Weather plays games with local fishermen

Strong winds and heavy rainfall changed the fishing outlook locally with Cattaraugus Creek running fast and muddy during the earlier part of the week. Smaller creeks, such as Canadaway Creek, are in better shape for angling, with lots of visible fish evident in the deeper pools and staging areas. Clear water will make these fish ultra spooky so the early risers have the best bet of hooking up with fish.

Locally, the yellow perch bite has many anglers guessing again, but lots of bait and seagulls/cormorants have been spotted both by the Dunkirk Light House and by the departure buoys. Both areas might be worth investigating before heading deeper.

One of my contacts informed me a few anglers found good-sized yellow perch in 39 feet of water, straight off the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek earlier in the week. Check with Rick Miller for a fishing report and bait status at 934-2477.

Skip Bianco, from Hogan’s Hut near Stow/Chautauqua Lake, reports smaller-sized yellow perch have been active around the entire lake lately and small-mouth bass have been reported along the weed edges of deeper holes. The Musky bite is also improving as the water temperature cools. Fishing pressure has dropped off also as we get into the month of October.


New Sporting licenses (fishing) went into effect Oct. 1.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host the last Trapping Training Course in the area on Oct. 17-18 from 6 to 10 p.m. both days. No pre-registration required, just show up on Thursday, Oct. 17.

The next scheduled meeting of the Southtowns Walleye Association of W.N.Y. Inc. will be Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The club, located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg will feature guest speaker “Tommy “O” Owczarczak with a documentary on Fishing Nome Alaska for Artic Grayling. Note that inside the latest issue of the newsletter is an announcement of the change of the 2014 tournament which will be an eight-day event running from Saturday, June 7 to Saturday, June 14. (No second Sunday). The tournament fee has also increased from $25 up to $35.

The Lakes Shore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Liberty Vineyards, located on Route 20 in Sheridan. Regional Director Marty Huber will be in attendance with the 2014 banquet features booklet. The committee will plan events for the upcoming year, including the membership/fundraiser banquet. The meetings are always open to the public.

Bow season opened Oct. 1 in Western New York. The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue its non-perishable food collection “Hunters Helping the Hungry” during the Big Game hunting season. Club members are reminded to bring their canned goods to the club for donation to be distributed during the Christmas holiday season. Thanks!

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: Participants will get to keep what they tie and will receive one-on-one attention. No registration required, so just show up!

The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, on Route 5, in Hamburg, will feature guest speaker Cameron Daboin, founder of the Greater Western New York Paranormal Society speaking on “Paranormal Activity” at 7 p.m., on Oct. 24. The event is open to the public and is free.

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

There is also a gun raffle today at the Frewsburg Legion Post 556 starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

The 48th annual Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) banquet will be held 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

The Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road off Dutch Hollow Road will host “Turkey Shoots” on Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. These events will start at 9 a.m. Breakfast will also be served from 8 a.m. until noon. Slugs and shot will be provided for slug shoots and “lucky shot” events.

The Evans Rod & Gun Club will host their annual “Sighting-in Day” on Saturday, Nov. 2. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and those interested can use the opportunity to sight-in their deer slugs, rifles, handguns and Muzzleloaders. The club has a covered firing line with concrete shooting benches. Targets are provided at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards. NRA certified Range Safety Officers and experienced shooters will be in attendance to provide assistance. There is a $5 fee per gun. Refreshments will also be available.

If your club is hosting a shooting event or training course (turkey shoot, etc.) drop a line and I will be glad to place an announcement in the calendar.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to