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State of Lake Erie April 6

For fishermen and fisherwomen loving everything Lake Erie, New York Sea Grant’s annual State of Lake Erie will be coming up on  from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 6. Host location will once again be the Southtowns Walleye Association’s clubhouse at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. The meeting is held in partnership with the Department of Environmental Conservation and its Lake Erie Unit out of Dunkirk, Assemblyman Sean Ryan and Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY.

Featured presentations include the status of cold water fish communities with DEC aquatic biologist Jim Markham, the status of warm-water fish communities with DEC aquatic biologist Dr. Jason Robinson, fish biologist Jonah Withers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service giving a status update on eastern Lake Erie Lake Sturgeon and an acoustic telemetry program, and a presentation on using Environmental DNA as a fish monitoring tool by Dr. Lauren Sassoubre, assistant professor  with the University at Buffalo. For more information or directions, contact Sea Grant’s Helen Domske at 645-3610 or by email at hmd4@cornell.edu.

NMA’s Scime in NYS Hall of Fame Announcement

Longtime musky angler Tony Scime, one of the founders of the Niagara Musky Association back in 1994, will be inducted into the New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame at the ceremony set for April 29 at the Rusty Nail in Canastota. Family and friends are invited to attend the induction ceremony. Reservations must be made by April 22. Call 315-363-3896. Last year, Scott McKee, the NMA president, was inducted. Scime led the charge for increased musky size limits locally, initiated a musky diary study for the group and also assisted in the construction of fish attraction structures in the upper Niagara River.

Other inductees for 2017 include: Frank Sanza of Monroe County, heavily involved with the Lake Ontario Charter Boat Association and the Monroe County Fisheries Board; Bernie Haney of Jefferson County for his work with kids and conservation; Jason Kemper of Saratoga County, current chairman of the Conservation Fund Advisory Board; Phil Hulbert, recently retired head of the Bureau of Fisheries for DEC; Mark Hattler of Onondaga County for his work with the Friends of Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery; James Daly of Onondaga County, for decades director of the Angler’s Association of Onondaga, a youth fishing program, and Ken Rose of  Dutchess County for his “Hooked on Fishing” initiative and a “Hunters Helping the Hungry” program.

New Fishing Regs Adopted

New fishing regulations have been adopted by DEC and they will be going into effect starting April 1. The most significant change for Western New York anglers involves black bass for Lake Erie. There will now be two distinct seasons (instead of three) with the special trophy season now expanded from December 1 to the Friday preceding the third Saturday in June when the traditional regular season will open up. One trophy bass 20 inches or greater may be kept per day; live bait may be used during the new expanded time frame.

On Chautauqua Lake, the regulation that allows anglers to take only three fish with a minimum size of 18 inches has been rescinded and the statewide regulation of five fish with a minimum size of 15 inches is now in effect when the season opens May 6. Lake Alice in Orleans County is seeing a reversal, going from the regular state walleye regs to the more restrictive three-fish, 18-inch minimum size.

For a complete list of new regulations (not all are in the new regulations guide), click through to http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/109353.html.

Wilson Bullhead Contest April 7-9

Spring must be here! The Sixth Annual Niagara County Bullhead Tournament is set for April 7 through 9 out of the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson Cambria Road (Route 425), Wilson. The tournament is based on your best two fish with the tiebreaker being the overall length of the two fish. Any Niagara County waters are eligible. Entry fee is $10 for 13 years of age and older; free for junior anglers 12 and under. The fun contest actually starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and runs until 1 p.m. on Sunday. All weigh-ins will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wilson club. You can register at CMC Auto Repair, 418 Lake St., Wilson or The Slippery Sinker, 5780 W. Main St. (at Jackson), Olcott.  If you have any questions, contact Eric at 628-6078.

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