[nggallery id=645]I had a chance to check-out the fishing conditions on the Lower Niagara today with my good friend Cliff Zaturski. We arrived at the Queenston, ON boat launch around 11:30am and the parking lot near the boat launch was crowded due to many shore anglers fishing for migratory brown and rainbow trout. I spoke to a few of them who reported the fishing was slow. Water clarity was about 2′ which is ideal for trout fishing. One of the anglers told me that they were releasing water from the Canadian power generation reservoir and that information was verified later in the afternoon by a regional police officer checking-out the boat launch area. That extra water being released really affected the current breaks at Queenston. I have a feeling that is what put the trout bite off.
Cliff and I had our sites on catching some jumbo perch for dinner so we proceeded to launch the G3 and head north to a nearby current break. Upon arrival I could see that the current breaks there too were unpredictable. We anchored in 18-20′ of water and started fishing small live minnows near the bottom. Almost immediately Cliff started hooking one jumbo perch after another. The perch were definitely there and in good numbers. We ended up landing about 4-dozen good-size jumbo perch, 4-good size white perch and a nice 5 lb. female rainbow.