Free fishing weekend June 24-25
New York State will be helping sportfishing awareness along by once again hosting a statewide free fishing weekend for the benefit of all. It is hoped that people without a fishing license will make the effort to go fishing and see the value in it. Hopefully they will take along family and friends. There are numerous events that coincide with these special license-free days. They are:
- Hooked on Fishing Tournament presented by the Boys and Girls Club of the Northtowns. Over $3,000 in prizes. Everything is run out of Gateway Harbor, North Tonawanda. Register June 23 from noon to 6 p.m. or any time after 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more info visit bgcnt.net or call 873-9842 Ext. 211.
- 9th Annual Family Fishing Days at Broderick Park, Buffalo (foot of Ferry Street) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food, fun and games, fishing contest, demonstrations.
- Kids Fishing Derby out of Celeron Park, Chautauqua Lake (Saturday only) from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign up at Chautauqua Reel Outdoors or Affinity One Federal Credit Union by June 20. For kids age 12 and under. Call 763-2947 for more info.
- Fishing Contest at Community Fellowship Church, 3146 Johnson Creek Road, Middleport from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Saturday only). There is a fee of $14 for adults, kids 12 and under $8. For more information contact Dave at 585-638-6461 or John at 628-7342.
- Free Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic at Chestnut Ridge County Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preregistration is preferred by calling the DEC’s Mike Todd at 851-7010. Adult supervision is required. Saturday only.
Domske receives conservation award
New York Sea Grant Coastal Education Specialist Helen Domske was honored recently by the Buffalo Audubon Society when she was presented with the 2017 Henry J. Kord Conservation Award for her significant contributions to the conservation of Western New York’s natural resources. Domske is the associate director of the Great Lakes program at the University at Buffalo.
Her list of accomplishments are numerous. For 24 years, she has coordinated a State of Lake Erie public meeting with area fisheries agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The annual Science Exploration Day at UB draws more than 1,200 students to learn about science and research.
She has worked for years on educating the public on aquatic invasive species and is currently working on an effort through the national Habitattitude program that encourages responsible consumer behavior to prevent the release of aquarium and water garden fish and plant life into the natural aquatic environment.
Through teach-the-teacher professional development training and school presentations, Domske impacts hundreds of teachers that impact thousands of students regarding the environment. She has devoted her professional life to ensuring that the present and next generation of Great Lakes citizens are better prepared to make sound decisions relating to the environment.
Allied Sportsmen hosts state archery shoot
Allied Sportsmen of Western New York will be hosting the 2017 Outdoor State Championships July 15-16 at its club facilities located at 12846 Clinton St., Alden. This annual shoot, sponsored by the New York State Archery Association, allows for shooting for ages from 6 to 70-plus. All disciplines are included: recurve, compound, barebow and crossbow. Fees are $30 for adults, $25 for Junior Olympic.
Friday allows for practice from 2-5 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. Applications can be found at www.nysaa.org. For more information contact Dave Hoffman at 440-1582.
Cannonball Runner wins Orleans County tourney
The Cannonball Runner team out of Oswego, led by Capt. Ed Monette of Bernard’s Bay, topped the field of 31 boats to win the Orleans County Open Trout and Salmon Tournament last weekend. The tournament is based on two days of fishing, allowing for five salmon and five trout. Scoring is 10 points per fish and a point per pound. Cannonball Runner scored a total of 290 points, less than 5 points better than Team Thrillseeker led by Capt. Vince Pierleoni of Newfane.
Their strategy worked perfectly. Monette and his team found some salmon pre-fishing in 120-130 feet of water and they completed that segment of the catch first. They could catch up to three lake trout each day and took care of that next. Then they headed out to 200 feet of water to try and target steelhead. They caught 15 fish over the two days; Thrillseeker caught 16. However, Cannonball’s fish were big enough to give them the win. The story wouldn’t be complete without mentioning that four months ago Monette was dealing with personal health issues and didn’t know if he’d ever be able to fish again.