Offshore Lake Erie anglers finally got a reprieve from Mother Nature and were able to connect with the fantastic yellow perch fishery on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Those anglers who headed out to the 50-foot plus depths out of Cattaraugus Creek were rewarded with limit (50 perch per man) or near-limit catches. Live minnows seemed to be the preferred bait and Rick Miller in Irving had smaller-sized live emerald shiners, as well as golden shiners available. Miller reported more than a dozen boats were out Tuesday with most of the fishermen concentrating at 52 feet, just east of the mouth of "the Cat." On Wednesday, this columnist, along with my partner, did a little searching and finally found active perch in 58 feet, just west of the mouth. Lots of smaller fish to cull through, but many of the fish that were fizzed by puncturing the bladder and burped, seem to be able to make it back down to the deep, instead of becoming seagull food. This fantastic fishing will remain possibly into late November if the weather remains fishable.
Lots of anglers were "Out for Trout" recently with most of the area hard-bottom streams drawing attention and the mouth of Cattaraugus Creek appealing to spoon chuckers and trolling pursuits. Again, this fishery will remain accessible most of the fall and winter until the surface freezes over. Gun season for whitetail deer usually reduces a lot of fishing pressure and brown trout will sometimes invade these same waters.
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Lots of hungry yellow perch were biting in Lake Erie earlier in the week off Cattaraugus Creek.
Skip Bianco from Hogan's Hut in Stow reports yellow perch and crappie have started moving into the channels on Chautauqua Lake as well as closer to shore and small-mouth bass fishing has also been on the rise. Muskie fishing has slowed down a bit and walleye continue to hang out near the deeper holes.
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 Sunday, Nov. 3 at Grange Hall, Fredonia at 1:30 p.m. 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, 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: 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 "Turkey Shoots" on, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. These events 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.
The Evans Rod & Gun Club will host their annual "Sighting-in Day" on Saturday, Nov. 2. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and those interested can use the opportunity to sight-in their deer slugs, rifles, handguns and Muzzleloaders. The club has a covered firing line with concrete shooting benches. Targets are provided at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards. NRA certified Range Safety Officers and experienced shooters will be in attendance to provide assistance. There is a $5 fee per gun. Refreshments will also be available.
Years ago they used to call this a deer hunters breakfast. On Sunday November 10, the Forestville Fire Department will offer a 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.
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 email@example.com.