhead action in the Oak Orchard and smaller tributaries.  Any remaining fish seem to be in the middle reaches of the river near fast water gravel areas or dropping back into temporary holding lies in the downstream, slower, slack water.  Look for mod turbine flows thru the weekend. Any more precipitation could bring flows higher and dirtier.  Water temps have been around the low 50’s F and will begin to climb with warmer weather. Earlier higher water temps put plenty of fish on gravel with spawning already complete for most fish. Suckers are fairly numerous and smaller, fresh jack steelhead are also being caught.  

 

If you would like to book a guided fishing trip, or if you would like to contact Ron, you can reach him at., www.orleansoutdoor.com

Lake Erie, NY Fishing Update

Anglers capitalizing on Lake Erie bass can expect to catch trophy fish during May.
Anglers capitalizing on Lake Erie bass can expect to catch trophy fish during May.
Lake Erie and Tributaries

 

 

The steelhead run is certainly winding down with most of remaining trout activity on Cattaraugus Creek.  The Catt is flowing at 424 cubic feet per second and is your best bet. Concentrate efforts in the mid to lower sections of the creek as steelhead are dropping back toward the lake.  Steelhead will take egg sacs, woolly buggers, egg-sucking leeches and minnow imitations.  The other Lake Erie tributaries are low and clear with a few steelhead remaining.

 

The smallmouth bass action is heating up in the Erie tributaries with good numbers of bass moving into the creeks.  Catches can be phenomenal, giving anglers a good forearm workout.  Fly anglers do well with woolly buggers and minnow imitation patterns, especially emerald shiner imitations.  Casting and retrieving stickbaits and crankbaits that imitate minnows also works very well.  Starting May 2nd, anglers fishing in Lake Erie and tributary streams can keep one bass per day, minimum size 20 inches and use of natural bait such as minnows is permitted.  Channel Catfish have also moved into the lower sections of the tributaries, settling into deeper holes.  Fishing at night with worms, raw shrimp or cut bait can have you hooked into a 20 to 30 pound channel catfish.

 

Walleye season opens on May 2nd.  Early season walleye action is best in near shore areas at night.  Trolling with shallow diving stickbaits or worm harnesses in as little as 6 feet of water over rocky and rubble areas is a good bet.  Good early season locations include (from west to east): Shorehaven Reef, Bournes Beach, Green Hills, Van Buren Bay, Evans Bar, off Hoak’s Restaurant (Hamburg) and near the mouth of Smokes Creek.

 

Anglers are catching bullhead in Dunkirk Harbor off the main city pier and behind the Clarion. Bullhead are also biting in Small Boat Harbor.  Look for smallmouth bass action to pick up in harbors such as Barcelona, Dunkirk, Sturgeon, Small Boat Harbors and Black Rock Canal (south of Peace Bridge). Minnows (starting May 2nd) or minnow imitation stickbaits will produce.

 

Upper Niagara River

 

Anglers are picking up a few trout at the foot of Ferry Street. Bass and panfish action will be best in areas with slightly warmer water temperatures, like the various harbors and inlets along Grand Island, Buffalo and the Tonawandas.  Good locations to try include Beaver Island State Park Marina, Blue Island Marina, Big Six Creek Marina and the foot of Ontario Street. These warmer water pockets draw in bait fish which in turn draw feeding panfish and bass.

 

Chautauqua Lake

 

The crappie bite has been hit or miss this past week. Decent locations have been in the canals or areas off the canals and creeks. Minnows, tube jigs, cubby jigs or combination have been productive for crappie. If you can’t find the crappie, you can always fall back on the perch. Yellow perch catches are good on minnows in both shallow and deep areas. Long Point is a good starting point for perch chasers. When walleye season opens on Saturday, concentrate efforts at night between 8-10 feet of water near stream inlets and weed beds. Trolling with stickbaits or worm harnesses is a good bet.

 

Inland Trout Streams

 

Most inland streams are low and clear. Anglers are having success with little spinners, salted minnows, worms and flies. Fly anglers are reporting an increase in fly hatches. Trout are rising to hatching Hendrickson’s, blue wing olives and caddis flies. Nymphs such as stoneflies, scuds, pheasant tails and caddis flies will also catch fish.

 

Trout Stocking 2009

 

Many of the region’s streams and lakes are stocked each spring (March through May) with thousands of yearling brown, rainbow and brook trout. In addition to the traditional stocking of yearling trout, many waters also receive generous numbers of two-year old brown trout that average 14 inches in length. All of the region’s trout stocking waters have now been stocked, though select waters will receive a second stocking during May. For a complete list of stocked waters by county and number of trout stocked, view the spring 2009 Trout Stocking pages. Public Fishing Rights Maps are available for many stocked trout streams and wild trout streams in the region.

 

Wiscoy Creek Angler Diary Program

 

The DEC Region 9 Fisheries Office will be running an angler diary program for Wiscoy Creek in Allegany and Wyoming Counties during 2009 and is currently looking for anglers to keep diaries. If you fish Wiscoy Creek (even once) and would like to keep a diary for DEC, please call the DEC fisheries office at (716) 372-0645 or email fwfish9@gw.dec.state.ny.us. The program will run March 1 through October 31. This program duplicates one run in 2006 and will be used in conjunction with a late-summer electrofishing survey to evaluate the fishery’s overall quality. In 2006, over 115 anglers signed up for the program.

 

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; mttodd@gw.dec.state.ny.us) or Jim Markham (716-366-0228; jlmarkha@gw.dec.state.ny.us). Good Luck Fishing!

 

The fishing hotline can also be heard at (716) 679-ERIE or (716) 855-FISH.

ICHA Fishing Derby, May 31, 2009 Assumption Park, Windsor, ON

The Italian Canadian HandiCapable Association (ICHA) is an organization that works closely with both physically and mentally challenged children and adults in the community of Windsor, ON.   They are pleased to announce that they are again hosting the 7th Annual Fishing Derby which offers these wonderfully gifted people the opportunity to go fishing.   The event will be supervised by local pro-fisherman in a controlled atmosphere to ensure maximum safety and fun.  The ICHA Fishing Derby will be a live release program, supported by the MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources), OFHA (Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters), The Canadian Coast Guard, Outdoor Company and Local Bait & Tackle Shops.  Also two celebrities attending the event this year are, Italo Labignan, host of the Canadian SportFishing show, and his camera crew to shoot clips of the event to be aired on TSN this coming season, and Clay Dyer. Clay Dyer was born on May 23, 1978, without legs, no arm on the left side and only a partial arm on the right. A professional angler since 1995, Clay has fished in more then 200 Bass Tournaments and placed first in 20 state bass tournaments.  During his free time, Clay is the national spokesperson for C.A.S.T for kids and is a fishing guide for disabled and terminally ill children through the United Special Sportsmen Alliance. Clay spends part of his time sharing his life experiences through motivational and leadership presentations to various companies, charities and churches. Clay’s television appearances include ESPN, Fox, CNN Headline News, the Outdoor Life Network, The Outdoor Channel, Fox Sports South, Charter Sports South, and CBS. Published articles about Clay have appeared in USA Today, Newsweek, BassMaster, FLW Outdoors Magazine, Sports Spectrum Magazine, and the Baptist Standard.

 

A picnic is planned with entertainment provided by Music Express, Canada’s premier show-band, and prizes will be given out to all participants. Anything that you and your company could contribute to the ICHA Fishing Derby on May 31/09 would be greatly appreciated.

 

If you have any questions, or if you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at 519-984-1860 or e-mail pat.pagano@sympatico.ca  . I would also encourage you to visit our website at: www.icha.ca

 

Good weather ideal for couples steelhead outings.

 
Shelly (left), and Jessica (right), show-off two trophy post-spawn female migtratory rainbow trout they caught fishing the Wilmot Club, Orono, ON.
Shelly (left), and Jessica (right), show-off two trophy post-spawn female migtratory rainbow trout they caught fishing the Wilmot Club, Orono, ON.

 

While avid steelheaders will fish in any conditions including cold, wet weather, female anglers are less likely to get out with their “significant-others” when the weather is poor.  This week Shelly & Jessica took advantage of the seasonal  temperatures and sunny days to fish for post-spawn migratory rainbow trout at the Wilmot Club on Wilmot Creek, ON The women used long drift-rods, light-line, small #12 steelhead hooks, a sensitive float, and fresh rainbow trout spawn-sacks to catch their trophy trout.   If you would like information on fish the Wilmot Club stretch of the Wilmot Creek, and also the stocked ponds, you can contact them a, (http://www.thefishinguide.com/wilmot/aboutus.shtml ). 

