The Fish­ing Beat /

The Buffalo News - - OUTDOORS -

Frigid tem­per­a­tures plagued the Ni­a­gara River and trib­u­taries of Lake On­tario and Lake Erie, but the end may be in sight. We could see tem­per­a­tures into the 50s on Sun­day. Spring is just around the cor­ner. Paul Schirmer of Cam­bria was fish­ing with Capt. Jim Rores of Grand Is­land (out of Schirmer’s boat) on Satur­day morn­ing with min­nows when they caught a 12.04-pound steel­head to take the top prize in the Ni­a­gara River An­glers As­so­ci­a­tion’s Roger Tobey Me­mo­rial Steel­head Con­test. Sec­ond place went to Richard Brant of Buf­falo, fish­ing with Capt. Matt Yablon­sky of Youngstown, with a 10.26-pound steelie. The fish was caught on an egg sac in 14 feet of wa­ter. Third place went to Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Is­land with a 9.75-pound steel­head. Cinelli also won the spe­cial prize for the largest brown trout caught for the con­test, check­ing in at 6.74 pounds. A to­tal of 51 an­glers fished in the com­pe­ti­tion. A vote was taken at the awards cer­e­mony and the date for the 2020 tour­na­ment will be Feb. 22. Lower Ni­a­gara River ac­tion was good for the steel­head con­test as fish­ing picked up where it left off once the ice dis­si­pated from the sys­tem fol­low­ing se­vere winds at the end of Fe­bru­ary. Min­nows, shin­ers, egg sacs, Kwik­fish and MagLips are catching fish. Con­di­tions dic­tate what works best. Shore cast­ers are pick­ing up some trout, too. Spin­ners, jigs and egg sacs are three go-to lures/baits. Be care­ful walk­ing the shoreline. Re­mem­ber that wall­eye sea­son closes March 15 (along with pike, pick­erel and statewide tiger musky). Cat­ta­rau­gus Creek is fish­ing de­cent in some spots de­spite the cold ac­cord­ing to Danny Colville of Colville Out­fit­ters. He re­ports not much is go­ing on in the mid­dle stretches. Fish are ei­ther up near the dam or down low. Some chrome im­ma­ture

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