Archive for the ‘Ontario Lake’ Category

Map of The Day: July 5, 2016

From Angler’s Atlas :


One of the top Lake Ontario destinations for chinook fishing lies between Jordan Harbour, 32 km from Port Colbourne, and the Niagara River. The Niagara Escarpment, as the headwaters of five major rivers, offers richly productive fishing waters. Muskie are fished in the upper Niagara River. And, of course, the lower Niagara River is home to a world-class steelhead fishery with fish ranging up to 20 lbs, caught right through the winter.

Steelhead fishing is exciting. The feeder streams flowing into Lake Ontario are productive, and tend to produce more fish than those of the other Great Lakes. Use a slow troll for steelhead, close to the shoreline in 15-30 ft. of water. Rapalas work well. Trolling spoons on the lake is another popular method of steelhead fishing. Kwikfish, minnows and egg sacs are useful as well. When the steelhead are feeding heavily, even worms can entice them.

Brown trout and lake trout are also popular sportfish in the harbour. Brown trout can be huge, and ice fishing for them can be very rewarding. In the early spring, stay close to shore and at the creek mouths. They generally hang out under cover and underwater structure. If you’re casting, try to find the logs and rocks and cast right to those spots. Get as close as you can.

Lake trout can be very large as well, some topping out at over 20 lbs. They generally prefer the cooler open water, but can sometimes be found closer to shore. Spoons and bombers are good lure options to hook these lunkers. Steelhead and bass seasons run through summer from July to September. Try fishing for largemouth bass by trolling crankbaits along the shore over rocky shoals and submerged logs. These bass prefer the cover areas.

Smallmouth bass prefer sand and gravel, and more open water areas. Both will go after bait such as minnows, and lures can even imitate small frogs with success.
In general, bass fishing in the Great Lakes is changing somewhat. Jason Barnucz, fishing guide and biologist, says that zebra mussels and gobis have changed the ways that bass behave.

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Fishing Reports – June 3rd


By Bill Hilts :

Niagara Fishing Forecast for Friday, June 3, 2016

1. Lake Ontario and tributaries – Action in the lake has been good for a mix of salmon and steelhead out of both Wilson and Olcott. Writer Paul Liikala of Ohio was out fishing with Capt. Bob Cinelli out of Olcott earlier this week and they limited out on kings and steelies, with two salmon in the 20 pound class. Reports coming in show fish in the 250 to 350 foot range in the top 100 feet of water. Some salmon are down 80 to 100 according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker; steelies in the top 30 feet – but that was before the east blow on Wednesday. Don’t know what that will do to the lake. There were some cold water upwellings and some trollers found 39 degree water just 40 feet down in some spots. Smallmouth bass have been hitting in the creeks and harbors. Remember you must use artificials. Anything goes for pike, though, and Wilson has been a good spot. A few perch and panfish in both Wilson and Olcott. More perch are being reported off Golden Hill State Park. A few browns have been caught off the piers on spoons. National Fishing and Boating Week kicks off on June 4 and continues through June 12 as the country celebrates these popular outdoor pastimes. Helping to initiate local angling activities is the 25th Annual Kids Fishing Derby at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge east of Lockport. Registration begins at 7:30 am. The actual contest is from 8 am to 11 am. There will be three different age categories. The event will be held at Ringneck Overlook on Oak Orchard Road. Call 585-948-5445 for more info. The Town of Newfane Marina will host a kids contest on June 25, too. For the adults, the Oak Orchard Open fishing contest will be held Out of Point Breeze in Orleans County June 10-12. To find out more information call 585-589-3103. If you would like to learn more about fishing for king salmon in the summer, Capt. Roger Young with Papa Smurf Charters out of Wilson will be the featured speaker at the next Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Assn. meeting June 9 at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara starting at 7 pm.

2. Lower Niagara River – Fishing changed considerable over the weekend with the unseasonably hot weather. Water temperatures shot from the 50’s into the upper 60’s and trout were tough to come by, getting chased out into the lake. Bass have started to turn on even more with artificial baits like tubes and swim baits good options for smallmouth. Silver bass are still around, too. The dreaded moss is starting to show up on the scene a bit more, creating problems for both drifters and casters. Some good news on the stocking front the past week as plants of 33,000 bonus Coho salmon and 8,000-plus brown trout were put into the river. On the boating ends of things, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be hosting a Vessel Exam at the Lewiston Launch Ramp from 10 am to 2 pm on June 4. Call John Roach at 751-2057 for more info.

