Fishing Reports

Now for a few fishing reports.  If you have any reports to share please send to iloutdoors@comcast.net.   Send in photos too!

Shelbyville Report by Steve Welsh

We had a very strong cold front come through this past weekend and it slowed down the bigger crappie quite a bit but the temps have rebounded and the crappie are back on the bite. The water temps are running 77 but should go back up to low 80's like they were before cold snap. We haven't had any rain so the water is very clear.

I am still fishing for crappie with slip corks and minnows and my Deep Ledge Jig 1/8oz. red with a Midsouth 102 or white sparkle tube or a clear solid body bait with sparkles made locally. Lithia guide Ken Wilson handles them. 12-15 feet deep is the best depths. On main lake from Eagle to Lithia on down trees and brush piles.

Anglers are starting to pick up some walleye shallow on main lake flats and some white bass as well. These fish are very shallow and need wind to push them up there. Calm days forget about it. I always use a Big Dude blade bait or my in-line spinner if they are that shallow.

Steve Welch
Website: www.lakeshelbyvilleguide.com

Shabbona Report from Steve and Austin Goody

Hey Don, Steve here .  I took Austin and his buddy out on Shabbona last Sunday.

It rained / down poured for the first hour from 6 am to 7. then it cleared and was cloudy for the rest of the day. Went real slow for the first 3- 3 1/2 hours with nostrikes. I went to an area that was real thick weeds just below the surface. it took me about 15 min. to get to the middle of the patch BUT well worth it to Austin. A lot of fish feeding  coming to the surface. Austin was throwing a popper frog ,after about 15 min. in this area he landed a real nice one .He said got one on get the net its about a 2 or 3 pounderhe yeld. But I could see it was a bit larger one than that. I netted it ,got it into the boat.

It weighed out at 4.2 oz.  He lost 2 more that I think pushed every bit of 3 pounds also lost a muskie. He's got a tournament tomorrow 9 / 15 / 13 He said he would forward picturesof the catch. Also doing well on smallies in the creek wadding Let me know when your ready to go out thanks Steve Goody

Greater Niagara Fishing Forecast for Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – Salmon are starting to hit more readily at the Olcott piers, either at night or under low light conditions. If the day remains overcast, there’s a good chance that salmon can hit all day long! Some salmon are also being seen in the harbor, as well as a few kings at the Burt Dam area of 18 Mile Creek. However, the main run has not yet started. One heavy rain will do the trick. A few browns are also being caught off the piers, too, by spoon casters. Out in the lake, trollers can work J-plugs, cut bait or flasher-fly to take staging kings. Out deeper, immature kings and a mix of coho and trout are still an option on spoons or flasher-fly set ups. Pike, perch, bass and panfish are available in both Wilson and Olcott harbors, too.

2.       Lower Niagara River -- It looks like the king salmon are in at the Niagara River. Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston reported a great catch of salmon earlier this week using treated egg skein off of three-way rigs, hopefully a sign of good things to come. He focused his attention in the Devil’s Hole area of the gorge and for the first time recorded double-digit kings with customers. Maintaining light contact with the bottom is one key, along with long leads and good boat control. Shore fishermen have been picking up a few salmon up toward the whirlpool, as well as off the Fishing Platform at the Power Authority’s Niagara Project. Speaking of NYPA, don’t forget that next weekend, Sept. 28-29, will be the annual Wildlife Festival, co-sponsored by NYPA and the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs. This event is held in recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated around the country by sportsmen and conservation groups. This is a great family event with things like the Niagara River Anglers fishing pond, archery and crossbow stations, a shooting trailer, the Primate Sanctuary, Liberty the Bald eagle and so much more. It’s great for the entire family. Last year over 10,000 people came out to celebrate this special day. The best thing about it is that it’s free! There will be a kids fishing contest for youngsters age 15 and under in the public waters of Niagara County. Three ages classes: 13-15; 8-12; 7 and under. The weigh in will be at the Wildlife Festival between noon and 2 p.m. both days. The largest fish caught out of the NYPA reservoir and from the NYPA fishing platform will also receive a prize. Call 286-6661 for more info. Speaking of NYPA, a few people have been asking about the status of the fishing platform, as well as the construction that is going on at the base of the access road in the gorge. Call 796-0135 Ext. 45 for periodic updates on what’s happening. Maintenance at the No. 1 Unit continues and we hope it will be completed soon. The construction, in the interest of safety (building a pathway for anglers walking from above), is also necessary. Five parking slots are still available down below. The stairs to the shoreline at Devil’s Hole is currently closed. You can access the shoreline via Devil’s Hole State Park or Whirlpool State Park. Bass action is still available throughout the river and on the Bar. Crayfish and shiners top the list of live bait; tubes and drop shot rigs are good artificial enticements.

