National rankings of good fishing prospects have placed Western New York's Great Lakes waters high in listings of angling opportunities.
Olcott Beach, on the shores of Lake Ontario, has been chosen as one of four finalists in a World Fishing Network voting to select the ultimate fishing town in the United States.
The other sites cited for top honors are Waddington; Cape Hatteras, N.C.; and Bridgeport, Calif. To submit a vote for Olcott, go to worldfishingnetwork.com/uft/
Bassmaster Magazine has just posted its selection of the Best Bass Lakes in the U.S.
Lake Erie ranks No. 4 in the listing. Lake Champlain was next at fifth place, Oneida Lake finished at 14 and the St. Lawrence River came in at No. 53 as a promising bass-angler destination.
Ohio turkey hunters did well opening week, tagging 8,898 bearded birds during the first week of the spring season. Pennsylvania hunters, as in New York, have a 10-day report period and Keystone State officials have no solid numbers on the spring count.
Jerry Feaser, Pennsylvania Game Commission media contact, noted a good number of sizeable gobblers taken during the Youth Hunt. Similar reports came from Ohio officials and New York residents who assisted young hunters on the April 21-22 hunt.
Emilio Rende, Department of Environmental Conservation Senior Wildlife Biologist and upland game specialist sees turkey numbers as "down slightly but nothing to be alarmed about." Rende noted that the ratio of poults (young brood stock) per hen has been at or below three poults-per-hen since 2007.
Ideally, the count should be at or above four poults-per-hen for good wild turkey populations. To check on turkey surveys statewide and in Region 9, go to dec.ny.gov/animals/48756.html.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail, a 518-mile scenic trail system in New York and Pennsylvania, now offers nine starting sites for hikers and walking enthusiasts along the trail.
Four locations in Western New York provide starting points to take measured hikes and receive pins depicting War of 1812 and Great Lakes event symbols. Area starting locations are: Village Diner, 425 Main St., Youngstown; Little Yellow Artisan House, 476 Center St., Lewiston; DiCamillo Bakery, 5329 Main St., Williamsville; and Holiday Inn, 620 Delaware Ave.
For more details on Seaway Trail activities, go to seawaytrail.com/volksport.