Trout really biting right now

Submitted Photo Salvada Miranda caught and released this large male brown trout off the City of Dunkirk Pier last week.

Seasonably cold weather, along with some predicted snowfall, has arrived locally. Deer hunters are hoping that the cold and snowfall will make the deer active for the remainder of the season. Fishing prospects for trout remain great until the streams freeze over.

Rick Miller in Irving reported that Cattaraugus Creek water levels were higher on Wednesday with Lake Erie wave action surging into the creek mouth. Anglers were reporting lots of trout in the hard bottom creeks like Walnut Creek and Silver Creek.

One local angler reported incredible numbers of trout (steelhead) in various parts of Canandaway Creek, commenting that the fishing was comparable to the hey day back in 2009.

Even the City of Dunkirk Pier has been yielding some trophy sized catches with double digit sized brown trout recently caught over the last few weeks and an occasional walleye.

One angler commented hearing from a buddy, that there were reports of limit catches of yellow perch coming from Lake Erie out of North East, during the last warm spell too. Locally the lake has been too rough for offshore fishing attempts this week. The Lake Erie water temperature was reported to be still in the 40’s, but the smaller inland lakes may see ice cover if the freezing temperatures prevail.

If you do head out to the streams, use extra caution as the hard bottom creek bed and streamside can get slick with freezing temperatures and wind chill conditions. Ditto for fishing off local piers. Spray from wave action can freeze quickly, creating hazardous conditions. It looks like the cormorants have vacated the area waterways, but their spot has been taken over by merganzers lately. Sure makes it tougher to get bait lately.


The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club announced that December is the last chance for members to pay their dues. If dues are not paid prior to Jan. 1, the names will be removed from the membership roster.

Attention big game hunters! If you need help locating a big game animal, after exhausting all attempts to find it, call Deer Search at 648-4355. This is a volunteer service that will help, whenever possible, with a high percentage success rate. Our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation — the Lakeshore Long Beards — announced at the Wednesday meeting that the annual banquet/fundraiser will take place on Jan. 20. This is the 20-year anniversary for the Long Beards.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue this year with their Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Club members are urged to bring one non-perishable food item (canned food or water) on Tuesdays. This year, the need is greater than ever. Thank you for your help!

On Dec. 16 and 17, there will be a gun show at the Harborcreek Fire Department, Social Hall located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20, located between North East and Harborcreek, Pa.

On Jan. 27 & 28 there will be a gun show at Conneaut Lake, Pa., at the Conneaut Lake Sportsmans Association located at 11861 Sportsman Road (off Route 18).

Monday night, free fly tying courses at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club are 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). Note that the fly tying courses at the Con Club will be taking a break on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Monday night classes will resume on Jan. 8.

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 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. or email