Temperatures dictating fishing outcomes

Temperature will likely influence your target species if you are on a mission for fishing.

Rick Miller, in Irving, reported that when the weather was warm lately, anglers fishing out of the Cattaraugus Creek area noticed white perch and catfish were starting to bite near the mouth of the creek. Then, when the cold front blew in, the warm-water species shut down and the trout bite seemed to pick back up.

Miller also commented that the offshore yellow-perch bite has been very good for anglers able to get out to the 47 to 55 foot mark, either straight out front of the “Cat” or slightly east toward Foxes Point or farther east off Evangola Park. Numerous reports indicate many limit catches of “big jack perch.”

Locally, the bullhead bite can be a little more challenging with some anglers either hitting or missing during the day time east of the Clarion Hotel. Live minnows, or cut shad, is usually a winner, but a gob of worms can also be effective as well as cut, green, unpeeled shrimp.

On Chautauqua Lake, the calico bite has started moving off shore with lots of boats trying to locate schools of hungry keeper-sized crappie.

Depending on the weather, creek anglers can locate trout in at least the deeper shaded pools until early May. Watch for the black bass to start moving into the shallows of Lake Erie in time for the special Lake Erie lunker bass season, which opens on the same date as the state-wide walleye season. The season opens on the first Saturday in May.

Note that the Lake Erie lunker bass allows anglers to harvest one bass – 20 inches in length minimum – per day until the third Saturday in June. Starting on May 4, the walleye limit for Lake Erie will be six per day. For the rest of the state’s waters, the limit will remain five per day.

Spring turkey season opens May 1. I will be looking for stories and photos to publish. Call 366-1772, 467-2079, or the OBSERVER at 366-3000, ext. 5 after 5 p.m. Good luck and be safe!


Note the Conservation Club Monday night fly tyers will conclude their 2012-13 season on Monday, April 29. Some special presentations will be in order, so try to attend. They meet at 6 p.m.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun club will host a 3-D archery shoot on May 5 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m., as well as Sunday, May 19. They will also offer a special night shoot, featuring raccoon targets, on Saturday, May 11 at 8 p.m. Watch for their special rifle shoot on June 9, featuring a 200-yard open rifle shoot from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. For more information on these shoots, or on the Bear Lake Club, call either Rob at 485-3773, Tom at 680- 0209 or the club house at 595-3334. All shoots are open to the public.

The Lakeshore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, has a bag of Round-Up ready-seed corn available for $15 each for paid members of the NWTF. This corn would normally cost $200 per bag. If any additional corn is available, you might still be able to join the NWTF and purchase it at this low price. For information, or corn call, Bob or Judi Turk at 934-4538.

The Jamestown Rifle Club will hold a pistol class April 28. You must be 21 years old and a resident of Chautauqua County to participate. The class begins at 1 p.m., and lasts around four hours. Call Pat Hayes at 484-9301 for information.

If your club is hosting a hunter safety training/archery/trapper/pistol course, turkey shoot or any event that pertains to the outdoors, call 366-1772 or 366-3000 ext. 5 after 5 p.m.

Just a reminder that all entries for the Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board Essay Contest should be submitted by April 26 to: CCSFAB, Office of the County Executive, Gerace Office Building, 3 North Erie St. Mayville, New York, 14757.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Take A Kid Fishing Day is set for June 8. Sign-up sheets will be available at the Club on the weekends.

Saturday, June 15 marks the first time the Fish and Wildlife Festival will be held in Dunkirk. This event is a sister event to the one held in Buffalo since 2001. More information to come.

The Cassadaga Lakes Association will host their 20th annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament June 29 at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive in Cassadaga from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. This event is free for all youth ages 16 and younger. If you would like to donate a door prize, volunteer or are looking for more information, call 595-3950.

Several safe boating courses are being offered in the area. These classes are New York state-approved boater safety classes required for anyone between 10 and 18 years old to operate a motor boat and everyone age 14 and above to operate a personal watercraft like a jet ski. There is no pre-registration required for any of these courses. All registration will be done on site. Parents of attendees under the age of 18 must sign a release form. There is a course May 4 at the Cassadaga American Legion, 228 Maple Ave., Cassadaga. The course starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Bring a bagged lunch.

The course on May 11 will be at the Lawson Center, 73 Lakeside Drive, Bemus Point from is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch provided.

On May 18, the course will be at Southwestern Middle School, 600 Hunt Road, Jamestown from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a lunch.

Finally, on June 15, the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will host the course at 1 North Mullet Street. The course is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch provided. These courses are free to anyone ages 10-17. Those attendees age 18 and over will have to pay a $10 fee to New York State prior to receiving the certificate card.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to