Spring-like temperatures brought people out to fish, but the conditions in places like the Niagara River forced anglers to work for any fish that ended up on their lines. One angler who was thankful just to be on the water was John Jarosz of Lake View. When Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Wet Net Charters notified him that Feb. 23 opened on his schedule, he jumped at the opportunity because it was his 75th birthday. His son Dave came along to celebrate, too. Despite the stained conditions, the trio landed 3 of 6 brown trout drifting minnows off three-way rigs on the Niagara Bar. They headed up into Devil’s Hole and hooked into one steelhead but lost the fish at the boat. Yablonsky said that the bite should be better with a little more water clarity.
With more wind in the forecast, keep your fingers crossed for this weekend. Meanwhile, Capt. Joe Marra of Niagara Rainbow Charters fished the weekend and managed to hit double digit catches of lake trout and brown trout using golden shiners on the Bar near the green buoy. Up in Devil’s Hole, egg sacs helped produce steelhead and lake trout.
Sunday John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda was fishing with Wade Winch of North Tonawanda and Adam Gierach of Pendleton to catch brown trout, lake trout, and walleye in the stained water. The biggest walleye was a 10-pound fish that hit a gold MagLip plug off a three-way rig. Visibility was only a couple feet.
Shore casters like Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls were still casting hardware like spinners and jigs to take trout in the gorge area from shore.
Bruce Kowalski with TAAR Outdoors reports that the upper Niagara River is also producing some steelhead off Ferry Street, the Bird Island Pier, as well as some nice walleye on swim baits during the early morning hours.
For the Lake Ontario tributaries, water in the streams have been low and clear. With rain in the forecast in the coming days, look for a fresh push of steelhead. The weather this weekend looks to be very good. Out in the lake, if the winds cooperate, look for a mud line to develop off the creek mouths and work stickbaits or spoons in and out of that distinct line in 15 to 40 feet of water to catch a mixed back of fish.
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