The catfish bite when the cotton flies, and this year is proving to live up to that old saw. Rick Miller, at Miller's Bait & Tackle in Irving (934-2477), reports that catfishing has been excellent this year, with some fish over 20 pounds coming to the scale. A number of young anglers also caught catfish off the Dunkirk Yacht Club dock last Saturday during the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club annual Take-A-Kid Fishing event. That same day, a number of anglers were also catching walleye and catfish in the tail waters of the hot water discharge area using weight forward spinners like Erie Dearies tipped with a night crawler.
If you are looking for yellow perch action, there was a report of a two-man limit of perch on Monday, east of the outer buoy in the Dunkirk Harbor in about 38 feet of water. The report also claimed that you had to be right on top of the fish to be successful. Miller reports that yellow perch catches off the mouth of the Cattaraugus Creek area can be hit-or miss, but the action has been better off the "Cat".
Bass action continues to hold up in the shallows of Lake Erie, with the harbors being the most productive spots when the lake kicks up.
Photo by Gene Pauszek
Jim Skoczylas, on left, and Jim Steel display several Torpedo Divers during the June meeting of the New York Walleye Association. For more information go to www.torpedodivers.com.
Nocturnal walleye action also has been holding up off DJ's Campground, Lake Erie State Park, off Hamburg Beach and in the shallows on Chautauqua Lake. There was one report of walleye action in 50 feet of water from the Dunkirk Lighthouse fishing east. Expect walleye reports during the day time to be "tight-lipped," as the Southtowns Walleye Association annual walleye Tournament starts this weekend - see calendar. Locally, if you intend to fish this event , you better sign up at Bill's Hooks today or you will have to sign-up at Hamburg.(649-8202).
Each year, Lake Erie becomes the proving ground for new tackle, especially during walleye tournaments. Look for Torpedo Fishing products to be a hot item in this year's events. In short, a torpedo diver is similar to an elongated snap weight, with directional fins that will achieve bait placement with minimal drag, especially on retrieval. Think of a jet diver or dipsey diver, without the long leads and arm aching retrievals when they don't release. Cool!
The Cassadaga Lakes Association will host its 18th Annual Lew Mead Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 25. Sign-up begins at 7 a.m., at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive Middle Lake. There is no registration fee for this event. Trophies for the largest fish caught will be awarded to both boys and girls in the following age groups: 7-under, 8-10-year-olds, 11-13-year-olds and 14-16-year-olds. There is a sign-up for goody bags for each youth, as well as prizes, awarded by lottery, donated by area merchants. The awards ceremony is the same day at the launch sit after 11:30 a.m. Free hot dogs and juice will be presented by volunteers of the CLA. You are invited!
Fur Takers Of America will host their National Rendezvous at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds on June 23-25. This is a huge event for our area, with most of the Fairground's buildings, as well as the midway, already assigned for the event. Dealers and more information can be obtained by contacting Dave Miller at (607) 522-4707 or log on firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, go to www.furtakersofamerica.com, or check out the Fur Taker Magazine.
Southtowns Walleye Association annual walleye tournament runs from Saturday, June 11 from 12:01 a.m. until Sunday, June 19 at 4 p.m.. You must be entered by June 10 to participate in this event.
The Amara-Can sponsored by the New York Walleye Association will be held out of the Dunkirk Harbor on July 9 & 10. This is a team event with a two-day total of 10 walleye per day determining the winning 10 places. Information is available at Chadwick Bay Marina or call Bill's Hooks at 366-0268.
If your club is hosting an event that pertains to the outdoors and you would like to pass along the information, or your favorite hunter/fisherperson has a good story to share, contact the OBSERVER at 366-3000, ext. 5 after 5 p.m.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to email@example.com.