Anglers out of both Dunkirk and Barcelona are doing well in 80-plus feet. Working worm harnesses and stickbaits between 55 to 75 feet down for active walleye that are suspended at 60 to 70 feet.
West of Dunkirk, trollers may also see the occasional steelhead, brown trout or lake trout catch.
The shallow reef areas have been good for walleyes. Some walleye anglers do quite well around reefs by casting and retrieving weight-forward spinners tipped off with nightcrawlers or by bottom bouncing with worm harnesses along the deeper edges.
Most of the reef ”eyes” are 16 to 18 inches and are from the 2010 year class, with the occasional larger fish mixed in.
Yellow perch fishing has been better out of Cattaraugus Creek, but spotty. Smaller perch schools are scattered in 50 to 70 feet of water. Emerald shiners are the best bait.
Largemouth bass and sunfish are common along weed edges and open pockets in the weeds. Trolling with large stickbaits along weed edges will also draw muskellunge strikes in the northern basin. Moving a little deeper off the weed lines in the northern basin are great opportunities to catch smallmouth bass. Minnows, crayfish or plastics work well for smallmouth bass. White perch catches are widespread on worms fished near the bottom.
UPPER NIAGARA RIVER
Repairs to Bird Island Pier have finally been completed and the barricade has been removed. Anglers can once again fish from this pier that separates the Black Rock Canal from the Niagara River.
Smallmouth bass fishing is generally good at this time of year on the river-side of the pier, south of the Peace Bridge. Anglers report good fishing from Buffalo-area shore sites.
At Broderick Park, anglers are catching a mix of yellow perch and white perch on worms. Crayfish have produced good catches of rock bass and keeper-size smallmouth bass.
Anglers at the Ontario Street boat launch also see good rock bass and smallmouth bass catches on crayfish.
Boaters also have good opportunity to catch sizeable smallmouth bass. Drifting and bottom bouncing with crayfish works well outside weed edges in 10 to 20 feet of water. The east side of Strawberry and Motor Islands is a good bet.