[nggallery id=760]Today I had the pleasure of fishing with Ed Zynomirski, Jim Goertz & Barry Dickson on the Lower Niagara and on Lake Ontario for smallmouth bass out of our 18′ River Hawk boat rigged with a Minn Kota Terrova electric, and two Humminbird sonars. In a second boat was Bill Deba, host of the Lumberjacks TV series with his son and Ed’s son. We started fishing at the Queenston boat launch about 8am and immediately started hooking smallmouth bass. Water conditions were clear and the wind was blowing from the south-east until about 11am. By noon, the wind had shifted to a north-westerly direction. We took advantage of the off-shore winds in the morning and headed down to the mouth of the Niagara River to fish the Niagara Bar.
It took as about 1hr to locate the bass, but when we did, the action was steady. The fish were feeding over structue in 15-20′ of water right in the flow coming out of the Niagara River. After catching about 15-smallmouth bass we headed back in to the river and started drifting the Canadian shorelines. We ended up catching another 15-smallmouth bass and got off the water around 2pm.
We saw a Vietnamese couple fishing from shore who looked like they had a couple of nice stringers of eating-size smallmouth bass and a sheepshead and large white bass. They were using frozen shrimp & live crayfish for bait. While the wife fished, the husband waded along the shoreline catching crayfish.
We all fished Rapala Shift, Griffin, & TS2 rod and reel outfits loaded with 10 lb. test Sufix 832 braid. Our lure of choice was a 4″ tube fished with a 1/4 & 3/8 oz. jighead right along the bottom. Tomorrow we will explore the upper Niagara to see if the bass fishing will be similar.