Walleye tourney concludes Saturday

The 30th Annual Southtowns Walleye Association walleye tournament will conclude Saturday at 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will be on Saturday, June 21 at the club house, located in Hamburg. Who will be the grand prize winner this year is still up for grabs with a reported 10-pound plus fish in the lead. However, that could change just like the Western New York weather.

The information about the walleye bite has been guarded, but reports indicate the numbers of fish have been coming out of Sturgeon Point/Myers Reef area, and the bigger fish are being targeted west out of Barcelona.

This columnist has been trying his luck along with my crew. We haven’t found numbers or size yet, but not for a lack of effort. On Saturday, the crew/sans captain boated one keeper off the Van Buren Reef area. Sunday was fishless. Tuesday was a road trip out of the Buffalo Small Boat Harbor, where the reports indicated that concentrations of walleye were in 35 feet of water in front of the windmills. We found a few walleye west of the windmills, using some new “Warrior Lures” spoons in copper and silver finish presented on a downrigger and one on six colors of leadcore line fished over 40 feet or less of water. A nice 20-inch bass livened up the day also, and the “junk fish” put a mean twist on several set ups. I would like to mention the floating “Cotton” which is seen everywhere lately is making fishing difficult, by clogging up the fishing pole eyes, especially when reeling in lead core line.

Locally, the yellow perch bite has been good to great at times, and east of Dunkirk out of the Cattaraugus Creek area, as well as Sturgeon Point. Live bait is already getting hard to come by, but salted minnows also work well. The 50-foot range is a go-to starting area. Use your electronics to locate bait on the bottom which will look like saw teeth, and the fish should be nearby.

Chautauqua Lake has been seeing a good walleye bite with Chautauqua Reel Outdoors Bait & Tackle reporting good success using bottom bouncers, while trolling with hammered brass worm harness tipped with night crawlers along the weed edges in roughly 10 to 12 feet of water. Spinners are working well on bass. Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut reported having a great day recently, just tossing a worm tipped hook around the area by the bridge. Enjoy!

Note the Department of Environmental Conservaion is closing the Dunkirk Fish Platform, also known as the Probst Platform from June 16 until June 20 for repairs. This area will be closed 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.

The Great Lakes Experience is happening June 21 in Dunkirk’s Memorial Park. Momentum for this project continues to grow, to present an “outdoors themed event” that is geared towards all ages, and a focus on the youngsters. Building on the success of last year’s event, the GLE will return bigger and even better this year with The Buffalo Zoo mobile, the reptile exhibit, Raptors Bird of prey, the Jamestown Audobon, Center, The Trappers Association, The Monday Night Fly tyers and more to name just a few of the exhibits. And it’s FREE.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host 3-D archery shoots on June 22, 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.

The Cassadaga Lakes Association will be holding its 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