The offshore fishing for walleye and yellow perch remains good to excellent, but you may have to head east.
On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to attend a monthly meeting of the New York Walleye Association. Club president Bob Zoeller asks the membership every month if anyone caught any walleye or perch recently, and the reply from numerous members of the club was yes. In fact, one member stated this has been the best year for walleye (catching) he can remember. He has been focusing his attention in the 70-75 foot area between The Cattaraugus Creek and Sturgeon Point, staying in American waters, and limiting out most every day lately. Black and purple or pink/orange/green harnesses seem to be the ticket presented on a variety of ways ranging from lead core line to dipsey divers. Try a variety of presentations and let the fish dictate what they want.
Anglers fishing out of Dunkirk on Wednesday reported doing well off the second water tower (west) in 100 feet or deeper. Black and orange harnesses were the ticket as well as rebel stick baits in silver/blk that look like they are losing their scales. Bonus steelhead and lake trout can be encountered in the deeper water too.
OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek
Walleye schools are still in session.
Fishing in 64 to 67 feet of water out of the "Cat" has been the most productive spot reported lately with live minnows hard to beat, but salted, and cut up calamari also are turning the fish on. Those anglers who keep a journal on where and when they caught fish before all point to the middle of the month of September being a great time to be fishing for perch. Hope for good weather and calm enough winds.
Those hunters who would like to participate in the early goose season will need to have a valid small game license or sportsman's license from the 2011-12 time period. They will also need to get the new HIP number by calling 1-888-427-5447.
The Jamestown Rifle Club located at Busti-Still-Water Road, Busti, will host an archery course on Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. You must pre-register at the club on Aug. 31 from 6-7 p.m.
Correction: The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will host an archery course Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Students must pre-register on Sept. 5 from 6-8 p.m. Class is limited to 40 students.
The Ripley Rod & Gun Club, located off Route 76, in Ripley, will host a two-day archery course, beginning on Sept. 13, from 6-10 p.m., returning on Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Register at the first class.
Ellington Rod & Gun Club, located at Hagendon Hill Road, Ellington, will host a two-day archery course on Sept. 14 from 6-10 p.m., returning on Sept. 15 from 7 a.m. until noon. Must pre-register by calling Neal Frazier at 287- 2120.
Clymer Conservation, located on Route 474, in Clymer, will host an archery course on Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Students must pre-register at the club on Sept. 15 from 8-10 a.m.
Hunter Education Courses (gun) will be held:
Friday from 5-10 p.m., and returning Sept. 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road in Ellery. Students must pre-register on Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. until noon at the club.
On Sept. 7 from 6-10 p.m., returning on Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. until done at the Mayville Conservation Club located on Bloomer Road, Mayville. Students must pre-register by email at email@example.com.
On Sept. 18, from 6-9:30 p.m., returning on Sept. 20 from 6-9:30 p.m. and ending on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Ripley Rod & Gun Club located off Route 76, Ripley. Register at the first class.
On Sept. 19 from 5:45 p.m. until 10 p.m., returning on Sept. 22 from 7:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Carroll Rod & Gun Club, located on Frew Run Road, Frewsburg. Students must pre-register at the club on Sept. 15 from from 10 a.m. until noon.
On Sept. 19-20 from 5-10 p.m. both days at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club located on Mullet St. Dunkirk. Students must pre-register at the club on Sept. 5 from 6-8 p.m. NOTE: This course like many of the other sites is limited to 40 students only and fills up fast, so check the other locations and dates as a back up.
On Sept. 21 from 6-10 p.m., returning on Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. until done at the Harmony Conservation Club located on Route 474, Panama. Students must pre-register by e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Sept. 21 from 6-10 p.m., returning Sept. 22 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Falconer Rod & Gun Club located on Buffalo Street Extension, Falconer. Students must pre-register on Sept. 7 from 6-7 p.m. at the club.
*Correction The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will host a trapping course Sept. 15 from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Students should bring a lunch.
Falconer Rod & Gun Club located on the Buffalo Street Extension in Falconer, is scheduled to host a trapping course on Sept. 26 & 28 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Both days. Two day attendance necessary for certification.
The Bear lake Rod & gun Club is scheduled for a two day trapping course on October 18 & 19 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. You musty pre-register by phone by calling Roger Witt at 595-3418.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host 3-D archery shoots on Sept. 2, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Ray Marks will be offering a six-week fly-fishing course starting Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 6:30-9 p.m. The course will cover the basics of fly fishing, casting, flies to use, where to fish, etc. Contact Marks at 549-1977, or enroll by calling Lake Shore Community Education at 926-2210.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to email@example.com.