Last year at this time walleye trollers were heading to the International Line to sete their sights on ’eye schools. Many a boater has worked the line from Buffalo to well west of Dunkirk Harbor. Mid-depths have been productive at and west of Dunkirk.
Trollers work 60-foot depths for an odd mix of brown trout and “darker” (four-year-old mature) salmon staging for an early run to spawning streams, says Wes Walker at Slipper Sinker Bait & Tackle in Olcott Harbor.
At the same time, boaters head out and get over depths of 200 to 300 feet and run deeper rigs with flashers and flies for king salmon and shallower rigs with spoons for steelies. Few steelies hit the deeper rigs, but an occasional king will move up and hit a steelie spoon. Brighter finishes (silver, white and light green) on spoons get more attentions.
For boaters willing to make the long run, a fishery has set up some 9 to 11 miles from shore any where from Fort Niagara to Oak Orchard Point. “After that long run, the bite for both steelies and kings is in the top 50 feet,” said Capt. Bob Cinelli.
Trollers around the Niagara Bar are starting to see some king salmon movement around schools of lake trout.
• Ninth Annual Independent Living of Niagara County Bass Fishing Derby, 6 a.m. to noon, Sunday. Entry includes fishing aboard a chartered boat. For more info, call 836-0822 (ext. 181) or go to niagarafishingderby.org.
• Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Derby, Dunkirk Harbor, Friday-Sunday. Call 640-2776.
• Lake Ontario Counties Fall Derby, salmon and trout divisions, Aug. 15-Sept. 1. Visit loc.org.