Rod, Gun & Game: Swarm of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout in the tributary streams of Lake Erie
FISHING: As fall approaches the region and our deciduous leaves begin to change bright colors, the salmonids of Lake Erie seem to know it. Water temperatures are dropping and this change attracts rainbow and brown trout to each of the tributaries that flow into Lake Erie. Knowledgeable anglers hook up their waders, set up their long, flexible rods with spinning reels or fly reels – the angler’s choice, and head out to the waterways to match the hatch. A variety of anglers’ offerings will satisfy the appetite of these aggressive and relentless fish to produce a strike.
The best baits come with an assortment of choices. Fly rod and fishing rod anglers can choose to use bags of different colored salmon eggs or artificial lures in the form of flies, nymphs and streamers under a strike indicator (fancy name a tiny float used by stealthy trout fishermen). Fishing rod anglers also hook up with the fish, casting and retrieving shiny lures such as spoons and spinners, with Mepp or Vibrax spinners in a size 2 or 3 silver or gold colored blade – according to the color of the water, a fashionable choice. The same silver / gold option for the Little Cleo spoons, but with a touch of blue sparkle on the background color. Silver for clear water, gold for cloudy water.
Favorite waterways? There are so many good fish out there right now and from now until the heavy snow blows away. Access is easy with chest-high waders or hip boots, but many anglers simply walk along the shore of the creek in standard knee-high boots to showcase their humble fish choices, as shown above. For many of my longtime rainbow trout fishing friends, they always choose an egg sack, noting that “It’s so simple, it works almost all the time!” ”
According to local fishing enthusiast, Matt Nardolillo, “Last weekend was a Grand Slam weekend for Lake Erie tribal fishermen in the northern half of Chautauqua County. We took a short trip to Cassadaga Creek, located just a mile or two south of Dunkirk on Route 5 and found men, women and children casting lines towards several groups of rainbow trout. -sky visible swimming in the first basin just upstream of Lake Erie. This pool, just above the Route 5 bridge, probably held about 100 rainbow trout. Without overcrowding, my friends and I each grabbed more than our limit (3 per anger) using bags of natural colored salmon eggs. We keep some of our little fish legal because my grandma has a special fish diet and loves these baked rainbow trout. It was a fun and unforgettable moment! ” If you like the taste of trout and the flavor of salmon, now is the time to hit the creeks. The air is still relatively warm and comfortable (no ice or snow), the waters of the stream are cold and it is a perfect combination for successful fishing. The other hot spot was Silver Creek near the VFW Club at the mouth and Walnut Creek upstream from where it joins Silver Creek. ‘Nuff said.
HUNTING – DEER and MOTORCYCLE: With the opening of the first season of southern NYS area big game archery for white-tailed deer and black bears last Friday (October 1), tens of thousands of archers clad in clothing camouflage-colored exteriors made their way to the local woodlands. If you are looking for money try to find a Quaker Boy Brawler call, it is a growl tube that really works to make curious money and does. Judging from the notes and photos sent to me, we are a long way from the peak of the rut when the males stop worrying about who is in the woods and wander around looking for a mate. – with hunters present or not on the stand. During the rut, they’re just more interested in supplementing their instinctive urge to breed and throwing caution to the wind, literally. While driving through the village of East Aurora, the town of Aurora, West Falls, Wales and Springville, I counted four dead males and 6 does that have been struck by traffic vehicles in the past few days. Yet we are about a month away from the peak of the rutting season. There are so many deer in WNY that they move in the cool weather. Drive carefully, especially at night. If you see deer standing near the pavement, slow down, honk your horn, and move away from the shoulder if possible. Deer often rush just before you arrive, apparently as if to challenge the moving vehicle coming towards them. Crazy deer! Believe it or not, it often seems that birds seem to be doing the same. These crazy birds! I wondered why riders in groups of two or three facing up or down a high speed highway like Center Street don’t seem to care about two-way traffic. Crazy bikers? Yes, we all have rights and rules, but wouldn’t you just hate to challenge something bigger on a bike and be right. I forgot, it’s the year 2021. Remember October 9-10 is NYS Youth Pheasant Hunting Weekend for 12-15 year olds with a mentor, and that Oct. 9-11 is the NYS Youth Big Game Hunting Weekend Gun for 12-15 year olds, still with a licensed adult mentor. Be safe, be sure of your target and beyond.
TREK: The local groups of hikers are growing in number every year, especially this year. It’s such a good thing to go out and enjoy this unique and colorful time of year. We have many groups of foreigners new to the United States placed in Erie County through several recent federal programs in accordance with the New York Welcome Car. These groups and many others have asked where it is safe to hike. Open to everyone, here are some nearby trails popular with many – East Aurora Cazenovia Creek Nature Sanctuary (445 South St., East Aurora), Majors Park (441 Olean Road, East Aurora), Knox Farm State Park (437 Buffalo) Road, East Aurora), Hunters Creek Park (4812 Hunters Creek Road, Wales), Sprague Brook Park (9674 Foote Road, Glenwood), Erie County Forest (11323 County Road 409, East Concord), Zoar Multi-Use Area Valley (Forty Road., Persia). There are dozens more, but these are some of the most popular. Each trailhead usually provides a brief description at the trailhead. Plan ahead and prepare before you hike. Dispose of your trash properly – don’t throw trash, leave what you find in nature, respect the wildlife (at a distance), be courteous and considerate of others on the trail. Remember to lock your car and try not to leave anything of value in your vehicle. The label of the hiker is that cyclists give way to pedestrians and riders; runners and hikers give way to riders. There you have it, a little summary. Stay safe, stay hydrated, and respect others. Visit www.parks.ny.gov.com for more.
Thank you, good God, for blessing your natural wonders.
October 7 – Erie County Athlete Federation monthly meeting, Hawkeye Bowmen, 13300 Clinton St., starts at 7 p.m.
Oct 9-10 – Pheasant hunting weekend for 12 to 15 year olds, with a mentor.
October 9-11 – Big game hunt for NYS youth ages 12-15. old, with a licensed adult mentor, for the deer and the bear.
October 10 – Open Trap, Allied Sportsmen, 12846 Clinton St., Alden, 11 am-1:30pm
October 16 – Opening day of the WNY Duck Season and Pheasant Season, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9349.html
October 16-29 – NYS Fall Wild Turkey Season in the South Zone, visit www.dec.ny.gov.