Tonawanda News


January 3, 2014

FISH FORECAST: Ice fishing picking up on Lake Ontario


Tonawanda News — Remember that the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Show is set for Jan. 24-26 at the Conference and Events Center in Niagara Falls, which also includes two days of The Bass University ( and the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association Salmon School and Marketplace ( Be sure to mark it on your calendar. A few exhibit spaces are available if you want to be an active participant. Call Chris S. at 278-2123 for more info.

3. Upper Niagara River

Water conditions are poor for upper river action in the open water, but ice fishing at the Buffalo Boat Harbor is starting to take off according to Matt Wilson of North Tonawanda. He was reporting 5-6 inches of ice earlier in the week and it’s probably thicker now. When he made it out, he did very well on perch in the 8-12-inch range using chartreuse tear drop ice jigs tipped with soft plastic Trout Magnets or an emerald shiner.

4. Lake Erie and tributaries

With temperatures into the single digits and snow over a foot expected in many of the areas south of Buffalo, look for fishing action to be put on hold – even if temperatures get back up into the 30s on the weekend. The “warm-up” will be short lived. If you really want to try and wet a line, your best bet might be the warm water discharge in Dunkirk or through the ice at the Buffalo Boat Harbor.

5. Chautauqua Lake

The New York Pro-Am Ice Fishing Tournament Series will be held Jan. 18-19, with the official weigh in to be at the Ashville Fire Hall in Stow. The Series boasts $75,000 in cash and prizes for the tournament trail. Compete in two divisions – Pro-Am Team and Open. For more info check out

Three inches of ice was being reported at mid-week in the Southern Basin of the lake so better ice should be available by the weekend.

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