3.       Upper Niagara River – Bass and walleye are still available at the head of the river. For bass you can use crayfish, shiners or tube jigs; for walleye use a worm harnesses. You can also do well at the head of Strawberry Island on both species. Musky action should start to improve as waters start to cool.

Bill Hilts, Jr.
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation
www.Niagara-USA.com

1.       Lake Ontario and tributaries – Salmon are starting to hit more readily at the Olcott piers, either at night or under low light conditions. If the day remains overcast, there’s a good chance that salmon can hit all day long! Some salmon are also being seen in the harbor, as well as a few kings at the Burt Dam area of 18 Mile Creek. However, the main run has not yet started. One heavy rain will do the trick. A few browns are also being caught off the piers, too, by spoon casters. Out in the lake, trollers can work J-plugs, cut bait or flasher-fly to take staging kings. Out deeper, immature kings and a mix of coho and trout are still an option on spoons or flasher-fly set ups. Pike, perch, bass and panfish are available in both Wilson and Olcott harbors, too.

2.       Lower Niagara River -- It looks like the king salmon are in at the Niagara River. Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston reported a great catch of salmon earlier this week using treated egg skein off of three-way rigs, hopefully a sign of good things to come. He focused his attention in the Devil’s Hole area of the gorge and for the first time recorded double-digit kings with customers. Maintaining light contact with the bottom is one key, along with long leads and good boat control. Shore fishermen have been picking up a few salmon up toward the whirlpool, as well as off the Fishing Platform at the Power Authority’s Niagara Project. Speaking of NYPA, don’t forget that next weekend, Sept. 28-29, will be the annual Wildlife Festival, co-sponsored by NYPA and the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs. This event is held in recognition of National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated around the country by sportsmen and conservation groups. This is a great family event with things like the Niagara River Anglers fishing pond, archery and crossbow stations, a shooting trailer, the Primate Sanctuary, Liberty the Bald eagle and so much more. It’s great for the entire family. Last year over 10,000 people came out to celebrate this special day. The best thing about it is that it’s free! There will be a kids fishing contest for youngsters age 15 and under in the public waters of Niagara County. Three ages classes: 13-15; 8-12; 7 and under. The weigh in will be at the Wildlife Festival between noon and 2 p.m. both days. The largest fish caught out of the NYPA reservoir and from the NYPA fishing platform will also receive a prize. Call 286-6661 for more info. Speaking of NYPA, a few people have been asking about the status of the fishing platform, as well as the construction that is going on at the base of the access road in the gorge. Call 796-0135 Ext. 45 for periodic updates on what’s happening. Maintenance at the No. 1 Unit continues and we hope it will be completed soon. The construction, in the interest of safety (building a pathway for anglers walking from above), is also necessary. Five parking slots are still available down below. The stairs to the shoreline at Devil’s Hole is currently closed. You can access the shoreline via Devil’s Hole State Park or Whirlpool State Park. Bass action is still available throughout the river and on the Bar. Crayfish and shiners top the list of live bait; tubes and drop shot rigs are good artificial enticements.

3.       Upper Niagara River – Bass and walleye are still available at the head of the river. For bass you can use crayfish, shiners or tube jigs; for walleye use a worm harnesses. You can also do well at the head of Strawberry Island on both species. Musky action should start to improve as waters start to cool.

Bill Hilts, Jr.
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation
www.Niagara-USA.com
 

 

 

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