Tonawanda News — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
Every year, the State of New York holds a special free fishing weekend to encourage more people to enjoy the Empire State’s fantastic fishing resources. Anyone can fish in the state for free Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 this year – but you do have to abide by the fishing regulations that are in place.
More and more, special events are being put into place to promote the free fishing days and encourage more people to get out and fish. On Saturday, the Olcott Lions Club will be holding a kids’ fishing derby in the Town of Newfane Marina from 8 a.m. to noon, another free contest for the youngsters. And if you play your cards right, you can make it up to Niagara Falls for the Festival of Fathers in Hyde Park from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be a kids’ fishing contest going on there, along with a bunch of other fun outdoor activities. Call 285-6984 for more information.
Father’s Day came a day early for Don VanArsdall of Henrietta, fishing with his son Jamie in Irondequoit Bay. The angling duo managed to catch a new state record freshwater drum or sheepshead last Saturday – a 26-pound, nine-ounce fish hauled to best the record by more than two pounds.
Bass season opens tomorrow, June 21, and you can then target bass with live bait and keep one for the frying pan if you’d like. Bass fishing has been good from the piers in Olcott to the dam at Burt in 18 Mile Creek. Bullhead, rock bass and northern pike have also been reported in those waters according to Wes Walker at The Slippery Sinker.
Like the saying goes, fishing is least when the winds are from the east – and east winds have been impacting action in Lake Ontario. Finding pockets of warmer water has not been easy. Staying inside of 70 feet has been one approach but action has been spotty. Use spoons or stickbaits in the top 50 feet of water; browns are inside of 40 feet. You can find some warm water pockets out 250 to 350 feet, again targeting the top 50 feet of water, but you have to work for it. Some bigger kings have hit offerings below 80 feet in the colder water.