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NYSDEC Fishing Report
January 6 to January 13, 2023
Lower river waters are in good fishing shape going into the weekend. Catches in the upper drifts and gorge are now dominated by steelhead, with the occasional brown trout or lake trout mixed in. Near the mouth and on the Niagara Bar catches of brown trout and lake trout are more common.
Boaters can target trout by controlled drifting with a three-way rig and egg sacs, trout beads, live shiners or Kwikfish-style lures. Good trout offerings for shore anglers include egg sacs, trout beads, egg flies, shiners or jigs fished under a float, and casted spoons and spinners. The NYPA fishing platform and other fishing facilities are closed for the winter season.
Lake Erie, Tributaries & Harbors
The Lake Erie tributaries have been running high and muddy for the last few days. According to the USGS stream gages, the Chautauqua County streams are getting close and should be fishable options this weekend, while the Erie County streams will need more time to come down.
Quality steelhead action has remained during the transition from fall to winter and anglers had reported fresh fish in the streams following the last high-water event. In cold water conditions, drifting techniques with egg sacs, trout beads, egg flies, jigs and nymphs fished at the bottom is a dependable approach.
The popular west end streams including Eighteenmile, Oak Orchard, Johnson and Sandy Creeks are running high and muddy at report time. Keep a watch on the USGS Water Data webpages for more favorable conditions. Recent fishing on the above mentioned streams has been fair for steelhead with the occasional brown trout mixed in.
NYS Fishing Reports courtesy New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website. Visit them at NYSDEC
If you need more fishing information or would like to contribute to the fishing report, please call or e-mail Mike Todd (716) 851-7010. Good Luck Fishing!
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