Area ice fishers all reporting good action

Photo by Gene Pauszek There were numerous bald eagle sightings in the Dunkirk Harbor recently off the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club boat launch.

The continuing cold weather has been a plus for ice anglers and those who enjoy winter sports activities.

Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reports that ice anglers had a good weekend last week, with at least 10 inches of good ice and a decent walleye bite for numerous anglers. Hot spots included DeWittville, Prendergast and Long Point. Focusing on 12 feet of water was productive for some anglers. Walleye anglers also hooked up with some bonus yellow perch as well as white perch and silver bass. Jigging rapalas tipped with live minnows or mousies are the ticket. Mayville has been producing lots of smaller sized fish like yellow perch and blue gills. Bianco did offer that there has been a lot of traffic at the Prendergast launch site and some snow machines did break through. You may have to move to the side to gain safer access.

Area streams are iced over and have put that fishery on hold, for now.

Jason Robinson at the Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries station and Jim Markham report that there has been a lot of action on steelhead through the ice at Barcelona, according to the creel census personnel. There were reports of 2 inches of clear ice and some slushy stuff on top, so use caution. Lee Weber in Derby reports that ice fishermen continue to head out on Lake Erie off Hamburg for walleye and yellow perch action.

Calendar: The Southtowns Walleye Association will hold its next monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 15 starting at 7:30 p.m. at the club located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg. Guest speaker will be Mike Steffes of Warrior Lures. In case you anglers have been wondering, there will be a walleye tournament sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club this year on Aug 3-5.

Our local chapter of Duck’s Unlimited will be holding their annual membership/fund raiser banquet on Feb. 24 at the Beaver Club. There are about 25 tickets left. Contact Ron Romance or any committee members soon.

The Friends of the NRA will also be holding their banquet on Feb. 24, at the American Legion Samuel Derby Post 556, located at 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg. Dinner is from 5-6:30 p.m. For more information contact Jennifer Schmitt at 487-2487 or log on

The next gun show is March 3-4 at Hickory Post VFW, located at 5550 East State Street, Hermitage, Pa.

Another gun show will be March 17-18 at the Harborcreek Fire Dept. Social Hall located at 7275 Buffalo Road, Route 20 (located between North East and Harborcreek, Pa.)

On April 14-15, there will be a gun show at Ashtabula County Fair Grounds at the Expo Center Building located at 127 North Elm St., Jefferson Ohio. For more information, contact Larry Spicer at 792-9972 or email

The Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center will host the annual outdoor show on Feb. 24-25. Log on for more information.

There will be a sportsmen flea/yard sale at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Sunday March 4 from noon until 5 p.m. Bring or look for old and new fishing, hunting, trapping, camping equipment etc. NO GUNS. Call Paul at 680-4629 for information.

The Western New York Sport & Travel Expo held at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg will be a four day event from March 8-11. Check out for more information.

The first annual Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show is scheduled for April 21 at the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. They are still looking for vendors. Call 366-3000 ext. 420 or email

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).

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 were on Tuesday evenings, but will now be held on Wednesday 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