 

 

Terrace, BC Steelhead Update

tracey_john_hittel_graphicTracey John Hittel reports: Pictured below are a couple of this past weeks Steelhead.  Alexi landed this big male on the Spey rod with his black and blue magic fly.  When we entered this small pool he hooked 3 fish in 20 casts with an orange fly, all to elude him.  After many casts with no fish, Alexi changed flies to different color, the second cast he landed this big male.  When Alexi hooked his first fish in this pool the rod stopped like it was on a large rock.  In fact we both looked at each other wondering if it was a fish, he quickly gave me the nod and the beast moved into the top of the pool in the deep fast holding area.  It then decided to make his move downstream with a scream of the reel, all to have this huge Steelhead spit the hook.  Alexi saw a small glimpse of this fish and said it was very thick.  The good stories are always about the one that got away.  Also attached is the Steelhead queen, Brenda Kochan, with a chrome female she landed, as you can see this fish is very healthy and fresh from the sea.  Most of April was very cold and snowed a lot so the catching was slower than usual.  Now that water temps have risen to 4-5C the fishing has finally started to turn, and this year the fish are very large.  Local anglers are “chin wagging” that 30 plus pound fish are not uncommon and the largest some of the locals have even landed. These guys have put 250-300 Steelhead on the bank over the years so I am happy to say we have a fantastic fishery.  May is peak season and with the fish late this year the next 2 weeks are going to be super, not to mention the fresh Chinook coming in very soon.

 

Tracey John Hittel

www.steelheadheaven.ca

Update on Ontario Grey-Bruce Tributary fishing.

wayne_sheridan_graphicWayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries: This past week’s weather has been amazing and confusing. We went from snow flurries on Tuesday to a heat wave with thunderstorms, hail, tornado’s etc on opening week for trout. This has proven to be a challenge on where to find the fish in the river. We went fishing on the weekend and caught and released a nice 10 inch brown trout at Saugeen Cedars Campground, but weather limited the fishing. We then went to Wilmer Ponds (north of Durham) and caught a nice rainbow trout. Some steelhead are being caught at Denny’s dam as they drop back down from spawning. Nancy and her husband were fishing Owen Sound and she caught her first fish, a nice Coho, using roe. River levels remain high due to thunderstorms and rain, river banks are slippery and the water is still very cold, be careful. Remember to check the regulations for areas that are open to trout this weekend. Some river sections open at a later date.  Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.

 

River Flow Rates: moderate/high

 

Saugeen River (Durham) rising again at 1.52M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.5M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) rising at 8.7M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) rising at 1.42M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) rising at 5.26M, Maitland River (above Wingham) rising at 10.5M, Credit River at Streetsville up at 4.8M, Credit River at Orangeville up at 11.3M, Grand River (Doon), up at 4.35M (below Shand dam) up at 2.0M.

 

Prime Fishing Times: Saturday May 2nd, 2009: 7:03pm to 9:49pm (moon overhead), 6:28am to 9:34am (moon underneath). Full moon May 8th.

 

Fly Fishing: Hendrickson, BWO, and various caddis

 

Saugeen conditions: very high, tea colored water, 8C, and visibility 2 foot.

 

 For more info. you can contact Wayne at, brntrout@golden.net  , or you can visit,  www.canadianangling.com

Hamilton Bay producing Trophy Channel Catfish.

tyler_jason_howick_graphicTyler

and Jason Howick report: The Hamilton Bay/Harbor area the past couple of weeks has been great for numbers of large channel catfish, with the best fishing beginning at sundown until midnight.  Large schools of channel catfish are attracted to the warmer water of shallow black bottom bays and feed aggressively during the twilight hours.  Fishing with 8-9 ft medium to medium-heavy action rods, spinning reels loaded with 20-30 lb braided line, and a slip-sinker rig with 1-2 oz weights.  The heavier sinker and weight of the cut-bait assists in launching rigs far from shore.  Cut-bait as well as live bait (minnows, worms) fished on 1/0-3/0 octopus and Siwash hooks insure solid hookups on hard mouthed channel cats.  Our first outing we caught around 25 channel cats up to 12 lbs as well as 10 monster bullheads thrown into the mix. 

 
 

 

Lake Erie, ON Migratory Rainbow Trout Update

Lake Erie tributaries are quickly warming-up and clearing.  Migratory rainbow trout are making their way back down to Lake Erie.   Anglers fishing the lower section of tributaries are doing well intercepting fish on their way down-stream.  Best action has been early and late in the day using “finesse” drifting techniques with a float/spawn-sack presentation.  

Steelheaders willing to put in the time to locate "drop-back" fish can still enjoy reasonable success.
Steelheaders willing to put in the time to locate "drop-back" fish can still enjoy reasonable success.

 

 

 

 

Recent Rains producing consistent Resident Brown Trout Fishing.

While many anglers are targeting larger migratory rainbow trout that are finishing their spawning runs in most of the Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, & Lake Huron tributary streams, other anglers have their sites set on catching early-season resident brown trout.  Most of the major tributaries have healthy populations of resident brown trout in their upper-reaches.  Most anglers don’t like the challenge of blazing trails through heavy brush, but that’s what it takes to find good-size, elusive resident brown trout.  Successful anglers normally catch their fish where other anglers seldom fish.  The recent rains we had mid-week created turbid head-water conditions which stimulated resident browns to move out of their “concealment areas” (under-cut banks, log-jams, roots from trees growing along streams, etc.), to feed in the open-runs and pool, which made them much easier to locate and catch.

 

 
 
 

 

Tuesday Rains produce excellent Migratory Rainbow Trout Fishing.

Ontario stream anglers are taking advantage of the heavy rains yesterday which increases flows and turbidity in many of the southern-Ontario tributary streams.  While conditions were wet & cooler, migratory rainbows were active all day long.  By 2pm, the weather cleared-up and shortly afterwards the sun came out.  As the waters subside and clear, anglers will need to be on their spots by day-break.  As soon as the sun rises, most rainbows holding in clear-water will be difficult to catch.

Bill Selby miles as he holds up a trophy spawned-out female migratory trout he caught fishing a fast-water run on Wilmot Creek, ON.  Bill’s favorite technique is to use a 15’ steelhead drift-rod, float reel, sensitive float and a fresh-tied spawn-sack.
Bill Selby miles as he holds up a trophy spawned-out female migratory trout he caught fishing a fast-water run on Wilmot Creek, ON. Bill’s favorite technique is to use a 15’ steelhead drift-rod, float reel, sensitive float and a fresh-tied spawn-sack.

 

 

 

 

20th Annual Denny Leeson Urban Fishing Derby for Special need Children & Adults

The 20th Annual Denny Leeson Urban Fishing Derby for special needs children and adults will be held May 11-14th at the Park Community Centre – outdoor pool located at 400 Queensdale Ave. E, on Hamilton Mountain.  Participants off all ages will be able to  feel the amazing thrill of catching live trout – right in the heart of the city. From Monday May 11th through Thursday May 14th, special needs care groups and local schools will visit Inch Park Pool, which will be stocked with hundreds of live trout.  We will promote this event through inclusion in our on-air Community Calendars, website inclusion and inclusion in our database. We look forward to working with you.

 

If you would like to get more information you can contact, Kevin.Minaker@cowangroup.ca , or visit, www.rotaryhamiltonsunset.com/events.html .

Trophy Brown Trout from Wilmot Creek, ON

Shelly Selby smiles as she holds up a trophy "resident" brown trout she caught while fishing for migratory rainbow trout in the head-waters of Wilot Creek, ON
Shelly Selby smiles as she holds up a trophy “resident” brown trout she caught while fishing for migratory rainbow trout in the head-waters of Wilot Creek, ON

Shelly Selby from Newcastle, ON smiles as she holds up a 5 lb. + resident brown trout she caught while fishing a float-rig and spawn-sack combination for migratory rainbow trout in the upper-reaches of Wilmot Creek, ON.  Resident brown & brook trout take advantage of spawning migratory rainbow trout and regularly feed on their eggs.  Most brown and brook trout fishermen target these fish in early spring by using small garden worms and small artificial lures such as spinners and small wobbling plugs.  If you are planning on fishing for either of these trout species in waters where migratory rainbow trout are spawning, definitely try fishing a single imitation trout/salmon egg, or a spawn sack if the worms and small lures are not producing fish.

Public fishing areas to try your luck at catching both migratory rainbow trout & resident brown & brook trout on Wilmot creek are located at: Hwy.#35/115 south to Lake Ontario, MNR stretch from Concession #3 heading south, MNR stretch south & north side of Concession #5.  If you are not sure if the stream section you are planning to fish is public access, as people living at the nearest home.

 

 

 

Lake Erie, NY Fishing Update

Cattaraugus Creek is flowing at 579 cubic feet per second and is in good shape heading into this week. Color and clarity are good. Water temperature is in the upper 40s, keeping steelhead in the creek. It should be an excellent week to fish the Catt with fish both moving up and drop-backs heading back to Lake Erie. Canadaway and Chautauqua Creeks have a slight green tinge, but will clear through the week. Fish are scattered in these creeks and on the move with some little fresh fish still running in. Productive baits include egg sacs, single eggs, woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches and minnow imitations. Smaller baits and lighter lines are a must when fishing clear conditions.

Cattaraugus Creek is ideal for fly fishing enthusiasts.  It attracts thousands of migratory rainbow trout annually and the steam is wide-open which makes it ideal for fly casting.
Cattaraugus Creek is ideal for fly fishing enthusiasts. It attracts thousands of migratory rainbow trout annually and the steam is wide-open which makes it ideal for fly casting.

