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These seesawing temperatures make outdoor activities look like a cut line from a Jaws movie.

“Just when you think it’s good to get on the water?”

Zach, my contact at Hogan’s Hut, commented that since last week fishing productivity has slowed significantly. There are still catches of sunfish in Mayville, with runt-sized fish continuing to be the norm and most of the walleye activity coming from the deeper pools.

Just a reminder that walleye season statewide ends March 15 and won’t reopen until the first Saturday in May, which is May 7 of this year. Anglers have to make do with a few fish from near limits.

With warmer temperatures and sunny days, it won’t be long before anglers start focusing on the bays and coves for crappie, on the inland lakes. In the meantime, trout fishing should be ready to resume with the next spring thaw.

Rick Miller in Irving reports that during the last thaw, anglers found lots of freshly caught fish active where Walnut and Silver Creek converge. Canadaway Creek also showed signs of opening through Friday morning. The wind direction locally pushed a lot of offshore ice along the coast. There was a report of a fisherman trying his luck on the ice where the ARGO is usually parked. He managed to land a nice 5-pound rainbow. A good number of anglers have traveled to Prendergast Erie to try their luck on the ice. Another local fisherman said he had to travel to three different places before he could find safe ice, but his buddy “Coach” successfully landed a 42¢ inch muskellunge on a 5 pound test line. What a thrill that must have been.

Captain Larry Jones reports great trout fishing and catching lately on the lower Niagara River. Most boaters report 4-5 fish per trip. The hot bait continues to be brown trout eggs with green mesh or green beads.

Last year the offshore yellow perch action started earlier and much closer to home than usual. The same could happen again this year. So prepare your boat and your equipment to get out of the water quickly.

Schedule: The Unlimited Northern Chautauqua Duck Banquet will take place tonight at the Blessed Mary Angela Parish Social Center in Townsend. This event has been sold out for two weeks and NO tickets at the door. Attendees should have another GREAT time. Friends of the NRA will be hosting their banquet at Samuel Derby American Legion Post #556 located at 9 Meadow Lane Frewsburg, NY 14738. Merchandise for this event can be viewed at There is a 200 guest limit for this event with no ticket sales at the door. Early bird specials too! For tickets and information, call Jennifer Schmitt at (716) 487-2487 or log on to [email protected] The Chautauqua Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host their event April 23-22 at the VFW In Celoron Doors Open at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Charles Youngburg at 499-2726.

Southtowns Walleye Association will hold its monthly meeting at the club located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd, Hamburg. The meeting will now start at 7 p.m. Their raffle will take place on Sunday at noon until 4 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Their annual perch tournament is scheduled for May 21st. Their annual walleye derby is scheduled for June 11-19.

If you have a story or a photo or an upcoming outdoor event you’d like to share, call 366-1772 or 7853659. Leave a message and I’ll get back to you!

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