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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fishing is free for all Saturday, Sunday

By GENE PAUSZEK, OBSERVER Outdoors Columnist
POSTED: June 24, 2010
New York State is offering FREE Fishing Days Saturday and Sunday.
That means a fishing license is not required to try your luck fishing on New York State waters. All other rules and restrictions apply, including size and creel limits as well as slot limits in restricted areas, so pick up a free rules and regulations booklet for additional information. These regulation books are available wherever licenses are sold (Bait and tackle stores, Wal-Mart, Bill's Hook's etc.). For those of you who already have a license, now is the time to invite a friend out or "Take-a-Kid Fishing!"
If the weather holds out, we should have a lot of opportunities to catch a few. Note the calendar of events lists several events going on this weekend geared for the kids (Cassadaga Lake and Perrysburg). Walleye fishing on Lake Erie has been pretty good when anglers can get out into deep water. Barcelona was the hot spot with fish reported in the 75 to 85 foot depths. William Culligan from the Dunkirk based Department of Environmental Conservation Fisheries station noted anglers have also started picking up lake trout, while trolling spoons near the bottom in the same depths and area. Successful Walleye presentations have been numerous with anglers reporting using down riggers, dipsey divers, jet divers off the planner boards, lead core line (3 to 7 colors) to name a few. Worm harnesses, and stick baits are the best baits to be used for trolling. This columnist finally got a shake down cruise for walleye last Friday and noticed the jets divers were still at home. Fishing with my son Steve, we also noticed numerous fish in the top 15 to 20 feet of water at depths from 35-feet out to 85 feet of water.
Yellow perch continue to be hit and miss. Finding fish and being able to stay with them when the wind picks up can be a challenge. This angler tried out his new Frabil insulated minnow bucket with aerator and was amazed at how long the minnows lasted as well as the aerator on 2-D cell Energizer batteries.
Black bass have turned on again with anglers reporting good activity in the 25-foot mark, up and down the lake. Catfishing in the Cattaraugus Creek has also been pretty good when the levels subside and the water clears. Go Fish!
Calendar: The Lakeshore Longbeards, our local chapter of the NWTF will meet next on July 12 at Liberty Vineyards located on Route 20 in Sheridan at 7:30 p.m. The agenda will finalize preperation for JAKES Day, their annual Youth Day event scheduled for July 24 at the Westfield Fish and Game Club. Registration for JAKES Day will be at 9 a.m., the day of the event which will include a number of learning/activity stations throughout the day. Note the event costs $10 per youth (16 years of age and under.) You can also register at the July 12 meeting. For more information, call Bob and Judi Turk at 934-4538.
The Cassadaga Lakes Association will host their 17th annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday. The event is held at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive from 7 a.m., until 11:30 a.m. The event is FREE and open to all youths aged 16 and under.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host their Summer 3-D archery league shoots from 8 a.m., to 2 p.m. The events are open to the public. The Bear Lake Club will host shoots on July 11 and July 25 and host a Hunter Safety education course July 16 from 5:30 to 10 p.m., returning on July 17 from 8:30 a.m., until 2:30 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory for certification. They will host a Bow Hunter education course Aug. 7 from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m.
The Perrysburg Conservation Club announced their Third Annual Children's Fishing Derby will be held June 26 from 8 a.m., until 2 p.m., at Peck Hill Road in Perrysburg. Children 15 years of age and younger, accompanied by an adult, can fish the club pond and compete in various categories for prizes. Pre-register by calling Jen at 244-0275. Bring your fishing gear and have some fun.
There will be a pistol course offered at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on June 24 from 9:30 a.m., until 2:30 p.m. For more information, call 366-3397.
Free Fishing Weekend (no license required) set for June 27-28.
There will be a one-day Safe Boating Class on Sunday at Chautauqua Marina located at 104 West Lake Road, Mayville. The class will start at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Debi Clementi at 753-0409 or e-mail Note the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will conduct a free boat safety check at Chautauqua Marina on Aug. 7.
There will be a Sporting Clays NSCA registered shoot July 3 at the Hanover Fish and Game Club located on Overheiser Road, Forestville. The event will be a 100-target event. For more information, visit, or call 353-3781.
The 17th Annual AMARA-CAN Walleye Classic will take place July 10-11. For information, call Dayton Kane at 875-8872 or Robert Zoeller at 875-8148.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will present their 6th annual Walleye Derby on July 30-31 and Aug. 1. A maximum of 100 teams will be accepted. For more information, call 366-3639 or 366-8836.
If your club is having an outdoors related event, call the OBSERVER at 366-3000, ext. 5 after 5 p.m.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER Outdoors columnist. Send comments to

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