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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 …

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There are plenty of fishing options available as summer-like temperatures made things a little uncomfortable. With temperatures cooling off for the weekend and rain in the forecast, it will make the start of National Fishing and Boating Week June 2-10 a bit more difficult. There are two kids contests on Saturday – a kids contest at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge fro…

The 23rd Annual City of Tonawanda Parks and Recreation Department Free Kids Fishing Derby is on the calendar for June 16. And once again it will be held on the banks of the Niagara River out of Niawanda Park, River Road, City of Tonawanda, from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will take place at the bandshell starting at 8 a.m. with an awards ceremony set for 11:30 a.m. Thi…

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How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend? Andrew Gugliotta of Bath spent the weekend fishing Seneca Lake with his father Bruce, competing in the 54th Annual National Lake Trout Derby. It proved to be time well-spent as they collected a check for $10,000 when his 12.81-pound lake trout held up to take top honors for the Grand Prize. The fishing duo left Sampson State …

If you are looking to keep that shooting eye sharp, the Pheasants Forever Western New York Chapter No. 29 will be holding a Sporting Clays Fundraising Shoot and Picnic on June 2. Pre-sale tickets only. The shoot will take place at North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport. The friendly competition will kick off with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Admissi…

The inaugural Brauer’s Fishing Club Smallmouth Bass Contest is set for the opening of the regular bass season in New York, June 16. This is a two-person team event at a cost of $40 per team. In the interest of conservation, only two bass may be brought to the scales per team. The interesting rule is that you can fish Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River or the Lower Niaga…

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May 26 – Inland muskellunge season opens through Nov. 30. Minimum size is 40 inches. Daily limit is 1. This does not include the Great Lakes. May 26 – Tails and Trails Nature Walk at Artpark State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 282-5154 to preregister. May 27 – Evening Walk on Goat Island, Niagara Falls State Park from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call 282-5154 to preregi…

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Joe Jemiolo, Jr. of Boston took top honors in the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY’s spring perch contest last Saturday on Lake Erie. The tournament is based on the total weight of an angler’s best five fish. Jemiolo, fishing off Hamburg around the 40-foot depth contour with emerald shiners, managed a total weight of 7.585 pounds for his five perch. Not far behind …