3. Upper Niagara River – Upper river action for bass and panfish are available from the head of the river to Niagara Falls. Remember bass must be artificial baits only, catch and release until June 18. Other youth contests coming up include the kids derby at Niawanda Park in Tonawanda on June 18 and a kids event at Widewaters Marina in Lockport on June 19. It will be held from 7:30 am (registgration) until noon. Fishing will be from 8-1 am. Call Phyllis at 417-4198 for more info.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries – Bass fishing has been improving as has the walleye action. Perch can still be caught if you know how and where. Bass can be caught on live bait (for this special trophy season), tubes, drop shot rigs and stickbaits. The daytime bite for walleye should be starting up very soon if it hasn’t already. Recent reports of catching in 40 to 60 feet of water west of Dunkirk has been the most consistent bite. Night time trollers with stickbaits are still picking up fish along Hamburg. Remember that the Southtowns Walleye Tournament is June 11-19 and you must be signed up prior to the event by 8 pm on June 10 at the SWA clubhouse in Hamburg. Go to for details.

5. Chautauqua Lake – Musky anglers did well for the opener in the northern basin of the lake pulling perch-colored crankbaits between Long Point and Chautauqua Institution in 20 to 32 feet of water. Also between Warners Bar and Prendergast Point. Bass have been hitting on plastics like imitation worms and crawfish. Top waters have been working around weed beds at first light and in the evening just before dark.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters –

Oneida Lake – The walleye bite has been better from 9 pm to midnight for many anglers on the lake. Sonars or other type of blade baits have been working best. Target from Buoy 129 to Shackleton Point. Use anything goby-colored. Best depths have been from 25 to 32 feet of water.




BIG Small Mouth Bass Fishing

Babe Winkelman heads to Ontario to fish for hard fighting small mouth bass (Northern Ontario that is).

Wakomata Lake :

Public access is provided at two points, both off Hwy 129. Look for signage beginning 3-4km north of the bridge over Snowshoe Creek. The public boat lauch, on the Northwest corner of Wakomata, is affectionately referred to by some as “Flat Landing”, and fairly well marked. The other is unmarked, and just south of this. You’ll have to look carfully for a narrow sand road (aren’t they all?!) off to the right, or South-Southwest, through the woods directly off the highway (about 3-3.5km N of Shnowshoe). this one roams thru the wood for approx 2km and leads to the dam – a stone dam at the West end of Wakomata. This is the headwaters of Snowshoe Creek. There are also two private full-service resorts – Wakomata Shores, and Snowshoe Camp, and several private homes. The resorts are accessible from a turn off Hwy 129 to the South immediately before (or West of) Showshoe Creek, also with signage. It’s a big lake (Wakomata means “Big Clear”) so, steer-clear of the private properties and other boats…there’s enough room for everybody.

Regional and Provincial Regulations

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    The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters harvested 86,542 deer during the combined archery, firearms and muzzleloader seasons, from Sept. 8, 2017, through Jan. 31, 2018. The harvest exceeded the 2016-2017 total by more than 1,000 deer. Included in the statewide total were 7,204 deer taken on Sundays. “Sunday hunting continues to […]
  • Oyster Harvest Closure in Areas of Galveston Bay and Lavaca Bay February 17, 2018
    AUSTIN – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is closing TX-7 in Galveston Bay and TX-20 in Lavaca Bay to commercial and recreational oyster harvest beginning Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. This closing is based on samples recently collected by TPWD showing low abundance of legal-sized oysters. Chapter 76, Parks and Wildlife Code, and the […]
  • New Zebra Mussel Findings in Central Texas Lakes February 17, 2018
    AUSTIN – Two central Texas lakes have received upgraded classifications for invasive zebra mussels as a result of statewide sampling by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries staff and partner agencies. Lake Austin’s classification has been upgraded to infested, meaning it was confirmed to have an established, reproducing population of zebra mussels, after […]
  • ODFW releases extra trout for upcoming Free Fishing Weekend February 17, 2018
    CLACKAMAS – More than 20,000 extra trout were released at two Willamette Valley locations this week in preparation for the upcoming Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon. Fishing, crabbing, and clamming are free on Saturday and Sunday of President’s Day Weekend, Feb. 17-18. The extra fish were released at Henry Hagg Lake near Forest Grove and […]
  • Recreational crabbing closed along southern Oregon coast February 17, 2018
    SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce the immediate closure of all recreational crabbing on the southern Oregon coast from Cape Blanco to the California border due to elevated levels of domoic acid. This includes Dungeness and red rock crab harvested from the ocean as […]