New fishing laws on Seneca Indian Reservation set

The Yellow perch fishing was great on Wednesday according to Rick Miller in Irving.

Anglers were fishing straight out of Cattararaugus Creek in 62 feet of water. Minnows, both live and salted, are almost always a top bait for these tasty ringbacks. Miller also commented that the trout have now entered the creek.

Anglers who fish, or plan on fishing, the Seneca Nation of Indians Reservation waterways on the “Cat,” need to take notice of a recent press release on fishing regulation changes.

There is a three-day fishing license available for $25; the daily creel limit for steelhead trout has been lowered from five to three;the trout season is closed from Jan. 1 until March 1; lead sinkers are banned; only Seneca guides can guide on nation waterways. Note that many area anglers, guides and fishing clubs, are applauding the changes made by Seneca officials and certified guides are seeking permission to guide clients on the Nation’s lands.

Closer to home, there have been reports of trout staging up at the mouths of other local creeks, with anglers in chest high waders casting spoons like cleos, Johnson Sprites, kastmasters or krocodile spoons to awaiting fish. Drifting and casting, or anchoring away, from the surf casters can also pay off.

One report from the weekend was that anglers located yellow perch in 52 feet of water just east of the Dunkirk departure buoy. The fish were reportedly all 12-13 inchers.

Skip Bianco, at Hogan’s Hut, in Stow, reports that the yellow perch fishing on Chautauqua Lake has started to pick up, and white perch continue to provide a steady bite. Calicos are on the feed at recent hot spots, which include North of Light House Point, The Bell Tower and off the beach at Long Point, which still has plenty of weedline cover. The walleye bite has slowed way down, but muskies have been active with a confirmed 50-incher caught last Friday. Skip reports that the hot perch bite, out of North East, has slowed down also with smaller fish moving in.


Southtowns Walleye Association will be conducting their next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 19, at their club house located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, in Hamburg. Guest speaker for the evening will be Kevin L. Kapuscinski, who will be talking about “Ecology and Management of Muskellunge.” The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., and is free to attend.

The Bear lake Rod & Gun Club will host a 3-D target shoot on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Adults at $10 and kids ages 13-17 shoot for $5. Any questions, call Rob at 485- 3773.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will also host a 200-yard rifle/gun shoot on Sunday, Oct. 6, with registration from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Classes will be open sight and scope. Cash prizes will be awarded at the shoot. The format will be timed shooting with three rounds standing, three rounds prone, three rounds kneeling and one round off a bench. The scoring will be based on a point system. Call 485-3773 for more information.

Charles Alsheimer, renowned wildlife photographer/writer and editor of Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine, will return to our area to present his new video program “Whitetails, A Photographic Journey Through The Seasons.” Alsheimer will be the guest speaker at the West Portland Baptist Church sportsmen’s dinner, held at the Mission Meadows Camp located on Route 430 in Dewittville. This facility has a smaller capacity than the previous building, so the committee is limiting the tickets to 250 people. There will be a nominal fee of $5 per ticket. This event is likely to sell out, so the committee requests you order your tickets as soon as possible. To order, email or call 326-3417.

The event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27. The doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:45 p.m., and the presentation around 7 p.m. A number of wild game specialties are usually available as well as some superb home cooking from the ladies on the committee. If you would like to bring a dish to pass, it would be appreciated. You can make your checks for this event payable to West Portland Baptist Church mailed to West Portland Baptist Church, 7081 E. Route 20, Westfield, N.Y. 14787.

The Ellery Snow Cruisers will present their 22nd annual Snowmobile outdoors sport show on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Village Casino, in Bemus Point, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will feature a live auction starting at 2 p.m., new vendors, Chinese auction, Music provided by the Harbor Knights from noon until 2 p.m., and raffles. for more information, go to

Free fly-tying and fly-fishing classes have resumed on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, from 6-8 p.m. Fly tyers at all stages are invited to attend, from beginners to expert. The Monday night tyers will provide fly tying vises and all materials for anyone who would like to learn how to tie a fly or how to start fly fishing. Ken Hollander and Willie Fedrick, along with guest tyers, will provide the know how, in a safe, enjoyable facility located at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, on Mullet Street, in Dunkirk. Note: This group of fly tyers made their services available at the Great Lakes Experience, The NCCC’s Take-A-Kid Fishing day and at the Chautauqua County Fair grounds in the Conservation Building. You get to keep what you tie and will receive one-on-one attention. No registration required, just show up!

Upcoming trapping classes – Falconer Rod & Gun Club located on the Buffalo Street extension in Falconer, Wednesday Sept. 25 from 6-10 p.m., returning on Friday Sept. 27 from 6-10 p.m. Register at first class. Limited to 30 students.

Trapping class at Westfield Fish & Game on Oct. 4 from 6-10 p.m., returning on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call Rich at 595-3917 for a work book. Limited to 35 students.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club trapping course will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, on Route 5, in Hamburg, will feature Bruce Fisher, professor of economics at SUNY Buffalo, speaking on the economics of Lake Erie on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and free.

The Annual Hunting Expo held at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Buck at 569-6810 or visit

There will be a gun show at the Frewsburg Firemen’s Rec Hall, 25 Hazzard St., in Frewsburg, on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Call 569-6810 for more information.

The 48th annual Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) banquet will be held on Oct. 11, at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, which is located at 1830 Abbott Road, in Lackawanna. For more information on SCOPE and other events, go to

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to