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Great Lakes fishing in Erie and Ontario continue to move forward into fall patterns, but some good fishing is still available for those willing to put a little time in to locate fish. National Hunting and Fishing Day is Sept. 22 and it’s a free fishing day around the state. Lake Ontario While maturing salmon have found their way closer to the piers in Wilson and Olco…

Sept. 28 Deadline for Pheasant Lottery in State Parks Pheasant season in Western New York is still a month away for the regular season, but now is the time to start the planning process – especially if you are hoping to participate in area hunts that include Golden Hill, Joseph Davis and Wilson-Tuscarora State Parks. While the regular season opens on Oct. 20, special pe…

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National Hunting and Fishing Day, set for Saturday, has become a tradition since it was first established in the early 1970s. Since that time, every fourth Saturday in September is dedicated to these popular outdoor pastimes, recognizing the endless contributions that the hunting and fishing ranks invoke in our country’s conservation movement. We need to show more pride in…

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By Ashley Dobbs Growing up in Ocala, Fla., I have always been surrounded by beautiful lakes and rivers, but I had primarily spent my time on land. As fate would have it, a Travel Media Showcase conference brought me to Niagara Falls, N.Y., and to my surprise, I was placed on the fishing trip for my afternoon activity. I jokingly told my fellow fishing buddies that I …

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After several days of wind and rain, things are going to change a bit as local bodies of water start to transition into early fall patterns. Salmon have made their first appearance in the lower Niagara River and don’t be surprised if there are a few steelhead making it into the Lake Erie tributaries. Lake salmon in Ontario or walleyes in Erie are still a solid bet if you c…

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Don Einhouse of Silver Creek has finally retired after 37 years of doing the things that he loved in what was essentially his backyard, Lake Erie. Einhouse worked for the state's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as a fisheries biologist and meant something special to the angling community. Friends, family and colleagues recently gathered at Point Gratio…

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Youth Fishing Derby set for Hyde Park Lake On a day that’s a national celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, boys and girls ages 6 to 16 will have the opportunity to compete in an “End of Summer Bash” Youth Fishing Derby on Sept. 22 at Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls. Registration starts at the Oasis Pavilion located off Robbins Drive in Hyde Park. No fishing …

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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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As the Fall Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby came to a close on Labor Day weekend, an announcement came through from the Albany press office of the state's Department of Environmental Conservation: record-breaking trout and salmon fishing in Lake Ontario. We've known that the fishing was good by talking to anglers, looking at the catches of the week an…

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The LOC Derby came to a close on Labor Day so now is the time to get out and enjoy a staging king fishery with not a lot of fishing pressure. The first salmon of the year was caught off the piers last weekend. Lake Erie walleye action is still full-steam ahead, but weather has a tendency to slow things down in the lake this time of year. Take advantage while you can. La…

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Sept. 15 is deadline for Bird Challenge Bird watching is an activity that has been increasing in recent times. With more than 450 bird species in New York, it’s a great pastime that you can do alone or with friends and family. In an effort to encourage younger kids to become more involved with nature, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has started an I B…

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As summer comes to a close, deaths on local waterways have continued this year. Just within the past nine days, two men lost their lives in separate incidents while riding personal watercraft and a fisherman died after a boat capsized. A 51-year-old Lackawanna man died Aug. 26 after he was knocked off  his watercraft and into the path of a cabin cruiser off Niawanda Pa…

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On a weekend that saw fishing competitions that extended from Dunkirk to Waddington (and many points in between), the 42nd running of the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby came to a close on Sunday with a little bit of last-minute heroics and a surprise finish of sorts. The derby, focusing on the counties of Erie, Niagara and Orleans, offers anglers young and old the c…