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It looks like the wind is picking up … and it’s not from Mother Nature. “We’re upset that some people want to take a perfectly good lake (Erie) and destroy it by erecting 50 400-foot high industrial wind turbines from Lackawanna to Dunkirk in the water,” said Capt. Jim Hanley of Angola. “It would negatively impact a lot of the great fishing areas. This project is unprec…

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Feb. 8 – Fly Tying 101 at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Clarence, from 10 a.m. to noon. Register with Adam Slavinski at 276-7200 or online at orvis.com/buffalo. Feb. 8 – Southtowns Walleye Association’s Outfitters Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the clubhouse, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free parking and free entry. Feb. 8-9 – Clarence…

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Let’s hope the Niagara River Anglers date change doesn’t come back to haunt them after a decent Saturday last weekend. The date is now set for Feb. 22. Remember, the Southtowns Walleye Association’s Outfitters Fair is Saturday at the clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission and free parking. Lake Erie and tributaries Th…

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NYS free fishing days scheduled for Feb. 15-16 If you are looking to try fishing or would like to find your way back to the angling life, the weekend of Feb. 15 and 16 will be a free fishing weekend in New York. There is no need to purchase a fishing license if you are 16 years of age or older, but you have to abide by the regulations for the body of water you fish. This …

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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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Time and again, we remind people in Western New York just how good the fishing is right here in our backyard. Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, the Great Lakes tributaries, Chautauqua Lake, the Erie Canal, the inland streams are natural resources that combine to form a collective powerhouse of angling diversity that includes a long list of fish species to purs…

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Jan. 29 – Springville Dam Ecosystem Restoration Partnership public meeting at the Concord Town Hall Auditorium, 86 Franklin Street, Springville, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Susan Blair at 879-4410. Jan. 29 – Wednesday Winter Walk at Evangola State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Register at 549-1050. Feb. 1 – Superb Owl IV at Beaver Meadow Audub…

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The roller-coaster ride of temperatures and wind this winter is a hit-or-miss proposition when it comes to fishing fun. Mild wind and weather this week should be good for the Great Lakes tributaries and the Niagara River. You might even be able to find some ice fishing. Lake Erie and tributaries Lake Erie tributaries have been fishing great when the flows and color have …

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NRAA Roger Tobey Bass Contest scheduled for Feb. 22 The Niagara River Anglers Association will hold its Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest on Feb. 22. This date has been moved from its traditional time slot in an attempt for more favorable weather conditions. The competition is set for the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario tributaries starting at sunrise and ending…

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Debbie Ehms and Susan Patterson came from Tonawanda to search the Buffalo waterfront on one of the coldest days of the year. Nancy, Paul and Vee Vigyikan drove from Orchard Park. Shelley Seidman looks in her backyard at Marine Drive. You can see them and others with binoculars, scopes and sometimes telephoto lenses, gazing out over the water just like the objectiv…

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By Joe Famiglietti As an avid bowhunter since 1967, I’ve had some great hunting experiences and some not so great. I was fortunate to have my best year ever in 2019 in terms of harvesting three bucks with the bow. My big game hunting started in early September when I booked a South Dakota deer hunt, which took place about an hour’s drive north of Rapid City. I choose…

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Jan. 23 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma, with the general meeting beginning at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Jason Engle from Springville Field and Stream, who will talk about the club’s trout pond. Jan 24 – Ten X Shooting Club Youth rifle shooting program for ages 9 through 20. New and fir…

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Brianna’s Law, a new state boating safety law that was passed last year in New York, became effective Jan. 1. The state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will oversee the program, and it will be phased in over five years based on age. The focus of the new law will require operators of motorized craft to take a boating safety course by 2025. If last…

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Niagara Co. Federation announces 2019 award winners The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs announced its 2019 award winners, who will be honored at the annual banquet, set for Feb. 15 at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, starting at 5:30 p.m. The following people and groups will be recognized: Sportsperson of the Year is Roge…

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If you attended the Greater Niagara Fishing Expo last weekend, it’s time to put some of that knowledge to work with the equipment you may have purchased. There are some fishing opportunities available out there. You must find the one best suited for you. Lake Erie and tributaries According to Danny Colville of Colville Outfitters in Hamburg, there is plenty of ice in sma…