Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
Local creeks like 18 Mile, Keg and 4 Mile were all producing some nice trout all week despite some high and stained conditions. Pink or red colored egg sacs, egg imitations or small white jigs tipped with a wax worm are good approaches for taking steelhead and brown trout at Burt Dam according to Greg Stanley at All in the Same Boat in Newfane. With some warm rain in the forecast, it should be the ticket to attract some more fresh fish into the streams and also help pier casters catch a few trout in Wilson and Olcott. Casting or trolling the mouths of these streams will also work and it should get better from here on out.
The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s pen rearing project is starting work at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Town of Newfane Marina, so get ready to help feed those fish. Check out www.lotsa.org for more info. The Oak Orchard pen project starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at Lake Breeze Marina. LOTSA will be holding their next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Lockport. Guest speaker will be Capt. Matt Yabonsky of Wet Net Charters giving spring fishing tactics for salmon and trout, as well as tips on how to keep your boat on the trailer when traveling from port to port.
Remember that there is a new license fee structure in place for resident and non-resident anglers. Seven-day licenses were actually reduced once again with the passing of the state budget. Non-resident seven-day licenses are now $28; resident seven-day licenses are $12. Annual licenses are $50 for non-resident; $25 for residents and are good for a full year from the date of purchase. Check out the DEC website for more info at www.dec.ny.gov.