Just a note: Pheasant hunting opens in our area Saturday and will run until Feb. 28. Fall Turkey season in our area also opens Saturdayuntil Nov. 16.
The Third annual Gowanda Chamber of Commerce sponsored fall fishing tournament will be this Saturday in Cattaraugus Creek. Sign-ups get under way at 5 a.m. at the Gowanda Moose Club, located on Aldrich Street. The tournament starts at sun-up . One-day fishing licenses will be available from 5 to 7 a.m. at the Persia town Hall. This will be a catch & release event with all DEC rules and regulations applying. Tournament personnel will be stationed on the banks of the creek to measure and weigh each catch. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony later at 3:30 p.m. at the Gowanda Moose Club following the tournament. Food and refreshments will be provided. Entry fee is $15 and kids are half price. You can pick up a registration form at the Gowanda Area Chamber of Commerce Office at 49 West Main St., or visit their web site at www.gowandanychamber.org or call 532-2834 or 532-2288 for more information.
I had the pleasure of speaking with two ladies from Gowanda - Lytha Whipple and Nancy Hochmuth - who were visiting Dunkirk and checking out the trout action under the Route 5 bridge at Canadaway Creek. In the low ultra clear water, they watched with delight as several trout from 4 to 9 pounds moved along the creek bottom returning to the edge of a pool just visible from the north side of the bridge. Both ladies enjoy fishing and were looking forward to the Gowanda Tournament. Sounds like fun.
OBSERVER?Photo by Gene Pauszek
Pictured from left are Lytha Whipple and Nancy Hochmuth from Gowanda. The two checked out the trout activity at Canadaway Creek on Wednesday.
The SAREP Youth Fly Fishing Program will begins it's 14th season of FREE fly tying/ flyfishing classes on Monday evenings from 7- 8:30 p.m. at the Fredonia Middle School Cafeteria. Field Trips will occur shortly afterwards. Classes are free and open to children and community members. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The classes will continue to meet every Monday until early summer.
Ken Hollander and Willie Fedrick teach free fly-tying clinics on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club starting at 6 p.m. All equipment, vises and materials are provided FREE.
The Westfield Fish & Game Club will host turkey shoots at its club located on Ogden Road on Sunday, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. The events will start at noon and last until they're finished. These events will be held rain or shine. The public is welcome. All legal centerfire firearms are permitted. Ammunition will be provided for birdshot and deer slugs only. There will be 22 caliber shoots on the indoor range. Bring your own ammo.
If your club is holding a similar event contact the OBSERVER at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 5 p.m.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will resume its annual Hunters Helping the Hungry program. On Tuesdays Con Club members are urged to bring a non-perishable food item with them . All donations will be distributed to the needy in the community through the efforts of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Youth Organization during the Christmas season.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club has scheduled a two-day trapping course on Oct. 18 & 19 from 6-10 p.m. You must pre-register by phone by calling Roger Witt at 595-3418.
Fly tying classes have resumed on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m., at the Sinclairville Free Library. Classes will continue until May. All tools and materials are provided free. For more information, call 962-3635 or 485-3919 or log on www.countrykidsonthefly.blogspot.com.
The Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road , Bemus Point will host Turkey Shoots on October 28, November 04. and November 11 . from 9 until noon. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. until noon. These events are open to the public.
The Westfield fish & Game Club will host their 65 annual turkey shoot on Sunday Oct 28 from noon until ? and on November 04. The club is located on Ogden Road .
The Gowanda Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Fall Fishing Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20, in Cattaraugus Creek. Sign-in gets under way at 5 a.m. at the Gowanda Moose Club, located on Aldrich Street. The tournament begins at sunrise and is a catch-and-release event following DEC rules and regulations, with tournament personnel on site to measure and weigh-in the catch. There will be awards, door prizes and food for the participants at the Moose Club after 3:30 p.m. For more information, log on to www.gowandanychamber.org, or call 532-2834 or 532-2288.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.