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Bass and musky minders have until Friday night to pursue those species during the open season. For anglers headed to the Hudson River and other waters offering striped bass and hickory shad, their season also ends Nov. 30.

Warm fall waters have kept both smallmouth and largemouth bass busy and muskellunge munching well into November.

Lake trout season remains closed until Jan. 1 in the Great Lakes, but the good news is that the laker bite that has dominated the lower Niagara River has slowed since the last round of intense winds across Lake Erie. More steelies and browns are biting now.

Stream waders await another round of rain and boaters still have perch packs bunched and biting in deeper Lake Erie waters. .

Lake Erie

Cattaraugus Creek either runs too stained or too clear this time of year. This past week waders found water clarity just about right for tricking trout. Water levels remain low, but shore and pier walkers and boot-clad trekkers could get to rainbow/steelhead trout up and down the big creek.

Smaller feeders have dropped back to early-fall crises levels, but some water flow exits in streams east and west of the Catt. All trout tries should start with water-level checks before heading up or down stream from any access.

Boaters have to be aware of water conditions. At this time last year, as a result of consistently above-average air and water temperatures, the perch bite in deeper water remained solid well into mid December.That trend might continue.

Niagara River

Musky hounds are howling about bites from the toothy tribe on the feed at the head of the Niagara River.

Lower river drifters still contend with stained waters but see more steelies and fewer lakers now. Kwikfish had been working well when waters cleared, but the better bite in mud-stained shallows has come with either egg sacks or egg-imitation items.

Lake Ontario

Perch packs scatter, but some schools of nice-sized fish can be found in relatively shallow waters of bays and creek mouths.

Stained waters have pushed some schools into shallow ledges and edges, with most boaters doing well over depths of less than 20 feet. Farther west, shore casters can reach respectable ringbacks at Oak Orchard, Olcott Harbor and Wilson Harbor.

Waters cleared under Waterport Dam and Burt Dam, but both Oak Orchard Creek and Eighteen Mile Creek are seeing good numbers of steelies and browns. The smaller the terminal tackle, the better the bite and catch count.

Fishing platform closing

Anglers have just today and tomorrow to fish from the pier at the base of the New York Power Authority’s Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant. The Lewiston Reservoir fishing pier near the Upper Mountain Fire Company also will close on Thursday.

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