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Youth Fishing Derby set for Hyde Park Lake

On a day that’s a national celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, boys and girls ages 6 to 16 will have the opportunity to compete in an “End of Summer Bash” Youth Fishing Derby on Sept. 22 at Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls. Registration starts at the Oasis Pavilion located off Robbins Drive in Hyde Park. No fishing license is required for anyone fishing in the state because it is a designated Free Fishing Day.

Major prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place catches in each division following the fishing from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Awards and prize giveaways with refreshments will be handed out from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact contest coordinator Joe Urso at 334-0835. Immediately following the awards, kayaking and canoeing will be taking place on the lake. Bring your own or borrow one of the personal watercraft that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Environmental forum on “Creatures of the Night”

“Creatures of the Night – Bats, Owls and Moths” will be the focus of the next 2 The Outdoors Environmental Forum set for 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Once again, the event will be held at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, and it is free to the public. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

Guest speakers for the evening will be bat rehabilitator Karen Slote, entomologist Wayne Gall and representatives from Wolcottsville Wildlife, Robert Humbert and Ben Van Allan. For more information, contact Terry Belke at

New Salmon River fishing book

A new book entitled “Fishing the Salmon River” arrives at the perfect time for anglers pursuing salmon and trout in the state’s most popular river. New York’s own “Spider-Man,” Spider Rybaak of Canastota, is back with another excellent fishing book and this one focuses on one of his favorite waterways – the Salmon River.

The Salmon River is legendary in angling circles. It should be on everyone’s bucket list. Before you go (or even if you have gone and you want to expand your knowledge), pick up Rybaak’s book. With more than 40 miles of water that meanders through the Oswego County countryside, Spider breaks the river down into the most popular holes, pools, bends, runs and other fish-holding areas. He discusses the various species of fish available and best times to pursue them.

The information is all weaved together in an entertaining style that only Spider can deliver. The 160-page book is chock full of information, much of it gained through his own personal experiences. The book is available at bookstores, online retailers and from the publisher at

Youth Trapping Camp deadline is Sept. 24

The deadline is fast approaching for the Pat Arnold Youth Trapping Camp slated for Oct. 5-8 at three locations around the state. This educational camp was designed for 12 to 14-year-olds by the late Pat Arnold, the first woman inducted in the New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame. She was enshrined in 2006. Camp locations are Camp Rushford in Caneadea, Pack Camp Forest in Warrensburg and Camp Mandaville in Winthrop. Applications must be completed and received by Sept. 24. They cannot be sent electronically. Cost to attend is $40. Youngsters will learn all about trapping. For a copy of the application and other pertinent information, contact or call camp administrator Nate Brock at 252-639-1708.

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