Author Topic: Niagara River Fishing Report - May 2020 & Status of Fishing  (Read 5414 times)


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May 28, 2020

Fishing Under PAUSE
You can still go fishing under the Governor's PAUSE Executive Order. However, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we ask that you please act safely when fishing. Do not crowd access sites. If you arrive at an angler access area that is congested, consider finding another area that is less crowded or consider fishing another day. When you're on the water, please make sure there is ample room between you and your fellow anglers. Don't share a boat unless it is large enough so that all persons aboard can always remain at a minimum distance of six feet apart. Providing ample distance helps to reduce the spread of colds, flu and COVID-19 and also contributes to an overall better angling experience.

On April 18, Empire State Development issued updated guidance on marinas and the use of boats that removed the temporary suspension on the use of boat launches for recreation. Access to boat launches will be allowed if strict adherence to the CDC and NYS Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu and COVID-19 is followed. When boating and fishing, DEC and State Parks recommend New Yorkers to #RecreateLocal, avoid busy waters and follow the guidelines for Recreating Safely and Responsibly in New York State.

Niagara River
Walleye typically show along Unity Island in spring, making it a good shore site to try when the season opens. Anglers report good smallmouth bass fishing throughout the upper river on a variety of artificial baits.

Today's high winds will rile river waters and may dampen the fishing for a bit. However, up through today, recent fishing on the lower river has been great. Anglers continue to catch a good mix of trout in the upper drifts. Solid numbers of white bass and smallmouth bass have moved in and are biting well from Lewiston down to the mouth. This includes a new State Record white bass weighing 3 lbs 8 oz, caught by Morgan Fonzi of Gasport, NY. The New York Power Authority angler access (platform, stairs to shoreline and parking lot) remain closed.

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