[nggallery id=650]Today I traveled back to Upper NY to check-out the water levels and clarity in the tributaries that flow into Lake Ontario from Niagara Falls, NY to Greece, NY. I expected the water to be lower and slightly clearer due to the cold nights but to my surprise, the water levels were still high and the water was even muddier than two days ago. I suspect this is due to NY releasing the water from the Erie Canal which is connected to all the popular migratory trout tributaries on Lake Ontario. My strategy was to check-out some of the smaller tributaries to see if they were less effected and my hunch was right. I fished within 30 miles of Rochester and finally found a tributary that had good water levels and clarity conditions.
I ended up landing one rainbow and a nice brown. I used the new Rapala R-Type baitcasting steelhead rod with the Shift baitcasting reel and Sufix Titanium 8 lb. test main line/Sufix fluorocarbon leader and the reel/line worked well even in sub-zero conditons. Being on my own, it was challenging to take the picture in the cold weather, but I managed. I was planning on going back there tomorrow, but I might wait until most of the water is out of the Erie Canal and just opt to catch some jumbo perch tomorrow in the Lower Niagara.