Weather still holding local anglers back

Photo by Gene Pauszek Chris Grenier and his son Tyler, from Clarksburg, West Virginia, were checking out the small-mouth bass fishing last week.

The Western New York weather pattern of constant change will put a couple of good fish bites on hold for awhile.

The Dunkirk Harbor has seen the arrival of out-of-state bass anglers looking for some decent small-mouth bass action. Chris and Tyler Grenier, from Clarksburg, West Virginia, were visiting our area last week and found some active smallies near the channel and just outside the harbor. Then the weather changed and the fish got lock jaw and they reported hooking up with close to 30 fish over their brief stay, all of which they released.

Meanwhile, Ron and Aaron Davis, also from West Virginia, arrived later in the week and announced that the water temperature was in the low 40’s and anyone looking for Lake Erie smallies should hold off for at least a week.

Rick Miller, in Irving, reports that there has been a flurry of yellow perch action off shore with anglers launching out of Cattaraugus Creek and heading east towards Evangola. The fish were located in about 62 feet of water, and several reported limit catches of 50 apiece. Most of the fish were reportedly males and nice sized.

Note that as of Wednesday afternoon, the state launch at the mouth of the “Cat” has no docks in yet. The Town of Hanover should have their docks in by the weekend. Sturgeon Point is not open and is currently being dredged. The Chadwick Bay Marina boat launch in the City of Dunkirk is open for business. No perch have been reported off shore in Dunkirk, but that can change any day. Some nice trout have been reported in the area with a nice run of steelies reported in Chautauqua Creek and at least one big brown trout reported locally.

Skip Bianco, at Hogan’s Hut, in Stow, reports that the calicos have been spotty recently, but yellow perch, keeper-sized blue gills and bullheads provide plenty of action in shallow water, both from shore and in boats. Mike Sperry, at Chautauqua Reel Outdoors, in Lakewood, reports that calicos still are hitting in the channels, including a 17-inch crappie caught from shore recently. Bullheads are also biting day and night. The local bullhead bite was good before the north wind started blowing. Using cut shrimp was a good bait choice.


There will be a free Drop Off Electronics recycling day on Saturday, April 22, from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the double-tier parking lot 7, Ring Road, SUNY Fredonia. They will take TVs (limit of four per vehicle) computers, telephones, microwaves and other small electronics and appliances. The event is sponsored by New York Senator Cathy Young.

The annual Outdoor Gear & Flea market held at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club will be on Saturday, April 22, from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Admission, and display tables, are free on a first-come, first-serve basis. Set up starts at 7 a.m. Note: Due to the NYS SAFE Act, no guns can be displayed or sold. For more information, call Paul at 563-9258.

On Saturday, April 29, from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy invites area sportsmen and women to come to the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, located at 1 Mullet street, in Dunkirk (turn towards the lake at the Country Fair Store located on Route 5), to help celebrate a major milestone in the CWC’s conservation efforts. The CWC has rescued 1,000 acres of wildlife habitat in Chautauqua County and that land is now open to the public at no cost.

During the allotted time frame, representatives from the Orvis store at the Eastern Hill’s Mall in Williamsville, will be on hand for a one hour to teach Fly Fishing 101, an Introduction to Fly Fishing, from 4-5 p.m. There is no charge for attending the course, but participants need to arrive by 3:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served from 5 until 5:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., John Michalovic, a former President of the Finger Lakes & WNY Waterfowl Association, and former treasurer and NYS Chairman of Ducks Unlimited, will give a short presentation on duck hunting.

Michalovic has also been a NYSDEC waterfowl educator and identification instructor for almost 40 years. This fun night is being billed as 1K4U and is sponsored by Luke Buehler of Summit Wealth Management of Fredonia and Jamestown. Contact person for this event is Alberto Rey at or by calling 410-7003.

A preview of upcoming activities at the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club include: Monthly meeting on May 7 starting at 4 p.m.; On April 30 and May 7 there will be 3-D archery shoots from 8 a.m. until 1p.m.; and on May 20, there will be a Rimfire spinner target shoot. Registration for gun events are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Rod Becker at 485-2773. The club will also host its Third annual yard sale on April 22 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club is located at 4391 Cassadaga-Stockton Road, Stockton.

There will be a pistol course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Sunday, April 30, from 2:30-8 p.m. Contact Gary Dudek at 366-3397 for more information. There is a mandatory fee of $75 for taking this course.

There will be gun shows coming up at the following areas:

Ashtabula County Sportsmen’s Gun Show at Saybrook Banquet Centre, located at 3116 North Bend Road (off Route 20), Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004. Dates are Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., respectively. For more information on any of the shows, contact Larry Spicer at 792-9972, visit, or write to Larry Spicer at P.O. Box 294, North East, Pa. 16428.

Boating safety Courses offered by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 34 will be held locally April 29. ABS Course at the Westfield Fish & Game Club, Ogden Road, Westfield from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.; May 13 at the Chautauqua Nurse and Rehab Center located at Temple Street, Dunkirk from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.; June 17 Paddle Sports America at CNRC Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.; and June 24 at the Ashville Firehall, 5338 Stow Road, Ashville from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For information, or to register, call Judy at 785-2198.

If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or any 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, ext. 5, after 6 p.m.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to