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NRAA steelhead contest reset for March 2

The Niagara River Anglers Association has announced that the organization has rescheduled its Roger Tobey Memorial steelhead contest for March 2. The original event was postponed due to inclement weather.

The contest is based on whoever catches the largest steelhead, receiving 50 percent of the prize money generated through entry fees. Second place will receive 30 percent and third place will receive 20 percent. There also is a prize for the biggest brown trout caught. Fishing is from sunrise to 2 p.m. with awards at 3 p.m. at Lewiston No. 1 Fire Hall in the village. Cost is $20 with an optional $5 for biggest brown. Membership to the NRAA is $20.

For more information, check the club’s Facebook page. Registrations will be collected at Lewiston Landing adjacent to the launch ramp, as well as at Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston and the Slippery Sinker in Olcott. In addition to the lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario tributaries are eligible waters. You must be a member of the club to compete. Call Paul Jackson at 998-8910 for additional information.

Conservation tree, shrub seedlings available

One sign that spring isn’t very far away is the announcement that the order forms for the 2019 Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Sale are available through the Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District. A total of 37 different trees and shrubs are available this year. The 1- to 3-year old bare root seedlings are available in lots of 10 to 500.

The SWCD also offers wild flower seed mixes and seedling packs, which have a combination of trees and shrubs, to help landowners provide wildlife food and habitat along with other natural benefits. Order forms can be obtained by stopping at the district office at 50 Commerce Way, East Aurora, by calling 652-8480 ext. 5 and through the website at Orders are due by March 15. Pick-up will be on April 27 at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

Volunteer instructors help hunters lower state accident mark

Fishing, outdoors at WNED Kid Fest

The WNED-TV Kid Fest is Saturday and Sunday at 140 Lower Terrace in Buffalo. A youth fishing and outdoors information booth will be part of the festivities sponsored by the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club. Saturday hours are noon to 5 p.m. Sunday is 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission fees can be found at

The Federation booth will provide free beginner fishing books, area fishing maps and random drawings for rod and reel combos. They will offer conservation feature topics through a slide presentation, including promotion of the group’s popular “Teach-me-to-Fish” programs held in the spring and summer. To lend a hand at the Federation booth, contact Joe McAdams at 570-3436.

DEC fisheries meeting on Skaneateles Lake

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation announced it will host an information meeting on the status of Skaneateles Lake on Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Homer Intermediate School Auditorium, 58 Clinton St., Homer. The evening will be devoted to the lake’s fisheries.

Skaneateles Lake, one of 11 Finger Lakes, is a popular angler destination. DEC will present the latest research on the lake and will give updates on recent walleye stocking efforts, the Angler Diary Cooperator Program and other current and future management programs.

The Fishing Beat (Feb. 6)

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