More rain needed to attract trout

Photo by Gene Pauszek: The Lake Erie water level was visibly low at Chadwick Bay Marina on Wednesday afternoon.

Locally we are going to need some more rainfall like we had on Wednesday evening, to attract a decent run of trout in the smaller local streams.

This columnist did a little investigation on Wednesday and noticed that the water in Canadaway Creek up into Fredonia was gin-clear and at a low water level. One angler was ready to try his luck near the Route 5 bridge, and commented he spied another fishermen targeting rainbow on Tuesday.

Rick Miller in Irving reports that Cattaraugus Creek, with its greater flow of water, still has a good number of fish in the creek with fresh runs of fish expected, especially after a heavy rainfall. It must have been the wind direction that caused a decrease in water , highly visible at the Chadwick Bay Boat launch on Wednesday. Boaters would have needed a ladder to get in or out of their boats at 3:30 p.m. On the bright side, we don’t have to shovel rain, and many of us in Western New York are thankful that we seldom are put in nature’s harmful way, like our fellow humans in Puerto Rico and along the hurricane prone coast line. Thank you, Lord!

Angling pressure for walleye has subsided with the recent strong winds and rainfall. There have been a few isolated reports of good catches, with the deeper 75 to 85 foot range still being productive to deep presentations on downriggers and dipsey divers.

Rick Miller in Irving reported that fishing for yellow perch in Lake Erie continues to be up and down, with most of the success stories coming out of the mouth of the Cat in 65 feet or deeper.

Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/ Stow reports that the yellow perch are biting everywhere and coming in a variety of sizes at Chautauqua Lake. Walleye anglers have reported hooking up with walleye while casting from shore at low light and after dark. Boaters are also catching their share in shallow water, along the weedlines and near the deeper holes.

Musky fishing is still good as well as white bass and white perch and a few crappie catches have also been reported.

Calendar: The next meeting of the Southtowns Walleye Association will take place on Thursday Oct. 19 at the SWA club located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg. Guest speaker is Joe Yaeger, with news on the Great Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo and Lake Ontario fishing action. The event starts at 7:30 p.m.and is open FREE to the public.

There will be a gun show at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds on Oct. 14, 15 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. The show will be located at the Ashtabula County Expo Center Building at 127 North Elm Street, Jefferson, Ohio 44047. For more information contact Larry Spicer at 792-9972.

Another gun show will be on Nov. 18 & 19 at the Hickory Post VFW 5550 East State Street US Route 62, East of PA 18- West of Mercer on 62, Hermitage, Pennsylvania, same time frame.

On Dec. 16-17 there will be a gun show at the Harborcreek Fire Department, Social Hall located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20, (located between North East, Pa. and Harborcreek, Pa.)

Monday night, free fly tying courses will resume on Monday at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tying vises, instruction and materials are all provided free. No registration is necessary. The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club is located on Mullet Street, Dunkirk. Turn towards the lake at the Country Fair store located on Lake Shore Drive (Route 5).

The Children of the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program will be starting its 18th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. Classes will be on Tuesday evenings starting on Aug. 29 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes and the course is geared towards ages 10 and older. For more information contact Alberto Rey at 410-7003 or

If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or any other outdoors event, and would like to see it posted in the calendar, send information to the OBSERVER, 10 East Second Street, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048, or call the sports dept. at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 6 p.m.

Note: If you have a big-game fishing or trapping success story you would like to share, call 366-1772, or 467-2079 and leave a name, phone number and a time you can be reached. You can also call 366-3000, ext. 5, after 6 p.m.