Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — After the tremendous rains last Friday, the Erie Canal waters were muddied up significantly. No walleye were caught and only one Northern pike was brought to the scales. Anglers were restricted to a one mile stretch of Erie Canal that is contained within the city limits of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, so it made it even more difficult. When the event finally closed, the catch of the day was a 6.4-pound largemouth bass reeled in by Shawn Krull of Williamsville. Matt Steffan of North Tonawanda was the top carp catcher with a 14.92-pound fish. First place in the Pike division was a 2.7-pound fish caught at the end of the contest by Sean Olejniczak of West Seneca. First place perch was a 0.4-pound fish reeled in by Michael Richbart of Sanborn.
Canal fishing fanatics can continue to enjoy some friendly fishing action through this coming Sunday for the 23rd Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby. Check out www.eriecanalderby.com for details. Open waters for this event are from Albion to the Niagara River at North Tonawanda.
NRAA bass contest set
If you are a serious bass fisherman (or woman), mark July 27 on your calendars. That’s the date of the Annual Niagara River Anglers Smallmouth Bass Classic, and for the second year in a row it’s winner-take-all for the best two smallmouth in total weight. First place is for bragging rights and a check for $1,000. You don’t have to be an NRAA member (www.niagarariveranglers.com) to be eligible for the top prize, but you do have to be if you’d like to win the $200 check for the biggest fish caught by a member. However, there is an optional entry fee for big fish overall (both NRAA and non-NRAA members).
Capt. Steve Drabczyk of Lewiston is the chairman of this event once again, and he runs this contest a little differently. The contest is held on the Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario and its tributaries (including Canadian waters). You must launch your boat from Lewiston or Fort Niagara and check in with the launch attendant before heading out, unless you are fishing from shore. Weigh in will take place at Lewiston Landing between 1-2 p.m. Scales close at 2 p.m. sharp!