Stream fishing for trout continues to improve on all local streams, with Cattaraugus Creek offering the best area to hook up with its larger flowage of water.
Rick Miller in Irving reports that one angler reported hooking up with 20 trout on Tuesday while trolling at the mouth of the “Cat.” The water color has recently cleared up to the point where it has a slight tinge of green to it, that usually signals “Go fish.”
Miller also commented that a few anglers have been out for yellow perch with mixed results, but one angler reported that he caught more 17 inch walleye than yellow perch recently while fishing out of Sturgeon Point. Miller also reported that there still is one dock left in at that area.
Don Einhouse, the senior biologist at the Dunkirk Department of Environmental Conservation fisheries station, reported that the DEC crew was busy on Wednesday finishing up their trawlling survey for yellow perch, smelt and emerald shiners. Early indications point to some good yellow perch fishing on the horizon, smelt are okay and few emeralds are showing up. The growth rate for walleye continues to be steady, so the forage base is adequate so the fish are not lacking for something to eat. Surveys from creel census personnel indicate that the creeks are showing good numbers of trout lately, too.
With Opening Day of deer season (firearms) on Saturday, trout anglers could have the waterways to themselves. It might be a good idea to carry a fishing rod and a pair of waders in your vehicle, in case you have a spare minute or two.
Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut/Stow reports fishing has been slow on Chautauqua Lake and the channels froze one night last week when the temperatures dropped. The crappie bite slowed, and a few walleye in 40 feet were reported.
Spectrum news reported that the DEC estimates that 85 percent of the deer hunting force will be out this weekend, and most hunters have reported sighting plenty of big bucks on their trail cameras. Opening Day, according to the weather-man could be freezing rain, and lots of wind, with snow in the forecast on Sunday and colder temperatures next week. Dress for the weather and wear hunter orange or pink and always hunt safe. I will be available for deer and bear stories! Good luck! The deer will be a little safer this year with two of my fishing partners, John Alff and Gary Pleva, on the mend. Get well soon guys!
Archery and crossbow season are upon us and shotgun season is right around the corner. 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, 2018. This is the 20 year anniversary for the Long Beards.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue this year with their Hunter’s 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!
Correction: There will be a pistol course on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club. There is a mandatory fee of $75 for this course. For information contact Gary Dudek at 366-3397.
There will be a gun show on Saturday and Sunday at the Hickory Post, VFW 5550 East State Street (US Route 62, East of PA 18, West of Mercer on 62), Hermitage, Pa. Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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.
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 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 [email protected]
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, N.Y. 14048, or call the sports dept. at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 6 p.m.