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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 …

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National Fishing and Boating Week is on the calendar for June 2-10. This national celebration puts a huge focus on fishing and boating to create a better awareness for these popular outdoor activities, encouraging people and groups to create activities and events that can help highlight our natural resources for the benefit of youngsters and oldsters alike. Here are some a…

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A few weeks ago we mentioned in the Fishing Beat of a possible record walleye being caught on the St. Lawrence River, an 18-pound, 2-ounce lunker that could smash the previous record of 16 pounds, 8 ounces caught by Thomas Reed of Kill Buck from Mystic Lake in Cattaraugus County in 2009. That record ‘eye was finally confirmed, a monster of a catch reeled in by Brian Har…

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  What a difference a year makes. In 2017, Lake Ontario was suffering through severe high-water conditions and many people believed that this Great Lake was closed for business. The reality was that fishing was as good as ever. In fact, when the results of a lake-wide creel census were tabulated, the salmon catch rate was the highest that the state’s Department of …

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Fishing action has been great all the way around – Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Niagara River, the tributaries and even some of the inland lakes. Add in the fact that the inland muskellunge opener occurs this Saturday and places like Chautauqua Lake will have a new option to include in a long list of choices going into a holiday weekend. Lake Ontario After a crazy co…

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Submissions can be emailed to outdoors@buffnews.com and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. One submission will be selected as Catch of the Week and be published on the Thursday Outdoors page.

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What started out as a fun fishing outing at Lake Flavia in western Cattaraugus County on May 6 turned into a momentous catching outing when a 4.075-pound black crappie was reeled in – breaking the 20-year-old state record.  As of Thursday, the new catch (listed as 4 pounds, 1-ounce on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov) makes Will Wightman of South Dayton  the new record…

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May 16 - Lake Ontario informational meeting and update on water levels. Ransomville Fire Hall, 2521 Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville, 7 p.m. For more information contact Joanne Basta at 791-8686. May 17 – Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY monthly meeting at the club house located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 7:30 p.m. May 17 – Lake Erie Ch…

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“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends Mm, I get high with a little help from my friends Mm, going to try with a little help from my friends” – Lyrics from "With a Little Help from my Friends" by The Beatles Donald Gasiewicz Sr. of Varysburg is an amazing individual. Talk to him on the phone and you will find him very personable, a joy to talk to and ve…

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Get ready to rumble for walleye on Lake Erie. The Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY will be hosting its 34th Annual Walleye Tournament June 9 to 17 – bigger and better than ever. There is a deadline to enter and that’s June 8 at 8 p.m. at the group’s club house located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Coordinated by the largest walleye club in the country, this …

Hawkeye Bowmen Archery Club will be offering an archery clinic for women. “First Shot" is a program offering a free four-week workshop for anyone age 18 and older at its Marilla club. It's held every Tuesday during the month of June and instruction will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The program will cover the basics of shooting, range safety, history, equipment an…

Salmon seekers will be gearing up for the 34th Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott in Niagara County, set once again in June where it started over three decades ago. The tournament is designed to fish two days. Scheduled dates are June 1 and 2. However, should any bad weather throw a wrench into the …