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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 …

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It’s Free Fishing Weekend and there are family and kids’ events on Saturday and Sunday at Broderick Park in Buffalo and on Saturday at  Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls and Olcott Beach. If you want to chase muskies, there is a catch and release tournament Saturday on Chautauqua Lake as well. Get out there and enjoy New York’s outstandin…

June 17 – Sodus Bay Open Team Bass Tournament, Sodus Point from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entry fee $100. Sponsored by Sodus Point Bass Club. Call 585-727-4103 for more information. June 26 – Buffalo Metro Chapter of Ducks Unlimited with be holding a Happy Hour at Big Ditch Brewing Company, Buffalo from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information contact Dan DeLawyer at 607-331-869…

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Catching a tagged fish is not something that you see every day. In fact, it is considered a rare feat within fishing circles. Not a lot of fish are sporting this colorful jewelry. The tag could represent some kind of fisheries research project or it could be a prize for a fishing contest. It could also be a combination of both. Capt. Chris Cinelli of Grand Island wasn’t…

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The opening of New York’s regular bass season kicks off Saturday, and the Great Lakes muskellunge season opens Saturday, too. Perfect timing for the inaugural Brauer’s Opening Day Bass Contest with fishing in the New York waters of Lake Erie, Niagara River or Lake Ontario. Register at Brauer’s in Pendleton or Creek Road Bait and Tackle, Lewiston. Two-person teams, best …

DEC angler outreach event for Lake Erie, Niagara River The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be hosting an angler outreach event June 20 at Woodlawn Beach State Park from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The focus of the public meeting will be to provide an update on the status of the Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries. Key members of DEC’s f…

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On Memorial Day evening, state DEC Forest Ranger John Kennedy got a call about missing hikers in Zoar Valley. While local agencies headed to the scene, Kennedy set out from his base in Clarence to the beautiful – but potentially dangerous – 3,000-acre area of protected land known as the Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area, which is managed by the state Department of Environme…

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It’s been quite a year for Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Youngstown. The skipper of the Wet Net Fishing Team has already gotten married and bought a new boat in 2018. Now you can chalk up his first major tournament win with the 34th Annual Lake Ontario Pro Am Salmon Team Tournament out of Niagara County June 1-2. James Spinelli and the Hound Dog team from Wellsville swept the…

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This is fishing contest time, for both the adults and the kids. Last weekend was the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament and kids' derbies at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and in East Aurora. This weekend is the start of the Southtowns Walleye Association’s big walleye tournament June 9-17 and the Orleans County Open Salmon and Trout Tournament June 9-10 out…

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Clay Wins National Award Denise Clay of Buffalo, a fisheries biologist and outreach coordinator with the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Basom (an office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), was recently honored as the recipient of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable’s Legends Award. This awards program recognizes outstanding Federal employee…

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May 31 - Don Johannes/Pete DeAngelo 3-fish Big-fish contest out of Wilson and Olcott. $100/boat. Sign up at the Gas Shack and Bootleggers Cove in Wilson, The Boat Doctors and The Slippery Sinker in Olcott. Call 523-1727 for more information. May 31 – Final Day, Spring Turkey Season in Upstate New York. June 1-2 – 33rd Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Lake Ontario Pro-Am …

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Cayuga Lake could probably be compared to the late Rodney Dangerfield, deserving of more respect (especially in the angling department). For those in the know, Cayuga Lake could very well be the headline act of the Finger Lakes Region of the state and fishing is really starting to take off for landlocked salmon and trout right now. This lake would probably receive more …