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Lake Erie is still on fire for walleye action and Lake Ontario salmon fishing is keeping close pace as we head into the hazy, lazy days of summer. Fishing contests certainly help keep things interesting this time of year. Remember that the 23rd Annual Southtowns Walleye Kids Fishing Derby is July 14 at Chestnut Ridge Park from 8 a.m. to noon with hot dogs and awards to fol…

July 4-15 – 28th Annual Stephen C. Harrington Memorial Erie Canal Fishing Derby from the Niagara River to Albion. Seven divisions: bass, sheepshead, northern pike, bullhead, walleye, carp and catfish. www.eriecanalderby.com for more information. July 12 – Kayaking with Tina and Kelly at Beaver Island State Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Also on July 19, 26, August 2, …

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Wilson Bi-Centennial Tournament July 22 The community of Wilson along Lake Ontario will be celebrating its angling heritage with a special bicentennial one day salmon and trout fishing tournament on July 22. According to tournament organizers Dan Evans and Mike Johannes, the contest will be a simple Big Fish, 3-Fish contest with $10,000 in prize money being handed out f…

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The loss of Will Elliott of Pavilion is still sending shock waves throughout the outdoor fraternity. At 78, he still had plenty of hunting and fishing plans on his outdoor calendar, especially with his wife Jean, who had recently retired. Elliott died peacefully in his favorite recliner last weekend. Elliott made his mark writing for The Buffalo News for more than 30…

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For Ron Kucinski Jr. of Clarence, it was a dream that started as a kid growing up in the Silver Creek area. Fishing with his brother Jeff in the waters of Western New York, they explored the area’s liquid natural resources with rods in hand. Along the way, their father and grandfather passed along their angling knowledge, as well as a passion for fishing. More than 40 y…

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Paul J. Stoos Flea Market Sale on Saturday Longtime Erie County volunteer Paul Stoos died earlier this year, leaving behind a legacy … and a pile of hunting and fishing stuff. Members of his family will hold a flea market sale Saturday to sell his outdoor gear at the Elma Conservation Club (600 Creek Road, Elma) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the very least, it will be like tak…

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Lake Ontario is seeing more fishing pressure with the start of the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby and some decent fish have already started to show up at the scales. Lake Erie walleye fishing has slowed a bit but look for some good catches for Rob Ray’s Big Dawg Tournament out of Dunkirk on Saturday, with a big fish Friday to help kick things off. Lake…

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There’s still plenty of fishing opportunities to become involved with for all levels of angling proficiency. From big derbies on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie to fun family contests on the Erie Canal. There are even statewide competitions. Just remember you must be in them to win them. Lake Erie There will be plenty of boats on the water Friday. The CF Celebrity BassEye…

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When it comes to fish movement around Lake Erie, biologists are finding that there are specific patterns and habits that some fish tend to follow. Thanks to several acoustic telemetry studies that have been ongoing for several years, fish management agencies are starting to get a better understanding of fish migration and movement in this Great Lake. The studies involve…

Register online for hunter safety classes If you are interested in taking advantage of New York’s wide variety of big and small game hunting opportunities, you must first take – and pass – a hunter safety training class before you can purchase a hunting license. Hunter education is a mandatory requirement, giving attendees a foundation of outdoor knowledge that includes…

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The first week of June was a little cold in Northern Saskatchewan. But there was a strong Western New York connection made with Bear Paw Outfitters, where Jim and Monty Monteleone of Williamsville made the trek to a wilderness adventure. Bear Paw is owned and operated by two Western New Yorkers and has seen some really nice trophy bears tagged. Although there are col…

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The 28th anniversary of New York’s Free Fishing Days weekend is Saturday and Sunday, a time to celebrate the popular pastime of sportfishing by lifting the requirement of possessing a fishing license for anyone 16 years of age or older. It’s the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the Empire State’s 7,500 lakes and ponds and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams. Now is …

Veterans fishing day with WNY Heroes June 29 WNY Heroes and Innovative Outdoors will be teaming up once again to take veterans of our armed forces fishing in Lake Erie on June 29 out of Dunkirk. The second annual BOOTS event (Battle Buddies On Our Troops Side) will line up veterans with quality fishing boats for a morning on the water from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Immediately f…

June 21 – Lake Erie Chapter, Fly Fishers International monthly meeting at the American Legion Post 735, Legion Drive (off Union Road), West Seneca. Fly tying and fly casting instruction at 6 p.m. Meeting at 7 p.m. with speaker Tyler Olrogg of Springville talking about a brook trout research project he is involved with. June 21 – Boston Valley Conservation Society, 9624 …