Lower Niagara River
Fishing in the Lower Niagara has been slow, but Steelhead are still being caught from the Devilâ€™s Hole to the Niagara Bar and many of the drifts in-between. Minnows and Kwikfish are producing quite a few fish. Smelt fishermen are still picking up fish at night. The Niagara Bar is continuing to produce lake trout. Anglers are trolling or drifting/jigging to catch their fish.
Upper Niagara River
Migratory rainbow trout and a few bass are being caught throughout the runs at the mouth of the Niagara River from Buffalo/Fort Erie going north to Grand Island, NY. For bass in NY state, itâ€™s catch and release fishing until the regular season opener in June, unless youâ€™re fishing Lake Erie. The special early trophy season starts up May 2. Crappie and perch are being reported at the sand piles and around the tunnels. Perch and a mix of other panfish are being caught in the Buffalo Boat Harbour and also near the boat launch in Fort Erie.