 

Cattaraugus Creek

 

The first of the spring run smallmouth bass are moving into the Erie tributaries, especially Cattaraugus Creek. The tributary bass action really heats up in May! If you are targeting bass, keep in mind that only artificial baits/lures are permitted until May 2nd. Channel Catfish will also be moving into the tributaries shortly. Worms, raw shrimp or cut bait work well for hefty catfish.

 

Anglers are catching bullhead in Dunkirk Harbor off the main city pier and behind the Clarion. Bullhead are also biting in Small Boat Harbor. Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch action to pick up in harbors such as Barcelona, Dunkirk, Sturgeon and Small Boat Harbors.

 

Upper Niagara River

 

Bass and panfish action will be best in areas with slightly warmer water temperatures, like the various harbors and inlets along Grand Island, Buffalo and the Tonawandas. Good locations to try include Beaver Island State Park Marina, Blue Island Marina, Big Six Creek Marina and the foot of Ontario Street. These warmer water pockets draw in bait fish which in turn draw feeding panfish and bass. If you are targeting bass, keep in mind that only artificial baits/lures are permitted at this time.

 

Chautauqua Lake

 

The crappie bite finally turned on earlier in the week. Anglers report decent catches from Bemus Point to the north end of lake. Good locations have been in the canals or areas off the canals and creeks. Catches in the south basin have been hit or miss. Minnows, tube jigs, cubby jigs or combination have been productive for crappie. If you can’t find the crappie, you can always fall back on the perch. Yellow perch catches are good on minnows in both shallow and deep areas. Long Point is a good starting point for perch chasers. The bullhead bite has been good in shallow areas on worms and chicken livers.

 

Inland Trout Streams

 

Streams are on the clear side, but in good fishing shape. Water temperatures are on the rise and trout will be more active. Anglers are having success with little spinners, salted minnows, worms and flies. Fly anglers report good surface activity on Hendrickson mayflies and blue wing olives. Nymphs such as stoneflies, scuds, pheasant tails and caddis flies will also catch fish.

 

Trout Stocking 2009

 

April 1st traditionally marks the start of trout season in New York, even though some waters are open to trout fishing year round. Numerous area streams and lakes are stocked each spring (March through May) with thousands of yearling brown, rainbow and brook trout. In addition to the traditional stocking of yearling trout, many waters also receive generous numbers of two-year old brown trout that average 14 inches in length. The following waters have been stocked as of April 24th:

 

Cattaraugus County: Great Valley Creek (Ellicottville), Connoisarauley Creek (Ashford), Beaver Meadow Creek (Ellicottville), Forks Creek (Great Valley), Wrights Creek (Humphrey), Ischua Creek (Franklinville), Franklinville Retention Pond (Franklinville), Mansfield Creek (Mansfield), South Branch Cattaraugus Creek (East Otto), Little Conewango Creek (Conewango), Paisley Park Pond (Randolph), Guernsey Run (South Valley), North Branch Sawmill Run (South Valley), Bone Run (South Valley), Bay State Brook (Red House), Quaker Run (Cold Spring), Red House Brook (Red House), Science Lake (Red House), Rice Brook (Carrollton), County Ponds (Randolph), Five Mile Creek (Allegany), New Albion Lake (New Albion), Case Lake (Franklinville), Harwood Lake (Farmersville), Elton Creek (Freedom), Lake Flavia (Dayton), Quaker Lake (Elko), Maples Club Pond (Otto), Haskell Creek (Hinsdale), Olean Creek (Olean).

 

Chautauqua County: Goose Creek (N. Harmony/Harmony), Little Brokenstraw Creek (Harmony), Clay Pond (Poland), Chautauqua Creek (Chautauqua), Twentymile Creek (Ripley), Bear Lake Outlet (Stockton), Canadaway Creek (Arkwright), Cassadaga Creek (Stockton), West Branch Conewango Creek (Villenova), Farrington Hollow Brook (Cherry Creek), Mill Creek (Gerry).

 

Erie County: East Branch Cazenovia Creek (Emery Park), Eighteen Mile Creek (Boston Town Park), Little Buffalo Creek (Lancaster/Marilla), Cattaraugus Creek (Yorkshire), Sprague Brook Park Ponds (Concord), Ellicott Creek (Amherst).

 

Wiscoy Creek Angler Diary Program

 

The DEC Region 9 Fisheries Office will be running an angler diary program for Wiscoy Creek in Allegany and Wyoming Counties during 2009 and is currently looking for anglers to keep diaries. If you fish Wiscoy Creek (even once) and would like to keep a diary for DEC, please call the DEC fisheries office at (716) 372-0645 or email fwfish9@gw.dec.state.ny.us . The program will run March 1 through October 31. This program duplicates one run in 2006 and will be used in conjunction with a late-summer electro fishing survey to evaluate the fishery’s overall quality. In 2006, over 115 anglers signed up for the program.

 

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; mttodd@gw.dec.state.ny.us ) or Jim Markham (716-366-0228; jlmarkha@gw.dec.state.ny.us ). Good Luck Fishing!

 

The fishing hotline can also be heard at (716) 679-ERIE or (716) 855-FISH.

Georgina Fishing Series Receives Government Grant to increase event Payouts.

Thanks to a Government of Ontario Grant, The Georgina Fishing Series will be able to guarantee payouts for it's various Lake Simcoe competitive events.
Thanks to a Government of Ontario Grant, The Georgina Fishing Series will be able to guarantee payouts for it's various Lake Simcoe competitive events.

PRESS RELEASE

 

 April 27, 2009

GEORGINA FISHING SERIES, parent company of the Canadian Ice Fishing Championship / The Great Georgina Ice Fishing Derby / Perch Attack Tournament / Fall Perch Challenge are pleased to announce their successful bid for a Celebrate Ontario 2009 Tourism Grant.   Out of 500 applications only 224 were approved and the GEORGINA FISHING SERIES was one of them.  GEORGINA FISHING SERIES was approved for a $37,500 grant that they will be using to guarantee large payouts at their various fishing competitions held in GEORGINA Ontario.   The GEORGINA FISHING SERIES and Tourism Ontario believe offering larger purses will increase the number of competitors, thus attracting more tourism to the area.

 

 Rocky Madsen

Tournament Director

Orillia, ON Perch Festival Update

Jeremy Lord smiles as he holds up a double-perch catch he had fishing from shore at Atherly Narrows, Orillia, ON.
Jeremy Lord smiles as he holds up a double-perch catch he had fishing from shore at Atherly Narrows, Orillia, ON.

Paul Lord from Canadian Sportfishing reports on the Orillia Perch Festival:

 

 

April 24th, 2009

 

I had the opportunity to fish with my son Jeremy out of Orillia this past weekend. In the morning when we launched our boat we were facing some fairly stiff, cool breezes coming in off of Lake Simcoe. In the afternoon the weather did improve however the winds remained strong. We saw many other anglers who were prepared to face the elements for a chance to win $500.00 to $5,000.00 by catching some of the tagged perch. Our first fishing location was approximately ¼ mile out from The Blue Beacon, Marina on Lake Simcoe. Several boats were in the general vicinity. No fish were seen caught and after a short while we headed into Atherly Narrows between Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. We positioned our boat just outside one of the many boat slip locations in the area. Using modified “pickerel rigs” (I substituted small Gamakatsu hooks, and fluorocarbon line on the rigs), we caught good quantities of perch, mostly in the smaller size throughout the day. Small minnows, alive or dead seemed to be the preference for most anglers. My son and I entered the daily live-release draw, by submitting two fish to the festival headquarters daily. Note: Fish being entered into the live release draw must not be on a stringer as stated in the Perch Festival rules and regulations!

 

 p.s. We also briefly checked out a canal on Lake Couchiching that I expected would hold some Crappie. One crappie was caught at this location. Due to the fishing being slow in this area we didn’t stay long. Water temperature was 42 degrees.

 

 April 25th, 2009

 

On day two we headed back to our same location. The fishing action was not quite as good as day one. We continued to use small minnows on “pickerel rigs”. We added a Booster Tail, with all game scent directly onto a small hook and tipped it with a minnow as well. This produced results with and without a minnow at various times throughout the day. In addition we used a small balsa slip-float combination with a live minnow. The majority of bites came when the float was cast towards the shore in 4-5 feet of water, over fresh green weed growth. In the late afternoon the weather conditions changed quickly with the on set of a severe storm. We had a very challenging, long run back to the boat launch as the storm blew in with heavy winds and rain. I cleaned several perch and we enjoyed them at dinner time (the perch were cooked quickly and easily in the microwave that was included in our room at The Comfort Inn, Orillia, ON)

 

 April 26th, 2009

 

This was our last fishing day. We awoke to cold wet weather. We were not prepared for rain as the original long range forecast we looked at for the weekend was calling for warm weather and sunshine. As a result we decided not to put our boat in on the last day. We arranged permission to fish from one of the local marina’s located in the narrows. Several perch were caught, again using “pickerel rigs” and minnows. We also had very good success with white micro plastics, rigged underneath a small balsa slip-bobber. All our reels were spooled with 4 lb test.

 

Other anglers we spoke with were reporting some significant catches of jumbo perch within Atherly Narrows as well as out in 15ft of water in Lake Couchiching.

