Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — 3. Upper Niagara River
Safe ice is still being reported at the Buffalo Boat Harbor. No reports of late at Grand Island. Caution is advised with the recent warm ups. Casting the shoreline for trout at the head of the river or just above the upper rapids with spoons or spinners are good bets this time of year.
Sunday, March 23 is the Niagara River Anglers Association’s big fundraiser – the John Long, Sr. Memorial Raffle and Feast at St. Vincent DePaul Hall on Military Road in Niagara Falls starting at 2 p.m. Be there!
4. Lake Erie and tributaries
The big lake is still offering some ice fishing options, with some good reports still coming off Sturgeon Point in the 50 to 60 foot range on shiners. However, some big cracks are starting to develop and some open water was reported in some of the deeper areas so caution is advised.
In Dunkirk harbor, the open water at the warm water discharge is still producing trout on live minnows fished under a float and for casters using spoons.
In the tributaries, open water is producing some trout thanks to the recent warm up. In addition, casting the mouth of tributaries with spoons or spinners off places like Cattaraugus Creek can produce trout getting ready to make their way into the tribs.
5. Chautauqua Lake
Walleye season is closed but perch have been keeping ice fishermen busy on the lake, both in the shallows and some of the deeper holes. The difficulty is catching keeper fish. Use jigs or spoons tipped with a minnow.
Bill Hilts Jr. is an outdoor writer with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.