Fishing Report

By Craig Robbins

sports@post-journal.com

LAKE ERIE AND TRIBS

July and August are traditionally the best months to target lake trout in Lake Erie. Trollers are doing well on lakers outside of Dunkirk Harbor, starting at 100 feet and all the way down to 200.

Over size and magnum spoons in green or black, run between 100 feet down and to the bottom have been producing large lakers with a few steelhead mixed in. Head for prime depths of over 90 feet deep, northwest of Dunkirk Harbor past Barcelona Harbor to the PA line.

Downriggers with spoons run near the bottom is a productive method.

Walleye trollers continue to catch suspended eyes in deeper water between Cattaraugus Creek and Dunkirk Harbor while anglers are having good luck from 60 to 75 feet of water. Dunkirk anglers are doing well to the west off Van Buren Point in 80-100 feet of water.

Barcelona trollers are catching good numbers of walleye in 90-130 feet of water on lures run 30-35 feet down. Worm harnesses and stickbaits work well for walleye.

With most anglers chasing walleye, very little yellow perch information has been available. For those who have been out, the fishing has been hit or miss.

A good starting point would be off Cattaraugus Creek in 50 feet of water. Live emerald shiners fished just off the bottom work best for perch. If emeralds are scarce, try other small minnows/shiners or salted minnows.

Walleye trollers continue to catch suspended walleye over deeper water.

Buffalo area anglers are catching a few walleye off the windmills, but are seeing better catches along the international line at depths over 50 feet. Between Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek, anglers concentrate efforts in 60-70 feet of water.

On Tuesday, anglers saw particularly good walleye action in 64 feet of water off Evangola State Park and in 46 feet of water off Evans Bar. Dunkirk anglers are doing well to the west off Van Buren Point in 80-100 feet of water.

Barcelona trollers are catching good numbers of walleye in 90-130 feet of water on lures run 30-35 feet down. Worm harnesses and stickbaits work well for walleye.

With most anglers chasing walleye, very little yellow perch information has been available. For those who have been out, the fishing has been hit or miss.

A good starting point would be between Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point in 50 feet of water. Live emerald shiners fished just off the bottom work best for perch. If emeralds are scarce, try other small minnows/shiners or salted minnows.

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE

Trollers are catching good numbers of muskellunge along weed edges in the northern basin around the Bell Tower and Upper Dewittville Bay. Trolling with large perch-pattern stickbaits, hot-n-tots and bucktail trolling spinners are good bets.

Bass are still being found in and around docks in the Southern Basin in Ashville and Bemus Bays.

Both large and smallmouth bass are still in the open pockets in weed beds and along the weed edges. Top water lures, weedless rigged power worms and wacky rigged senkos work well.

While some are finding the walleye bite slow, nighttime anglers are picking up eyes along the weed edges in Warners and Dewittville Bays. Successful anglers are working jointed stickbaits and worm harnesses by slow trolling the edges or by drifting and jigging with black hair jigs tipped off with nightcrawlers or leeches in the same areas.

UPPER NIAGARA RIVER

Smallmouth bass are plentiful in the upper river. Target smallmouth bass outside weedlines, often over rocky or gravel bottom. Some good recent catches have come from around Strawberry and Motor Islands, and in the west river.

A 3-way rig with shiners or crayfish is a good bet for bass. Anglers can target muskellunge along weed edges with large tube jigs or stickbaits. Either side of Strawberry Island can be productive. Shore anglers catch a mix of sunfish, perch, black bass and sheepshead from Buffalo area shores sites. Live bait (minnows, crayfish and worms) is best.