Hot Pursuit Sport Fishing


Lake Ontario fishery kicks into high gear as near shore waters warm due to sunlight and run-off. Local conditions can vary greatly depending on whether the Niagara River water is running warmer or colder than the lake itself. If there is a late ice-out, wind direction can drastically affect the inshore water temps. In any case, at some point in April, 18 Mile Creek will be kicking out warmer run-off. This will trigger the pier fishery at Olcott. All trout and salmon will be caught from the piers, but primarily brown trout and Coho Salmon, as they commonly push baitfish into very shallow water in April. Boat trollers will work pier heads, but as the lake itself warms in 4-10’ of water, they can spread out and work the shoreline itself. All six trout and salmon species are caught, but Brown Trout and Coho are the bulk of the catch. Everything changes towards the end of April as the deeper water warms up. When this occurs, the big king salmon begin their spring feeding frenzy. lake trout, Steelhead and coho moving deeper from the shoreline also join the fun. This will usually be 50-200’ of water. This great fishery lasts all through May.


By late May and early June thermal edges on the surface have set up. This creates a new fishery for high flying Steelhead and Coho, as well as King Salmon and Lake Trout. Most Brown Trout will remain in very shallow water through May and early June, living amongst the billions of spawning Alewives. Most anglers do not pursue the Browns at this time, due to competition with baitfish and the exciting fishery found slightly deeper. Early June catches will typically consist of Steelhead, Lakers, Cohos and Kings. As the lake goes through transition in late June due to the rapidly warming water, the Kings scatter. By early July a themocline has set up. This is the beginning of our summer season. At this time, Olcott anglers have many choices. Fish inshore 40-200’ of water for Brown Trout and King Salmon, or fish offshore, 200-550’, targeting Steelhead, with King and Coho Salmon mixed in. Lake Trout are taken sporadically all over in temp. By late July, salmon movements have intensified. Schools can be encountered inshore and offshore. The bulk of the Brown Trout remain inshore; Steelhead, offshore. This scenario remains through mid-August. By mid-August staging pre spawn salmon are often found in schools in shore (40-200’).’). By the end of August, if lake temperatures allow, pier fishermen will get another crack at the salmon and trout. Steelhead are often encountered inshore at this time of year.


By early September, the staging salmon will often be found as close to shore as possible, dictated by water temps. Every day they are activating to warmer water, and start to hang around the piers early and late in the day regardless of water temp. September is a very popular pier-fishing month. anglers will fish them all through the night. King and Coho Salmon, Brown Trout and Steelhead are all shallow water visitors at this time of year. Although excellent catches of Steelhead and immature salmon can still be made offshore. By the end of September, salmon and trout will be in Olcott Harbor itself. They will run upstream as increases in flow and run-off occur. 18 mile creek will hold salmon and trout all through October and November.


By December, it will be primarily Steelhead and Rainbow Trout. Do not discount other smaller area streams, but they are very subject to water level changes. The winter Steelhead fishery continues as conditions allow (freeze-up can occur) through January. By February fresh runs of Steelhead will occur during thaws. Fresh runs will continue in March and early pier fisherman will be spotted toward the end of her month. 18- mile creek will hold Steelhead through April and Lake Ontario season will begin all over again!


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