Walleye fishing has slowed down over the past few weeks, but out of Dunkirk Harbor walleye are being caught in 100 feet of water by the international line. Some boats are starting to pick up walleye and steelhead at the bottom in 85 feet of water. Some decent catches have also been reported just east of Barcelona Harbor in 70-80 feet of water.
Some early jack steelhead have reportedly been caught on the lower section of Cattaraugus Creek. Cattaraugus Creek temperature is still a bit high with other tributaries running low and still warm. Cooler temperatures forecasted this coming week should help to kick-start this year’s steelhead run. For those eager to get a jump on the steelhead season, wading and casting spoons or spinners near tributary mouths or from the lake-side of Cattaraugus Creek breakwall are good options.
Always check out New York State Fishing Guide for fishing Lake Erie tribs.
Perch are being caught in the narrows between the bridge and ferry on the Bemus Point side in 8-10 feet of water on the outside edges of the weed line.
Reported perch are being picked up on the inside of the Lakewood Bar, in the Southern Basin of Chautauqua Lake.
Musky trollers are seeing action along the outside edges, using bucktails and stick baits. In the northern basin, muskie hunters are catching suspended muskie in depths of 20-25 feet.
With fall turnover done, smallmouth bass fishing has picked up off Warners Bar from 10-18 feet, using live/artificial crayfish. Keeping baits on the bottom seems to be working best.
Largemouth bass are still being found along weed edges, pockets and around docks. Top water lures, weedless rigged power worms and wacky rigged senkos work well.
UPPER NIAGARA RIVER
Smallmouth bass and walleye are available at the head of the river. River anglers can also pick up decent smallmouth bass catches along Strawberry, Motor and Grand Islands. Drifting along deeper areas with a three-way rig with a crayfish or shiner is a good bet. Live shiners and worms work well for a mix of yellow perch, white perch, white bass and rock bass from shore sites along the city of Buffalo.
INLAND TROUT STREAMS
The area streams are in great shape with moderate to slightly lower flows and cool temperatures. There is not much hatch activity besides light sporadic hatches of tricos and isonychia. Using terrestrials such as ants, beetles and grasshoppers are good options, especially in areas with overhanging vegetation. Productive offerings for spinning anglers, include worms, salted minnows and small inline spinners. If you are a catch-and-release angler and use spinners, it is good practice to outfit your spinners with a single hook rather than a treble hook.