Perch, walleye are really biting

Photo by Gene Pauszek Kelsey Gerholdt enjoyed the nice weather on Wednesday with her paddle board and her friend Jorsan Jankowski at Dunkirk Harbor.

Get ready for some of the best walleye and yellow perch fishing of the year.

Perch anglers have been reporting decent catches of ring backs from Dunkirk and the Cattaraugus Creek area. Now the problem is a bait shortage. Most of my sources indicted that there was a good run on bait over the weekend with emerald shiners non-existent, golden shiners sold out and fat heads on order. Those anglers that did have bait found active perch off the “cat” in 60 to 70 feet of water and off Dunkirk in 60 feet plus.

By Wednesday afternoon, Rick Miller in Irving reported having goldens, and Dunkirk (Chadwick Bay marina) had fat heads. Salted minnows will also work, if you have them, and so will night crawlers. Be sure to use just a pinch of worm or you will be feeding the fish.

Walleye continue to offer limit catches to those anglers who have not winterized their boats yet. This columnist had an invite to go walleye fishing on Wednesday afternoon, and my companion located loads of active walleye in the 18 inch range in 75 to 100 feet of water west of Van Buren point. Wire line dipsey set on 3 set back 150 feet was hot with a black & silver storm stick bait and a pinch of worm as the offering. Ten colors of lead core line with purple and silver storm stick baits and down rigged worn harnesses also proved productive, providing a 12 walleye limit in two hours in the evening. The weekend has a bright outlook if you want to try your luck.

Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut in Stow reports that last Sunday was a great day for walleye and the bite has been decent later in the week. Silver buddies, worm harnesses and vertical jigging have been productive. Yellow perch have been hitting lake wide and muskies have been hanging around deeper water lately.

Calendar: Fredonia elementary school teacher Lisa Forbes is looking for some volunteers to participate in the Intercoastal Clean-Up which will take place on Saturday morning at Wright Park beach from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Volunteers should wear appropriate foot wear, with sharp stones, zebra mussel shells and other assorted debris present. If possible, also bring your own gloves. Trash bags will be provided. If you can help, just show up. Thanks!

The Lakewood Rod & Gun Club will be holding their annual gun raffle on Sept. 24 starting at 1 p.m. The event will take place at the club located on Terrace Ave. in Lakewood. and it’s open to the public.

Monday night free fly tying courses will resume on Monday at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tying vises, instruction and materials are all provided free No registration is necessary. The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club is located on Mullet Street Dunkirk. Turn towards the lake at the Country Fair store located on Lakeshore Drive west (Route 5).

There will be a free trapping course at the “Con Club” on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Preparation work must be completed before the event. For more information contact Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

There will be a pistol course also at the Con Club on Sept. 27 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. There is a mandatory fee of $75 for taking this course. Call Dudek at 366-3397 for more information.

The Children of the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program will be starting its 18th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. Classes will be on Tuesday evenings starting on Aug. 29 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes and the course is geared towards ages 10 and older. For more information contact Alberto Rey at 410-7003 or

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, NY 14048, or call the sports department 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.