Western New York might be known for blustery, bone chilling winters and delicious chicken wings, but as outdoorsmen living in this region, there is always something to look forward to. This is our home…and we love it! We all know that the southern states in America often get credited for the backwoods, down to earth lifestyle, but here in Western New York, many of us bleed camouflage.
Most people from other states might not realize that most of New York State consists of rural lands with lakes, rivers, wetlands, hardwoods, farmland and beautiful mountains. We have four seasons and, yes, we are buried in snow for at least 5 months out of the year. Some people avoid the harsh winters completely by relocating, others hibernate the best they can, and the majority of us embrace these frigid days by spending time in the outdoors.
On the other hand, we are currently in the middle of August and the temperatures are between 75 and 85 degrees. This is our favorite time of year for experiencing Lake Erie’s world renowned walleye fishery. The Postletown W&W crew has vast experience in fishing Lake Erie’s eastern basin. We have success with many different species whether we’re on the smooth ice that is tucked between the jagged ice shoves, or on a
deep-v hull while crashing waves and baking in the high-noon sunshine. Lake Erie can be a dangerous adventure, but with experience and paying attention to safety, the risks are worth the rewards.
The spring and fall both offer unique Lake Erie tributary fishing where you can find yourself hooked into a fresh chrome steelhead or buried deep into the jaws of a “hog” channel cat.
I can’t forget to mention the bronzebacks that go into feeding frenzies while the seasons are transitioning. Although we prefer to fish Lake Erie as often as possible, sometimes harsh weather conditions force us to try our skills on other local waters.
Fortunately, for the Western New York outdoorsman, the ice age left it’s mark on the region by forming unique and spectacular glacier lakes. The most noteworthy of these is Lake Chautauqua. The Postletown W&W crew takes advantage of this watershed most during the ice fishing season as the lake freezes over quickly and provides safe, solid ice for most of the winter. When the ice melts in April, we take full advantage of the crappie spawning season. This provides fun, fast-paced action for fishermen of all ages.
Lake Chautauqua has much more to offer than quality panfish, including superb muskellunge and black bass as well as a walleye population that is on the rise. The fishing can be very frustrating and challenging at times, but when you find fish, they can be of great quality.
It can be very difficult to get us away from our fishing rods, but in this area, it is not uncommon to fill up a bucket of perch and harvest a beautiful archery season Whitetail in the same day! When we aren’t fishing, we are tucked in behind some red brush waiting for kamikaze wood ducks, sitting in a tree stand beside the bark of a tall maple in hopes that a mature buck will hear the rumble of our grunt call, or sitting at the base of a hemlock while anticipating one wrong move by that gobbler in full strut.
Western New York has countless opportunities for the avid outdoorsman and Postletown W&W cannot wait to share our adventures with you! Here, you will learn about the successes and struggles that we have learned from that will, hopefully, assist you in enjoying Western New York’s outdoor opportunities through all four seasons. Part of being true outdoorsmen is helping others enjoy the outdoors. We are not here to boast, because we know we aren’t the best at what we do; however, we do feel that we enjoy our passion to the fullest.
The Postletown W&W crew consists of Chris Postle, Tom Postle III, and Matt Postle, as well as the ones who started it all for us: Tom Postle Jr, Dave Postle, Mark Postle, and Ken Ballard. We also include anyone who we have had the pleasure of having along with us on our adventures!
Here at Postletown W&W, exploring the outdoors is not just a hobby, it’s a way of life…See you out there!
Written by Chris Postle of Postletown Woods and Water.