Lake Erie, ON Trout Opening Weekend Tributary Update

Joe Kubassek shows off one of the many "post-spawned" female migratory rainbow trout he caught over the weekend.
Joe Kubassek shows off one of the many “post-spawned” female migratory rainbow trout he caught over the weekend.

 

 

 

Joe Kubassek reports: Lake Erie tributary levels are good, but many of the migratory rainbow trout spawned early and most of the fish have dropped-back to the lower-sections of tributaries on their way to back to Lake Erie.  Most of the fish caught this weekend were post-spawned fish that have already reverted back to their silver, Great Lakes color and within a week or two most of these fish will be suspended and feeding heavily in the open lake.  Anglers caught most of their fish either bottom-bouncing or fishing a float & spawn sack.  If you are planning on fishing any of the Lake Erie tributaries this week, make sure to use the lightest/clearest line and also use stealth when approaching likely fish-holding runs and pools so that you don’t spook fish.

 

 

 

Opening Trout Weekend Update – Lake Ontario Tribuatries

 

Rain & cool temperatures Sunday morning helped anglers catch migtratory rainbows in may of the Lake Ontario tributaries.
Rain & cool temperatures Sunday morning helped anglers catch migtratory rainbows in may of the Lake Ontario tributaries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anglers are reporting good numbers of migratory trout still spawning and even some fresh-run fish making their way to the head-waters of the many Lake Ontario tributaries.  Among the top ones are the Ganaraska River and Wilmot Creek.  Some anglers have reported catches of 30+ migratory trout per-angler on the above streams.  Spawn-sacks have been producing most of the fish.  If we don’t get substantial rain this week, most of these fish will remain in the tributary sections they are in.  If we do get heavy rains, many will drop-back to the lower sections of rivers and than returning to Lake Ontario.

 

Terrace, BC Tributary Update

The photo of the week shows Noel Gyger and Rob Vodola with a nice Kalum River Steelhead landed on April 20th.  YES, I catch em, once in awhile!  Sometimes I think I have more fun watching other folks catch fish…just the old fishing guide in me coming out, I guess.  Photo by Carey Braun
The photo of the week shows Noel Gyger and Rob Vodola with a nice Kalum River Steelhead landed on April 20th. YES, I catch em, once in awhile! Sometimes I think I have more fun watching other folks catch fish…just the old fishing guide in me coming out, I guess. Photo by Carey Braun

Noel Gyger reports: The weather has been good with average day time temperatures and no rain after Tuesday. The rivers are on the rise as more snow melt comes down. Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are in good shape.  The Skeena River Is too dirty to fish.  Fishing the clean seams of the tributary rivers is a good idea now.  The Kitimat Riveris still high from the heavy rain we received last weekend including Monday and the river level rose and was unfishable by Tuesday.  I logged the height of the river on Tuesday morning when the Kitimat Riverwas the highest it has been this Steelhead season.  I logged the height again Wednesday morning 23 hours later and the Kitimat Riverhad dropped 3 1/2 feet and was fishable.  When the river is high and dirty she is unfishable these conditions usually entice fresh, silver Steelhead into the Kitimat River.  When the river level drops and water clarity becomes fishable usually more fish have migrated into the system to be caught.  This observation evolved as anglers started to catch very nice Steelhead on Wednesday.  This is the case with most rivers in the North West.

 

Trout Season Opens at St. Johns Conseration Area, Niagara

Jack & Drew hold up a stringer of spring trout.  Fishing stocked ponds is ideal to have children enjoy catching trout.
Jack & Drew hold up a stringer of spring trout. Fishing stocked ponds is ideal to have children enjoy catching trout.

The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority invites the public to join us on Saturday April 25, 2009 at St. Johns Conservation Area for the opening of Trout season.  The first cast will take place at 12:00 noon. A valid Fishing Licence is required and conservation limits will apply.  Check the Ontario Fishing Regulations for further information 

 

 

 

Tony D’Amario, CAO/Secretary-Treasurer of the Conservation Authority comments “fishing is a popular activity and St. Johns Conservation Area offers a perfect setting for this sport.  Each year, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority stocks the pond with Rainbow Trout, in an effort to provide anglers of all ages an opportunity to fish in Niagara’s own coldwater stream, while enjoying the scenic beauty of St. Johns.”  He adds “the Conservation Authority has provided this opportunity for the public to enjoy since 1963.  This year, in celebration of the Conservation Authority’s 50th Anniversary, board and staff members will be on hand to host a hot dog barbeque on opening day.”  

 

In addition to fishing, the site features wheelchair accessible facilities and an abundance of natural beauty and scenic trails.   Visitors can enjoy the unique network of trails in the Carolinian Forest Tulip tree stand and variety of songbirds, making it an ideal spot for those who enjoy a quiet appreciation of nature.

 

Admission is FREE and voluntary donations are encouraged.  Funds raised will be used for an exciting new re-development project at Jordan Harbour.  Information will be on display at the event.

 

St. Johns Conservation Area is nestled on the border of Fonthill and Thorold.  Directions: To reach St. Johns from the QEW Niagara take Exit 57 (Victoria Avenue) and travel south to Hwy. 20.  Turn east (left) and proceed to Pelham Street in Fonthill.  Travel north (left) on Pelham Street to where it joins with Hollow & Barron Roads.  Follow the lane way ahead to the park entrance.

 

For more info., contact: Mary Stack, Director, Communications  (905) 788-3135 ext. 242

Lake Erie, NY Fishing Update

Post-spawn migratory rainbow trout eagerly strike flies, lures and drift-baits.
Post-spawn migratory rainbow trout eagerly strike flies, lures and drift-baits.

 

Lake Erie

and Tributaries

 

Migratory Rainbow Trout

 

Cattaraugus Creek has finally reached a fishable level after more than a month of high water. It is currently flowing at 572 cubic feet per second and still dropping. Now be an excellent time to fish the Cattaraugus with fish both moving up and drop-backs heading out. Anglers have seen decent catches on Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Creeks this week. Productive baits include egg sacs, single eggs, woolly buggers, egg sucking leeches and minnow imitations. All other Erie tributaries are low and clear. These creeks are still holding some fish, but many are dropping back toward the lake. Small baits and light lines are a must when fishing clear conditions.

 

Smallmouth Bass

 

The first of the spring run smallmouth bass are moving into the Erie tributaries, especially Cattaraugus Creek. The tributary bass action really heats up in May! If you are targeting bass, keep in mind that only artificial baits/lures are permitted until May 2nd.

 

Anglers are catching bullhead in Dunkirk Harbor off the main city pier and behind the Clarion. Look for smallmouth bass and yellow perch action to pick up in harbors such as Barcelona, Dunkirk, Sturgeon and Small Boat Harbors.

 

Upper Niagara River

 

The last of the ice floes have dissipated in the upper river, making way for boater access. Bass and panfish action will be best in areas with slightly warmer water temperatures, like the various harbors and inlets along Grand Island, Buffalo and the Tonawandas. These warmer water pockets draw in bait fish which in turn draw feeding panfish and bass. If you are targeting bass, keep in mind that only artificial baits/lures are permitted at this time.

 

Chautauqua Lake

 

The crappie bite has been slow to decent, with a better early morning or night bite. Minnows, small tube jigs or a combination have been productive between 6-8 feet of water. Better catches have been seen by anglers targeting yellow perch from both boat and shore. Fathead minnows are producing nice catches of 8-9 inch perch with some jumbos mixed in. The bullhead bite has been good in shallow areas on worms and chicken livers.

 

Inland Trout Streams

 

Streams are on the clear side, but in good fishing shape. Water temperatures are on the rise and trout will be more active. Anglers are having success with little spinners, salted minnows, worms and flies. Fly anglers report good surface activity on Hendrickson mayflies and blue wing olives. Nymphs such as stoneflies, scuds, pheasant tails and caddis flies will also catch fish.

 

Trout Stocking 2009

 

April 1st traditionally marks the start of trout season in New York, even though some waters are open to trout fishing year round. Numerous area streams and lakes are stocked each spring (March through May) with thousands of yearling brown, rainbow and brook trout. In addition to the traditional stocking of yearling trout, many waters also receive generous numbers of two-year old brown trout that average 14 inches in length. The following waters have been stocked as of April 17th:

 

Cattaraugus County: Great Valley Creek (Ellicottville), Connoisarauley Creek (Ashford), Beaver Meadow Creek (Ellicottville), Forks Creek (Great Valley), Wrights Creek (Humphrey), Ischua Creek (Franklinville), Franklinville Retention Pond (Franklinville), Mansfield Creek (Mansfield), South Branch Cattaraugus Creek (East Otto), Little Conewango Creek (Conewango), Paisley Park Pond (Randolph), Guernsey Run (South Valley), North Branch Sawmill Run (South Valley), Bone Run (South Valley), Bay State Brook (Red House), Quaker Run (Cold Spring), Red House Brook (Red House), Science Lake (Red House), Rice Brook (Carrollton), County Ponds (Randolph), Five Mile Creek (Allegany), New Albion Lake (New Albion), Case Lake (Franklinville), Harwood Lake (Farmersville), Elton Creek (Freedom), Lake Flavia (Dayton), Quaker Lake (Elko), Maples Club Pond (Otto), Haskell Creek (Hinsdale).

