Local fishing is really starting to ramp up with the opening of the inland trout and salmon season on April 1. Increased opportunities become available throughout the state, spreading out the anglers and giving everyone a spot to cast. Even some inner city-type situations will exist early in the season such as Hyde Park Lake, Gill Creek and Oppenheim Park Pond in Niagara Falls. Be sure to mark April 5 on your calendar. Oppenheim Park Pond, along Niagara Falls Boulevard. in Wheatfield, will receive 100 browns and 200 rainbows around 10 a.m. Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls will receive 200 2-year-old browns and 1,650 yearlings at 11 a.m. In addition, Gill Creek will be the recipient of 540 browns from Buffalo Avenue upstream to the dam at the lake.
In Erie County, April 4 will see 2,800 yearling rainbows stocked in Cayuga Creek in Lancaster. On April 6, Sprague Brook Park Ponds A and B, Veterans Pond and Foote Road Pond will receive over 700 browns and rainbows. On April 7, Main Park Pond will get a dumping of 300 ‘bows and Ellicott Creek in Amherst will receive 1,250 rainbows. Pre-April 1 stockings:
Goose Creek in Chautauqua County (Harmony and N. Harmony – 870 yearling browns, 300 2-year old browns and 1,050 yearling brook trout. Erie County stocking locations will be Cattaraugus Creek in Saardina (3,140 yearling browns and 600 two year old browns); East Branch Cazenovia Creek at Aurora (2,560 yearling browns and 300 2-year-old browns); Little Buffalo Creek at Lancaster and Elma (1,070 yearling browns and 200 two year old browns); Eighteenmile Creek in Boston (620 yearling browns).
In Wyoming County, stocking sites are Buffalo Creek in Java (1,070 yearling browns, 200 2-year-old browns and 400 brook trout); Cattaraugus Creek in Java (1,980 yearling browns and 600 2-year-old browns); Little Tonawanda Creek at Middlebury (580 yearling browns); Tonawanda Creek at Orangeville (990 yearling browns and 200 2-year-old browns); East Koy Creek at Gainesville (3,300 yearling browns and 650 2-year-old browns). Allegany County stockings: Allen Lake at Allen (2,800 yearling browns and 500 2-year-old browns); Dodge Creek at Clarksville (2,550 brook trout; 200 2-year-old browns); Little Genesee Creek at Bolivar (200 2-year-old browns and 2,200 yearling brook trout); Genesee River at Wellsville (2,060 yearling browns, 750 2-year-old browns and 2,850 yearling rainbows) and at Amity (5,240 yearling browns and 750 2-year-old browns)
For Cattaraugus County, Great Valley Creek and Forks Creek in Great Valley (2,230 and 1,320 yearling browns); Wrights Creek in Humphrey (700 yearling browns); Cattauraugus Creek, South Branch in East Otto (990 yearling browns); Mansfield Creek in Mansfield (410 yearling browns and 100 2-year-old browns); Great Valley and Beaver Meadow creeks in Ellicottville split 700 yearling browns; Connoisarauley Creek in Ashford (400 yearling brook trout); Bay State Brook in Red House (450 yearling browns; Quaker Run in Cold Spring (1,470 yearling browns); Red House Brook and Science Lake in Red House (990 and 220 respectively, yearling browns); Bone Run, Guernsey Run and the North Branch of Sawmill Run in South Valley (250, 170 and 120 yearling browns); Little Conewango Creek in Conewango (1,440 yearling browns and 200 2-year-old browns); Paisley Park Pond in Randolph (50 yearling brook trout). The stocking hotline number for the Randolph hatchery is 358-4950 for updates.
Lake Erie and tributaries
With an increased amount of rain in certain sections of the region, you’ll need to keep an eye on the weather forecast and do your best to avoid the wet stuff in some streams. If a stream is low and clear, look to see where the rain will help matters along. Danny Colville with Colville Outfitters in Hamburg hooked five steelhead on Eighteen Mile Tuesday morning. However, bass and suckers are starting to show up. Canadaway is doing much better and Cayuga and Buffalo creeks are fishing decent with some fresh runners in the system.
Lake Ontario and tributaries
Eighteen Mile Creek was flowing at 530 cfs coming out of the weekend and it was down to 310 cfs at mid-day Tuesday. It could be fishable by the weekend. Water was stained from Burt Dam to the piers. The east pier was totally ice-free and the west pier was almost there. Cast spoons or spinners. You can also fish worms, minnows or egg sacs under a float. The same will work over in Wilson. Best bet in the streams will be the smaller ones like Keg, Hopkins or 12 Mile. To the east, Johnson Creek was starting to clear up and so was the Oak. Bullhead are starting to hit in Wilson, just in time for the Wilson Conservation Club Bullhead Tournament April 7-9. Call Eric at 628-6078 for details.
Everyone is still talking about the lunker 31-pound brown trout reeled in by Bob Klemm of Pennsylvania Monday morning along Fort Niagara! He was fishing with his brother Rich from New Jersey and Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters. The water was slightly off-color and fishing was a little tough, but boats were reporting a mixed bag of steelhead, browns, lake trout, bass and walleye. Klemm was using a spottail shiner, but egg sacs have also been working very well, especially pink. Shoreline casters up in the gorge have been struggling a bit the past three or four days, but it should improve as waters clear. The New York Power Authority fishing platform, gorge stairs and upper reservoir all open April 1.
Crappie action has started in the canals according to Mike Sperry at Chautauqua Reel Outdoors. Best times are early morning and after dark. Emerald shiners, tube jigs and small marabou jigs fished under a float. Good numbers of perch, too.