LAKE ERIE AND TRIBUTARIES
Anglers are finding Lake Erie smallmouth bass in great numbers out of Dunkirk Harbor. Van Buren Bay and the “Dumping Ground” at the mouth of Dunkirk Harbor have been the hot areas.
Three-Inch grubs for artificial bait and minnows for live bait have been working best in 25-40 feet of water, with anglers keeping the offering bouncing on the bottom.
To troll for walleyes out of Dunkirk Harbor, head west in 55 to 85 feet of water and use stick baits for best results.
New York State BASS Federation anglers found the Chautauqua Lake largemouth bite hot and heavy during opening weekend. Largemouth are being caught on spinner baits in the narrows between the bridge and the Stow Ferry at the narrows of Chautauqua Lake.
Running white and yellow/black spinner baits over the top of the weeds seems to be drawing the most bites.
Walleye anglers are picking up keepers on Warner’s Bar by drifting a split-shot rig tipped off with a leach or night crawler.
Largemouth bass can be found in the center basin of Cassadaga Lake in and around the lily pads. Throwing plastic frogs and weightless plastic worms over the pads is working well from sun-up until early morning.
A few walleye are reported being caught off the weedline in front of the Lily Dale docks.
Trolling, worm harnesses for walleye in the evening has been the best bet.