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Fishing clinics and contests abundant

Major competitions, club contests and a series of fun clinics for youthful anglers are slated for spring and early-summer starts to the warm-weather fishing season.

Southtowns Walleye Association will stage its annual Perch Tournament Saturday for Lake Erie. Best way to sign up for this tourney would be to attend the SWA meeting Thursday evening for registration details. SWA'S Annual Walleye Tournament will be held June 9-17. For more info on both contests, call 649-8202 or go to southtownswalleye.org.

The 48th Annual National Lake Trout Derby on Seneca Lake runs Memorial Day weekend (May 26-28). For registration details, go to laketroutderby.org.

Kids events abound in June, especially on June 2.

East Aurora Fish & Game offers a Teach-Me-To-Fish gathering at 10 a.m. on June 2. For details, call Dave Barus (597-4081).

The 21st Annual Youth Fishing Derby will be held at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge at Ringneck Overlook June 2. For registration details, call (585) 948-5445.

The Fish and Wildlife Festival at Hyde Park in Niagara Falls includes a Youth Fishing Contest on June 2, sponsored by the Niagara River Anglers Association. Registration accepted 8-9:30 a.m. at the park pond.

Lake Lane Fishing and Hunting Resort, 1339 Windfall Road in Olean, features fishing tournaments June 2 and 3; a Youth Trout Derby is set for June 2. For details, call 373-2080.

The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Inc. partners with the Department of Environmental Conservation for two kids clinics: June 9 at Tifft Nature Preserve (call 751-7010) and June 25 at Chestnut Ridge Park (call 597-4081).

The Buffalo River Fest, held at Ohio Street, includes a Youth Fishing Derby on June 16. For complete details, call Peg Overdorf (553-8350).

The 444 International Walleye Event out of Port Colborne, Ont., is June 22-24. For details, go to pcdcc.com/444.html.

New York Walleye Association holds its Annual Amara-Can team tourney out Chadwick Bay Marina at Dunkirk Harbor July 14-15. For registration information, call 692-7670 or 785-8872.

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