Skip Bianco at Hogan's Hut in Stow, and Mike Sperry at Chautauqua Reel Outdoors at Lakewood, report there is a lot of open water now at Chautauqua Lake.
The calicos have started coming into the channels at Smith Boy's in Ashville and Magnolia, which is private property, but is accessible if you are fishing from a boat.
Please note, fishermen need to respect private property. Try asking for permission from the landowner. If they refuse, respect their wishes. Arguing will only jeopardize future endeavors for access easements. If you do gain access, make sure not to litter or damage any property. If you find litter left by someone else, pick it up. A few slobs can spoil it for the rest of us. Look for the fishing to improve with the warm spell predicted for the weekend.
OBSERVER Photos by Gene Pauszek
Dave McQuiggan II and his daughter Bridget tried their luck at Cassadaga Lake last Sunday.
Trout fishing off the City of Dunkirk Pier can be spectacular at times. I heard a report of an angler fishing with live minnows Sunday, and hooking up with eight steelies in a two-hour period. It was impressive to view almost 50 anglers, elbow to elbow, fishing on the east side of the pier because the west side was mostly covered with skim ice.
After a lot of ice cover, the trout should be running upstream in abundance. Enjoy!
The Monday Night Fly Tying group at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will be taking an extended break after Monday, April 14. The guys plan on doing some fishing and ask the regulars to show up for a group photo. The gang will be around for the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Take-A-Kid Fishing event June 7. They also plan to help out at the Great Lakes Experience, which is June 21. The group will meet Monday at 6 p.m.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club has a list of activities planned for this year, starting with a huge yard sale at the club property on Saturday, May 3, starting at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in selling gear, boats, cars farm equipment, etc. can rent a spot by calling Tom at 680-0209, or Kim at 450-4659. Sorry, no guns.
The Bear Lake Club will also hold a Trail Camera contest May 18 and Sept. 14. Send pictures to the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, P.O. Box 151 Stockton, N.Y. 14784, or bring your pictures to the club the day of the contest. Entry fee is $5 per photo. You can enter new and old photos, and the public is invited to attend to help vote on the winners. For more information, contact Tom Kessler at 680-0209 or Tim Abbey at 792-6519. The Bear Lake Club will host 3-D archery shoots May 18, May 25, June 22, July 13, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14. They will also host a 200-yard gun shoot June 8 and Sept. 21. New Members are welcome and the club monthly meetings are on the first Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. They start the meeting off with a hot meal, so come hungry.
Hanover Fish & Game will host a 10-week trap league, starting March 30. Cost for the league is $20, plus $5 per week for shooting. Shooters must have four weeks shot by April 27. Shooting will be Sundays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. For more information, contact Mike Nasal at 679-6059 or Mark at 713-2776.
The next meeting of the Great Lakes Experience Planning Board will be today, at noon, at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, which is located on Central Avenue in Dunkirk. Plans are being made for the GLE to take place at Dunkirk's Memorial Park on June 21.
New York Sea Grant's annual "State of Lake Erie Meeting" will be held on tonight from 7- 9 p.m. at the Southtowns Walleye Association Club House located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg. Guest speakers and topics will be: Status of Lake Erie fish community by NYSDEC Don Einhouse, Lake Erie sturgeon by Dr. Dimitry Gorsky, Microplastics in Lake Erie and fish health by Dr. Sherri Mason and an update on Lake Erie toxic algae blooms by Helen Domske. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Southtowns walleye will also feature a one day yellow perch contest on May 17 for $10 per entry. Cash prizes, free perch dinner and lots of fun. Must be a member ($35). Southtown Walleye's annual walleye tournament is June 7 through 14. Must be a member and $35 entry per contestant.
The Monday Night Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Fly Tyers will meet Monday at 6 p.m., weather permitting. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.
The Falconer Rod & Gun Club will host a trapping course on Sept. 24 and 26 from 5:30-10 p.m. each day. Register the first day.
The archery course at the Bear Lake club will be Aug. 20-21 from 6-10 p.m. Two-day attendance is required, as well as pre-registration. Their trapping course will be Oct. 16-17 from 6-10 p.m., both days with a limit of 35 students.
There will be a gun safety course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on April 16-17 from 5-10 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory. Call Gary at 366-3397. There will be another two-day course given Aug. 27-28. Note these classes are limited to 35 students. Another two-day course will be on Sept. 24-25 with the same time frame.
There will be one date for the archery course at the Con Club on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. There is a class limit of 60 students. Bring a lunch. Pre-register by calling Gary at 366-3397.
The trapping course at the Con Club will be Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Limit 60 students.
Raw fur pickup schedule: North American Fur Auctions' (NAFA) location is Lucky Lanes bowling alley on Route 60, in Fredonia. Time is 4:30 p.m., on April 28. The agent is Ernest Mosher and he can be reached by calling 315-868-6275. Note: The fur must be put up and dried. No green pelts will be accepted.
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.