 

Chautauqua County: Goose Creek (N. Harmony/Harmony), Little Brokenstraw Creek (Harmony), Clay Pond (Poland), Chautauqua Creek (Chautauqua), Twentymile Creek (Ripley), Bear Lake Outlet (Stockton), Canadaway Creek (Arkwright), Cassadaga Creek (Stockton), West Branch Conewango Creek (Villenova), Farrington Hollow Brook (Cherry Creek), Mill Creek (Gerry).

 

Erie County: East Branch Cazenovia Creek (Emery Park), Eighteen Mile Creek (Boston Town Park), Little Buffalo Creek (Lancaster/Marilla), Cattaraugus Creek (Yorkshire), Sprague Brook Park Ponds (Concord), Ellicott Creek (Amherst).

 

Wiscoy Creek Angler Diary Program

 

The DEC Region 9 Fisheries Office will be running an angler diary program for Wiscoy Creek in Allegany and Wyoming Counties during 2009 and is currently looking for anglers to keep diaries. If you fish Wiscoy Creek (even once) and would like to keep a diary for DEC, please call the DEC fisheries office at (716) 372-0645 or email fwfish9@gw.dec.state.ny.us . The program will run March 1 through October 31. This program duplicates one run in 2006 and will be used in conjunction with a late-summer electrofishing survey to evaluate the fishery’s overall quality. In 2006, over 115 anglers signed up for the program.

 

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; mttodd@gw.dec.state.ny.us ) or Jim Markham (716-366-0228; jlmarkha@gw.dec.state.ny.us ). Good Luck Fishing!

 

The fishing hotline can also be heard at (716) 679-ERIE or (716) 855-FISH.

Lake Simcoe & Lake Couchiching Perch Update

The Orillia Perch Festival is an excellent excuse to get the whole family out fishing.
The Orillia Perch Festival is an excellent excuse to get the whole family out fishing.

Lake Simcoe & Lake Couchiching Perch Update

 

The 28thAnnual Orillia Perch Festival started last weekend and fishing & catching is well underway and hundreds of people are expected to fish this weekend while enjoying above-seasonal temperatures.   Over 60-perch were tagged, and if caught and returned to the headquarters, each fish is worth $500.   If you would like to get more information, or you would like to participate, you can contact www.orillia.com/perchfestival/ .

 

Lake Simcoe & Lake Couchiching waters have been clear and cold making for challenging fishing.  While many anglers are reporting fair catches of 8-9” jumbo perch on both live minnows and small 2-3” plastic grubs, the larger fish are still scattered.  Warmer temperatures this weekend will definitely help to warm the shallower water, which in-turn should result in better jumbo perch fishing.

 

Jackson’s Point & and the waters off the mouth of the Black River, Lake Simcoe is starting to produce good numbers of jumbo perch.  As shoreline water temperatures warm-up, make sure to check various depths for bigger fish.

Upper NY Tributary Conditions

 

Ron Bierstine operates the Orleans Outdoor Store and also offers fishing accomodations and guiding services in upper NY.
Ron Bierstine operates the Orleans Outdoor Store and also offers fishing accomodations and guiding services in upper NY.

Ron Bierstine reports: Thanks to all who helped for the Oak Orchard River spring clean-up on Sat, Apr 18. Volunteers included John, Cheyrl and Josh from Lake Alice Cottages, D. Agness, Professor John and the Licorice Man who picked up trash along the stream from the Waterport dam to the Archer’s Club and the Town of Carlton parking area.

Oak Orchard turbine flows are so far hanging in at slightly better fishable levels compared to other smaller waterways that have been dropping down low. Water color is going mostly clear with approx 3 feet of visibility. The rain and cool temps thru this week has perked flows up only slightly. There is a forecasted unseasonable warm-up thru the upcoming weekend. Seasonal Erie Canal water feed should commence soon toward the end of this month and that should start some smallmouth bass spawning migrations. Anglers can target these feisty fighters now before the season opener on a catch and release basis. Anglers can still get in on some late season action with a few steelhead hook-ups. Right now anglers putting in something like a day’s effort usually getting a few hook-ups by intercepting some drop back fish or being lucky enough to come across a few fresh steelhead. River mouth and shoreline casting action is underway with spoon casters taking advantage of slowly warming in-shore waters. The action is mostly for hungry brown trout with a few Coho’s or steelhead in the mix. Persistent east or north winds can make for slower action.  For more info., you can contact Ron at, info@orleansoutoors.com .

Saugeen River Update

Wayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries: With the temperatures varying so much, all the thermometers feel like yo-yo’s. With snow flurries today and then warm weather for the weekend (20C), this has caused nature to be a little confused (as we are). The cold temperatures have slowed down the spring rainbow run and it should be good opening weekend. Remember to check the regulations for areas that are open to trout this weekend. Some river sections open at a later date.  Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.

 

River Flow Rates: moderate/high

 

Saugeen River (Durham) rising again at 1.47M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) rising at 10.1M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) rising at 8.5M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) steady at 1.32M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) steady at 5.18M, Maitland River (below Wingham) rising at 1.35M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.6M, Credit River at Orangeville steady at 11.3M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.1M (below Shand dam) 1.58M.

 

 Prime Fishing Times: Saturday April 25th, 2009: 11:56am to 3:18pm (moon overhead), midnight to 2:40am (moon underneath). New moon April 24th.

 

 Saugeen conditions: high, tea colored water, 5C, and visibility 2 foot.

 

 For more info., you can contact Wayne at, brntrout@golden.net .

 

Or you can visit Wayne at http://www.canadianangling.com .

Trophy Israel Amberjacks

Ofer shows off a trophy Amberjack he landed yesterday fishing out from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Ofer shows off a trophy Amberjack he landed yesterday fishing out from Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

Jean-Jaques Ohayon reports: We are continuing to catch trophy Amberjacks fishing in the Mediterranean Sea between Tel Aviv & Ashdod, Israel.  Speed-jigging with 300-450 gram vertical jigging spoons have worked well, as well as using live bait near the bottom.  We are catching the Amberjacks fishing ship-wrecks in 80+ meters of water.

If you would like to know more about fishing Israel’s saltwater, you can contact Jean-Jaques at, marlin1@zahav.net.il .

Terrace, BC Steelhead Update

The photo of the week shows Rod Toth of “Bent Rods Jigs” with a huge wild male-Steelhead he landed on the Kalum River.  Rod was a guest of pro guide Tracey Hittel of Steelhead Heaven.  Photo by Tracey Hittel.
The photo of the week shows Rod Toth of “Bent Rods Jigs” with a huge wild male-Steelhead he landed on the Kalum River. Rod was a guest of pro guide Tracey Hittel of Steelhead Heaven. Photo by Tracey Hittel.

 

Noel Gyger reports: The weather has been good all week with some rain towards the weekend. The snow pack is starting to melt and the rivers are on the rise. The Steelhead that were holding in deep dark pools are on the move.  Both upper and lower sections of the Kalum River are in good shape even though the water is rising.  The first Chinook salmon should be coming into the Kalum River soon. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is dirty and not fishable. The main stem Skeena River is dirty but is still borderline fishable below Terrace.  A good run of spring Steelhead and Chinook (King) Salmon should be coming in now. Good runs of Steelhead are coming into the many isolated coastal streams and rivers

 

 

 

 

This week on TSN, catching bass, pike & walleye.

On this week’s TSN broadcast join Italo & his guests, Yehuda Alcaslasy and Amir Gissin, Israel’s Consul General for Toronto and Western Canada as they take you crankbait fishing for largemouth bass, walleye, pike and gar pike on Big Bay, Bay of Quinte, ON.  You will get excellent tips on choosing the right crankbait and presentaiton tips to help you locate and catch multi-species of fish feeding in open-water near aquatic vegetation.

 

 

 

Lake Erie Sucker Run

Tyler & Jason Howick report: The last few weeks have seen heavy runs of white and redhorse suckers in Lake Erie tributaries.  We have been using ultra light gear with thin diameter braided lines fishing live bait rigs on bottom with simple slit shot setups and slip-sinker rigs.  Large numbers of fish hold and rest in deeper pools and multiple fish can be caught out of one spot.  The past week has seen many suckers switch to spawning mode and move up onto shallow gravel flats, becoming very difficult to catch and often refusing baits.  The most consistent fishing for numbers and big fish is definitely during the early pre-spawn part of their run.

Niagara River Update

Italo & Anthony show-off the only fish they caught on Sunday fishing below Niagara Falls.
Italo & Anthony show-off the only fish they caught on Sunday fishing below Niagara Falls.

 

 

 

The ice has cleared out of the Niagara River.  Anglers are reporting that the smell run is on in the lower Niagara River.  Most anglers are catching smelt, but in smaller numbers.   The most popular spot on the lower Niagara right now is the Queenston Boat Launch area.   Water conditions has been fluctuating from clear to 2′ visibility.  I had a chance to fish below the falls on Sunday and the water conditions looked perfect.  I only hooked and landed one fish, a silver 5 lb. female.  With heavy rain forecast for the early part of this week, tributary waters will be rising and becoming turbid again which will enable another run of rainbows to run up most of our Lake Ontario tributary streams.

