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Fishing Line Column for 9-25-13

By Will Elliott


Stained waters have trout trekkers switching to egg offerings right now.

Recent rains muddied Cattaraugus Creek heavily; smaller feeders saw some


Casters doing well with spoons and spinners last week no work either sacks

or skein to tease trout entering Erie feeders.

Water levels vary. While the Catt is just settling down to clear waters,

smaller feeders have dropped to where fish might not be able to enter at

the mouth of creeks and streams. With no good promise of rain until after

the weekend, a quick check on water clarity and level would be good for all

streams between Buffalo and Barcelona.

Few boaters set up for walleye; the big push is for perch. North winds on

Monday and Tuesday could not cool the ardor for perch in the larder. perch

prospectors headed out of Sturgeon Point and Cattaraugus Creek Tuesday in a

mild breeze. It seems that anglers at each port recommend a go-west test.

At Sturgeon, the flotilla starts searching between the water pumping

station (the blue-green breakwall) and Evangola State Park, with 62-foot

locations getting major mention.

At Cattaraugus Creek, boat brigades head to Eagle Bay and points west, if

the second drop-off at Foxes Point does not produce. A 65-foot depth has

been consistently good, but some ventures have found bigger ringbacks out

at 78- to 85-foot depths west of Sturgeon and east of the Catt.

As with trout stream conditions, bait species and availability vary each

day. Emerald shiners sometimes can be found; golden shiners are in most

bait shops when emeralds won�t shine. Call ahead to make sure a bait shop

is stocked near your next planned perch trip.


While Lake Erie perch schools remain deep, many upper river perch packs

feed within reach of shore casters. Minnows work best at LaSalle Park and

the foot of Ferry and Ontario Streets.

Big minnows work best for musky drifters. Capt. Chris Cinelli began his

fall musky program Tuesday with a 36-incher caught in the clear river


Drifters can do well on bass with smaller shiners; bigger shiners attract

muskellunge along many of the same drifts around Strawberry Island.

The lower river king salmon run improves daily. Bass still show the most

activity, but the Devils Hole king bite is getting better. Frank Campbell

has seen many mature salmon taken in the hole. Last year�s salmon run was

mainly two-year-old �teeners�; this year the three-year-olds often break 20

pounds and nudge 30 pounds by early fall.

For good lower-river bass action, most boaters head down current from

Lewiston and drift shoreline structures for good numbers of smallmouths.


Boaters still have a solid fishery over depths of less than 100 feet. Side

planer run along shore can connect with kings and brown trout feeding in

the shallows. Trolling faster with lures that move well at higher speeds,

such as J-Plugs, has been most effective. Most colors do well on the backs

of stickbaits with a glo finish on the sides.

Water levels in all major Lake Ontario feeder streams are high enough to

draw trout and salmon. At Olcott, steelhead and brown trout have been in

and kings are becoming more dominant. Sacks and skein do best for

feeder-stream fish. Slipper Sinker Bait & Tackle has six different colors;

each work at different times of the day.

Every port still has a fair to fantastic bass fishery. Either minnows or

crayfish draw solid strikes from smallmouth bass.


Ted Decker at Ted�s Tackle in Lakeville is making the big move from his

shop on Route 15 to the new location at 5772 Route 20 A. Veteran western

Finger Lakes anglers will know this shop as the site where the late Bob

Coykendall ran Bob�s Bait & Tackle.

Decker will be between both shops, about a half block apart, this weekend.

Starting in October and through the ice-fishing season, he plans to be open

Friday to Sunday starting at 6 a.m. daily. For fishing updates and bait and

tackle availability, check with Decker at (585) 429-0587.


The early-autumn fishery is falling into place.

The shoreline panfish bite has been exceptional. Silver Lake shallows offer

both bluegill and crappie; Canandaigua Lake sees a variety of panfish but

perch predominate; Honeoye �gills are showing in larger sizes; Conesus has

a good �gill fishery and a fair perch presence. The phone number for Dave

Washburn at the new bait shop in Honeoye is (585) 337-1526.

But Conesus now has a northern pike bite that often beats out bass for

explosive rod bending. Large clubs under a bobber take a good number of

pike, but since recent cool evenings kicked in, spoons, spinners and

spinner baits tossed around weed beds at the north end of Conesus have been

more effective.



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