Trout activity has been sparse lately

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek Chautauqua Creek trout anglers looking for success.

It has been a slow week for outdoor activities. Trout activity in area streams has been slow with many of the streams running high and muddy after a heavy rainfall, and when the water level drops, the fish have been sluggish.

I contacted the Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries station and was informed they recently visited a few creeks, and the fishermen commented there were no fish in the creeks. When the electricity was applied to some of the larger pools, the fishermen were also “shocked” to see the large number of fish that came to the surface. The cooler temperatures will slow down the metabolism of the fish, and often times, you will have to slow down your presentation, put it right in front of their nose, cross your fingers and hope they take it.

Mike Sperry, from Chautauqua Reel Outdoors in Lakewood, also commented it has been a slow week on Chautauqua Lake. Most of the fish reports involve fishing for yellow perch from shore. Crappie activity also has seemed to drop off. The water clarity has improved. With the seasonably cold weather in the forecast, hard water anglers will be wishing for ice fishing for Christmas.

Rick Miller, in Irving, reports the “Cat” is running muddy recently, but anglers are having some luck with trout fishing in the smaller streams.


There will be a pistol course offered at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Dec. 21 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. There is a $75 fee for attending this course. To register or for more information, contact Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

The Chautauqua County Federation of Sporstmen will be meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, at 6:30 p.m.

The Lakeshore Longbeards announced its annual membership/fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Kosciuszko Club, located in Dunkirk. The Longbeards will meet again on Wednesday Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at Liberty Vineyards. Tickets for the banquet will be available, as well as other information. Banquet tickets would make a nice Christmas gift for the turkey hunter on your gift list.

Time is running out! The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club’s “Hunters Helping the Hungry” non-perishable food collection is now in progress during big-game season. Con Club members are asked to bring their canned or dry goods to the club on Tuesdays. The items will then be distributed to local agencies for distribution during the Christmas holidays. The need is greater this year and the holidays are right around the corner.

The Food Bank Association of NYS and the Venison Donation Coalition are teaming up to help eliminate hunger in NYS. If you have a legally tagged and properly dressed deer you would like to donate at NO COST to the hunter, call 1-866-862-3337, or locate a processor at Thanks for your support!

Free Monday night fly tying classes have resumed at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, located at the foot of Mullet Street, in Dunkirk. All materials, including tying vises, are provided free. The course is from 6-8 p.m. No sign up or registration is necessary. Students get to keep their flies, too. Bring a friend. Scout leaders are encouraged to stop by and bring their charges. This course is geared for pre-teens and those older, and is connected with Kids on the Fly. Instructors will be on hand to guide novice and veteran fly tyers. Note that often there are delicious homemade cookies, too!

Alberto Rey announced the Children in the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program will begin its 18th year of providing free fly fishing classes to children and adults on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. The program is currently underway and will continue until June 13, except for Nov. 21, Dec. 19-26, Jan. 2, Jan. 16, March 13 and May 29. Classes will be in the Costello Community Room (P84) on the first floor of the addition to Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. For more information, contact Rey at Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All materials are provided. This is great for beginners and veteran tyers alike.

Larry Spicer will be running numerous gun shows around the area. His next show is at the Harborcreek Fire Dept. Social Hall, located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20 between North East, Pennsylvania. and Harborcreek, Pennsylvania., on Dec. 17-18. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sundays. Call 792-9972 or go to for more information.

If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or other outdoors event and would like to see it posted in the calendar, send information to the OBSERVER, 10 East Second Street, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048 or call the Sports Dept. at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 6 p.m.

Note: If you have a big game fishing or trapping success story you would like to share, call 366-1772, or 467-2079 and leave a name, phone number and a time you can be reached. You can also call 366-3000 after 5 p.m. at ext. 5.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to