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Scattershots (June 19, 2019)

LOC Summer Derby set for June 29-July 28

The Lake Ontario Counties Summer Trout and Salmon Derby for competition anglers is set for June 29 to July 28 and all of Lake Ontario is eligible waters.

Every year, it seems as though someone fishing the lake for the first time wins a division or grand prize. This year, $10,000 is up for grabs for the largest salmon caught during the month-long celebration. The four divisions are for salmon, lake trout, rainbow/steelhead and brown trout species. First place in each is valued at $1,000. There are weekly prizes that include $1,000 for the biggest salmon and $500 for each of the trout divisions. All told, there is more than $32,000 in cash and prizes. All prizes are guaranteed.

A day pass for the derby is $20 for an adult, $10 for a youth. For the entire month, the derby ticket is $40 for adults and $20 for the kids. For a list of weigh stations and registration outlets, visit

Greater Niagara BassEye Challenge for June 27-28

The 18th annual Greater Niagara BassEye Challenge begins next week, and will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On June 27, the event will kickoff with the annual BassEye Bash at The Atrium @ Rich’s in Buffalo starting at 6 p.m. A silent auction, a live auction, live music and surprises may pique your interest, along with food and drinks.

The fishing will take place on Friday in Lake Erie as “teams” focus on the combination of bass and walleye. A bass is worth 50 points, a walleye earns 100. For every, bass/walleye combination (or BassEye), an angler will earn 150 points. The person with the most points earns the grand champion trophy. It’s all about prestige for this contest. And, of course, contributing for a great cause. Over the past 17 years, participants have raised nearly $2 million for CFF. For more information, contact Heather McKeever at 204-2535. You also can visit for details on the fishing gala.

N.Y. free fishing weekend is June 29-30

New York State will offer a free fishing weekend June 29-30. While it’s free to fish, anglers must abide by the state's angling regulations for the body of water they intend to fish. You can find those regulations at

Family Fisking Day 2019 is tied to this free fishing weekend. The action will take place at the foot of Ferry Street in Buffalo. For more information, contact George Johnson at 818-3410.

Waterfowl supporter Ed Fiorino dies

Longtime waterfowl advocate Ed Fiorino of Albion died last week. He was 82 years old. Fiorino was an award-winning bird carver and an active member with Ducks Unlimited, a past president of the Lake Plains Waterfowl Association and volunteered at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Orleans and Genesee counties.

He helped to run a Youth Waterfowl Hunt on Iroquois for more than 20 years with the help of his Lake Plains club. Fiorino was also a 15-year member of DEC’s Western Zone Waterfowl Task Force before it was discontinued a few years ago. He will be missed throughout the waterfowl community.

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