Lake Ontario & Lake Erie Tributary Update

Posted on April 13th, 2009

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.

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