The Fishing Beat: Great bites on Lake Erie tributaries, not so much on the Niagara River | Outside

The Niagara River bite was very difficult, according to Captain Matt Yablonsky of Wet Net Charters. The trout only seem to want minnows. A few bites a day are the norm for most boats. Some lakers are still in the river and ready to bite. There was also quite a bit of ice in the river due to the wind pushing it over and under the spire. At the latest report, the boom could be eyed for a pullback starting next week. However, there must be less than 250 square miles of ice remaining in Lake Erie before that happens. The Bar has been adequate, Yablonsky said, but with the wind and the ice you need to have the right conditions to go. We are currently in the March lull. Captain John DeLorenzo of the Niagara River Guides agrees. Fishing was slow for the most part. Minnows are the best bait to use while drifting. There’s a lot of bait in the river. DeLorenzo caught a few fish on pink bags. The Niagara bar and lower galleries contain some browns. Captain Ryan Shea of ​​Brookdog Fishing took John Jarosz of Lakeview and his sons, Matt and Dave, of Elma to explore the lake a bit with spoons from the riggers. They managed to catch lake trout. Tommy Ortolano of Lake Effect Bait and Tackle in Tonawanda reports that some anglers are catching perch around Beaver Island; rainbows and lake trout are caught from Ferry Street to the bridge; and perch are caught around the Ontario Street Lighthouse and near sand piles along Tifft Street near the Skyway. On April 1, the NYPA Fishing Platform at Devil’s Hole, as well as NYPA Reservoir and Water Intake access sites, are expected to open, weather permitting. Trout still cooperate in the gorge from shore, according to Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls, who spins No. 4 spinners. Beads or other egg imitations will also work. It had 4 to 5 feet of visibility on Tuesday.

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