The ice has cleared out of the Niagara River. Anglers are reporting that the smell run is on in the lower Niagara River. Most anglers are catching smelt, but in smaller numbers. The most popular spot on the lower Niagara right now is the Queenston Boat Launch area. Water conditions has been fluctuating from clear to 2′ visibility. I had a chance to fish below the falls on Sunday and the water conditions looked perfect. I only hooked and landed one fish, a silver 5 lb. female. With heavy rain forecast for the early part of this week, tributary waters will be rising and becoming turbid again which will enable another run of rainbows to run up most of our Lake Ontario tributary streams.