Walleye fishing is spectacular

Photo by Gene Pauszek Dave Crouse, from Buffalo, enjoyed some walleye action recently fishing with the columnist.

If only we had this summerlike weather, all summer long. Nice warm temperatures, gentle breezes, and a hint of precipitation during the day. We take what we can get!

The offshore fishing for walleye on Lake Erie is spectacular. Numerous fishermen are reporting daily limit catches of walleye, which are one of the best tasting fish in Lake Erie. The outlook for next year and the near future is very good, so now might even be a good time to consider purchasing a boat. Consider taking a charter if you want to learn the ropes as there are still numerous charter boats available for hire. All three ports are reporting good walleye fishing offshore in water 75 feet and deeper.

Veteran anglers report limit catches in an hour, on some occasions and trophy size fish do show up occasionally. Many of the walleye on Lake Erie are deep, so utilizing dipsey divers on the 2 or 1 setting over 150 feet back will get you into the walleye strike zone. Down riggers using smaller sized spoons, dragged near the bottom on 15 foot leads, will also draw attention. If you are impatient, pop the riggers and let the spoon flutter up, while holding the line between your fingers or watching the rod tip. When you feel a “tick” set the hook!

Yellow perch have been inconsistent lately. One angler reported a two man catch last Friday of 17 “hawgs” and only 10 on Sunday off Dunkirk in 67 feet. If you are fishing, make sure you carry a current fishing license, and make sure those walleye are a legal 15 inch minimum in length. Our hard working Environmental Conservation Officers are present on Lake Erie checking regulations, and make sure you have life preservers. Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reports that walleye fishing is also great on Chautauqua Lake with reports of active fish coming from fish in 4 feet of water out to 40 feet. Yellow perch have been reported out of Bemus Bay and Long Point. Enjoy the weather !

Calendar: The next meeting of the Southtowns Walleye Association located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd. Hamburg, will be tonight . The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and the guest speaker for this month will be “Bill’s Hook’s”. Topic will be trolling motors and how to care for them. The meetings are open to the public.

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 pistol course 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 alberto@albertorey.com.

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.