The recent cold snap, precipitation and abundant wind have accelerated the annual defoliation process.
Lots of leaves blanket the ground and will make for some "crunchy" walking when they start to dry out. Even the squirrels have to submarine to find their harvest.
Rick Miller in Irving reports anglers found a window of opportunity to try their luck off shore fishing for yellow perch off the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek on Tuesday. About a dozen boats tried their luck mainly in 52 feet of water off the mouth and most all the boats did limit or near limit catches. This fishery should remain for a few more weeks depending on the weather, so don't put away your gear just yet.
OBSERVER?Photo by Gene Pauszek
Look for lots of deer activity this time of year, especially at sunrise and sunset.
My contact at the Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries station commented walleye anglers should also be able to cash in on near-shore walleye action focusing on reef areas. A primary target to hit when the weather permits is the small reef/rocky area off 18-Mile Creek. Walleye should be gorging themselves on shiners and shad, so a pitch and jig approach will most likely produce. Consider using a larger style soft plastic bait for starters.
Cattaraugus Creek finally cleared up enough for anglers to coax a few fish, but the predicted rainfall will probably dampen that prospect. Focus on the smaller hard bottom streams which tend to clear out a day after a hard rain. Several double digit brown trout have been reported lately taken from Canadaway and Chautauqua creeks.
Skip Bianco from Hogan's Hut in Stow reports the yellow perch bite continues from shore in the shallows, channels and on both sides of Long Point, as well as by Stow. Crappies have also moved into the channels at times. Fall is the right time to hook into good size small mouth bass, and walleye anglers have been targeting walleye, vertical jigging by Dewittville. Getting access to the Conewango Dredge and the other river systems in the lake can be tough, but the pike and perch pay-off is worth it.
The weather has an impact on anyone who spends any amount of time in the outdoors. In fact, there is a saying about local weather that goes, "If you don't like the weather in Western New York, wait a minute." Area readers might be interested in a short film that is being screened next week titled "Comfort Zone." The film will be shown on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Jewett 101, SUNY Fredonia, at 8 p.m. and again on Friday Nov. 8 at the SUNY Tech Incubator, located on Central Avenue in Dunkirk at 7:30 p.m. The film was made in Western New York and will address climate change in our area. Jim Wilmoth of Fredonia and Sherri Mason of SUNY Fredonia will coordinate the showings. The shows are FREE and should be of interest to all outdoorspersons. You are invited.
Bow season opened Oct. 1 in Western New York.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue its non-perishable food collection "Hunters Helping the Hungry" during the Big Game hunting season. Club members are reminded to bring their canned goods to the club for donation to be distributed during the Christmas holiday season. Thanks!
Free fly-tying and fly-fishing classes have resumed on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, from 6-8 p.m. Fly tyers at all stages are invited to attend. 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: Participants will get to keep what they tie and will receive one-on-one attention. No registration required, so just show up!
The Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road off Dutch Hollow Road will host a"Turkey Shoot" on, Nov. 10. The event will start at 9 a.m. Breakfast will also be served from 8 a.m. until noon. Slugs and shot will be provided for slug shoots and "lucky shot" events.
On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Forestville Fire Department will offer a "Deer Hunters breakfast" of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, hash browned potatoes, coffee and juice for a friendly price, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase fire fighting equipment and gear. This breakfast special will be available for take-out, or dine in, on every second Sunday of each month. You don't have to be a deer hunter to stop in and enjoy. This deer hunter breakfast will also be available Nov. 16 Opening Day of Deer season from 4 a.m until 10 a.m..
If your club is hosting a shooting event or training course (turkey shoot, etc.), drop a line and I will be glad to place an announcement in the calendar.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.