Saugeen River Update

Wayne Sheridan reports on fishing the Ontario Grey-Bruce tributaries. Andy, Mario and the boys went up to check the river levels this past weekend. They checked out the Saugeen River at Denny’s dam and also the Maitland River and both were too high and dirty. They ended up going to the Sauble River at the S bend and caught and released a nice 2lb rainbow and a big male steelhead that fought a great battle until it was released. The upper part of the Saugeen River is still high, but clearing, visibility there was much better than the lower Saugeen River. Best bets are fishing at rivers and stream mouths that are open to fishing. Best lures: spawn-sacks, single egg presentations, Cleo, Kwikfish, Hot Shots & spinners and spoons.

 

River Flow Rates: moderate/high

 

Saugeen River (Durham) dropping at 1.48M, Saugeen River (Walkerton) dropping at 10.3M, Saugeen River (Port Elgin) dropping at 8.5M, Sauble River (Sauble Falls) dropping at 1.4M, Sydenham River (Owen Sound) dropping at 5.2M, Maitland River (below Wingham) slowly dropping at 1.5M, Credit River at Streetsville down at 4.45M, Credit River at Orangeville steady at 11.2M, Grand River (Doon), down at 4.1M.

 

Prime Fishing Times: Saturday April 18th, 2009: 7:36 am to 8:48 am (moon overhead), 8:01pm to 9:13pm (moon underneath).

 

Saugeen conditions: high, tea colored water, 3C, and visibility 2 foot.

 

For more info., you can contact Wayne at, brntrout@golden.net  

Or you can visit Wayne at http://www.canadianangling.com  

This Week On TSN Italo Catches Trophy Smallmouth on Slimers in-organic bait.

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On this weeks up-coming TSN programs watch Italo as he takes you fishing for trophy smallmouth bass in Lake Erie and uses the Slimers in-organic flesh baits to catch big bass using light line with a light action spinnig outfit and 1/8 oz. jigheads with Slimers eel, crayfish and slip-tails.  You will get excellent tips on locating smallmouth bass that are cruising structure in search of baitfish in clear-water conditions.

*Sceduling change for April 19, 2009, the program has been re-scheduled to air at 5pm.

Georgian Bay Tributaries Update

Gabor holds up one of two silver migratory trout he caught drifting small spawn sacks.
Gabor holds up one of two silver migratory trout he caught drifting small spawn sacks.

 

 

 

 

 

Gabor Horvat reports: The migratory rainbow trout fishing is a bit slow in the tributaries that flow into Georgian Bay.   Heavy rain about 10 days ago and a big snow storm 3 days later is continuing to keep water temperatures cold.  The terrain up there is still snow-covered.  Cold night and morning temperatures in the 5 to -7 C is preventing the water from warming up quickly.  The flow in the tributaries is slowing down, but it is still a bit higher than normal.   I drifted smaller roe bags and went down to a #16 hook to compensate for the clear-water conditions.  I also used a 4 lb. test Fluorocarbon leader & a 6 lb. test main line.   Most of my drifts were only about 30’ in length, and than I had to reel-in and warm my hands up.  It very cold, but I managed to get two nice females.

 

BC Steelhead Action Getting Hotter

The photo of the week shows pro angling guide Gord McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures with his biggest Steelhead landed this spring on one of their many “secret” rivers.
The photo of the week shows pro angling guide Gord McKean of Westcoast Fishing Adventures with his biggest Steelhead landed this spring on one of their many “secret” rivers.

 

Noel Gyger reports: The weather has been good all week with daytime temperatures near normal.  The snow pack is starting to melt and the rivers are on the rise. The Steelhead that were holding in deep dark pools are on the move again. Both upper and lower sections of Kalum Riverare in good shape even though the water is rising. The Zymoetz (Copper) River is very dirty (copper colour) right now and is coloring up the Skeena River also.  The main stem Skeena River, below Terrace and above the Zymoetz Riveris clean enough to fish for Steelhead.  A good run of spring Steelhead should be coming in now. Good runs of Steelhead are coming into the many isolated coastal streams and rivers. For the Kitimat River and Douglas Channel.

 

 

 

You can get book a trophy BC steelhead trip, or get more information by contacting Noel at, www.noelgyger.ca .

 

 

Lake Erie Tributary Steelhead Action

Joe Kubassek reports:  I fished one of the Lake Erie Tributaries on the Ontario side this weekend and the water was in good condition.  I fished trout egg spawn-sacks with a float-rig and caught 3-migratory rainbows.  Two of the fish were in the 7-10 lb. range and I also landed one female rainbow that was at least 15 lb..  She still had eggs running out of her and obvious wear-patches on her sides from actively spawning .  Only the top half of her tail was whole with the bottom part almost entirely worn-out from digging her nest.  Talk about a powerful fish. She was mighty happy when I released her. 

 

 

Lake Ontario & Lake Erie Tributary Update

Lower Niagara river ice flows have decreased, but were still flowing this past weekend.
Lower Niagara river ice flows have decreased, but were still flowing this past weekend.

 

Upper New York Tributary Fishing

The recent heavy rains have increased the flow in several of the Upper NY tributaries.  Eighteen Mile Creek & the Oak Orchard have good flows and are both producing migratory rainbows.  Eighteen Mile Creek has been producing most of the rainbows and still has some brown trout that have remained in the tributary.  Similar to the Ontario side of the Lake Ontario tributaries, the mouth of Eighteen Mile Creek in Olcott, NY, Wilson-Tuscarora Park is also starting to produce suckers, perch, bullhead catfish and some crappie.  The fishing has been on-and-off as the weather fronts have been moving through.

 

Lower Niagara River, NY & Ontario

 

The Niagara River ice flows have decreased, but were still flowing this past weekend. Some Lower Niagara fishing guides are reporting good migratory rainbow trout action with some boats landing up to a dozen fish an outing.  The rainbows are being caught on both spawn-sacks and minnows.  The fishing should improve both on the Niagara Bar in Lake Ontario and in the Lower Niagara Riveras more baitfish move in.  

 

Lake Erie and tributaries

 

Some of the larger tributaries that flow into Lake Erie are still high and turbid from the recent rains.  All Lake Erie tributaries have migratory rainbow trout in them right now, but not all have good angling conditions.  Eighteen Mile Creek in Erie County, Cayuga, Buffalo, Canadaway and Chautauqua are still your best chance for steelhead right now.

Dickies Qualifier

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Charles Lumbis of Garson, Ontario displays his new Rapala rod & reel combo that he won as a Qualifier for the 2008 Yamaha Adult Angler of the Year in the DICKIES Sportfishing Sweepstakes.

Florida Shore Fishing

 

Bill Deba reports; We had the opportunity to get some great fishing done while vacationing in Cape Coral, Florida during the March Break.  While fishing off the Pier at Lighthouse Point of Sanibel Island we ran into a school of Spanish Mackerel.  Mitchell landed 2 smaller ones while Eric landed a beautiful one measuring 26″.  Great fillets on the BBQ fed the whole family.  The next day, using mostly shrimp, crabs and plastic grubs on jig heads we caught other fish off the Pier that included Sheep head, Blue Runners and Robin Fish.  Renting a house on the canals in Cape Coral also allows the kids to do some fishing with Roberta and I relaxed by the pool.  Night fishing brings in the Mullet, while Mitchel, Eric and Brock were also able to land a few Gar.

Jumbo Perch Action

Lake Erie anglers are catching lot’s of jumbo perch especially from the Long Point area and going west to almost the mouth of the Detroit River.  Most anglers are fishing live minnows near the bottom on a “pickerel-rig” (bell sinker with two bait hooks up from the sinker).  The fish are ranging in depth from 15-30′.

Lake Simcoe still has ice-packs that are being shifted on and off the shorelines and anglers are anxiously awaiting for it to melt so that they can get out and capitalize on the jumbo perch out from shorelines in 10-20′ of water.  As the weather settles-down and temperatures return to the seasonal average, fishing should be good by next week.

Watch Italo use Swimbaits to Catch Largemouth Bass

italo_tsn_cs23_19On this weekend’s new episode join Italo and Roger Cannon as they take you to the eastern-end of Lake Ontario and show you how to catch trophy largemouth bass in clear water by fishing plastic swim-baits along shorelines and especially around trees that have fallen in the water. 

You will get excellent tips in choosing the right Rapala & www.sufix.com , braid lines & fluorocarbon leaders.  Italo will also show you how to make the best braid/fluorocarbon leader connection.  Italo will also be featuring the new www.rapala.ca , Avantis , 2-piece baitcasting combos.  Don’t miss the excellent tips on choosing the right plastic www.triggerx.com , “swim-bait” and how to rig them so that you can fish them “snag-proof” through shoreline weeds and trees that have fallen in the water.

TriggerX Minnows are impregnated with Ultrabite Pheromones which stimulate fish into striking.
TriggerX Minnows are impregnated with Ultrabite Pheromones which stimulate fish into striking.
Soft plastic swim-baits can easily be rigged "snag-proof" by using a weighted worm hook & rigging it Texas-rig.
Soft plastic swim-baits can easily be rigged "snag-proof" by using a weighted worm hook & rigging it Texas-rig.

