Fishing has been hit or miss on local waters

The nocturnal walleye bite has been slowing down from many reports, but the daytime bite is looking up, when anglers can get offshore.

Most of the anglers I have talked with report getting a few walleye at night where they were limiting-out just a few days ago. Blame it on the weather, or the end of the spawning period, the walleye fishing pattern is changing.

There were several reports of limit catches or near-limit catches of big walleye coming out of the Barcelona area in water 55 to 65 feet deep. Many of the reports indicate the fish are a few miles west of the Barcelona area, but there have also been some reports of the fish being active west of the same area. Anglers have been tight-lipped about what the fish are hitting on, but most of the reports also indicate the walleye have been on the bottom. There was a report of the water temperature dropping several degrees after all that wind out of the north.

The yellow perch fishing has been erratic also. Rick Miller reports anglers did well on Monday out of the Cattaraugus Creek area in 42 to 52 feet of water, out front and also east of the mouth. Out of Dunkirk it has slowed down with some anglers connecting and others scratching their heads. Monday night I, and a friend, tried our luck out of Dunkirk in 53 feet of water west of the red buoy. Not much luck. Gobbies, small silvers and white perch, and two yellow perch. We watched one boat drop anchor and start hooking up. They hailed another boat, had them drop anchor a few feet along side them, gave them live bait and they still couldn’t catch perch. Go figure.

At Chautauqua Lake, the daytime walleye bite is improving along the weed edges with anglers using cicadas and salmo baits according to my source at Hogan’s Hut. Bullheads have shut down, bluegills are big and plentiful and the calico bite is slow at the south end of the lake, but better at the north end. White perch are big, and plentiful.

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I will be looking for hunting and fishing 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!

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun club will host a special rifle shoot on June 9, featuring a 200-yard open rifle shoot from 8 a.m. to 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.

There will be a pistol course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on June 5 from 5-10.p.m. There will also be another pistol course at the “Con Club” on July 6 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There is a $55 fee for only the pistol courses. For information, call Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Take A Kid Fishing Day is set for June 8. Sign-up sheets are now available at the club. Sign up by June 1 to assure getting a T-shirt that fits.

The Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY will host their annual walleye tournament starting on June 8 and ending on June 19. Deadline to enter is Friday June 7 at the Southtowns Walleye Club house, located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Entry fee is $50 which includes a membership and tournament fee. Optional Calcutta fee is $20, and walleye wallet is $5. You can sign up locally at Bill’s Hooks or at their June monthly meeting on June 6 at 7:30 p.m. The club has changed a lot since they got their own clubhouse so check it out.

Saturday, June 15 marks the first time the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Festival and the Great Lakes Experience (GLE) will be held in Dunkirk. This event is a sister event to the one held in Buffalo since 2001. For more information email Jennifer Colon at colon@fredonia.edu .

The Cassadaga Lakes Association will host its 20th annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament on 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 water craft like a jet ski. There is no pre-registration required. All registration will be done on site. Parents of attendees under the age of 18 must sign a release form.

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

Note there was NO event calendar printed this year for Hunter safety courses, Trapping, or Archery Courses. In addition there will be a limited number of courses with limited seating. So attend the earliest course possible or you may have to do some traveling. There will be a mandatory two-day Firearms hunting course at the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club on Friday July 19 from 6-10 p.m. returning on Saturday July 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Call Rich at 595-3917 to pre-register. Limited to 30 students. The archery training course is August 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Call 595-3917 to pre-register.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Firerarms course is also a two-day course on August 15 & 16 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. both days. Call Gary at 366-3397 to pre-register. Bow course at the “Con Club” is September 21 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The Trapping Course at the “Con Club” is September 28 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Pre-register at 366-3397 or 595-3917

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