Walleye fever returns to the area Friday and Saturday with another tournament .
The Second Annual Sunset Bay Walleye Shoot-Out, in conjunction with Cabana Sam's, will kick off with Big Fish Friday. Teams registered in the Walleye Shoot-out will be pre-fishing for the main event on Saturday. The SBWSO will be giving a 100 percent pay out with an estimated $30,000 in cash and prizes awarded to the winning teams. A reportedly professional "live" weigh-in stage/trailer outfitted with state of the art scales, digital display monitors, audio, stereo and a hosted weigh-in show should prove entertaining for both the fishing teams and the audience.
The teams depart at 7 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. The main weigh-in show will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. There are 50 teams participating in this event, which was filled by April of 2013 with a reported 40 teams on the waiting list. This should be an exciting event. This event is also being filmed by local, professional TV personalities for future show consideration. It should be fun and event coordinator Captain Don Ruppert of WaveTamer Sportfishing expects there should be a lot of fish and some big boxes of fish, too. Capt. Ruppert's team was the big winner in the recent AMARA-CAN walleye Tournament held out of Dunkirk recently.
Expect most of the walleye teams and fishermen in general to be heading east of Cattaraugus Creek. The Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries station creel census personnel continue to prove that the action remains better out of Sturgeon Point/Buffalo Small boat harbor area.
This columnist had the opportunity to sample first hand the small boat harbor fishing last Thursday, and what a tremendous experience it was. First off, Darin Stott, Gary Pleva and myself had not been in that area before. We were told to look for the Red departure buoy, which was red and white and a lot further north than what I had envisioned. Expect lots of boat traffic especially on the weekend. Also, unless you are equipped with a Canadian fishing license, be aware of where the border line starts. The area we fished was about 45-50 feet deep and the morning started off slow. After changing from worm harnesses that were attracting lots of silver bass action, to Renosky stick baits, we boated 16 walleye and dropped at least five, including a hawg. The fish are stacked up like cord wood. Baits were presented on in-line planner boards/lead core and dipsey divers set on two, 80 feet back.
Rick Miller in Irving reports anglers have been doing well on yellow perch just east of the "Cat" in 40-45 feet of water. Locally, perch fishing has been slow to non-existent. Anglers report there has been a lot of cold water in the area.
Skip from Hogan's Hut/Stow area, my contact on Chautauqua Lake, reports the walleye and small mouth bass action is still good around Maple Springs. Large mouth bass are active over most of the lake and big bluegills continue to provide lots of action near Warners Bar. Looking for yellow perch try the south end of the lake by Ashville. White perch are everywhere. During a muskie contest held last weekend one angler reportedly caught 9 muskies with the largest fish a 36 incher.
The Southtowns Walleye Association is hosting its 21st Catch and Release Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 21 at the Tifft Nature Preserve, located on Furman Boulevard, Buffalo. The event is free to all kids 15 years old and younger. Bring your own tackle. Sign-up starts at 7:30 a.m. with the weigh-in from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. A picnic-style lunch, including free hot dogs and goodies, will be served from 11 a.m. until noon. Coffee, milk, donuts and juice will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. All kids receive a grab bag and winners will receive awards starting at noon. For more information, call Dennis at 861-5687 or Doug at 649-8202.
Cattaraugus County Sportsmen's Rendezvous will be held August 9-10-& 11 at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Little Valley. The show will feature archery, Black powder, trapping, fishing, guns,taxidermy dealers,Big Buck displays, live seminars, food and a Saturday night auction.Camping is permitted. No alcoholic beverages vended.For more information call 492-0432. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. respectively.
The Westfield Fish & Game Club located on Ogden Road Westfield, will host a Hunter Safety Training course (gun). It will start on Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. The class will resume on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Students must attend both days and be at least 12 years old. For more information, call 326-3218. On Sunday Sept. 15 they will hold their Memorial Shoot & Gun Raffle.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will host a Firearms safety (gun) course on August 21 & 22 from 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. Two day attendance is mandatory for certification. The bow course is Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and the Trapping course will be on Saturday Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club archery course is August 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call Rich at 595-3917 to register.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host a 30 3-D target archery shoot on Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The Annual Hunting Expo held at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Buck at 569-6810 or visit www.yorkpennshows.com.
There will be a Gun Show at the Frewsburg Firemen's Rec Hall, 25 Hazzard St., Frewsburg on Oct. 26-27. Call 569-6810 for information.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.