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December 27, 2013

Fish Forecast: Bass University coming next month


Tonawanda News — Remember that lake trout season opens up on Jan. 1, 2014 in the lower river and Lake Ontario on the New York side. The Province of Ontario side is already open. And speaking of the Canadian side, the new license year starts up on Jan. 1, 2014. 

On the New York side, the sporting license website is still shut down so you are out of luck if you need a license until after the first of the year. No exact date has been announced as to when it will be up and running again. 

Shore fishermen can do well this time of year, but caution is advised due to ice and slippery conditions. Remember that the stairs at Artpark are out of commission.

3. Upper Niagara River

The conditions in the upper river have been muddy and no reports have come in since the storm last weekend. As waters clear, look for perch action to pick back up around Broderick Park, with an occasional trout being caught on spoons and egg sacs.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries

No reports on the ice in the Buffalo Boat Harbor as of now, but with continued cold temperatures in the forecast, that could change by the weekend. Caution is advised as always. Tributary action is a no-go with the rains and snow melt – all are blown out. When things do settle back down, look for a fresh run of fish to show up.

5. Chautauqua Lake

No safe ice was being reported since the storms last weekend.

6. Finger Lakes-Inland Waters

There were no reports of any safe ice after the storm last weekend, according to Ted Decker at Ted’s Tackle in Lakeville. That could change by the weekend. Feel free to give Decker a call for current conditions of western Finger Lakes sites at 585-429-0587.

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

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