Lake Ontario/Lower Niagara
Olcott and Point Breeze seem to be best departure sites for salmon and trout catches along the Lake Ontario shoreline, according to standings in the 2005 Fish Odyssey. Wilfred Wittcop Jr. leads the Salmon Division with a 24.94 king taken off Olcott Harbor. Shawn Pinkham of Sanborn holds second place with a 24.22-pound Chinook taken in the same area.
Point Breeze has fared well for rainbow trout numbers and sizes. West Hurley angler Robert Bloomer fished the point for a 13.48-pound 'bow that leads the Rainbow Trout Division.
Mike Dinger of Niagara Falls took a 12.55-pound rainbow while fishing from the Power Vista fishing platform.
Open waters of Lake Ontario and around the Niagara Bar have been good for big walleye entries. John Hagerman of Lewiston leads with a 10.47-pound 'eye. Steve Levering of Niagara Falls holds second with a 10.02-pound entry from Ontario waters. Charles Hoy of Niagara Falls stands third with a Niagara Bar walleye weighing 7.18 pounds.
Dan Woodward of North Tonawanda leads the Smallmouth Division with a 6.38-pound bass taken in the river.
The Fish Odyssey continues until Sunday, with entries allowed on a day-later basis. For details, visit: www.outdoorsniagara.com or www.fishodyssey.net.
Walleye schools continue to hold slightly east of Dunkirk Harbor some 8 to 10 miles from shore. "High winds have begun scattering schools, but we're still able to find them east of the harbor," said Bill Begier at Bill's Hooks in Dunkirk.
Trolling downwind with harnesses and minnow-type baits has been most effective from the Purina Tower to west of Cattaraugus Creek.
Perch seekers have had to make some moves to round up ringbacks off the Catt and off other New York State access sites. A few fair numbers have shown (about 20 for the better boaters) off Sturgeon Point, says Dave Watts at Dave's Bait & Tackle. Slightly better numbers have come into Northeast Marina in Pennsylvania waters.
Rainbow/steelhead trout movement up Cattaraugus Creek had increased prior to the heavy rainfall earlier this week. Waders had been hooking fair-sized 'bows up to the Route 5 and 20 bridge, with egg sacks getting most mention.
For bass, load up on crayfish -- at least three to four dozen -- for the best bass action in 25-foot depths around the popular reefs -- Myers, Seneca Shoals, Point Breeze, Eagle Bay, Van Buren Point and Brockton Shoals.
Warners Bar has been good for perch and walleye for a split shot and nightcrawler segment sent along weed lines. Trollers run perch-colored plugs for musky at 12- to 22-foot depths between the Bell Town and Camp Chautauqua. Largemouth bass haunt depths of 8 to 10 feet along weed edges in the South Basin around Ashville Bay.