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It’s September. Where did the summer go? The Fall LOC Derby is now in the books and check out this week’s outdoor column to see where the winners can from and how they did it. Walleye action in Lake Erie is still going strong. Take advantage while you can. Lake Erie Steve Brzuszkiewicz of Marilla says fishing out of Cattaraugus Creek is still good, however action has mov…

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Walleye fishing in the New York waters of Lake Erie has been nothing short of phenomenal. As we approach Labor Day and the autumn season, many of the walleyes arrived on the local fishing scene from Ohio in the spring and spent much of the summer here. Now they are ready to begin their trek back to the Buckeye State. Only a small percentage of fish travel this far east …

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By Joe Famiglietti Special to The News I have been an avid bowhunter for 52 years and am always looking for offseason ways to practice in order to be successful during the regular big game seasons. This year I am turning 70, and my family treated me to a summer hunting trip to the Tioga Ranch in Tioga, Pa. I had been working on my equipment all spring in preparati…

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Aug. 28 – Safe Harbor Open Bass League one-day contest out of Safe Harbor Marina, Buffalo, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $40 for one or two person teams. Best three fish. Pay at the launch. Aug. 30 – Summer Night Hike and Campfire from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Beaver Meadow Audubon Preserve in North Java. Preregistration required. Cost is $5. Call 585-457-3228. Aug. 30 – "F…

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Vision Clinic wins Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge The 'eyes had it as the 4th annual Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge was held out of Dunkirk last weekend. In the main event, with 48 teams, Team Vision Clinic, led by Nick Nekoui of Niagara Falls, Ont., walked away with the top prize with a six-fish (a tournament limit) weight of 36.23 pounds. Their big fish wa…

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Results of the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey and the Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge can be found in Scattershots this week. In the meantime, it looks like some species are taking on a fall pattern. Read on. Lake Erie Capt. Jim Steel, who ran the Innovative Outdoors tournament last weekend, reports that walleye numbers are still crazy from Buffalo to Barcelona, as w…

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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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Aug. 23-24 – Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge out of Dunkirk in Lake Erie. Friday is Big Fish Friday and Saturday is the main tournament for best six fish per team. Teams of two to five people, up to nine rod limit. Call 481-5348 for more info. Aug. 23 and 30 – Goat Island Evening Walk at Niagara Falls State Park from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Call 282-5154 to registe…

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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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In the 1980s song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” Cyndi Lauper belts out her anthem tune about coming home in the morning light and phones ringing in the middle of the night. In the 2019 version of “girls wanted to have fun,” they were getting ready to hit the water on Lake Ontario before sunrise to participate in the fourh annual Reelin’ for a Cure ladies fishing tournamen…

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There are two fishing derbies continuing on Lake Ontario and a big walleye tournament on Lake Erie this weekend out of Dunkirk. If you want to learn more about walleye fishing, find information on an educational event in Scattershots. Lake Erie Walleye are distributed in a long broken school from Crystal Beach (condos) through the area north of Cattaraugus Creek to Dunki…

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Gov. Cuomo signs new boating law Earlier this month, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation that requires all operators of motorized watercraft to complete a state-approved boating safety course.  The legislation, known as Brianna’s Law (after 11-year-old Brianna Lieneck, who was killed in a boating accident in Long Island Sound in 2005), will be phased in over five ye…

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August 19-Sept. 2 – Fall Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby. All information at www.loc.org. $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon caught in the derby. August 19-25 – Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby in Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. Youth Division is free for 15 and under. Adult Division is $20 per person for the derby or $10 for one day. Gr…

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Three fishing derbies for you to choose from are scheduled for Lake Ontario this weekend. Or compete in all three for the best chance at some big bucks. Lake Erie continues to roll along as the spot for walleye. Lake Erie Larger schools of fish appear to be heading west, but fish are still available all along the lake. Off Dunkirk, Capt. Lance Ehrhardt of Sassafras Ch…

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The walleye of Lake Erie were in the spotlight again as the 11th Annual Lake Erie VIP Fishing Day was held last week out of Dunkirk in Chautauqua County, and the result was one of those win-win situations that you dream about – especially when the fishing is as good as it is right now. “The walleye fishing is absolutely incredible,” said Capt. Jim Skoczylas of Sheridan,…