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More on Lake Ontario high-water levels As water levels continue to rise on Lake Ontario, county officials along the lake shore are expressing concern for boaters who may encounter debris floating on the lake. They are also asking boaters to respect a 500-foot no wake zone along the shoreline. This should not deter you from fishing any one of the many fishing events that…

Kings are starting to hit more readily in Lake Ontario; trout are still in the river below Niagara Falls and picking up; and Lake Erie perch have been cooperating nicely as a few more launch ramps have added docks or opened for business to make things easier for Great Lakes access. High water levels on Lake Ontario continue to be a concern for shoreline home owners and mar…

Like prospectors seeking a golden treasure, Western New York anglers are seeking a different kind of bounty as the waters of Lake Erie slowly warm – the tasty yellow perch. There may be fish that fight better like the mighty Chinook salmon on Lake Ontario or the feisty muskellunge in the Niagara River, but when it comes to a scrumptious meal, it’s tough to beat a fr…

Lyme Disease presentation April 25 at WNY TU Lyme disease is a very real danger in Western New York. To find out more about this tick-borne threat, attend the next general meeting of the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the Donovan Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga on April 25 at 7:30 p.m.  The presentation will be given by Sheri Voss, representing WNY Lyme – a g…

When it rains it pours. We’ve been getting quite a bit of that quite literally this year, but this reference is more figurative, having to deal with boat access issues in Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. We are sitting on one of the finest freshwater fisheries in the world and access complaints have been running rampant. Some reasons are legitimate because of construction or …

Turkey hunting is an addiction, a passion and an affliction that gets into your blood stream. It’s not easy to pass on those feelings to the next generation of sportsmen and women – sometimes you just have to let nature take its course. The important thing is to create that opportunity, to allow our youth to experience the hunt. The enjoyment of being in the woods, cal…

Fishing action is finally starting to settle back in again after the massive amount of rain and hopefully the last snow of the year. The smelt have started their annual pilgrimage into the lower Niagara River and dippers have been out in force along the Lewiston shoreline seeking out the tasty baitfish. Remember that there is an eight-quart limit. If you want the easy way …

Date Change for “Spring into Nature” at Iroquois The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, located in the towns of Alabama and Shelby east of Lockport, has moved its annual “Spring into Nature” event to Saturday, April 22 to coincide with Earth Day. Activities will be starting at 9 a.m.at the headquarters located at 1101 Casey Road, Alabama. There will be a bald ea…

It was a good location for Dr. Jason Robinson to announce that walleye fishing should be decent again in 2017 with some even better fishing yet to come in 2018 and beyond. He was proclaiming this to a room filled with diehard walleye anglers as the Southtowns Walleye Association (SWA) clubhouse was the host location in Hamburg for NY Sea Grant’s annual State of Lake Erie…

More free fishing days proposed The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would like to offer up a few more free fishing days to help promote sport fishing during key times on the outdoor calendar throughout the state – and they would like hear your comments on the proposal. The proposal would include establishing statewide free fishing days durin…

The inland trout opener was a blow out as over an inch of rain blanketed Western New York. About the only encouraging report we’ve heard was that a total of 52 fish were weighed in at the 56th Annual Naples Creek Trout Derby held April 1. Jacob “Jake” Perkins of Caledonia walked away at top angler with a 6.38-pound rainbow trout. The fish hit an egg sac, leading the …

Things happen for a reason. There are many people who share the philosophy of that simple statement. A perfect case in point is the circumstances surrounding the 31-pound brown trout caught last week by Bob Klemm of Lords Valley, Pa. He was fishing with his brother, Rich Klemm of West Milford, N.J., in the lower Niagara River with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region …

Local fishing is really starting to ramp up with the opening of the inland trout and salmon season on April 1. Increased opportunities become available throughout the state, spreading out the anglers and giving everyone a spot to cast. Even some inner city-type situations will exist early in the season such as Hyde Park Lake, Gill Creek and Oppenheim Park Pond in Niagara F…

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 Enviro…

Growing up in Western New York, there were always a few “opening days” that you looked forward to every year  – the deer opener, the pheasant opener, the bass opener, the walleye opener and the inland trout opener. Sure there were other opening days that generated some interest, but these were the top five … for me anyway. Back then, any opening day meant a day…