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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes (Oct. 26)

Water Levels Restored on Salmon River

Thanks to recent rains and the fact that the Salmon River Fish Hatchery hit its target for salmon eggs, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the Lower Fly Fishing Area of the Salmon River is now open for (fishy) business. Drought conditions in the Salmon River watershed had forced the agency to reduce the amount of water released in collaboration with Brookfield Renewable. This ensured that enough salmon would make it into the hatchery to support the Lake Ontario fishery.

The Lower Fly Fishing Area is a quarter-mile section immediately downstream of the hatchery and upstream of the County Route 52 Bridge in Altmar. The upper boundary of this area is downstream of Beaverdam Brook, a staging area for many of the salmon and trout in the river before they enter the hatchery.


Restoring Bald Eagles Presentation

Mike Allen, a former Wildlife Technician with DEC for 34 years out of the Region 8 offices in Avon, will be giving a presentation entitled “Restoring the Bald Eagle: A 40 Year Journey” on Nov. 2 at Barker High School. Sponsored by a group Save Ontario Shores, the presentation will be held in the cafeteria starting at 7 p.m.

Allen worked with Peter Nye, the leader of the agency’s Endangered Species Unit. In 1976, they began a restoration project to help protect these majestic birds. At the time, they had one inactive nest to work with. Today there are close to 300 active nests.

Musky Meeting, Tournament

The Niagara Musky Association will be holding its monthly general membership meeting on Nov. 1 at Eldredge Club, 17 Broad Street, Tonawanda starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be DEC Region 9 fisheries biologist Chris Legard giving updates on Niagara River research being conducted, including information  on young of the year muskellunge. The meeting is open to the public.

The fishing club will also be holding the 2016 Tim Wittek Memorial Musky Tournament (catch and release) on the upper Niagara River and Buffalo Harbor on Nov. 6 from  7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry fee is $25. For more info contact Scott McKee at 225-3816.

LOTSA Salmon School Announces Speakers

Attention Salmon Junkies! On Saturday, Jan. 21 the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association (LOTSA) will host its well-known, in-depth Salmon School as part of the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. This highly successful school, in its 10th year, boasts six hours of detailed instruction taught by three expert captains and this year they are: Capt. Bob Songin (Reel Excitement Charters out of the ports of Oak Orchard and Wilson), Capt. Jerry Felluca (Rebel Charters out of Sandy Creek) and Capt. Russell Gahagan (Anglers Avenue out of Sheboygan, Mich.). “These three captains offer a huge amount of on-the-water experience trolling for trout and salmon along with a proven tournament track record of high placement in the most prestigious tournaments over many years,” says Joe Yaeger of Amherst, president of the LOTSA organization. “They are a much diversified set of instructors and will provide a class full of insights and details that no one single instructor would be able to provide. They are all skilled communicators and are very well known for sharing their fishing knowledge and daily fishing trips with anglers to help them to be more successful fishing the lake. Each brings their own unique set of trolling skills, techniques and knowledge to the class.” Space is limited and you must be registered in advance. For more information visit the LOTSA website at and sign up.

Leftover DMPs Released?

Every year on or around Nov. 1, leftover Deer Management Permits are released to the general hunting public on a firs- come, first-served basis through license-issuing agents. As of this writing, no announcement has been made as to when they would become available or what areas have permits remaining. It wouldn’t be the first time to receive a release from the state announcing this a day or two before they become available. You can check Nov. 1 where you get your license or monitor the DEC website at for the announcement. Good luck!


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