February 24, 2011 - By GENE PAUSZEK, OBSERVER Outdoors Columnist
There is still a lot of safe ice on Chautauqua Lake with about 12 inches reported away from the shoreline.
Yellow perch and bluegills are the target species, but walleye hits are becoming more numerous. Crappie activity is usually a low light bite.
Lake Erie ice fishing has centered around the Hamburg area. With the warm spell last weekend, area tributaries opened up a bit, but cooler temperatures have restricted creek fishing for awhile. Look for the trout to make a break upstream when the mouths of the creeks open up. It won't be long now.
Trout continue to be caught off the Dunkirk pier with spoon casters and bait fishermen doing progressively better. Brown trout sizes have reportedly been bigger and anglers can expect the bigger rainbows to appear soon.
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