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Scattershots (April 24, 2019)

Scoby Dam project the topic for TU meeting

If you’d like to learn more about the Scoby Dam Fish Passage Project on Cattaraugus Creek and its current status, you should attend the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited monthly meeting Tuesday, April 30, at The Orvis Shop, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the guest speaker will be Rich Ruby, the Army Corps of Engineers fisheries biologist overseeing the project. The project will allow steelhead to gain access to about 40 miles of additional waterways into upper Cattaraugus Creek.

DEC’s aquatic biologist James Markham with the Lake Erie Unit will give updates on various steelhead projects and surveys.

Walleye contest at Chautauqua May 5

Walleye season is fast approaching, opening on May 4 throughout the state. Chautauqua Lake Bassmasters will hold a Spring Walleye Tournament on May 5 out of Long Point State Park to kick off the season. The entry fee is $100 per 2-person team. Deadline to register is April 30. After that time, a $20 late fee will be added.

The tournament field will be limited to 50 boats. Payout will go to the top 5 teams with a full field. Take-off time for the tournament will be determined on when the entry form is received. Fishing time will be from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call Matt Fish at 720-2388 for more info.

Ducks Unlimited to benefit from sporting clays shoot May 4

Get ready to sharpen that shooting eye, have some fun and raise funds for one of the top conservation organizations in the country. Ducks Unlimited will be the ultimate benefactor at the 31st annual Southtowns Sporting Clays Shoot on May 4. This popular shooting event again will be held at the Hamburg Rod and Gun Club, 3434 Hickox Road, Hamburg, starting at 9 a.m.

The entry fee to participate is $50 and it must be paid in advance. For more information or to purchase a ticket, contact George Rockey at 674-3075. The Southtowns Chapter recently was recognized by DU as a President’s Elite Chapter in New York, one of the top chapters in the state.

Ray’s Day set for May 18

The Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International is sponsoring its 9th annual Ray's Kids Day on May 18 and the deadline is approaching.  The event will be held at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive (off Como Park Blvd.) in Cheektowaga.  The all-day event starts at 8:30 a.m. with seminars on fly casting, fly tying and entomology.

After lunch, participants get a chance to fish with the flies they tied and use their fly-casting lessons. Registration is limited and participants must be 9 to 15 years of age.  Applications can be downloaded from the club’s website at  For questions and further information, please call Dave Rosner at 675-4766.  The application deadline is May 11.

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