Deeper waters still full of walleye

Photo by Gene Pauszek Many anglers, like Dave Crouse of Niagara County, experienced some awesome walleye fishing in late September on Lake Erie.

The weather is having an impact on the amount of anglers trying their luck on Lake Erie, but for those able to make it out to deeper water, the walleye are still there.

Don Einhouse at the Dunkirk-based DEC fisheries station reports that good reports of walleye catches are confirmed by creel census reports. In fact the mild warm weather experienced in late September, resulted in numerous anglers fishing and numerous limit catches.

Traditionally, anglers disappear from the lake after Labor Day weekend, but the tremendous walleye reports, coupled with favorable mild fishing conditions, resulted in phenomenal amounts of fish harvested. This columnist heard one report of several limits of walleye taken off Dunkirk on Tuesday in 85 feet of water, with the anglers hugging the bottom with smaller sized spoons off the downriggers and plugs off dipsey diver presentations. The wind eliminated a lot of fishing pressure lately.

Yellow perch continue to be up and down with some good catches reported one day and only a few the next. Rick Miller in Irving did report that most of the success stories come out of the “cat” in depths of 65 to 74 feet.

Don Einhouse and Jim Markham, the cold water species biologist, also commented that trout have been active at Cattaraugus Creek lately, with reports of fish all the way up to Gowanda. Miller commented that one local angler hooked up with 14 trout fishing out of his boat at the mouth of the “Cat” on Tuesday.

Other anglers have also been connecting with trout while fishing at the mouths of local streams a low light. Casting spoons like Cleo’s, kastmasters, Swedish pimples, K.O. wobblers or Lindy Spoons will usually do the trick. Look for trout to enter the streams after a good rainfall.

Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reports that the fishing on Chautauqua Lake has been “fair,” with the musky fishing active and a few crappie being taken.

Calendar: The Eastern Lake Erie Charter Association will be meeting on Friday evening at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club at 7 p.m. There will be a gun show at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds on Oct. 14-15 ,from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday. The show will be located at the Ashtabula County Expo Center Building at 127 North Elm Street, Jefferson Ohio 44047. For more information, contact Larry Spicer at 792-9972.

Another gun show will be at the Hickory Post VFW, 5550 East State St. (US Route 62 , East of PA 18- West of Mercer on 62), in Hermitage, Pa. Same time frame.

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).

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 St., Dunkirk, N.Y. 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.