Wilson Bi-Centennial Tournament July 22
The community of Wilson along Lake Ontario will be celebrating its angling heritage with a special bicentennial one day salmon and trout fishing tournament on July 22. According to tournament organizers Dan Evans and Mike Johannes, the contest will be a simple Big Fish, 3-Fish contest with $10,000 in prize money being handed out for the 3 biggest fish and the top 10 teams based on points (10 points per fish and a point per pound).
Entry fee is $100 per team and registrations are available at Bootleggers Cove Marina, the Wilson Boatyard Gas Shack, Wilson Town Hall, T&R’s in Wilson; The Slippery Sinker and The Boat Doctors in Olcott. You can sign up until 6:30 a.m. the morning of the event. Weigh in will take place at Bootleggers Cove and you must be in line with your 3 fish by 3 p.m. No ice or water can be in the cooler. For more information contact Johannes at 523-1727.
SWA Kids Fishing Derby July 14
Get ready for a great kids fishing derby, rain or shine. The 23rd Annual Kids Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY, will be held at Chestnut Ridge Park, Orchard Park on Saturday, July 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration begins at Shelter No. 10 starting at 7 a.m. This event is free to all kids 15 years of age and under.
Bring your own fishing tackle and start fishing as soon as you sign in. Free hot dogs will be served at noon with an awards ceremony to follow. There will be plenty of prize drawings, too. If you would like to find out more information, contact Dennis Stoberl at 861-5687. Pre-registration is required. Get those kids out fishing.
LOTSA Club Tournament Set
The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association (LOTSA) is gearing up for the club’s big member-only fishing events. Since membership is only $10 per year, this is a perfect way to get in on some of the fun. On July 20, the Curt Meddaugh Memorial Tournament is the perfect way to get your feet wet with competition fishing. It’s a free tournament with open communication and a chance to fish out of the Niagara River, Wilson, Olcott and Oak Orchard/Point Breeze.
The following day, July 21, is the club tournament for $60. You can also fish out of the same 4 ports. Heaviest king salmon takes home the prize money. Members also have the option of buying into the LOTSA 3-2-3 for $50. Competitors will be trying to strategize their best 3 fish over 2 days (including the Meddaugh event) and only the top 3 will receive cash prizes. At the end of the day is the catered LOTSA picnic. For anyone is looking to donate your catch, the Food Bank of WNY will be taking fresh salmon fillets for the benefit of the needy.
All of the action will be taking place out of the Lions' Club pavilion in Krull Park. Register online at www.lotsa1.org.