Fishing Beat: Perch tournament on tap; night walleye fishing taking off | Outdoors

Fishing Beat: Perch tournament on tap; night walleye fishing taking off | Outdoors
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The Southtowns Walleye Association’s perch tournament is Saturday and night walleye fishing is taking off. It’s transition time in Lake Ontario as the next round of tournaments start.

Lake Erie and tributaries

Lake View’s Mark Dzimian reports that yellow perch have been a bit finicky, but many folks are tight-lipped on info as the Southtowns Walleye Association’s perch tournament approaches. As he cleaned his 16 perch caught one day last week east of Cattaraugus Creek in 54 feet of water, he noticed they were all females. He used emerald shiners for bait. Screen readings were minimal as the females were hugging the bottom. Water temperature at the time was 48 degrees and it appears the males were dormant. This will change as the water warms, triggering the males to start roaming, Dzimian said. The Sturgeon Point’s launch ramp will be officially opening Thursday. Shub Stevens, with Catt. Creek Bait and Tackle, had decent perch reports in 40-50 feet of water…

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