The weather man has kept a lot of offshore anglers guessing with the wind and rainfall predictions.
Anglers who have been able to venture out have been reporting good success, especially with yellow perch. My contact at the Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries station in Dunkirk reported the research nets set out on Wednesday were full of perch at two different depths and locations. One net was set out at around 65 feet of water, east of Dunkirk in the area of Battery Point. The net was full of perch. However, another net was set out in 36 feet of water off Center Road. That net was full of larger perch in the 12- to 13-inch range. The creel census agent located on the City of Dunkirk Pier reported one pair of anglers reported catching 40 keeper-size perch in 63 feet of water west of the outer buoy. They also reported releasing as many smaller-sized perch.
"Hooked Up" sport fishing charters reported boating a dozen walleye and dropping a half dozen more in 85 feet of water out of Dunkirk. The crew were using 11 colors of leadcore line plus 1 ounce of weight, eight colors of leadcore plus 2 ounces and seven colors of leadcore plus 4 ounces of weight. Renosky stick baits acounted for all the fish including several steelhead.
Photo by Gene Pauszek
Fall fishing for yellow perch should start to improve when you can get out on the lake.
There have been reports of steelehead caught in "Cattaraugus Creek " closer towards the mouth. Those fish are "jacks" or males. Look for a good run of fish after a sustained heavy rain, especially if the temperature drops.
Skip Bianco at Hogan's Hut on Chautauqua Lakes reports Dick Davis stopped in the store showing photos of a 7-pound plus large mouth and several other large fish he had caught recently on Chautauqua Lake in 2 to 4 feet of water. Customers pulling in panfish have reported "incidental" catches of muskies in the shallows also. Yellow perch have been caught off Magnolia Bay, Victoria and Light House Point. White Perch and bluegills have been aggressive on the inside of the weedlines. There is a pronounced algae bloom on parts of the lake, but it has not appeared to effect the fishing.
Zen Olow and myself will be guests on Reed Powers Senior Report television show Channel 5 on Saturday from 9-10 a.m.
Charles Alsheimer, renowned wildlife photographer/writer and editor of Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine, will return to our area to present his new video program "Whitetails, A Photographic Journey Through the Seasons." Alsheimer will be the guest speaker at the West Portland Baptist Church sportsmen's dinner, held at the Mission Meadows Camp located on Route 430 in Dewittville. This facility has a smaller capacity than the previous building, so the committee is limiting the tickets to 250 people. There will be a nominal fee of $5 per ticket. This event is likely to sell out, so the committee requests you order your tickets as soon as possible. To order, email WestPortlandBC@fairpoint.net or call 326-3417.
The event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27. The doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:45 p.m., and the presentation around 7 p.m. A number of wild game specialties are usually available as well as some superb home cooking from the ladies on the committee. If you would like to bring a dish to pass, it would be appreciated. You can make your checks for this event payable to West Portland Baptist Church mailed to West Portland Baptist Church, 7081 E. Route 20, Westfield, N.Y. 14787.
Emilio Rende, the Senior Wildlife Biologist, Stewardship & Land Mgt. Coordinator, Upland Game Birds, Bureau of Wildlife for NYS DEC Region 9, 182 East Union St., Suite 3 request anyone who participated in the summer turkey survey to please submit their survey sheets to him care of the supplied address as soon as possible.
FREE fly tying and fly fishing classes will resume on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, starting Monday, Sept. 16 from 6-8 p.m. Fly tyers at all stages are invited to attend, from beginners to expert. The Monday night tyers will provide fly tying vises and all materials for anyone who would like to learn how to tie a fly or how to start fly fishing. Ken Hollander and Willie Fedrick, along with guest tyers, will provide the know how, in a safe enjoyable facility located at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Mullet Street in Dunkirk. Note this group of fly tyers made their services available at the Great Lakes Experience, The "Con Club Take-A-Kid Fishing day" and at the Chautauqua County Fair grounds in the Conservation Building. You get to keep what you tie and will receive one-on-one attention. No registration required, just show up!
Upcoming trapping classes - Falconer Rod & Gun Club located on the Buffalo Street extension in Falconer, Wednesday Sept. 25 from 6-10 p.m., returning on Friday Sept. 27 from 6-10 p.m. Register at first class. Limited to 30 students.
Trapping class at Westfield Fish & Game on Oct. 4 from 6-10 p.m., returning on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call Rich at 595-3917 for a work book. Limited to 35 students.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club bow course will be held on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The course has reached its capacity size of students. The instructors ask that those who signed up be sure to attend. The trapping course will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, Route 5, Hamburg will feature Bruce Fisher, professor of economics at SUNY Buffalo, speaking on the economics of Lake Erie on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and free.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host their Memorial shoot & Gun Raffle on Sept. 15.
The Annual Hunting Expo held at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Buck at 569-6810 or visit www.yorkpennshows.com.
There will be a gun show at the Frewsburg Firemen's Rec Hall, 25 Hazzard St., in Frewsburg, on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Call 569-6810 for more information.
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