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Niagara USA Fishing Forecast for Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016

Bill Hilts, Jr.

Lake Ontario and tributaries –A few fish are still being caught off the Olcott piers the last couple of nights on the lake side of the piers. While spoons are normal hardware for casting there, it was Rattletraps that made the difference of late.  Try skein under a float, too. A few slugs of salmon made it up into the harbor but no further than that according to reports. A few browns at the dam but only early in the morning at first light. Hopefully this rain that is in the forecast for Saturday will trigger some sort of a run in the creek at 18 Mile. Over in Wilson Harbor, there has been a good bite on northern pike. Try casting spinnerbaits. Wilson Pier is a good spot for browns, too, if we get some water flow coming out of the creek. Maybe this weekend.  If you want to make it out into the lake for some trolling action, the better bite has been out deep for a mix of immature kings and some trout. Spoons are the way to go. Anchoring up at the pier heads in Olcott is another option to try and cast for kings. Lake trout season ended on Sept. 30.

Lower Niagara River – The kings finally showed up in Devil’s Hole a bit more frequently. Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston is reporting a minimum of five kings every trip out. Secret to his success if the “magic eggs” that have been cured by his wife, Lisa at Creek Road Bait and Tackle. He uses three-way rigs and bounces bottom to take his fish. According to him he is out-fishing everyone! The NYPA Fishing Platform is still one of the best spots for a king salmon. Casting spoons, spinners or rattlebaits can catch fish, but the best is yet to come. Other shore anglers have been using spoons, spinners and jigs to take a mix of fish, including bass and walleye. Try up toward the Whirlpool area, too. Some action along Artpark on mixed species. River water temp was down to the 60’s. Bass fishing continues to be spotty. Some days are better than others. The south launch ramp at Fort Niagara is closed as of Oct. 3 for some work on the ramp, shoreline and the dock.

Upper Niagara River – Bass action should start to pick up as water temps start to cool down. Ditto for musky action.

Caption: Rob Morrison of Ashtabula, Ohio shows off a nice king in Devil's Hole while fishing with Capt. Ernie Calandrelli of Lewiston.
Bill Hilts, Jr.
Director, Outdoor Promotions

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