Upper river waters are a bit turbid, but clearing. As waters continue to cool, look for muskellunge and smallmouth bass action to pick up on both the Canadian & NY waters. Yellow perch have become a more dominant catch at Buffalo area shore fishing sites and also near the For Erie boat launch on the Canadian side. Small minnows or shiners have been the ticket for perch fished on a â€œpickerel-rigâ€ (1/4 or 3/8 oz. bell-sinker, two #6 hooks). We were out doing Fishergirl tips on the Upper Niagara River and could only fish a short time before strong winds (actual white-caps on the river), and rain drove us off. The smallmouth bass bite was off, but we did manage to catch largemouth bass and perch.
Rainbows will be dropping back in the river from Lake Erie anytime. One of the best areas to drift spawn-sacks or to cast lures for them from shore is on the Canadian side, just north of the Peace Bridge, where the hydro lines cross the river.
If you need more fishing information, you can call or e-mail Mike Todd (716-851-7010; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Markham (716-366-0228; email@example.com). Good Luck Fishing!
The fishing hotline can also be heard at (716) 679-ERIE or (716) 855-FISH.