Reel Mania wins Rayzor’s Big Dawg Tournament
The four-man team on Reel Mania took it to the 30 other teams to win Rayzor’s Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament held out of Chadwick Bay in Dunkirk. They won the six-fish tournament by nearly 10 pounds with a total weight of 51.49 pounds and a big fish of the tournament that checked in at 11.49 pounds.
“We were trolling the skinny water in less than 30 feet around Van Buren,” said Mark Lewandowski Jr. of Lancaster. Also on the team were his father, Mark Sr. of Lancaster, his cousin Jonathan Lewandowski of Lancaster and Rick Deubel of Ohio. They were trolling two and three colors of leadcore line off the big planer boards using stickbaits in green and purple. They preferred using Bay Rat lures.
Runner-up in the tournament was the Trolling Stones with a weight of 41.78 pounds for six fish.
29th annual Erie Canal Derby set for July 3-14
The 29th annual Stephen C. Harrington Memorial Erie Canal Fishing Derby is set for July 3-14 from the upper Niagara River in North Tonawanda/Tonawanda to Albion. Once again, there are plenty of ways to win a prize in this family-oriented contest. Seven different fish species categories can be targeted, including bass, carp, catfish, walleye, northern pike, bullhead and sheepshead. In addition, there are 50 tagged fish that can be caught, with corresponding prizes up to $10,000 total based on the number of the tag.
Grand Prize for the Adult Division (from a random drawing of all first-place winners on awards night) will be a boat, motor and trailer from Brobeil Marine in Buffalo. Grand prize for the kids division will be a new kayak. For a list of registration outlets and weigh stations, as well as rules of the contest, visit www.eriecanalderby.com.
NYS Summer Classic begins July 1
The New York State Summer Classic Tournament will begin on July 1 and run through Aug. 31. Thanks to a sponsorship by Batavia Downs, the guaranteed grand prize for the main event will be $10,000 based on the first-place winners from the salmon, lake trout, walleye, crappie, yellow perch, rock bass and panfish categories. Yes, panfish has the same odds of winning the top prize as the biggest king salmon.
In addition to the main event, there is a catch and release division that includes catfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike and carp. Special $200 prizes are up for grabs for the biggest sheepshead, brown trout and bowfin/dogfish. For more information on how to register or to see the list of available weigh stations across the state, visit www.nyssummerclassic.com.
Women’s fishing photo contest now open
The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for women holding fish or who enjoy fishing in New York. This photo contest will be based on fishing, the second phase of an earlier contest focused on hunting. This phase opened on June 17 and ladies have until July 8 to submit their favorite fishing shots. However, DEC encourages submissions from women at any time of the year. If you submit a photo, include a sentence to describe the outdoor scene being depicted. Photos should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contest categories include freshwater fishing, saltwater fishing, ice fishing, youth (girls) fishing, mothers and children/multigenerational and action shots (such as casting, reeling or catching). All submissions will become the property of DEC to be used in promotions and outreach campaigns as the agency continues to encourage more females to become involved in the outdoors.