Jacke Emilson, Insider Club Winner enjoys catching Trophy Chinooks in the Niagara River, ON.Posted on October 15th, 2009
Yesterday was Day 2 of my fishing trips with Insider Club Winners. I had the pleasure of meeting Jackie Emilson early in the morning and again heading down to the base of Niagara Falls. Conditions had not changed much from the day before, and the water visibility was still about 1-foot. Within 10 min. of being there we hooked into the first salmon. It ended up being a plump, female Chinook that smashed a Rapala J13 (fluorescent orange/gold). The fish fought hard, but because the river level was still low and there was a lack of strong current close to shore, Jackie was able to land the fish in a few minutes. After two hours of fishing the shorelines and producing no more salmon, we decided to head down to the Whirlpool. When we arrived there were a handful of anglers fishing for salmon/steelhead and the word was that it was “slow”. We met Angela Lee (owner of Peter’s Tackle, St. Catharines, ON), and her friend Paul who had been drifting spawn-sacs for migratory rainbow trout, but Angela had only hooked on Chinook Salmon. We quickly started casting our Rapala J13’s and within about 1/2 hr. we had another trophy Chinook Salmon on. This time the salmon was much fresher and harder fighting, and Jackie ended up having to walk and run after the salmon which had taken out several hundred yards of line, down-current. Jackie fought the big salmon for 15 min. and ended-up 500 meters down-river before we could land it. By that time, Jackie had an audience of about 6-8 people that cheered her on and congratulated her after we landed the fish. We took advantage of having another person available to take a picture of both of us with the trophy fish. Today I’m off to Upper NY again to fly fish for brown trout and hope to have a report for you tomorrow. If you are planning on fishing the Niagara River over the next few weeks for trophy Chinooks, all you need to do is cast and retrieve the Rapala J13 in either silver/chartreuse, or gold/fluorescent orange….they work great!!