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BN Outdoor Calendar for March 27, 2019 March 28 – Premier of the short film Microski from the Brookdog Fishing Co. focusing on a backcountry musky trip in Ontario. Also, a 35-minute showing of “Summer Daze,” a Robert Thompson film focusing on fly fishing for warm water species. Dalmatia Hotel, Tonawanda Street, Buffalo starting at 7 p.m. March 30 thru April 27 – Eagl…

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The countdown has started for the April 1 inland trout and salmon opener, still considered a revered day by many anglers. If you can’t wait until the opener, there are plenty of Great Lakes streams from which to choose. Lake Erie and tributaries There have been some good reports of trout in the tributaries off Lake Erie. Scott Feltrinelli with Ontario Fly Outfitters upda…

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By Ed Schintzius  My grandson, Jarod Wilt, and I and our two friends, Jim and Denise Tunney, went out fishing March 15 on a charter boat, the Caribsea from Caribsea Charters. We left on the 42-foot Guthrie from Islamorada in the Florida Keys at 8 a.m. on a cloudy day. The temperature was 75. It took us about a half-hour to get out to the Tennessee Reef. Capt. Kenn…

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For Andrew Zysek of Lockport, trapping has become a way of life. In his new book, “The Man Who Taught Me,” Zysek encapsulates his life growing up in the Wolcottsville area of Erie County, his time as a young boy living with his mother and grandparents. And it captures his passion and desire to become an ethical, dedicated and knowledgeable trapper in Western New York an…

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The early stocking announcements from DEC are out as we prepare for the April 1 inland trout and salmon season. Take a drive Saturday if you want to find “fish on the move” at the Lake Ontario Fisheries Symposium at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register at www.ilovenyfishing.com. Lake Erie and tributaries Danny Colville at Colville Outfitters in …

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Brookdog Fishing Premieres musky film March 28 If you enjoy fly fishing or fishing in general, you might want to check out the premiere of the short film “Microski,” a production from local cinematographer Colton Wright and Brookdog Fishing Company. The film will feature Nate Carr and Ryan Shea from Brookdog, Nick Sagnibene from Ellicottville, and Tony Lohr and Mike Ileck…

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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.

BN Outdoor Calendar for March 13, 2019 March 15 – Deadline for ordering tree and shrub seedlings from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District. Check out the application at www.ecswcd.org or call 652-8480 Ext. 5. March 16 – NYS Winter Classic Sportsman’s Show, Dinner and Awards Ceremony at Batavia Downs. The Show is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is 5 p.m. to 6:30 …

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Niagara County Federation announces 2018 award winners The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs announced its 2018 conservation award winners to encourage participation in the April 6 banquet at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, Route 78, Lockport. Each year, the federation pays tribute to the conservation leaders and clubs who work to get the job done beh…

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Lake Ontario is a spectacular fishery for a wide variety of species, but especially for salmon and trout. Last year, the Chinook salmon catch rate (number of fish caught per angler hour) was at an all-time high for the second year in a row. The overall fishing quality based on the catch rate of the lake’s four most sought after species – Chinook and Coho salmon, brown t…

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After yet another round of high winds, soft-water anglers hope that spring is here and that the ice will start to dissipate in the lakes and streams. Hard-water diehards hope the ice will hang on as long as possible. Whatever your preference, though, stay safe out there. Friday is the final day for walleye, Northern pike, pickerel and inland tiger musky seasons, as well as…

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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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WNY sport show opens March 7 The WNY Sport and Travel Expo at the Erie County Fairgrounds will take place Thursday through Sunday in Hamburg. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, noon on Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 8 p.m. the first three nights, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, free for kids 10 and under. For the kids, the Southtowns…

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Frigid temperatures plagued the Niagara River and tributaries of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, but the end may be in sight. We could see temperatures into the 50s on Sunday. Spring is just around the corner. Schirmer wins steelhead contest Paul Schirmer of Cambria was fishing with Capt. Jim Rores of Grand Island (out of Schirmer’s boat) on Saturday morning with minnows whe…

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The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, with roots dating to 1940, held its annual awards and recognition banquet at Kloc’s Grove in West Seneca on Saturday night. The club paid tribute to current and past conservation leaders, and there was plenty of clapping and back-slapping as it honored awards recipients from 2018. One of the group’s founding fathers was S…