The Fish­ing Beat /

The Buffalo News - - OUTDOORS -

The early stock­ing an­nounce­ments from DEC are out as we pre­pare for the April 1 in­land trout and salmon sea­son. Take a drive on Satur­day if you want to find “fish on the move” at the Lake On­tario Fish­eries Sym­po­sium March 23 at the Finger­lakes Mall in Auburn. Danny Colville at Colville Out­fit­ters in Ham­burg sends word that trout are all over in the trib­u­taries. A good push of fresh trout are chas­ing emer­alds and the best baits have been soft beads, eggs, jigs and rub­ber mi­cro trout worms in white, bub­ble gum and pink. Danny Jankowiak of Buf­falo re­it­er­ated the good fish­ing with drop backs and a mix of fresh ones, es­pe­cially in the South­ern Tier streams off the lake. Some streams are sport­ing a nice green hue to them, oth­ers have more stained con­di­tions. Cat­ta­rau­gus Creek was in poor shape. Best baits were black and white jigs, as well as white zonkers on the swing. Ac­tion in the lower Ni­a­gara con­tin­ues to be very good for a mix of trout. Ac­cord­ing to Lisa Drabczyk of Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewis­ton, pink sacs were work­ing along Art­park from boat and shore. Shore cast­ers are also us­ing spin­ners. Fur­ther down the river to­ward the Ni­a­gara Bar, brown trout and lake trout have been co­op­er­at­ing for boaters us­ing shin­ers. The Devil’s Hole area was fish­ing well, but the wa­ter turned clear and made things more dif­fi­cult. Look for some rain and snow melt to add a bit of stain head­ing into this week­end. Ray Mah­took of Youngstown re­ports that brown trout ac­tion is start­ing to pick up near the mouth of the river and to the east in 6-8 feet of wa­ter. Try trolling small stick­baits. The trib­u­taries are start­ing to im­prove all along the lake. Ron Bier­s­tine at Oak Or­chard Tackle and Lodge re­ports there have been some hookups at the Water­port Dam. Flows are a bit high with a foot or 2 of vis­i­bil­ity. Look for some fresh fish to be mov­ing in across the lakeshore. Don’t for­get about the Lake On­tario Fish­eries Sym­po­sium set for March 23 from

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