Rainy weather challenging the Fall hunting seasons

Sportsman’s Journal

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek Keep an eye out for deer on the move, especially at low light.

For the past few months, it seems that there has been no shortage of wind or rain in our area. The wind has made it almost impossible for boaters to access offshore fishing on Lake Erie and even in-land lakes.

Bow hunters are prudently avoiding going aloft in search of deer, and even on the ground, it has been less than ideal circumstance to pursue big game. As far as the rain is concerned, the old saying states that “it’s nice weather, if you are a duck.”

There has been some effort duck hunting in the Dunkirk Harbor on Sundays, with several hunters utilizing a large spread of decoys and at times a lay in boat. No word on their results.

Rick Miller in Irving reports that last Sunday there were a handful of boats that launched in search of yellow perch and or walleye, but no reports on their success. Note that the docks have been pulled at the State boat launch site.

Miller reports that a few trout have been taken from the “Cat” and surrounding hard bottom creeks. Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reports that crappie have been showing up in some of the channels on Chautauqua Lake, near Keller Road and Lakeside Drive.

Tri James should hold a few fish also, but this fall run is usually brief. Bianco stated that a lot of the docks have also been pulled around Chautauqua Lake. Long Point and Prendergast should still be open for launching. Shoreline fishing has improved on Chautauqua lake especially for yellow perch. Check out walleye fishing at low light. Muskie fishing along the weedlines in the shallows has also been decent.

Jim Markham at the Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries Station in Dunkirk commented that Captain Doug has been in contact with friends at the western end of the lake and they are hooking up with walleye near shore, along structure.

There is a lot of literature that indicates that walleye should be returning to their spring time haunts this time of year, and using lures like a Shad Rap, could prove to be effective locally.

Most of the chatter on deer hunting indicates that the deer are in the chasing phase, and one second hand story reported a bicycle rider had to dismount when a buck started coming at him. When we do get a break in the weather, try to make the most of it. And always, be safe!

Calendar: The Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association will be holding their monthly meeting on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club located at 1 Mullet St. Dunkirk. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the group will address their new web site, hold an election of officers, and they will be welcoming three new members to their organization. The public is invited to attend this meeting.

Conservation Club members are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to the club on Tuesdays during hunting season for the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. All canned food items will be donated to charity during the Christmas holidays. Thanks!

The Lakeshore Longbeards our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be having their next meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Liberty Vineyards Winery located on Route 20 in Sheridan. The agenda will include the introduction of the new Regional Director Brain Gottfried, as well as a look at what will be available for the 2019 membership drive/fundraiser. The banquet date has been set for Saturday, Jan. 19. The meetings are always open to the public.

Free Monday night fly tying instruction has resumed on Monday nights at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, located at Mullet Street in Dunkirk. Classes are for all levels of fly tying, but especially for beginners. No equipment is necessary. All participants get to keep their productions.

Classes are from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The classes are open to the public. Sometimes they even have homemade cookies!

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. Note that classes will switch from Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to Tuesday evenings 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.

There will be a gun show on Nov. 17 and 18 at the Hickory Post VFW located at 5550 East state Street. Us Route 62 East of PA. — West of Mercer on 62, Hermitage, PA, 16148.

On Dec. 8 and 9, a gun show at Harbor Creek Fire Dept. Social Hall, located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20 located between North East, PA and Harbor Creek, PA. For details or information, contact Larry Spicer at 716-792-9972 or go to LRgunshows@gmail.com.

Just a reminder that I am always looking for a good hunting, fishing or trapping story, to share with our readers. I am usually available for photos too by calling 366-1772 or 467-2079. Good luck and enjoy your next outing.

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 sports@observertoday.com.