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Outdoors Notebook: West Seneca angler scores in Ice Derby

When the Captain Bob’s 2015 Ice Derby ended March 22 some exceptional sizes took top honors for fish caught, some at unusual sites.

Honeoye Lake is a big bluegill factory. Both ‘gills came from Honeoye, but the lake also produced the top northern pike entry.

Warren Goodenow of Perry weighed in a 1.11-pound bluegill for first place. Nello Nati of West Seneca took second with a .95-pounder.

Nati also took first place in the northern pike division with a 13.24-pound entry. Jeff Blakely of Clarence placed second with an 11.45-pound pike caught at a private pond.

The biggest perch came from Irondequoit Bay. Jim Ensminger of Getzville weighed in a 1.88-pound ringback to take first place. Joe Greis of Alden took second place with a 1.81-pounder from Seneca Lake.

John Silvernail of Corfu fished Silver Lake for a 2.37-pound crappie to win that division. Nati (again) went to Oneida Lake to catch the second-place finisher at 1.74 pounds.

Both walleye division entries came from Lake Erie. John Anaka of Alden finished first with a 12.72-pound ‘eye, Jim Stoll of Eden used a Jigging Rap to take second with a 10.04-pounder,

A tie in the Rudd Division at 1.84 pounds was settled on Mike Szalanski of Lockport winning first place with an entry one-quarter inch longer than the entry of Jay Brudz of Lancaster. Both rudd were caught at Wilson Harbor.

All divisions paid the top two entries except for the Whitefish Division, Ron Froebel Jr. of Alden brought home a 4.56-pound whitey to win that prize.

Spring into nature

The Penn Dixie Paleontological Outdoor Education Center, located off of Big Tree Road in Hamburg, will offer a weeklong “Spring Into Nature Program.” Registration is required for each daily experience.

A “Become a Wetland Detective” program begins at 1 p.m. on Monday. On Tuesday, a “Who Pooped at Penn Dixie” is set for 1 p.m. A “Spring Bird Walk for Beginners” gets stepping at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. “What’s Beneath Your Feet?” looks downward at 1 p.m. on Thursday. Things look up during a “Searching Penn Dixie Skies” program at 1 p.m. on Friday. The programs end with a “Family Wilderness Preparedness” presentation at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

For more details and registration information on all these programs, call 627-4560 or visit penndixie.org.

Crosman honored

The Fieldsports Channel Global Hunting Survey conducted in December 2014 ranked Crosman Corporation the most recognized brand among airgun manufacturers and placed it No. 16 among the top 50 recognized outdoor-product producers.

Crosman, based in Bloomfield southwest of Rochester, will host an All American Field Target Championship on June 13 and 14. To view Crosman shooting models and get details on the championship, visit crosman.com.

email: odrswill@gmail.com