Fishing season is finally producing success stories

The yellow perch are biting!

Rick Miller in Irving and Lee Weber in Derby both revealed anglers have been limiting out on big ring backs while fishing in 52 feet of water off Evangola State Park.

The launch area is open out of Cattaraugus Creek. Anglers have launched from that area and headed east. Dress for the weather and make sure all equipment is in working order, including safety gear.

Lake Erie walleye could go on the feed as early as this weekend. Don Einhouse, the senior Lake Erie fisheries biologist and warm water species chief, informed us the DEC was on Van Buren Reef on Tuesday and documented large numbers of walleye in about four feet of water. Due to the cold water temperature, the fish were not very active, but a couple days of warm weather, coupled with a warm rainfall, could switch the fish on.

Einhouse also commented anglers should avoid the two bullet-shaped orange buoys that are located in about 15 feet of water. Several tagged walleye have been equipped with radio transmitters and the buoys are equipped to receive these transmissions. The purpose is to document the timing and distance traveled by the fish, which were tagged from a distant area.

Einhouse also commented the creel census personnel have been on various locations since Saturday. There have been a number of out-of town/state bass anglers in the area, but the bite has been slow, probably due to the cold water temperature.

Bullhead catching has also been slow with anglers focusing on the whiskered fish, instead picking up trout.

Local anglers fishing out of Wilson have been reporting excellent fishing for salmon and trout, with jack cohos lake trout, browns and an occasional chinook providing the action in the shallows. And the fun will get even better when the main body of king salmon move in closer later in the month.

Don’t forget Sunday is Mother’s Day.


Application forms for the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club ‘s Take-A-Kid Fishing day on June 7 are available now at the “Con Club. “

The Chautauqua County Committee Friends of the NRA announce they will present their 19th annual banquet on Saturday May 10 at the Samuel Derby Post located in Frewsburg. The doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner, live and silent auction items as well as drawings and numerous door prizes featuring wildlife art, shooting accessories and NRA specialty items.

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. I also am available to take photos and hear your success stories by calling 366-1772. or 467-2079.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to