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A Sportsman's Tale / From Richard Snyder Todd Aikin and myself launched out of Hamburg early Tuesday afternoon to mess around for a few hours. We were trolling for walleye but catching a bunch of nice smallmouth bass, having a good time, when the next hit came on a blue and silver renosky by Seneca Shoal. It reeled in like a log until Todd got it close to the boat, t…

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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 …

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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 Ne…

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A Sportsman's Tale / From Joe Croom We were fishing by the Skyway Bridge near St. Petersburg, Fla., in late June, targeting tarpon, at first without success. We had caught a a sand shark, a hammerhead and a cobia but that prized catch remained elusive. And then, bam! The hit was incredible. As soon as the fish found out it was hooked, it took line for about 30 second…

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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 33…

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The Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout and Salmon Derby (www.loc.org) kicks off Friday (yes, it’s still on!) and runs through May 14 – 10 days of fishing fun with anglers competing for over $44,000 in prizes and a grand prize of $15,000 for the biggest salmon overall. Over 3,000 fishermen will be hitting the lake wherever their boats will take them for the spring event…

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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Inland Streams According to Drew Nisbet of Orvis Buffalo in Williamsville, our inland creeks for catch-and-release trout have been fishing incredibly well over the last two weeks of mild weather. As the creek water temperatures rise the trout become more active, especially the large/mature fish. He has been fishing the upper Cattaraugus and Clear creeks in the NYSPFR se…

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Collecting is a pastime that can date centuries. People collect stamps, coins, guns, baseball cards and comic books to name but a few items – why not antique fishing tackle? This is not to be confused with the collection of current present-day fishing tackle, similar to what a charter captain might do as “normal” equipment on their Great Lakes boats. After all, yo…

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Not all outdoor shows are created equal. Not all fishing areas are the same. Combine one of the top freshwater fisheries in the country with one of the best fishing and outdoor expositions in the state and you’ve found a recipe for success. That’s what happened last weekend at the fourth annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center…

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NIAGARA FALLS - Bassmaster Elite pro Mark Menendez will be among the speakers featured at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo on Jan. 20-22 at the Conference and Event Center, 101 Old Falls St. Menendez, of Paducah, Ky., has fished in 214 Bassmaster tournaments. A regular on the tournament trail for 26 years, he's captured first place three times, second place …

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After an extremely odd year that saw a combination of drought conditions and record-breaking temperatures influencing fishing in the Great Lakes (and elsewhere), many anglers in Western New York have been waiting for a certain fish species to arrive on the scene with a bit more consistency – the extremely popular yellow perch. After a productive spring fishing season …

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The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo was a three-day event held in the Event and Conference Center of Niagara Falls. Speakers, exhibitors and seminars were some of the highlights of this year's event.