Tonawanda News — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
All weekend long, New York’s productive waters are open to fishing and fun with the state’s Free Fishing Weekend. We’ve been telling you about the activities, so hopefully you will be enjoying them — the Gateway Harbor Hooked on the Tonawandas all weekend in the in the Erie Canal; the kids fishing derby from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott; and the Festival of Fathers event from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Hyde Park in Niagara Falls.
On Lake Ontario, fish are still scattered as the nemesis of east wind continues to hamper salmon and trout action. Not too much has changed from last week, meaning there’s been some more east wind to keep things unstable. 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 250-350 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. Capt. Bob Cinelli of Olcott did well last weekend on Saturday but struggled again on Sunday – there’s nothing stable out there.
The Summer LOC Derby is underway through July 27 and it’s still a wide open leaderboard – a good indicator of how things have been around the lake. Top fish right now is a 23-pound, 13-ounce salmon. Big lake trout comes from the Niagara bar at 22 pounds, 6 ounces – by one of the big laker takers, Steve Klejdys of North Tonawanda. Top rainbow/steelhead is a 12-pound, 11-ounce fish from Point Breeze and big brown is 15 pounds, 2 ounces from Oswego.