Weather may dictate activities

With rain and wind in the upcoming forecast, stream fishing for trout and bow hunting will most likely become primary interests for the outdoors minded person.

As of Wednesday afternoon, many of the local streams were in good shape with trout reported in all the local and nearby hard bottom water outlets. Rick Miller in Irving reported that Silver Creek, Walnut Creek and Cattaraugus Creek were all producing good numbers for anglers. And closer to home, Canadaway Creek and Chautauqua Creek were also productive.

Just a reminder, this columnist took a stroll along some of our creeks looking for photo opportunities and noted litter along the way, which include discarded coffee cups, fishing line, pizza slice containers, beverage cans, plastic bags – you get the picture. It wasn’t horrible, but it could be better. Remember to carry out your trash and if possible, carry out some of the litter left behind by someone who didn’t care as much as we do.

Perch fishing offshore has been better off the Cattaraugus Creek area. This area continues to attract a lot more fishermen and the reports from the people I have interviewed indicate that a number of limit catches (50 perch per fisherman per day) happen daily in that area. Live bait (minnows or golden shiners) followed by salted minnows are the preferred bait. Miller reported a number of anglers did well Tuesday in the 54-foot range.

This columnist tried his luck out of Dunkirk late Sunday morning. We looked for fish in 55 to 65 feet and finally found a good looking spot in 42 feet, in front of the outer red marker buoy. However, whenever we dropped anchor, the fish moved. After several futile attempts to anchor on the fish, we opted to locate the school with our electronics and drift through them, which produced three dozen keepers.

Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut in Stow reports the walleye fishing has moved out to the deeper 30-50-foot holes on Chautauqua Lake. Gotcha’s and the new High Vis jigging rapalas are good baits. Smaller sized yellow perch are active around the lake and calico fishing has been picking up around Long Point, Lakewood and other areas. The muskie fishing/catching also continues to improve.


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 Arctic 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!

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to