Wilson Harbor

Buffalo, New York

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Also called Tuscarora Bay, this relatively shallow 100-acre bay is fed by the east branch of Twelve Mile Creek (when it’s running—it dries out most summers) and is separated from the lake by a narrow strip of land called the Island. One of only a handful of bays on the western end of the lake, this place gets visited by salmonids in winter. Many are caught serendipitously through the ice on wax worms and minnows targeting pan?sh and pike. In the spring steelhead up to 15 pounds run up the east branch of Twelvemile Creek. They take egg sacs and Rooster Tails. The bay has good populations of warm-water species year-round. Largemouth bass range from 1.5 to 5 pounds, and northern pike mainly go from 22 to 30 inches. Both respond to minnows, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Perch averaging 10 inches and crappies running from 9 to 12 inches rule the slow, marsh-lined mouth of the east branch of Twelvemile Creek. They hit Beetle Spins in summer and small minnows and grubs through the ice. Bullheads ranging from 7 inches to 2 pounds swarm into the west side of the bay in April and respond to worms.

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"Also called Tuscarora Bay, this relatively shallow 100-acre bay is fed by the east branch of Twelve Mile Creek (when it’s running—it dries out most summers) and is separated from the lake by a narrow strip of land called the Island.

One of only a handful of bays on the western end of the lake, this place gets visited by salmonids in winter. Many are caught serendipitously through the ice on wax worms and minnows targeting pan?sh and pike. In the spring steelhead up to 15 pounds run up the east branch of Twelvemile Creek. They take egg sacs and Rooster Tails. The bay has good populations of warm-water species year-round. Largemouth bass range from 1.5 to 5 pounds, and northern pike mainly go from 22 to 30 inches. Both respond to minnows, spinnerbaits, and crankbaits. Perch averaging 10 inches and crappies running from 9 to 12 inches rule the slow, marsh-lined mouth of the east branch of Twelvemile Creek. They hit Beetle Spins in summer and small minnows and grubs through the ice. Bullheads ranging from 7 inches to 2 pounds swarm into the west side of the bay in April and respond to worms."

Activity Type: Fishing
Nearby City: Buffalo
Driving Directions: Directions to Wilson Harbor

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