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The ice boom is still in place, tributary fishing had been good until the streams were blown out with rain and Lake Ontario proper is slowly turning up the action as waters continue to warm. Lake Erie and tributaries For the most part, all major tributaries are blown out. According to Nicholas Sagnibene of Ellicottville, some upper reaches of the inland tributaries will …

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The Lake Erie fishing forecast for 2019 calls for more of the same as last year – plenty of fish and superb fishing. That was the message that was handed out at N.Y. Sea Grant’s State of Lake Erie meeting held last Thursday at the Southtowns Walleye Association’s clubhouse in Hamburg. For Lake Erie, the number one preferred target is walleye. Last year’s catch rate brok…

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Submissions can be emailed to outdoors@buffnews.com and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. One photo will be selected Catch of the Week and be published on the Thursday Outdoors page.

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Submissions can be emailed to outdoors@buffnews.com and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. One photo will be selected Catch of the Week and be published on the Thursday Outdoors page.

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2 the Outdoors Environmental Forum April 17 Ever wonder what the future holds for our natural resources? The next 2 the Outdoors Environmental Forum will explore the future of our planet through the eyes of three young environmental stewards with the theme “Our Mother’s Future: Youth and the Environment.” The forum will be held on April 17 at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200…

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Bullheads were hitting, some salmon have been caught and the ice boom probably will be in place for at least another week. In the meantime, recognize that walleye season is closed in New York. Some casters in the Tonawanda Creek system have been targeting big females filled with eggs. It is illegal to target a species that’s out of season. Lake Erie and tributaries The S…

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On a day when more than 40 volunteers gathered in Olcott to assemble and float net pens at the Town of Newfane Marina on Saturday morning, many of them a few hours later accepted prestigious awards from the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs at its annual awards banquet in Lockport. Past and present fisheries ambassadors were recognized as well as others in…

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“Things aren’t always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.”  -- Phaedrus Some major waterfowl changes are going to be happening in the Atlantic Flyway, of which New York belongs, starting this year. I've written about the reduction in daily limits for Canada goose because of the decreased numbers of the Atlantic population of Canada geese as well as the red…

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State of Lake Erie meeting April 11 New York Sea Grant’s annual state of Lake Erie meeting, held in conjunction with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY, will be April 11 at the Southtowns Walleye club house, located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This popular public even…

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It should be a great weekend for trout action, whether it’s the newly opened inland season, the Great Lakes tributaries of Erie and Ontario or the Niagara River. There’s a little something for everyone. The NYPA fishing platform officially opened for the season on Wednesday morning. Lake Erie and tributaries Danny Jankowiak of Buffalo reports that tributary fishing has b…

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Submissions can be emailed to outdoors@buffnews.com and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. One photo will be selected Catch of the Week and be published on the Thursday Outdoors page.

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“A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it.”  -- Arnold Gingrich April 1 is the traditional opening day of New York’s inland trout (and salmon) season. For many who are old enough to remember back in time, before there were trout and salmon in the Great Lakes, the season opener had a much different feel. It was a magical time filled with excitement a…

NYPA Opens Fishing Piers April 1 Thanks to some favorable spring weather, it looks like the New York Power Authority will be opening its fishing piers for the 2019 season on Monday, April 1. The popular fishing platform, located at the base of the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant in Lewiston, will allow anglers to start casting at dawn, weather permitting of course. …

BN Outdoor Calendar for March 27, 2019 March 28 – Premier of the short film Microski from the Brookdog Fishing Co. focusing on a backcountry musky trip in Ontario. Also, a 35-minute showing of “Summer Daze,” a Robert Thompson film focusing on fly fishing for warm water species. Dalmatia Hotel, Tonawanda Street, Buffalo starting at 7 p.m. March 30 thru April 27 – Eagl…