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Fishing and Outdoor Expo to feature more that 120 seminars

NIAGARA FALLS – The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo returns to the Conference and Event Center, 101 Falls St., Friday through next Sunday with a focus on education and information for anglers and hunters.

The three-day expo features more than 120 seminars, as well as more than 100 fishing and outdoor exhibitors. Tickets and information are available at

Bill Hilts, outdoor promotions director for the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., called the three-day pass a “best value” at $16.

Award-winning nature photographer Charlie Alsheimer returns with a trio of seminars on Saturday.

Alsheimer’s “Strategies for Whitetails,” normally a three-hour program, will be divided into segments. Parts one and two will focus on whitetail behavior and hunting strategies and part three will offer his insights from more than 40 years as a nature photographer.

The ninth annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association – known as LOTSA –will host a “Salmon School” on Saturday as well. The cost is $85, which includes a full day of instruction, a LOTSA membership, lunch and admission to the expo on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a goody bag of popular trolling baits. Preregistration is required at

“This is not for novice anglers,” said Joe Yaeger, LOTSA president. “This a hard-core class targeted at the serious fisherman.”

Salmon school teachers include Capt. Pete Alex of Erie, Pa., a skipper aboard Vision Quest with a track record of winning fishing tournaments on Lake Ontario. He won the first weekend of the 2014 Pro-Am Salmon Tournament out of Niagara and he is one of the top tournament winners on the Canadian circuit. He fishes out of Wilson every spring and moves around to compete.

Also leading the instruction are: Capt. Pete Lahosky, who operates Prime Time Fishing out of Oswego in the eastern basin of the lake and Capt. George Freeman of Ludington, Mich., who brings 32 years of salmon fishing expertise to Salmon School participants.

Michael Hay of Lake Luzerne attended the Salmon School with two friends last year and they returned to fish in the spring Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby. The trio reeled in a $15,000 grand-prize king salmon and even caught the winning fish on a lure that was handed out at the Salmon School, Hilts said.