BC Steelhead Action Warming-up.

 

Whitey holds a beautiful wild Steelhead landed with his spey fly rod on the Skeena River.
Whitey holds a beautiful wild Steelhead landed with his spey fly rod on the Skeena River.

The weather has been fair all week. The most important thing is the temperatures are getting warmer and the water is rising.  Trouble is the water is rising slowly and is still too low for jet boats but rafts and drift boats are doing OK.  Fish guiding has started “big time”.  The guides are working very hard to get their clients the best guided fishing experience possible despite conditions. With the current low water this has been a challenge.  Despite poor conditions, pro guide Tracey Hittel has gotten his clients into many Steelhead.  Both upper and lower sections of Kalum River are in good shape but the water is very low. The lower Zymoetz (Copper) River is still holding a few Steelhead and a few fresh ones are coming in now.  I have a report of a few fish being caught on the fly rod and spin gear.  Most of the ice that was floating in the river is gone.  A few fishermen are now starting to fish on the main stem Skeena River looking for that spring run Steelhead.  In the meantime lots of Cutthroat and Dolly Varden Char to keep the fishermen entertained while waiting for Steelhead. 

 

If you would like to get more info. on the excellent steelhead fishing in the Terrace, BC area, you can contact Noel Gyger directly at, www.noelgyger.ca .

Georgian Bay Tributaries Producing Steelhead.

 

 

Gabor Horvat holds up his first spring steelhead from Meaford, ON.
Gabor Horvat holds up his first spring steelhead from Meaford, ON.

 

Gabor Horvat fished on Georgian Bay and reports that he hooked a couple of rainbows in Meaford few days ago.  He used a drifting technique with a sensitive float, very small roe bags, & single salmon egg. He reports that few fish were caught when he was there.  He  managed to land one and lost one.  After the rain the water was getting murky quickly. As the higher, murkier water subsides and the weather warms-up, anglers should experience hotter action over the next two weeks.

Ice Flows in Niagara River

I had a chance to speak to Aldo Nava who operates www.niagarafishingadventures.com. He fished the Niagara Whirlpool a couple of days ago and landed one steelhead.  He said there was so much ice in the Whirlpool that they could hardly get their lines in.  I went down on Saturday and checked out the lower River and it was full of large sheets of ice which makes for dangerous boat-fishing out of Queenston, ON.  Anglers will be wise to stay off the lower Niagara River until the ice chunks clear through.

Take Advantage of Early Crappie Fishing.

Crappie anglers should be out scouting their favorite spots right after the high-water subsides after the recent heavy downpour we experienced.  Crappie will move into shallow water as soon as it reaches the 40-42F.  Now is the best time to find trophy crappie fishing in the shallows as shallow as 2-4′!  Canals, river and stream mouths and shallow-bays will attract the first crappie which in many cases are real trophies in the 10-12″ range.  If the water is high, don’t overlook fishing much shallower since early season crappie will venture right into flooded cattails and even over flooded shorelines.  Here’s a couple of trophy crappie that have been caught early from McLaughlin Bay in Lake Ontario (near Darlington Provincial Park, Oshawa, ON).  Many people don’t realize that Lake Ontario offers excellent crappie fishing early in the year.  If conditions are cold, you may have to use small live minnows.  If the water warms up, you should be able to catch all of the crappie on 1/8 oz. jigs/1″ plastic grubs fished under a slip-bobber.

This Week’s Upcoming Show on TSN

The Canadian Sportfishing Crew had the opportunity to travel across Israel for 10-days and travel 2,500 km to experience some of the finest fresh & saltwater fishing Israel has to offer.  Join Barbara & I this coming Saturday as we take you fishing for trophy catfish in the Sea of Galilee, Israel.  Watch as we catch fresh-water sardines in the Jordan River, take a trip out on a traditional Seine boat, and than we fish in front of Kibbutz Ein Gev, Sea of Galilee (  http://www.eingev.co.il/index.php?sid=3143&lang=he&act=page&id=9129 ), for big catfish.  Here’s the date and time of the broadcasts on TSN:

  • Sat. April 4, 09         10am
  • Tues., April 7, 09    12noon
  • Tues., April 14, 09  3:30am
  • Wed., April 15, 09   5:30am

Baitcasters for Steelhead Fishing?

Rapala's Avantis baitcaster is ideal to use with it's North Coast steelhead baitcasting rods.
Rapala's Avantis baitcaster is ideal to use with it's North Coast steelhead baitcasting rods.

When most Ontario anglers think of baitcasting outfits they think of fishing for bass, walleye, pike & musky.  BC river anglers have known for decades that baitcasting outfits are ideal for drift-fishing and for fishing artificial lures from drift-boats in many of our coastl rivers for steelhead & Pacific salmon.  For the last few years I have been testing the www.rapala.ca , Avantis baitcasting reels for steelhead fishing with excellent results.  Rapala has designes a complete line of specialized baitcasting rods specifically for steelhead & salmon fishing.  Their North Coast Salmon/Steelhead Rods offers three baitcasting models:

  • 2-piece, 8 1/2′ (ideal for casting steelhead artificials such as plugs, spoons, spinners, etc., in larger tributaries).
  • 2-piece, 9 1/2′ (ideal for bottom-bouncing with split-shot or 3-way swivel-larger tributaries).
  • 2-piece, 10′ (ideal for float-fishing/bottom bouncing with split-shot in smaller to medium tributaries).

I have fished the Rapala Avantis  baitcasting reel with 8 & 6 lb. test monofilament ( www.sufix.com , Siege, smoke-green color), in the Niagara River, on the larger NY tributaries such as the Cattaraquas River & Oak Orchard Rivers, and also in our southern Ontario tributary streams.   The Avantis baitcaster casts well with lighter line and with standard steelhead float-rigs.  The free-spool is ideal for “feathering” out line when the float-rig travels down-stream with the current and as soon as you have a hit, a quick snap of the reel handle forward locks the spool and the fish is on.  I’m also impressed with the reels drag system which worked well even with larger rainbows & browns on 6 lb. test.  The Avantis has not magnets, but instead it is equipped with a 6-pin system that can be easily set by popping-off the side of the reel and adjusting the pin-placement to your liking.  I have found that having 3-pins in the “in-position” , and 3-pins in the “out-position” allows for long casts and virtually eliminates any chance of back-slashes.  I’d like to hear your thoughts on stream steelhead fishing with baitcasting outfits in Ontario.  Personally I think it’s cool to see a steelheader with a long steelhead baitcasting outfit.

Wobbling Lures for Steelhead

Male steelhead are especially aggressive once they enter tributaries and will usually strike a wobbling lure before females.
Male steelhead are especially aggressive once they enter tributaries and will usually strike a wobbling lure before females.

Many of the southern Ontario tributary waters rose dramatically through the weekend and we are still seeing lower visibility in many of the streams that flow into Lake Ontario.  If the clarity is at least 6-18″, spawn-sacks will continue to work well, but if the clarity drops below 6″, it can make for difficult drifting with trout & salmon eggs.  Under these conditions I have had good results using wobbling lures, not just in the smaller tributaries, but even in the Niagara River.  Niagara River guides know that when the Niagara gets “blown-out” by strong winds on Lake Erie (which dumps it’s murky water down the Niagara River), and they still have charters, they usually go to wobbling lures and drift them along the bottom in the same way they would be drifting spawn-sacks.  If you are planning on using wobbling lures keep these two simple rules in mind;

1. If you are fishing smaller/larger tributaries and the water is pretty clear, use small size wobbling lures in natural colors.  This would include the Luhr Jensen Kwikfish #5 & #7, Luhr Jensen Hot Shot 030, 035, in silver & gold, with light “accent colors” of greeen, blue, pink, etc., & skunk color.

2. If you are fishing smaller/larger tributaries with turbid water condtions, use larger size wobbling lures in fluorescent colors.  This would include the Luhr Jensen Kwikfish  #9 , Luhr Jensen Hot Shot 025, in fluorescent red, chartreuse/red spts. skunk, etc.

Brigth, fluorescent color wobbling lures work especially well in murkier water conditions.
Brigth, fluorescent color wobbling lures work especially well in murkier water conditions.

Fishing in Florida

 Barbara & I came back just before the Toronto Sportsman Show from a trip to south-east Florida.  The weather was great and you might wonder what we do when we are on holidays.  We golfed and fished.  We had a chance to fish in the north Fort Lauderdale area both from a party boat (trolling for tuna, dolphin fish and king mackerel), and also fishing the piers for a variety of pretty bottom fish.  

Even though we had windy weather and  a Florida “cold-front” (temperatures dipped to 40F), we still made the most of it and golfed or fished almost every day. 

Medium-action spinning or baitcasting outfits is all you need if you are planning to travel to Florida and you are thinking of doing some shore, pier, or bridge fishing.

If you go out on a charter or party boat, they have all the proper gear so you don’t need to take any of the heavy saltwater rods & reels.

