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Bill Hilts Jr.


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Lewiston never smelt so good! It’s that time of year for the Niagara River Anglers Association to break out the deep fryers for the annual smelt dip and fry. Thanks to some help from the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce and Anthony Dimino’s Tops Market in Lewiston, they have already secured 400 pounds of smelt that will be deep fried and handed out to the public…

A battle is brewing for bass enthusiasts as the Spring Border War is set for Saturday, May 5. Each year, the Western New York Bassmasters and the St. Catharines Bassmasters of Ontario, Canada face-off for a head to head skirmish on the water to see who walks away as the top club. This is an open tournament and the New York contingent has been short-handed in recent years. …

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For years and years, the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby held its spring event for 10 days, starting the first Friday in May. This year, the popular kick-off event will be held May 11-20, which could be perfect for the salmon and trout fishing in the lake. Once again, the Grand Prize is a check for $15,000 for the largest salmon caught in the contest and…

A new event will be taking place this weekend to help kick off the Lake Ontario fishing season in Olcott. The Olcott Ultimate Fishing Expo will be held on May 6 at the Olcott Gazebo on Main Street from noon to 5 p.m. This is a free event for fishing enthusiasts. There will be feature lectures and presentations, a fisherman’s swap meet, a vendor fair, the Niagara River Angl…

The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association (LOTSA) will be changing things up a bit in May for its monthly meeting. Instead of the club’s normal meeting site in Lockport, the group will be heading to the Wilson Boat Yard for a special meeting “at the dock.” Featured speaker will be Capt. Rich Hajecki of Yankee Troller giving a talk on spring salmon fishing from the back…

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Who knows what Mother Nature has in store for us in the coming week. This week held what we hope will be the last snow of the spring, 70-degree temperatures and some more high winds. No matter what she dishes out, there’s always some nice fish to be caught. Make sure you see the online gallery this week … and next week. Lake Erie and tributaries Going into this repor…

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April 26 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting at West Falls Conservation Club, 55 Bridge St., West Falls, 7 p.m. April 27 – Celebrate National Arbor Day with a Tree ID Walk at DeVeaux Wood State Park from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 282-5154 to register. April 28 – NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame Annual Induction Ceremony at Theodore’s Restauran…

The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs has announced that the group has rescheduled its annual awards banquet for May 19 at the Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company, 7801 Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport starting at 5:30 p.m. with awards to follow the 6:30 p.m. dinner. If you purchased a ticket for the April 14 banquet that was postponed due to the ice storm, pl…

Two leaders in the conservation community passed away the past week, saddening the ranks of the outdoor fraternity in Erie and Niagara counties. In Erie County, long-time volunteer Paul Stoos of Buffalo lost his battle with cancer. Most recently he was honored with a special President’s Award at the March 3 banquet of the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. He was…

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Chad Lapa of Rochester will be the featured speaker at the Niagara Musky Association’s monthly meeting set for May 1 at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad St., Tonawanda starting at 7 p.m. Lapa’s talk will be themed “Three Small Observations of BIG Muskies.” Lapa has set the bar on big muskies the last two years as far as Muskies, Inc. is concerned. The national organization h…

If you are looking for a fun shooting sports event, you want to help out waterfowl populations or it’s a combination of both, the Southtowns Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (DU) will be hosting its 30th Annual Sporting Clays Shoot on May 5 at the Hamburg Rod and Gun Club. Your $50 ticket price covers a 50-bird shoot and there will be other fun games of chance and silent auction…

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With the regular spring turkey season set to kick off on May 1 in Upstate New York, turkey hunters won’t be surprised to hear that there are fewer birds giving their gobbles, clucks and purrs in the forests and fields of the Empire State. A recently completed hen survival study helps to explain why there are not as many birds around as what many of us would hope. In 201…

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It was almost like Mother Nature skipped spring entirely when temperatures hit 74 degrees in the bright sunshine earlier this week. That will certainly influence the fish and the fishing, as well as the attitudes of anglers. We’re ready for some nice weather. Niagara River Trout action has been good for steelhead and lake trout according to Capt. Frank Campbell of Ni…

The WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding its monthly meeting at the Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Buffalo on Tuesday, April 24. Featured speaker for the 7:30 p.m. general meeting will be Ed Veaudry, regional coordinator for the Northern New York Region of Project Healing Waters. His talk will be “Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing: Where we star…

If you have some old, used or new outdoor sporting equipment laying around the garage, shed or basement – or you are looking for something in particular – check out the Bison City Rod & Gun Club’s Annual Outdoor Gear and Flea Market on April 21. The club is located at 511 Ohio St. in Buffalo and the doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tables are on a first-come…