When competitors get on the water to fish the 33rd annual Fall Classic Derby, formally called the Greater Niagara 2009 Fish Odyssey, the outing will be a memorial to Doug Stein.
Stein, a charter captain, tireless fisheries volunteer and competent marine mechanic with so many other helpful outdoors attributes, passed away Feb. 9. His too-early departure followed a lifetime of fish and wildlife projects such as the pen-rearing effort, stocking programs and other contributions accomplished as president of the Niagara River Anglers Association and as a member of many other area fisheries groups.
On Saturday, when the Odyssey fishing contest begins, anglers working waters in Erie, Niagara, and Orleans County will benefit from the improved access and the pure fishing fun Stein has helped to provide.
Prizes go to top fish in Salmon, Steelhead/Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and Carp divisions. Children with an adult get to fish for free. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m., during the Wildlife Festival at the New York Power Authority facility in Lewiston on Sept. 27.
The grand prize (for $2,500) will be drawn from the first-place finishers in all six divisions.
For registration details, call 282-8992 (ext. 303) or go to fishodyssey.net.
Saturday will be a busy day for tourney anglers. Two tournaments are set for musky and walleye anglers.
The Chautauqua Musky Tournament begins with a free Mike Sperry seminar at Happy Hooker Bait & Tackle in Ashville at 7 p.m. The competition goes from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The largest musky over 40 inches wins all.
Following the contest, entrants will enjoy a chicken dinner at Happy Hooker. For registration entry details, check with Capt. Larry Jones (432-0198) or go to mostlymuskies.com.
A-1 Bait Supply and Outdoors Niagara will hold a Fall Walleye Classic 2009 on Saturday from dawn to 2 p.m. Anglers can fish lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario waters in the red buoy area of Fort Niagara.
An awards picnic follows at 2 p.m. at Fort Niagara. For details, call 870-2170.
Ray Marks will conduct a "Fly Fishing Lessons" class at Lake Shore Community Education. The eight-week program of classes begins Tuesday and goes from 6:30 to 9 p.m. A $35 fee (plus $10 to the instructor) includes all gear and a skills-testing field trip during the course. To register, call 926-2270.
Sharon Trembath, Lake Erie Coordinator, invites area volunteers to join the 24th annual Great Lakes Beach Sweep Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The statewide effort drew 9,900 helpers in 2008.
Trembath can steer local folk to the nearest clean-up site in Western New York. Call her at 549-4330 or go firstname.lastname@example.org.