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Scattershots (June 5, 2019)

Youth fishing events on the calendar

As summer is slowly starting to arrive to the delight of junior fishermen, more youth fishing events are showing up on the outdoors calendar. Here are three contests that will be taking place the weekend of June 15-16 around Western New York, as well as one this weekend:

  • The 24th annual City of Tonawanda Kids Free Fishing Derby will take place on June 15 in Niawanda Park from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration starts at 8 a.m. at the Bandshell in the park. Grab bags will be handed out to the first 200 kids registered. Age groups are 14 to 16, 11 to 13, 8 to 10 and 7 and under. If a youth is 16 years of age, they are required to have a fishing license. Some great prizes up for grabs. Awards will take place at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call John White at 692-6306.
  • The 33rd annual Niagara County Youth Fishing Derby is June 15, and will be hosted by the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road (Route 425), Wilson, from 8 a.m. to noon. This contest, for kids ages 3 to 14, is based on fish length. No trout and salmon will be judged. Youths may fish any Niagara County waters. All kids will receive a consolation prize. Awards presentation is at 1 p.m. For more information, call Mike at 585-205-1353.
  • There will be a Catch and Release Kids Fishing Derby at Wide Waters Marina, Lockport, on June 16 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for fishing; lunch and awards will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is being hosted by Moose Lodge 617, 204 Monroe Street, Lockport.
  • There is a Teach-Me-To-Fish event Saturday at Tifft Nature Preserve, Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is sponsored by DEC and the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs.

    Kids fishing derbies are coming up in Western New York. This is from the City of Tonawanda's kids event at Niawanda Park last June. (John White photo)

Rayzor’s Big Dawg Walleye Classic is set for June 21-22

When Rob Ray played for the Buffalo Sabres, he enjoyed fighting from time to time as the team’s enforcer.  He still enjoys fighting, but now he does his battling with his fishing rod. The 7th annual Rayzor’s Big Dawg Walleye Classic is slated to be held out of Dunkirk Harbor on June 22 for the main event. The Big Fish Friday contest will be held June 21 to get everyone tuned up for the headline contest.

For the main event, up to 80 boats can be registered. The prize structure corresponds with the number of boats entered. Your score will be based on your best six fish for the day. There is a mandatory captain’s meeting on June 21. Contact Mark Mohr for more information at 998-9871. The deadline is June 14. This year’s Classic will be filmed via drone over the lake according to Mohr. For rules of the two separate contests, visit

Judy O'Hara of Ransomville caught this 26.03-pound king salmon aboard American Dream to win Big Fish in the Don Johannes Memorial Fishing Contest last week. Judy is the daughter of the late Don Johannes. (Rick O'Hara photo)

Legacy, American Dream pace Memorial contest

In the Don Johannes/Pete DeAngelo Memorial 3-Fish/Big Fish contest held last Thursday out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott, Legacy Sportfishing led by Capt. Rob Wescott of Hamlin won the three-fish portion of the event with a score of 87.19 points based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. His big fish was an 18.94-pound king salmon that placed 3rd overall.

“We fished east of Olcott,” Wescott said. “North-south trolls did the trick in 150 to 300 feet of water. It was a late morning bite for the big ones. Familiar bite whip flashers and cut bait was the ticket.”

Big fish for the contest was a 26.03-pound king salmon reeled in by Rick and Judy O’Hara’s American Dream team from Ransomville. Judy reeled in the first-place fish. She is the daughter of the late Don Johannes, who the tournament is named after. Check out “Catches of the Week” to see the lunker fish.

PF sporting clays shoot scheduled for Saturday

Looking to sharpen that shooting eye while donating for a worthy cause? The Pheasants Forever Chapter of WNY No. 29 will host a Sporting Clays Fundraising 50-bird Shoot and Picnic on Saturday at the North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport. All proceeds will benefit habitat and youth programs.

There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. You must sign up in advance of the shoot. Admission is $50 for the shoot, $80 for the shoot plus a PF membership. The fee includes a Krolick’s barbecue dinner, targets and a Lewis Entry Fee. For more information, contact Jeff Wetzel at 432-9193.

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