If the weather pattern will remain stable for a few days, anglers should have a great fishing period during this long weekend.
The sustained north east winds that blew in over the weekend pushed a lot of cold water into the areas that were developing a good walleye bite. A cold water turn over, also called a seiche, occurred in the Barcelona area with a slight fish kill reported. Affected fish were mostly sheephead.
On a Wednesday morning fishing trip, many anglers found cold water in the Van Buren area. Moving out to deeper water several miles off shore and slightly east of the Dunkirk Harbor did result in a few fish including walleye, lake trout and a steelie for our fishing crew. Sunday's fishing trip also resulted in a few walleye and a bonus brown trout.
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Pictured at left, Zen Olow, Joe Jemiolo and former Dunkirk resident Bill Pawlak display their catch while fishing with Sassafras Charters.
Stick baits and spoons produced the lions share of our catch.
My check with the Dunkirk Fisheries station revealed the best catches of walleye have been coming in 37 to 42 feet by the Departure Buoy from the Buffalo Small Boat Harbor. Closer to home anglers have been finding active walleye west of the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek in depths ranging from 40 to 70 feet. Rick Miller in Irving reports yellow perch anglers found the fish on Wednesday had moved in closer into the 35- to 42-foot range. Cat fish are still active in the "Cat" but the numbers have slowed down.
Locally, yellow perch are active with live minnows the preferred bait. Anglers have been setting up east of the outer red buoy, in 50 to 60 feet. If you are fishing with a standard crappie rig which has a set up for two hooks, increase your hook -up potential by adding a third hook on the bottom by the sinker.
Skip from Hogan's Hut on Chautauqua Lake reports the walleye fishing has been good, using shiny worm harnesses trolled along the weedline edges. Bass have been hitting surface baits fished near docks, and shoreline structure and calicos are still biting with fish holding near and under boat docks. All the rainfall has also raised the lake level.
If you are hoping the crossbow bill will surface or survive, it is important to contact our senators and request they support Senate Bill S1699B. Call or write and let your legislators know if you are a current or former bowhunter or if you have any current or former archery/crossbow affiliation. Be sure to let them know that you support crossbow regulatory authority being given to the DEC. Rick McDermott is the rep for the New York Crossbow Coalition at www.nycrossbowcoalition.com.
There will be a pistol course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on July 6 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. There is a $55 fee for the course. For information, call Gary Dudek at 366-3397.
The Southtowns Walleye Association is hosting their 21st Catch and Release Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 21 at the Tifft Nature Preserve, located on Furman Boulevard, Buffalo. The event is free to all kids 15 years old and younger. Bring your own tackle. Sign-up starts at 7:30 a.m. with the weigh-in from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. A picnic-style lunch, including free hot dogs and goodies, will be served from 11 a.m. until noon. Coffee, milk, donuts and juice will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. All kids receive a grab bag and winners will receive awards starting at noon. For more information, call Dennis at 861-5687 or Doug at 649-8202.
The Southtowns walleye monthly meeting will be held on Thursday July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at their club house .
Correction: The New York Walleye Association will host its annual walleye tournament next month. The AMARA-CAN Walleye Tournament, which is a two-day, four-man team event. It is set to take place July 13-14. Interested anglers can register for this event on Friday July 12 at the Clarion. Tournament fee includes docking facilities at Chadwick Bay Marina, Free boat launch at the Dunkirk boat launch during the tournament and the awards presentation will be taking place at the Clarion outdoors patio area. Watch for more developments and enhancements for this years event. The Dunkirk Fire Dept. will also take part with the Start- up for both days event shifts off the Dunkirk Pier. This will be quite a sight for the youngsters to see.
The Lakeshore Longbeards will be hosting their annual youth day, known as JAKES Day, on July 13, 2013 at the Westfield Fish and Game Club. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with activities and learning stations from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served for the kids and adults. To register call Bob and Judi Turk at 934-4538.
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