BC Steelhead Fishing Warming-UP

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Jesse Houston holds up a brigth, fresh-run Kitimat River steelhead he caught on March 25, 2009 on a pink plastic worm.

Noel Gyger reports that they have been getting nice weather all week in northern BC.  The spring melt-off from the mountains has not started yet so the rivers are pretty clear.  Despite low water conditions some of the guides are doing well putting their clients onto some trophy steelhead.  Both the upper and lower sections of the Kalum River are in good shape and water is very low, almost too low for jet boats, so it’s drift boat and inflatable time.  The lower Zymoetz (Copper) River is still holding a few Steelhead and has attracted a fresh fish.  A few fish are bing caught there by fly anglers.  A few anglers are now starting to fish the main Skeena River looking for the spring run of steelhead.  In the meantime lot’s of Cutthroat and Dolly Varden Char are keeping anglers busy while they work to get a steelhead on.

If you would like to get more info. on planning a world class river fishing trip in BC, you can contact Noel Gyger at, noel@noelgyger.ca .

Walleye & Perch Action – Eastern Basin, Lake Erie

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Mike Atkins shows off a chunky "early-Spring", Detroit River walleye.

Frank DeAngelis from La Salle, ON reports that the walleye are starting to move-in along the Michigan, US side of the Detroit River and anglers are starting to catch fish in higher numbers in front of the steel plants across from the north tip of Fighting Island.  Top presentation has been vertical jigging right on the bottom using a 1/2 oz. jig with a 4″ plastic worm grub.  The walleye are holding on the 17-27′  structure break off the shoreline.    Anglers are also having excellent success catching jumbo perch out of Colchester Harbor, Lake Erie.  Best presentation is fishing a “pickerel-rig”, or a “drop-shot” rig with live minnows near the bottom.

As the water temperature warms-up, more walleye will work their way up from Lake Erie and will hold throughout the river.  If you are planning to fish the Detroit River anytime soon, make sure to also check the water clarity.  Strong winds on Lake Huron and on Lake St. Clair can really muddy-up the Detroit River water clarity which makes walleye fishing much more difficult.

When water clarity is normal in the Detroit River, natural colored 4″ plastic worms work excellent as a plastic trailer on the jig.  If water clarity is murkier, try using a larger, bigger profile plastic grub such as a 4 1/2″ Finesse Minnow, or 3-4″ Twister Tail grub.

Good Time To Intercept Fresh-Run Steelhead

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I had the chance to fish a Lake Ontario tributary stream in Newcastle, ON and can confirm that the conditions yesterday were challenging. The air temperature in the early morning was around -2C and there was a cold 20km wind blowing from the NW. The water clarity was about 3′ and the fish were lathargic. We fished fresh-tied rainbow trout spawn sacks and tested some of the new Rapala Magnum series steelhead rods ranging in length from 9 1/2 – 11′. My friend Roger Cannon and I landed 8 migratory trout in about 4-hrs. fishing. The fish ranged from 3-12lb. in size. All but one were silver, fresh-run female rainbows.

PE Braid fishing line top seller in 2020.

Some product launches just don’t catch fire, while others burn brightly for a time before fizzling out, never to be seen again. And then there’s a third much smaller category that continues to glow, blazing a trail across markets like an eternal flame.

These are the hot products that every manufacturer wants, says Christian Dibisch, Managing Director of German company World Fishing Tackle. And Dibisch should know. He launched KG Strong, a PE braid, 20 years ago, and despite many line launches since then it has been comfortably WFT’s best seller for four of the past five years.

 

Dennis Verreet, whose fishing videos have generated armies of viewers, uses KG Strong for huge fish in rugged locations.

Today it is sold in more countries than any other product in WFT’s expansive range of fishing lines. Says Dibisch: “We developed it for deep sea fishing in Norway where, because of the rocky coastline, anglers wanted a strong line that would not be weakened by abrasion.

“That is something quite difficult to achieve and we had to combine several technologies before getting it right. That is how it all started,” he recalls. “Frankly we did not put much effort behind it at the beginning. We didn’t know it would last. We spent no marketing money in the early years. We didn’t need to because anglers were talking about it so much.

“It was successful in Germany from day one. Then we began to get requests from other parts of Europe where anglers were fed up with breaking off on rocks or big fish. Even the owners of coastal holiday camps were ordering KG Strong because their customers were asking for it.”

Demand soon spread across western and central Europe and on into eastern countries, with particularly high demand from Russia. Then on to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, China and Australia, where customers of distributor Jarvis Walker have ‘gone crazy for it,’ says Dibisch. Indeed, so universal is the brand that Dibisch admits that while many anglers may not have heard of WFT they know all about KG Strong!

Some would argue that WFT could have reaped bigger rewards if it had invested more heavily. Dibisch disagrees. “The strength of the brand is that we built it slowly. Sometimes, letting a product make a natural progression is the best way. The foundations are stronger.

 

“A product that grows like this can be bigger than one that has millions spent on it. Our investment has been in maintaining high stock levels rather than marketing. It is not often that something like this happens, but when it does the product has a very long lifespan. Consumers buy them because they are good, not because they have been persuaded by expensive promotional campaigns. You can push a product very hard, but the moment you stop the fire goes out.”

The arrival of the speed jigging style around ten years ago provided a further boost to sales, with fans of the robust method finding KG Strong the ideal line for hauling big fish away from rocky sea-beds at super-fast speed. “The nature of speed jigging is that you cannot let the fish run or you will lose it,” says Dibisch. “So something has to give. Rods snap and even the strongest spinning reels have been known to break under the pressure before KG Strong.”

There are hundreds of items in the current range, including KG Exact, a clever idea allowing anglers to buy spooled lengths that fit certain WFT reels and avoid wastage. “The reason behind our success with KG Strong is simple. We have been able to supply a fishing line that doesn’t break,” says Dibisch.

And although the line has been improved over the years, Dibisch is wary of killing the goose. “If you want to improve an enduring product you have to be very sure about what you are doing. “With a product like this it is not always about making it better, but rather about making it better for the territory where it will be used. We always make sure that any change does not impact on the line’s other qualities. We have no intention of dousing the fire.”PE

Winter Steelhead action.

It’s been an interesting winter so far with ice anglers travelling a little north to find safe ice and open water anglers still fishing for Lake Trout, Steelhead and Browns in Lake Ontario and the Niagara River and even smaller tributary anglers getting out and catching their share of steelhead.

Joe Kubassek was recently out and landed 4 fresh-run steelhead. Water levels are low and clear but fish are still running and few anglers are out for them. Best presentation is fishing a float and roe bag suspended about 1′ off the bottom. With low water conditions will be holding in the deeper runs/pools and under any cover as logs in the water, undercut banks and log-jams. This is the time to take advantage of excellent “chromers” moving in many of the Lake Ontario tributaries while temperatures are relatively mild during the day.

Slab ice-jumbos.

Ice fishing has been slow arriving in southern Ontario but that hasn’t stopped John Walkington and Kelsey MacDonald from driving a little north and taking advantage of excellent ice-perch.

When perch reach lengths over 13″ they are definitely “jumbos”! Kelsey is all smiles as she landed her personal best Yellow Perch. Live minnows, small spoons and 1/8 oz jigheads with 1-2 1/2″ plastic grubs also work well to entice the larger perch to strike.

Perch are plentiful in many lakes and they feed well during the winter months which make them the top “panfish” to catch & enjoy!

Bassmaster Classic postponed until June in bid to ensure thousands can attend.

Angling’s equivalent of the Super Bowl in the US – due to take place in March – has been postponed until June due to growing health concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Academy + Sports Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by HUK and Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo, will now be held from June 11 to 13 in Fort Worth, Texas.

B.A.S.S. CEO, Bruce Akin, said: ” It’s our hope that this delay will allow us to alleviate many of the challenges – including potential capacity restrictions and travel complications – related to hosting both the tournament and Outdoors Expo in the current pandemic environment. We look forward to seeing thousands of fans, along with our partners and industry friends at the 51st Bassmaster Classic.

“Our team will be working with the Fort Worth Sports Commission and Visit Fort Worth to make this historic trip to Texas an incredible and memorable event.”

For more than half a century, the iconic Bassmaster Classic has been the premier tournament in sport fishing. Recent events in Birmingham, Alabama, and Knoxville, Tennessee, have drawn record-breaking crowds of 122,814 and 153,809 fans respectively to Classic events, including the Outdoors Expo.

Anthony Hawkswell – Angling International

 

Niagara River Steelhead.

Winter time is Steelhead time on the Niagara River, ON but conditions can often keep anglers from catching winds. Strong winds in Lake Erie can really stir up the water which results in no water visibility in the Niagara River. The key is to time trips where the water is an off-green and the winds are not too strong so anglers can drift properly with the current.

James Packer braved sub-zero temperatures to take advantage of good water conditions. He drifted structure and current breaks in 20-30′ of water near shore using his electric trolling motor to keep his 3-way rig as close to the bottom as possible.

James did well drifting yarn flies and the Fishing Compete Italo’s Minnow in the white color and fished on a jighead. With this “yo-yo” weather there are bound to be many Niagara River fishing opportunities throughout this winter.

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