[nggallery id=798]My friend Bill Henry & I decided to do some fishing around Niagara Falls the last two days and we were plesently surprised by catching a mix of warm-water and cold-water fish. Bill ended up landing a nice 5 lb. walleye cranking a Storm Mag Wart and I ended up landing my first fall Chinook fishing the famous Whirlpool on the Niagara River. It felt odd having chinook salmon busting on the surface all around us, and hooking this nice fish in 24c air temperatues. We could have been fishing with shorts on!!
If you like to salmon fish from shore, now is a good time to go down to the Whirlpool. If you decide to go, make sure to get there just as it is getting light around 7:30am while the water level is still low. Once the water starts to rise, a lot of floating vegetation comes down the river which makes fishing lures difficult. The most producting lure to get these spawning fish to hit is the Rapala Jointed #13 in either fluorescent orange or chartreuse colors.
I use the Rapala North Coast 10 1/2′ steelhead/salmon rod rated for line weight from 10-17 lb. test. I had it matched with a Rapala reel and used Sufix 20 lb. test, 832 braided line with a 20 lb. test Sufix fluorocarbon leader…..it worked great. The salmon took out about 150 yds. of line, but I had no problem getting it under control within minutes!