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New boating bill signed this week, reversing U.S.-Canada woes An important boating bill that would once again allow U.S. fishermen to enter into Canadian waters to fish without calling into Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – like it was previously – has now passed both the Senate and the House of Commons in Canada. As expected, it received “Royal Assent” thi…

Capt. Ed Monette of Bernhards Bay, the skipper of Cannonball Runner Charters that operates out of Oswego, is on a natural high. Two weekends ago, his four-man team topped the field of 31 boats to win the Orleans County Open Trout and Salmon Tournament  – his first tournament win ever out of his boat. This particular tournament, based on two days of fishing, allows fo…

It’s a Free Fishing Weekend in New York State, an opportunity to test the Empire State’s waters without having to worry about purchasing a fishing license. However, you do have to abide by the fishing regulations. Check out www.dec.ny.gov to find out what they are in the waters you intend to fish. There are many activities going on around Western New York, too. Here’…

On Saturday, June 17, there are numerous angling activities for young and old alike. There are a few kids fishing contests going on, starting with the 31st Annual Kids Derby sponsored by the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road (Route 425), Wilson from 8 a.m. to noon for junior fishermen age 3 to 14. Any Niagara County waters are eligible. However, no trout …

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars … to change the world.”  -- Harriet Tubman The Niagara Musky Association (NMA) has always been a group of dreamers. In an effort that combines patience with passion, they have set a course for the future by utilizing sta…

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 …

Walleye action is slowly starting to turn on during the day and timing should be good for the 33rd Annual Southtowns Walleye Association’s Tournament June 10-18 on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River. Make sure you check out today’s Outdoor Column for some tips on catching the prize-winning fish. In the meantime, Niagara River fishing has been good this week and Lake…

DEC angler outreach event set for June 27 The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that its annual angler outreach event for Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River will take place on June 27 at the Woodlawn Beach State Park Lodge from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This free seminar will allow for an informal discussion with fisheries biologists who …

Walleye season opened the first Saturday in May. For many Lake Erie walleye fishermen, though, the official kick off is the Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York’s annual tournament, scheduled for June 10-18. Nearly 1,000 fishermen will ply the waters of Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River is search of the biggest marble eye – a quest that has been go…

National Fishing and Boating Week June 3-11 National Fishing and Boating week is June 3 through 11. It’s a great excuse to do one or the other … or both, with family and friends. To help celebrate, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is hosting its 26th Annual Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, June 3. The event will be held at Ringneck Overlook, on Oak Orchard Ridg…

Records were made to be broken … or so the saying goes. But if a record is not known, was it in fact broken? What if there is no established record for a certain species of fish? Or if a fish record is known, does it have to be certified to be appreciated and recognized as a true trophy? This past week saw a couple of fish species marks possibly equaled if not broken. We…

The recreational outdoor pastime of kayaking has been growing by leaps and bounds. Maybe it should be by paddles and strokes. As this passion grows throughout the country, so does the desire to fish from these self-propelled modes of water transportation. If you are up for a challenge, look no further than kayak fishing right here in Western New York. “There are plent…

Deer Harvest Update The final revised deer harvest estimates from 2016 have finally been released from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Total take was just over 213,000 whitetails, a 5 percent increase from 2015. Of that total, 107,000 were adult males, a 7.5 percent jump from the previous year. And of the buck total, 49 percent were yearlings (the r…

An important season will be opening up Saturday, May 27 that doesn’t receive as much fanfare around angling circles … but it should. For the last couple of years, New York has opened up an Inland Muskellunge Season that allows for musky fin-atics to get an early jump on the Great Lakes action that still opens up the third Saturday in June (June 17). Muskellunge are…

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and there are plenty of activities going on, from the National Lake Trout Derby (see Scattershot) on Seneca Lake to a youth outreach “Teach me to Fish” event  at Bison City Rod and Gun (511 Ohio St., Buffalo from 1:30 to 4 p.m.) to the opening day of the inland musky season on Saturday (see this week’s online Outdoors column). Walle…