Wednesday marked the first day of spring and the weather seems more like winter.
Cold winds have been shoving the ice cover around in the Dunkirk Harbor, making fishing opportunities catch when catch can. Anglers have been using a meat rigged jig and bobber approach as well as casting spoons with varied success. Look for the trout bite to improve with warming weather.
Trout were also moving into streams when the temperature started to rise and will continue to do so until it gets too warm. Make your presentations slow when it's cold.
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The Dept. of Environmental Conservation Bureau of Fisheries will be busy stocking trout over the next few weeks across the region.
Now that walleye season has closed, there has been a lot less ice fishing pressure on Chautauqua Lake. Cold temperatures should continue to offer safe ice for awhile.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Bureau of Fisheries has started their annual trout stocking program. Dodge Creek in Clarksville was stocked Monday followed by Little Genesee Creek in Bolivar on Wednesday. The Genesse River in Wellsville is being stocked with rainbow and brown trout today and Amity will be stocked with brown trout Friday.
Chautauqua County will be stocked at Clay Pond, Town of Poland on March 26 and Goose Creek in the Town of N. Harmony on March 28.
Erie County-Cattaraugus Creek in Yorkshire will be stocked on March 26, Little Buffalo Creek in Lancaster Marilla on March 27 as well as 18-Mile Creek in Boston Town Park. On March 28, Cazenovia Creek, East branch in Emery Park will receive Brown trout and in the Aurora Town Park.
The Lakeshore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will meet Tuesday, March 26 at Liberty Vineyards Winery, located on Route 20 in Sheridan. The meeting will start at 7 p.m., and the agenda will include upcoming events. This meeting, like all Longbeard meetings, is open to the public.
The next meeting of the Southtowns Walleye Association is Thursday, March 21, at their club, located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. If you are planning your 2013 vacation weeks, note that the Southtowns Walleye Tournament is from June 8-16.
The NYS Walleye two-day team event tournament, the AMARA-CAN, is scheduled for July 13-14.
The Jamestown Rifle Club will hold pistol classes March 24 and April 28. You must be 21 years old and a resident of Chautauqua County. All classes begin at 1 p.m., and last around four hours each. Call Pat Hayes at 484-9301 for information.
There will be a Hunter Safety Training Coure at the Northern Chautauqua Conseration Club on April 18 and 19. This is a mandatory two-day course that will run from 5-10 p.m. both evenings. This course is free.
There will be a Pistol course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on April 20. There is a $55 fee charged for this course which will run from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. To register or for more information, call Gary at 366-3397.
Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department will host their Sportsmen's Show at the Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, Route 353, Little Valley, on April 13-14. Call 938- 6928 for information.
Lander, Pa.: Sportsmen's Show will be April 20-21. Call 814-757-9466 for information.
The Westfield Fish & Game Club will host its annual Ham & Steak Shoot on April 14 at their club house located on Ogden Road. The event will be held rain or shine. All legal centerfire firearms will be permitted. Ammo supplied for birdshot and deer slugs. The .22 Caliber shoot, which will be held indoors, is a bring-your-own-ammo event.
The 18th annual friends of the NRA banquet will be on Saturday, April 27 at the Samuel Derby Post in Frewsburg. For tickets and information, contact Tom Kelly at 736-4386
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