Tonawanda News — The Summer LOC Derby is now underway and it’s a wide open leaderboard right now. The top salmon is a 23-pound, 13-ounce king; the top lake trout is 21 pounds, 5 ounces; the top brown is a 15-pound, two-ounce fish and the rainbow-steelhead leader is an 11-pound, 11-ounce fish. Check out www.loc.org for an updated leaderboard or to find out where you can register for the event.
Don’t rule out Wilson Harbor for bass and pike either, perfect timing for the Wilson Conservation Club’s kids fishing derby, Saturday, June 21 in any Niagara County waters. Fish from 8 a.m. to noon. Fish are based on length.
2. Lower Niagara River
Lower river action for bass has been good and the timing is right for the regular season opener. However, the dreaded moss action that normally occurs in early June is running a couple weeks late and it is progressively getting worse right now, so that could be a complication. For the time being, use live bait like shiners or crabs for the opener; tube jigs, drop shot rigs and spinners will work for artificial.
3. Upper Niagara River
The regular bass season opens on Saturday, June 21 and the Opening Day Smallmouth Bass Contest normally run by the Wagon Wheel will be coordinated through Kelly’s Corners, 524 Cayuga Drive, Niagara Falls. Hours of fishing are from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the scales open up at 3 p.m. This is a two fish tournament and the minimum size is 15 inches. Your $20 registration includes the big fish pot. A fish fry and refreshments will be served after weigh-in is completed.
Bass season should kick off with a bang Saturday, especially around Strawberry and Motor Islands. Musky season opens on June 21, too, so get ready for some boat traffic for opening weekend if the weather is nice.