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Brauer offers  'Finesse Fishing with Plastics' seminar Scott Brauer of Gasport is one of the top ice fishing educators in the state. As a Pro Staffer for the Clam Outdoors Ice Team, he impacts thousands of anglers every year. A big part of his education is with the use of plastics as a lure for fish to hit. It helps that he is also an expert in plastics, operating Maki …

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Ice fishing appears to be fine all around Western New York, but caution is still advised. The Niagara River had some decent trout opportunities available from boat and shore. Caution is advised there, too. If you really want to see some angling excitement, though, make sure you stop down to the 5th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo Jan. 19-21 at the Conferenc…

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“Every fishing water has its secrets. A river or a lake is not a dead thing. It has beauty and wisdom and content. And to yield up these mysteries it must be fished with more than hooks and for more than fish. Strange things happen to the inquiring fisherman. Nature meets him halfway on his adventure. He must have eyes that see. One fisherman may have keener eyes than anot…

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‘”Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend – come inside, come inside.” – Emerson, Lake and Palmer The 5th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is here (www.niagarafishingexpo.com). Slated to be held Jan. 19-21 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, it’s a consumer fishing show like no other. If you are an…

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An introductory course in fly fishing will be starting up Jan. 30 for any interested anglers. The Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International will be organizing an adult course every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and running through March 13. The course will be held at West Seneca East Middle School located on Center Road in West Seneca. Classes will cover the …

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“Animal Communication” will be the theme for the next Environmental Forum sponsored by 2 the Outdoors and WGRZ. This is the 12th forum in the series, hosted by Terry Belke. It will be held on Jan. 17 starting at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo. Speakers for this interesting discussion will be Mary Woodruff of Canis…

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Enjoying outdoor activities like hunting and fishing in the middle of severe winter conditions should raise a warning flag for participants. Follow the rules and don’t take any unnecessary chances should be at the top of everyone’s list. It seems as though neither were followed during a Finger Lakes waterfowl hunt on Owasco Lake near Auburn. Walter Baranowski of Springv…

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Temperatures soaring into the 50s could pose some problems for area anglers – both soft and hard water. Rain and wind will add to the problems, causing melting snow and ice in the tributaries and hampering ice fishing action. How much of a problem remains to be seen. If you are trying to check out ice conditions, please follow safety protocols and check the ice with a spud…

With a Jan. 31, 2018 deadline looming for pistol permit recertification, Niagara County Clerk Joseph Jastrzemski has announced a town hall public meeting on Jan. 4. The meeting will take place at the Newfane Community Center, 2737 Main St.t, Newfane starting at 6:30 p.m. Joining him will be Legislator John Syracuse, with an objective of explaining the recertification, what…

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The Niagara River Anglers Association will hold its annual Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest on Saturday, February 3 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. out of Lewiston Landing (at the launch ramp). Eligible waters are all waters of Lake Ontario and the tributaries, as well as the Lower Niagara River. Awards and dinner to follow at the Lewiston #1 Fire Hall on 6th Street, Lewiston.…

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Wildlife biologists with the Department of Environmental Conservation are looking for a little help from their outdoor friends. If you know where a black bear den is located, they would like to know about it. You may have stumbled across one while on a hunt or hike in some unassuming rock crevice, tree cavity or in heavy brush. If you did locate a den, contact DEC at 372-0…

If the cold weather is keeping you indoors and you are looking for some new or used hunting and fishing equipment, mark Jan. 13 on your calendar. That is the date for the Southtowns Walleye Association’s Oufitters Fair. The popular event will be held at the group’s clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is both free parking and f…

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The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that that a new angler survey will be conducted in 2018. It’s been more than 10 years since the last survey (2007), an outreach designed to learn more about angler attitudes, preferences and opinions on fisheries management issues. If you purchased a license between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 last year, you m…

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Extreme cold has put the local fishing scene on ice – quite literally. Ice fishing is starting to take off and should only improve moving forward as more cold weather will be arriving this weekend. Lake Ontario and tributaries  There is still a bit of open water below dam areas such as 18 Mile Creek and the Oak Orchard River. Shawn West of Lockport had some good succ…

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  “A long December and there's reason to believe Maybe this year will be better than the last…” – Counting Crows It was a long December in 2017. We ended the month and the year with the Buffalo Bills making the playoffs – and losing one of the biggest hunting and photography icons in the outdoor world, Charlie Alsheimer of Bath. It seemed like the entire year w…