Share this article

print logo

Bill Hilts Jr.


Sports

If you want to find out what's happening in the fishing world, follow the contests. Lake Erie The big talk the past week on the lake was the Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout held July 21 for Big Fish Friday and July 22 for the main event – the shootout. Midnight Express finally captured a first place in the main event and also won Big Fish Friday with a 10.04-pound walley…

Sports

Social media is changing the world, affecting everything from how businesses are being marketed to how we spend our spare time. A recent study showed that people today are now involved with electronic cyberspace for more than 10 hours a day – smart phones, tablets and television. Learning to manage all of these electronic tools is helping people to multitask in a manner th…

Sports

It was a “Big Fish Sunday” on Lake Ontario as the leader board changed several times. It started with John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda reeling in a 27-pound, 9-ounce salmon out of Wilson. His fish would beat out Lee Beaton’s 27-pounder, also caught off Wilson, that had been leading the derby since the opening weekend. The grand prize lead would be short-lived as two more f…

Sports

The 27th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby ended last Sunday and the first-place winners are waiting for the awards ceremony to take place July 23 at the Gasport Fire Hall starting at 3 p.m. All the first-place winners – both for the adults and for the kids – will be in two separate drawings for the grand prize in their respective divisions. For the adults, a boat, motor and…

Sports

  DEC Revises Bobcat permit requirement The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the agency is adopting a regulatory proposal to revise the special permit requirement for bobcat hunting and trapping starting this fall. Hunters and trappers will no longer be required to obtain a free “special permit” from their regional wildli…

Sports

Devil’s Hole stairs close July 17 It was announced this week by New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that the stairs leading into the Niagara Gorge at Devil’s Hole State Park will be closed starting July 17 until spring of 2018 so that they can replace the stone stairs/trail. One of the most popular fishing areas in the gorge, Devil’s Hole is a con…

Sports

Fishing contests are helping to keep many anglers busy, from walleye tournaments to bass tournaments, from salmon and trout tournaments to derbies and statewide competitions. If you enjoy a good contest or you are just looking for an excuse to be on the water, you might want to check out many of the derbies and tournaments ongoing or coming up in the near future. These are…

Sports

“Grosser Fisch!” The past week, that phrase was shouted out time and time again by three German anglers seeking out adventure and story material for one of that country’s top fishing magazine, Am-Haken (translation: Hooked!). And it wasn’t just from one favorite fishing location. The outermost reaches of New York were featured – from the mighty waters of the Niagara to …

Sports

Oneida Lake BASS comeback Stanley Sypeck of Sugarloaf, Pa,. made a dramatic come-from-behind victory last weekend as the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open was held on Oneida Lake June 29-July 1. On the final day of the contest, despite some terrible weather conditions, Sypeck weighed in a five-fish limit that tipped the scales at 20 pounds, 7 ounces to win the $9,…

Sports

How good is the salmon fishing out of this end of Lake Ontario? The current  leader of the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby is a 27-pound Wilson fish caught by Lee Beaton of Clifton Springs. And the icing on the cake to accentuate the fishing was the Monroe County Offshore Classic. The Dirty Goose team led by Capt. Casey Prisco of Matamoras, Pa.,made a 1…

Sports

The popular pastime of fishing is enjoyed by millions and millions of people across the country; millions and millions more around the world. It’s an art form, a communications tool and a recreational outdoor activity all rolled up into one. It’s also a perfect mechanism for people to connect. Last week, an inaugural event took place in Dunkirk that combined Western New Yo…

Outdoors

As the saying goes, it’s better to be lucky than good. For Pat O’Brien of Eden, he was in the right place at the right time fishing in his first ever walleye tournament. Trolling off Barcelona with Dr. Jim Stoll of Eden and Nick Miller of Hamburg, O’Brien grabbed the fishing rod and reeled in a personal-best 12.44-pound walleye to win the $5,000 grand prize in the 33rd Ann…

Sports

Now that summer is in full swing, there seems to be a multitude of fishing contests going on, depending on your level of expertise, species preference and body of water you want to fish. If Lake Ontario is your cup of tea, the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby runs from June 30 to July 30. Details at www.loc.org. The Erie Canal Fishing Derby kicks off on J…

Sports

Veterans fishing outing Friday in Dunkirk A fishing event honoring Western New York heroes will be taking place this Friday (June 30) out of Dunkirk from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Innovative Outdoors, partnering with WNYHeroes.org, is coordinating this special veterans event as part of the Operation BOOTS Program. Local charter captains from the Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat As…

Sports

June 30 – Western NY Heroes Fishing Tournament (for military vets), Chadwick Bay, Dunkirk from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call Capt. Jim Steel at 481-5348 or visit www.lakeeriewalleyetournament.com. July 1, 8 and 15 – Orvis Buffalo, located in the Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, will be offering Fly Fishing 101 classes from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Openings are …