The Fish­ing Beat /

The Buffalo News - - OUTDOORS -

The count­down has started for the April 1 in­land trout and salmon opener, still con­sid­ered a revered day by many an­glers. If you can’t wait un­til the opener, there are plenty of Great Lakes streams from which to choose. There have been some good re­ports of trout in the trib­u­taries off Lake Erie. Scott Fel­trinelli with On­tario Fly Out­fit­ters up­dates that he had to work for them over the week­end af­ter a pro­duc­tive Fri­day. Wa­ter tem­per­a­tures were cold, but the wa­ter qual­ity was per­fect. Fel­trinelli felt over­all num­bers seemed to be down and that it could be im­pacted by ice jams at the creek mouths. Fish were down and slug­gish from the cold wa­ter. Wa­ter was high and lightly stained his last trip out. All in all, it was the best spring wa­ter he’s seen in a long while. He caught three steel­head on the fly in three hours. The State of Lake Erie meet­ing is April 11 at the South­towns Wall­eye As­so­ci­a­tion’s club­house, lo­cated at 5895 South­west­ern Blvd., Ham­burg, start­ing at 7 p.m. Some great in­for­ma­tion on the lake, streams, baro­trauma with fish and more will be avail­able. The trib­u­tary ac­tion is start­ing to pick up and fresh fish are in the streams. With rain in the fore­cast go­ing into the week­end, it could help trig­ger a few more trout. Fel­trinelli re­ports he’s had good suc­cess with white and black woolly bug­gers. Stripped, jigged or twitched, the browns and steel­head crushed them. These fish are hun­gry, Fel­trinelli said. Bags and beads are work­ing for some an­glers. Some smaller creeks also had some fish in them. Don’t rule out cast­ing off the mouth of creeks with spoons or spin­ners into the lake either. Roy Letcher of Ol­cott re­ports shore­line trolling and pier ac­tion are start­ing up. Spoons and spin­ners are start­ing to work off the piers. Trolling the

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