With questionable weather forecasts, the early part of the week had many anglers staying close to home.
However, the long weekend is shaping up to be a good one.
Don Einhouse from the Dunkirk-based Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries station commented the better yellow perch catches appear to be coming from Sturgeon Point and the Cattaraugus Creek area. The windmills out of the Buffalo Small Boat Harbor is the spot to go for walleye, according to reports. Local fishing east of Dunkirk in the 60- to 70-foot area will produce walleye as well as occasional trout, including browns and steelhead. Einhouse also commented the work on the Probst Platform has been successfully completed by a DEC agency, but commented the new deck will only last so long. Funds for more significant improvements will have to be generated. Sportsmen may want to contribute that extra $5 towards the purchase of the optional habitat stamp, to help make this possible down the road.
OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek
Above, 36 youths had a great time at the Westfield Recreation Department annual Casting & Fishing Derby on June 21. Below, from left, are DEC Biologists Don Einhouse and Jason Robinson addressing the members of the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen at the Westfield Fish & Game Club.
Mike Sperry at Chautauqua Reel Outdoors in Lakewood reports the muskie fishing on Chautauqua Lake has been good lately. Trolling is the way to go. With weed harvesting taking place, it might be hard to locate a distinct weedline, but anglers have been catching walleye and bass by pitching tipped jigs into the slop at the south end of the lake for fish.
Skip Bianco at Hogan's Hut on Chautauqua Lake also reports harnesses and jigs tipped with either night crawlers or leeches is the way to go. Yellow perch have been cooperating at Warner Bar. Weed cutting has moved the fish north of Tom's Point, Victoria and towards Maple Springs.
The winners of the Westfield Annual Casting and Fishing Derby were: In the 9-12 year old group: First place went to Tyler Ptak, second place was Josh Heim and third place was Jordan Czak. In the 5-8 age group: First place went to Michael Cochrane, second Mathew McAvoy and third Haleigh Dellow. Devin Riscili caught the first fish of the day. The Westfield Recreation Department would like to thank the following sponsors who helped make the event possible for the 36 youngsters who attended and had a great time on June 21: Lakeview Correctional Facility, Zen Olow, Westfield Tackle, Ken Riforgiato, Forest View Graphics & Taxidermy, Fredonia Wal-Mart, Forest View Farms, Margret Jagoda, Gary & Ethel Overturf and Barcelona Market and the Westfield Fish & Game Club for hosting the event.
Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July weekend !
Upcoming Lake Erie fishing tournaments include: The Amara-Can Walleye Classic held in Dunkirk on July 12-13. Sign up is available on July 11 or for more information, call 875-8148.
The Sunset Bay Shoot Out Big Fish Friday is July 25 and the main event is Saturday, July 26. This event is sold out. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Derby is a three-day event that is also sold out. The event is Aug. 1-3. Contact information is available by calling 640-2776.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host 3-D archery shoots on July 13, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14. They will also host a 200-yard gun shoot on 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.
The Lakeshore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be holding a meeting on Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m., at Liberty Vineyards, which is located on Route 20, in Sheridan. The agenda will focus on the Youth Day event called JAKES Day, which will be held on Saturday, July 19 at the Westfield Fish & Game Club located on Ogden Road in Westfield. The meeting is open to the public.
During JAKES Day, sign in starts at 9 a.m. and the groups will visit various learning stations located at the Westfield Fish & Game Club located on Ogden Road in Westfield. Youngsters must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and there is a $10 fee, which will cover their membership in the NWTF, the cost of a T -shirt, lunch for the kids and guardians as well as turkey box calls and other goodies. To sign up, call Bob or Judi Turk at 934-4538. Even though same-day sign in is available, you are encouraged to pre-register. The Longbeards are also looking for volunteers to dispense food, and general assistance.
There will be a two-day gun safety course at the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club on July 10-11 from 5- 10 p.m. You must register on the DEC website to attend this course.
There will be a Pistol Course on Aug. 16 at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Note that the price for attending these courses is now set by the county, and is now $75. Pre-register for the course by calling Gary at 366-3397
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 email@example.com.