With the ESLO Derby running Thursday through Sunday, it's worth asking anglers not to catch fish -- at least not the steelhead and Skamania-strain steelies that were recently stocked in Niagara County waters.
The Niagara Federation of Conservation Clubs helped the DEC stock thousands of these fingerlings at Lewiston, in the east and west branches of 12-Mile Creek and in Keg Creek, and volunteers are urging that no one target small trout in those places. Those six-inch stockers will grow into trophies.
The Niagara Federation recently named Neil Ross as its outstanding conservation professional. The Wrights Corners Boy Scout Troop won the Carl Lass Memorial award, and hunter safety instructors Gary Lowe and former Buffalo News reporter and columnist Archie Lowery were honored for their longtime efforts for firearms safety.
Ed Weber of 7-Clan Bowmen was named Sportsman of the Year, and Hartland Conservation is Club of the Year.
A new great lakes fisheries award, named for Milford "Pinky" Robinson, went to Edward "Pat" Lester of the Wilson Conservation Club, and two Robinson family memorial awards were given to Gerald Bennett and John Chilcott.
Kenneth Sprenger was given a special award for outdoor writing, and a big buck award went to Claus Leyder.
The annual PF membership banquet will be held at Salvatore's Italian Gardens Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40. Bill Snyder (839-5456) has information.
Ontario's commercial gill-netting will be the topic when the New York Walleye Association meets 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Niagara Frontier American Legion Post, 533 Amherst St. Ontario Conservation Officer Richard DuPree will be the guest speaker.
Christopher Parker of the Owl Foundation in Vineland, Ont., will speak at Audubon's annual dinner meeting Wednesday in the Brierwood Country Club, Hamburg, and Barbara Nutting (773-725) is taking reservations. Saturday, Cy Wolfling (937-9300) will lead a day-long hike along the Joe Panza nature trail in Alden. . . . Foothills Trail Club has an Ellicott Creek mini-hike set Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Meet at Creekside Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard. Saturday, Rose Schaub (822-4074) wants trail maintenance volunteers, and Sunday Kit Mahler (652-7839) will lead a hike in the Holland area. . . . A Mother's Day flower walk at Wilson-Tuscarora Park is set 1 p.m. Sunday by the Schoellkopf Geological Museum. Call 278-1780 to reserve space.
Clarence Shooting Club will hold a 45-caliber "hardball" match Saturday at Ten X on Greenbush Road, Newstead. The club supplies the ammo; you supply any 45 ACP pistol, and shoot the National Match Course for $10, which covers prizes, too. Relays shoot at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. For information, call Frank Wukovits (634-2769). . . . Sunday, the club is sponsoring a match for the Western New York Outdoor Pistol League, with sign-in for both 22 and centerfire classes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
-- MICHAEL LEVY
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