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June 20, 2014

Regular bass season arrives this weekend


Tonawanda News — Shore fishermen will be heading to Broderick Park at the foot of Ferry Street for white bass, white perch and sheepshead; some walleye are being caught at night there. Yellow perch are being reported at Ontario Street near the launch. 

The 19th annual City of Tonawanda kids’ free fishing derby at Niawanda Park Bandshell on River Road takes place on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Over $5,000 in prizes and giveaways. 

The Tonawandas Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual Hooked on Fishing Tournament June 28 and 29 out of Gateway Harbor and the Erie Canal. There will be plenty of fish caught as eligible species categories include bass, pike, carp, perch, walleye, bullhead and catfish. You can register as an adult for cash prizes or fish in the free kids division. Check out or call 628-1247 for more information.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries

Daytime walleye fishing is improving considerably, according to Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls. Steve Brown of New Hampshire did well three days in a row with limit catches while working worm harnesses off the wind mills in 30 to 45 feet of water off three-way rigs. There was a 2-1/2 mile stretch of water that was holding large numbers of walleye there. They caught fish to 10 pounds. 

Down toward Barcelona, Benny Karlson and his father, Tom, spent Father’s Day around 60 feet of water working watermelon-copper or perch-brass harnesses behind four colors of lead core line to take four nice walleye and a mix of other fish. Perch action has been a bit more scattered but if you can find them, you can do well in 35 to 55 feet of water from Sturgeon Point to Cattaraugus Creek. 

For bass, most fishermen aren’t sharing too much information because of the opening day bass tournament. Capt. Joe Fonzi of Gasport showed off a seven-pound smallmouth this week, but bait and location are a secret.

Over in Erie County, there will be a Teach Me To Fish workshop at Chestnut Ridge Park. Contact Dave Barus at 652-2256 for more information. 

Now that school is over and summer is in full swing, this is a great opportunity to explore the region’s numerous fishing holes.

Bill Hilts Jr. is the outdoor sports specialist with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. Contact him at

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