The Fishing Beat

Ice fishing appears to be fine all around Western New York, but caution is still advised. The Niagara River had some decent trout opportunities available from boat and shore. Caution is advised there, too. If you really want to see some angling excitement, though, make sure you stop down to the 5th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo Jan. 19-21 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. You will be given the holy grail of angling information that will allow you to catch more fish … if you put it to good use. Check out

Since we didn’t get this lake in last week’s Beat, it’s important to give everyone an update on this popular hardwater destination. Rich Davenport of Tonawanda reports that most of the lake has been cleaned up with the warm weather surprise last week, melting snow and slush and solidifying the lake – especially along the shoreline where it was iffy on Saturday. He found that the further out he went, the thicker the ice was. He found 8 inches of ice over 25 feet of water at Maple Springs. It was 9 to 10 inches over 43 feet of water.

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