Some stable weather patterns are predicted for the near future and anglers should be able to cash in on some successful fishing.
Skip Bianco, at Hogan's Hut, on Chautauqua Lake, reports that the calico bite is still going strong for boaters fishing out of Mayville and Burtis Bay. Another pleasant surprise is that anglers are still catching fish near shore and in the channels. Bullheads are also active around the lake and the yellow perch have been roving. Walleye and bass fishing has been more challenging of late, but look for that bite to improve with the weather.
This columnist got to try his luck perch fishing on Sunday with the Pleva father and son team. We were on the water by 8:30 a.m., and took a peek at the action straight off the mouth of the Cattaraugus Creek. There were close to 40 boats in water over 50 feet, but on the way out to that zone, we dropped anchor in 46 feet looking at a lot of "humps and bumps" on the bottom. That area was loaded with gobies, so we went deeper to 52 feet, where we couldn't attract a bite and after moving deeper - and more west - we opted to move closer to our original point. In 50 feet of water, the picture looked great, but the bite was very subtle. Most of the fish we caught were hooked on a thin lip membrane. Other anglers did limit catches, so it's all location, location, location. Live, emerald shiners was the bait of choice.
OBSERVER Photo at left by Gene Pauszek
OBSERVER Photo at right submitted
Pictured above, at left, Chautauqua Lake Central School classes taught by Mrs. Metzger, Mr. Stark and Mrs. Weise were recently visited by the Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory team, along with County Executive Assistant Daniel Heitzenrather and District Legislator David Himelein. At right is Mike Brennan displaying a 33-inch long catfish he caught in Cattaraugus Creek on May 12. The fish weighed 18 pounds.
Rick Miller, in Irving, reported that on Wednesday, the perch anglers moved in to the 46 foot range to find fish before the wind picked up. Catfish are still active in "Cat" Creek, but night fishing has improved now that the water clarity has improved. Expect the bass fishing to improve too with the water clarity.
Walleye fishing has been reportedly better near Buffalo. The DEC creel census revealed that anglers have been catching a few daytime walleye off Hamburg Beach and Wannakah in 15 to 20 feet of water. That same area has produced better catches in the evening in shallower water.
Willie Federick reported that his young grandson caught two trout and a black bass while fishing under the Route 5 bridge in Canadaway Creek on Saturday. Jim Markham, the Cold Water species biologist from the Dunkirk-based Fisheries station, reported that the bass have started moving into the creeks lately after the flood waters have finally receded.
Locally, walleye reports have been sparse. Those out-of town bass fishermen have reported catching incidental walleye in the shallows while the anglers have been focusing on bass. One report from the Van Buren reef area indicated that the walleye catching for them has been slow lately, with a lot of stained water and storms chasing them off the lake during the evening.
Captain Dan Korzenski, of Hooked Up Sportfishing, reported that his crew did a limit catch of salmonids last Sunday out of Wilson Harbor. Spoons and dodger flies have been productive.
Application forms for the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club's Take-A-Kid Fishing day on June 7 are available now at the club. We urge you to sign up early so you will have a T -shirt reserved and in your size.
The Con Club Ladies Auxiliary is also hosting a chicken barbecue on Sunday June 1, at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 1 to 3 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at the club.
The Lakeshore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be having a meeting on Tuesday, June 10 at Liberty Vineyards, located on Route 20, in Sheridan. Agenda will focus on the upcoming youth day event: JAKES Day. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host 3-D archery shoots on 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's 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.
Southtown Walleye's annual walleye tournament is June 7-14. You must be a member and there is a $35 entry per contestant. Note that there will be numerous prize giveaways at the monthly meeting on Thursday, June 5 for members entered in the Walleye tournament. Be sure to bring your tournament form or sign up at the June 5 meeting, which will start at 7:30 p.m.
The Cassadaga Lakes Association will be holding its 21st annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 28, at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive, Cassadaga from 7 until 11:30 a.m. The contest is free and open to youths 16 years of age and under. Sign up at the site before fishing. More information will be printed at a later date.
The Chautauqua County Sports Fishing Advisory Board has finished reading and judging over 400 essays written by Chautauqua County youngsters. Various CCSFAB members and our County Executive, Vince Horrigan, will be visiting local schools and handing out awards and certificates in the near future.
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. I also am available to take photos and hear your success stories by calling 366-1772 or 467-2079.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.