Results of the Con Club’s annual fishing contest

Submitted Photo This 11 pound walleye didn’t win any major tournaments, but was the top walleye in the Con Club 2017 fishing contest and a personal best for the columnist.

This is the time of year when I publish the results of the year-long fishing contest held by the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club. The entry fee is a modest $10 per entrant. The eligible species is diverse and includes panfish, game fish and those that are usually thrown back. The contest is a throwback from the popular, now defunct Genesee Beer Fishing Contest. What is interesting is the date on which some of the fish were caught. For instance, Rock Bass seem to be most active at the same time of year annually. No hump or pink salmon were recorded, but they might return in 2018. Compare your catch to some of the winners. Prize money is $20 for first place and $10 for second. Everyone who comes to the annual party held the Saturday before Super bowl Sunday is a winner with great buffet of homemade dishes and a plethora of prizes raffled off. It’s a good time and has been going on for decades.

Winners of the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club annual Year-long Fishing Contest:

Yellow perch

First place: Fred Rosing, 2.0 lbs., caught on 4/23/2017

Second place (tie): Matt Pomietlasz, 1.4 lbs., caught on 4/14/2017; Steve Pomietlasz,1.4 lbs.caught on 4/14/2017;and Laura Pomietlasz, 1.4 lbs., caught on 9/12/17

White perch

First place: Laura Pomietlasz, 1.6 lbs., caught on 7/16/17

Silver bass

First place: Paul Pomietlasz, 2.8 lbs., caught on 7/28/17

Second place (tie): Gary Pleva, 2.2 lbs., caught on 8/10/17; Cindy Zolnoske 2.2 lbs. caught on 8/14/2017; and Robbie Gloff, 2.2 lbs., caught on 9/16/2017


First place: Gene Pauszek, 11.4 lbs., caught on 7/31/2017

Second place: Tim Schrantz, 10.4 lbs., caught on 7/05/17

Lake trout

First place: Sam Schrantz, 12.6 lbs., caught on 7/27/18

Second place: Laura Pomietlasz, 12.4 lbs., caught on 7/11/18

Steelhead trout

First place: Blake Frey, 7.6 lbs., caught on 8/01/2017

Second place: Dwayne Bob, 5.8 lbs., caught on 8/02/2017


First place: Laura Pomietlasz, 13 lbs.,caught on 8/14/2017


First place: Paul Pomietlasz, 6.4 lbs., caught on 8/01/2017

Small mouth bass

First place: Jack Forbes, 3.2 lbs., caught on 9/15/2017

Second place: Jack Forbes, 2.2 lbs., caught on 10/02/2017

Rock bass

First place: Jack Forbes, .08 lbs, caught on 6/03/2017

Second place: Jack Forbes, .08 lbs., caught on 6/03/2017


First place: Gene Pauszek, 3.4 lbs., caught on 8/15/2017

Note: there were no entries for bullheads or brown trout.


Calendar: Our local chapter of Ducks 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 be holding their banquet also 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

There will be a gun show March 3-4 at Hickory Post VFW located at 5550 East State Street US Rt 62 East of PA 18- West of Mercer on 62 Hermitage PA.

Another gun show will be on March 17-18 at the Harborcreek Fire Dept. Social Hall located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Rt 20 (located between North East PA and Harborcreek PA. 16421.

On April 14 and 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 44047. For more information, tables etc, 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-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