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Bill Hilts Jr.


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June 20 – Boston Valley Conservation Society, 9624 Zimmerman Road, Boston, will host a 6-week, 300-target registered Doubles Trap League on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 20 – Lake Erie Chapter – Federation of Fly Fishers monthly meeting at American Legion Post 735, West Seneca, starting at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Brad Green on musky fishing and fly tying. Fl…

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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 duri…

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The Southtowns Walleye contest is over. The awards ceremony is set for June 29 at the group’s clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg. This weekend is the Rayzor’s Big Dawg tournament Friday and Saturday. On Lake Ontario, the next big contest is the Lake Ontario Counties Summer Derby set for June 29-July 28, followed by the New York State Summer Classic…

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Simply put, Lake Ontario is open for business. That’s the message that needs to be conveyed to the masses that normally arrive each spring, summer and fall to take advantage of the lake’s outstanding salmon and trout fishing. Out of state and locally, we need to be on the same page. And this year is another banner year for kings. Once the rumor mill gets started, tho…

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Time is running out for new proposed crossbow legislation. It still needs to make it out of committee as the State Assembly and State Senate move into the last week of sessions before the summer break. “Last month, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (A7627) and Sen. Jen Metzger (S5818) introduced crossbow bills that do not include full inclusion into the state’s archery seaso…

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The state’s regular bass season opens on Saturday, as does the Great Lakes musky season. Also, there are three kids fishing events this weekend, and the Southtowns Walleye contest ends on Sunday. Lake Erie and tributaries The Southtowns Walleye Association’s 35th annual Walleye Derby continues through Sunday. A father-daughter team is leading the way in  the adult and yo…

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The Dublin Up Sportfishing team had two days of consistent fishing out of Point Breeze in Lake Ontario to win its first tournament, outscoring a field of 23 boats on the way to the Orleans County Open title last weekend. The tournament was different in that you can only bring 10 fish to the scales, half salmon and half trout. Only three can be lake trout. As a result, a…

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Lake Ontario is open for business. Yes, the lake level established a new all-time high water mark this week for as long as they’ve kept records. Yes, landowners and businesses are struggling with the record-high water, experiencing another round of shoreline destruction. However, the salmon and trout fishing action has been excellent. Just ask the winning “Matts” of Nia…

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Two days remain until the close of registration for the Southtowns Walleye Association’s Derby, set for June 8-16 on Lake Erie. Sign up at the club meeting Thursday in Hamburg or the clubhouse on Friday. There will be more than $100,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Check out details at www.southtownswalleye.com. Lake Erie and tributaries Scott Feltrinelli of Ontario …

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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 …

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When Mark Davis of South Carolina collaborated with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Falls more than two decades ago to sample the waters of Western New York, he immediately fell in love with the smallmouth bass fishing in Lake Erie. It didn’t take him long to realize the area has so much to offer in the way of species diversity. At the time, Davis was the marketing guru…

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National Fishing and Boating Week starts Saturday and runs through June 9. Fishing contests abound as we start to move into late spring and early summer. Two contests will be celebrating 35 years this year – the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament on Friday and Saturday out of Wilson and Olcott, and the Southtowns Walleye Association’s Walleye Derby June 8-16 on Lak…

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Local high school fishing duo sets record Local Sweet Home High School seniors Alex Gauld of Tonawanda and Ryan Scheitheir of Amherst set a New York State high school record for a single bag of bass with a five-fish limit weighing in at 25.7 pounds. They were fishing on Owasco Lake last weekend, competing in the Bass Nation High School Team Trail contest. Included in thei…

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Location. Location. Location. That’s the mantra of every successful business. It also holds true for anglers on the Great Lakes, especially when it comes to finding that big derby-winning fish. For Robert Mueller of Hamburg, he was in the right place at the right time for the Spring Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby that was May 10-19. Fishing out of Po…

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Wekenmann wins SWA perch contest When it comes to fishing tournaments, it’s often not how many fish you catch, but the quality of those fish when it’s time to weigh in. Justin Wekenmann of Farnham, fishing with Rob Oram of Franklinville out of Cattaraugus Creek on Saturday, were competing in the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY’s annual spring yellow perch tournament…