With sunny skies in the forecast finally for the weekend, kids of all ages should be able to have some fun.
The New York Walleye Association will be hosting their 20th annual AMARA-CAN Walleye Classic out of the Chadwick Bay Marina/Clarion complex this Saturday and Sunday.
The is a two to four person per boat Team Tournament that allows anglers to bring to the scale five walleye (only) per day for each day. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 10 teams that amass the largest total weight for 10 walleye (5 per day)caught during the two day event. There are big fish of the day prizes, drawings, and lots of fun in this timed event. All contestants launch during shifts : A shift launches at 7 a.m. and returns by 4 p.m. on Saturday and B shift launches at 8 a.m. and must return by 5 p.m. On Sunday, the team start times reverse and the shift length is shortened. With decent weather in the forecast, smaller boats stand a good chance to compete with the larger boats that often rule this event. Look for complete coverage of the rules and events on Friday in the OBSERVER.
With a tournament coming up, information on where the walleye are biting locally is scarce. The Buffalo Small Boat Harbor, past the Departure buoy and off the Windmills, still continues to be the top producing area for limits of walleye. Anglers are also connecting with walleye west of Barcelona and better numbers have been reported from North East.
Rick Miller in Irving summed up the yellow perch bite lately out of the Cattaraugus Creek area. His nephew, limited out on yellow perch last Friday in 54 feet of water. On Saturday, the fish were gone. Lucky anglers located the fish in 16-17 feet of water. Recently the fish have been in the 30-foot area. Catfish are still biting in the "Cat" as well as bass, white perch, and occasionally yellow perch off the mouth of the creek. Miller also reported that one of his salesmen reports that there still is a huge school of walleye in Ohio, that the anglers have been doing very well on.
Skip, my contact from Hogan's Hut on Chautauqua Lake, reports the walleye bite has been good on the south end of the lake with anglers working the tight along the weed edges off Ashville, and the White Wall. Yellow perch have slow, but a few anglers reported doing well in 10 feet of water off the Bell Tower area. Warner Bar has been producing nice sized bluegills, and if the kids want to have some fun try fishing with a live minnow a foot below a bobber for cruising gar pike. Call Hogan's Hut at 789-3831 for bait, tackle and information.
Locally, yellow perch have been reported in the 50 plus depths east of the red buoy, but after the rain, checking along the mudline might be worth a shot. Anglers fishing from the Dunkirk Pier have also hooked up with some nice perch, too.
The National Wild Turkey Federation local chapter, The Lakeshore Longbeards, will be hosting its annual Youth day event called JAKES Day this Saturday at the Westfield fish & Game Club from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event costs $10 per child and the kids under the age of 16 will have a fun-filled day of activities related to the outdoors including; one on one archery, building their own bluebird houses which they keep, fishing at the club ponds, and lots more. You can still sign up by calling Bob and Judi Turk at 934-4538, or you can register on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Westfield Fish & Game Club located on Ogden Road, Westfield. They will also serve a picnic lunch for all who attend. and all the kids get T- shirts and game calls. Open to the public.
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.
The Southtowns Walleye Association is hosting its 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 Association's monthly meeting will be held on Thursday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. at their club house, 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg.
The Westfield Fish & Game Club located on Ogden Road Westfield, will host a Hunter Safety Training course(gun) It will start on Monday August 12, at 7 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. The class will resume on Saturday 8/17/13 at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Students must attend BOTH days and be at least 12 years old. For more information call 326-3218.
The Annual Hunting Expo held at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel , located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd, Salamanca, NY. (I 86- Exit 20). will be held on Saturday Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday 9/29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information contact Jim Buck at (716-569-6810 or visit www.yorkpennshows.com .
There will be a Gun Show at the Frewsburg Firemens Rec Hall , 25 Hazzard St Frewsburg on Oct. 26 & 27 Call 569-6810 for information.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.