Recent weather is putting a damper on local fishing

Fishing opportunities will depend on the whims of the weather and which way the wind blows.

On Monday, the Dunkirk Harbor was packed with ice, affording little opportunity for fishing from the pier. Those anglers I did talk to reported the fishing (catching) was slow. However, those anglers that sought out the creeks did well on the same day. My sources tell me that several anglers connected with a dozen fish while fishing Cattaraugus Creek on the same day. Rick Miller in Irving also reported anglers doing well in the “Cat” between the mouth of the creek and Route 5. Most of the fish are rainbows in the silvery 22- to 24-inch long range with a few brown trout and a few bigger fish also being caught.

Miller reported that one angler did recently try their luck fishing offshore for perch with little luck. Most of his luck was used trying to get back to shore when the wind shifted and brought the ice back in.

Anglers are reporting close to 8 inches of ice remaining on areas of Chautauqua Lake, but a warm forecast and rain could make that disappear in a hurry. Those that have been ice fishing report a few calicos, small sized yellow perch and some decent sized bluegills. Walleye season is closed.

Calendar:

Just a reminder that New York State Opening Day of Trout and Salmon season is April 1.

The Southtowns Walleye Tournament is from June 8-16.

The NYS Walleye two-day team event tournament, the AMARA-CAN, is scheduled for July 13-14.

The Jamestown Rifle Club will hold pistol classes March 24 and April 28. You must be 21 years old and a resident of Chautauqua County. All classes begin at 1 p.m., and last around four hours each. Call Pat Hayes at 484-9301 for information.

There will be a Hunter Safety Training Course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on April 18-19. This is a mandatory two-day course that will run from 5-10 p.m. both evenings. This course is free.

There will be a Pistol course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on April 20. There is a $55 fee charged for this course which will run from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. To register or for more information, call Gary at 366-3397.

The Westfield Fish & Game Club, located on Ogden Road, will conduct a hunter safety firearms class starting on Monday April 15 from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., The course will resume on Saturday April 20 starting at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Students must be at least 12 years of age and must attend both days. For more information call 326-3218

The 20th annual State of Lake Erie Meeting will be held on April 11 at the Southtowns Walleye Association Club House located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. The meeting is scheduled from 7 p.m. until 9.m. Lake Erie Fisheries Unit Leader Don Einhouse will speak on the Warm water species , while Senior Fishery Biologist Jim Markham will focus on the cold water species. Dr. Chris Pennuto will cover Invasive Species , and N.Y.Sea Grant representative Helen Domske will be the moderator.The meeting is free and open to the public.

For details on the State of Lake Ontario meeting that was held earlier this week go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Personnel will apply lampricides to Cattaraugus Creek to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom. Tentative dates for application (weather conditions permitting) will be March 25-April 5 in accordance with NYS permits. Application would be complete in about 6 days.

Gun Shows:

Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department will host their Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, Route 353, Little Valley, on April 13-14. Call 938- 6928 for information.

Lander, Pa.: Sportsmen’s Show will be April 20-21. Call 814-757-9466 for information.

The Westfield Fish & Game Club will host its annual Ham & Steak Shoot on April 14 at their club house located on Ogden Road. The event will be held rain or shine. All legal centerfire firearms will be permitted. Ammo supplied for birdshot and deer slugs. The .22 Caliber shoot, which will be held indoors, is a bring-your-own-ammo event.

The 18th annual friends of the NRA banquet will be on Saturday, April 27 at the Samuel Derby Post in Frewsburg. For tickets and information, contact Tom Kelly at 736-4386

Setting your sights ahead for Youth Events: The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day is tentatively set for June 08 2013.

The Lake Shore Longbeards JAKES Day event is set for July 15. The Longbeards are looking for outdoors people that have a talent related to the outdoors or outdoor activities that they would like to share/display at this event. Call 934-4538.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to sports@observertoday.com.