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Scattershot: Outdoors news and notes

New boating bill signed this week, reversing U.S.-Canada woes

An important boating bill that would once again allow U.S. fishermen to enter into Canadian waters to fish without calling into Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – like it was previously – has now passed both the Senate and the House of Commons in Canada. As expected, it received “Royal Assent” this week and has already become law as of this writing.

Bill S-233 originated with Senator Bob Runciman in Canada. After months of negotiations and testimony, the bill finally was approved by both houses. When it becomes ratified, it will allow anglers to motor into Canadian waters in places like Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and the Niagara River and not worry about having to report in. However, if you anchor in Canadian waters or if you plan on landing your vessel in Canada, you should continue to report to the CBSA. In addition, all Canadian fishing regulations will continue to be in effect including live bait regulations. No live bait of any kind (with the exception of nightcrawlers in approved bedding or water) can be taken into Canadian waters, even if the bait came from the same waterway. And make sure you have a Canadian fishing license and proper identification.

Erie Canal Fishing Derby July 5-16

The 27th Erie Canal Fishing Derby will once again be held from the Niagara River to Albion July 5-16. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the Awards Ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories – bass, walleye, northern pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead and catfish.

This is a great family contest. In fact, there’s a family registration for just $25. Adults can register for $15; kids 14 and under can register for $10. A cash bash is also available for $5. There are six registration outlets and five weigh stations along the canal. In addition there will be 50 tagged fish worth some $10,000 in prizes. For more information, check out

Three-F Youth Conservation Mentor Day Sept. 16

Every year, the third Saturday in September, the Three-F Club, 904 Swann Road, Youngstown hosts a Youth Conservation Mentor Day on its club grounds. Set for Sept. 16 this year, enrollment is now open for a limited number of slots available for kids 12 to 18. This is an intensive day of learning that will include turkey calling instruction, conservation ethics, dog handling, archery, safe gun handling, skeet and trap shooting and more. The day culminates with a pheasant hunt on the club grounds as well. Cost is $35 and you must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. For more information on how to reserve a spot, contact Dale Shank at 791-3809.

Big Dawg Walleye Tournament July 8-9

The 4th Annual Big Dawg Walleye Tournament, run with the help of Buffalo Sabres Alumni Rob Ray of E. Amherst and Mark Mohr (co-founders), will be setting up shop in Chadwick Bay Marina and the Clarion Hotel, Dunkirk July 8-9. The tournament itself is a one-day, five fish contest. However, there is also a big fish Friday competition that is also part of the fun. There is a limited boat field, allowing for 2 to 5 anglers per team. Entry fee is $500 but there is a 100 percent cash payback. The action kicks off at 6 a.m. Check out or call Mark Mohr at 998-9871 for more information. Don’t delay.

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