Good luck finding the best spot to catch yellow perch

Yellow perch fishing and catching has been occurring locally, but you may have to do a little seeking and peeking to find them.

This columnist – and my friends – have tried our luck locally twice within the last week with more than three dozen fish for our efforts each time. Both times, we found the fish were west of our usual starting point, which would be north of the outer “red buoy.”

Said buoy is not on location yet this year for reasons I have not heard, but using local land marks and depth readings will put you in the general area. A standard pattern for many anglers is to head for the pack and drop anchor nearby someone who is pulling up fish.

This is not always appreciated by other anglers, but it is a big lake. As the water temperature warms up, the fish will be dispersed in a larger area, rather then located in tight “pods” like they were a few weeks ago. Getting familiar with your depth finders and learning how to identify bottom structure and fish “icons” will improve your catching success.

Walleye action locally has been a guarded secret. I counted two dozen trailers in the Chadwick Bay parking area Saturday night. There were reports of walleye success after dark from the Van Buren reef area west to the State park area in shallow water. On Friday afternoon, a trio off anglers were visiting the Dunkirk fish cleaning station with six walleye they reported taking in 70 feet of water off the water tower area on stick baits and lead core line presentations.

The Southtowns Walleye tournament starts this Saturday and the deadline to sign up is near. The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club annual Take-A-Kid-Fishing event is also this Saturday. Sign up as time is running out.

Chautauqua Lake walleye fishing is located around the weed edges during the evening with blue/white blade worm harnesses and perch colored blades working. At sun down, switch to stick baits. The calico bite has slowed down. Mayville, the White Wall and Long Point are good choices for walleye action.

Calendar:

Application forms for the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club’s Take-A-Kid Fishing day on Saturday are still at the club. We urge you to sign up ASAP so you will have a T -shirt reserved and in your size.

The Lakeshore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be having a meeting on Tuesday, June 10 at Liberty Vineyards, located on Route 20, in Sheridan. Agenda will focus on the upcoming youth day event: JAKES Day. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The ninth annual Canadaway Creek Conservation Project is scheduled for Saturday, June 14. Activities schedule will be: 11:30 a.m.: Meet at the pavilion behind the Fredonia Fire Hall to sign-up, distribute maps of Canadaway Creek and have a cook out. 12:30 p.m.: There will be an educational presentation about Canadaway Creek. 1 p.m.: Select teams and move to designated sections on maps and begin to clean-up, remove invasive species or plant dogwood whips (trees). 3-3:30 p.m.: return to the pavilion for celebratory group get together and cake. Note participants are encouraged to bring felt bottom boots (if available) or other shoes that can be used for wet wading. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Point Blank Outdoors, a group of local outdoorsmen, will be filming the entire Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout in July this year. This event will host a compliment of 65 teams with a waiting list. The event is unique, too, in that they offer a 100-percent payout. More information later.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host 3-D archery shoots on July 13, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14. They will also host a 200-yard gun shoot June 8 and Sept. 21. New members are welcome and the club’s monthly meetings are on the first Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. They start the meeting off with a hot meal, so come hungry.

Southtown Walleye’s annual walleye tournament is June 7-14. You must be a member and there is a $35 entry fee per contestant. Note there will be numerous prize giveaways at the monthly meeting Thursday, June 5 for members entered in the Walleye tournament. Be sure to bring your tournament form or sign up tonight.

The Cassadaga Lakes Association will be holding their 21st annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 28, at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive, Cassadaga from 7 until 11:30 a.m. The contest is free and open to youths 16 years of age and under. Sign up at the site before fishing. More information will be printed at a later date.

The Chautauqua County Sports Fishing Advisory Board has finished reading and judging over 400 essays written by Chautauqua County youngsters. Various CCSFAB members and our County Executive, Vince Horrigan, will be visiting local schools and handing out awards and certificates in the near future.

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 sports@observertoday.com.