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LOC Derby kicks off May 10

Every spring, the Spring Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby gets the anglers excited to help kick off the fishing season. This year’s event, slated for May 10-19, will again offer a $15,000 grand prize for the largest salmon in the 10-day contest and another $30,000 in cash for the four divisions (salmon, lake trout, brown trout and walleye).

For the prestigious salmon division, first place is $2,000 and second place is $1,000. Derby organizers pay back the top 20 places for all categories. First place in lake trout, brown trout and walleye divisions is $1,000. There are daily prizes for the largest fish in each grouping. For salmon, it’s $500 a day. For the other three, it’s $200 a day. If the minimum weight is not met for any day, the money rolls over to the next day. Minimum weight on trout is 10 pounds, salmon is 20 pounds, and walleye is 8 pounds. For more information on the derby, visit  www.loc.org.

Bison City hosts outdoor gear sale

The Bison City Rod and Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, will host its annual outdoor gear sale and flea market on Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There is free admission and free tables for selling (first come, first served starting at 7 a.m.). No, the merchandise isn’t free.

Bring old, used or new sporting equipment to sell. No guns may be displayed or sold, but reloading equipment and components may be offered for sale. Call Willie Sieber at 626-0660 or Fred Langdon at 713-9790 for more info.

First-time camper program registration May 10-12

Camping is a great way to connect with nature. If you’ve always wanted to give it a try, but don’t know how to get started, consider the state’s First-Time Camper Program. From June through Labor Day, eligible families can apply through a lottery selection process to camp in 1 of 11 campgrounds over nine weekends. Locations include the Catskills and Adirondacks as well as the Hudson Valley and Western New York. The application period is May 10 to May 12.

New campers will be provided all of the gear needed to have a successful camping trip, including tent, sleeping bags, camping chairs, stove, lantern and firewood. A camping ambassador will help get you set up and even give you a quick Camping 101 lesson. You will learn from experts on how to bird watch, hike, fish, paddle and more. And if you are selected, it will be free. For more information, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/109909.html.

Ray’s Kids Day deadline extended

Kids between ages 9 and 15 who want to learn about fly fishing will have a few extra days to register for the 9th annual Ray's Kids Day on May 18. There are 10 open slots remaining. The Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International is sponsoring Ray's Kids Day and the deadline is now May 13.  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. Applications can be downloaded from the club’s website at www.lake-erie-fff.org.  Each participant needs a chaperone and there is a fee of $30 to cover cost of materials. For questions and further information, contact Dave Rosner at 675-4766.

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