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April 11-15 – ACA Level 2 Kayak Instructor course in partnership with Outdoor Leader Trainers of America and Seabirds International at Cattaraugus Community Center, Irving. Book through http://www.oltoa.com/index.htm. April 13 – Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association monthly meeting at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78), Lockport, starti…

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It was a good location for Dr. Jason Robinson to announce that walleye fishing should be decent again in 2017 with some even better fishing yet to come in 2018 and beyond. He was proclaiming this to a room filled with diehard walleye anglers as the Southtowns Walleye Association (SWA) clubhouse was the host location in Hamburg for NY Sea Grant’s annual State of Lake Erie m…

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  April 5 – Pistol safety training certification class (required for a pistol permit) for NYS at LaSalle Sportsmen’s Club, 2445 Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. One night only. Cost is $35 for members; $45 for non-members. Call 297-0410 after 4 p.m. for more info. April 6 – State of Lake Erie presentation sponsored by NY Sea Grant and DEC fro…

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More free fishing days proposed The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) would like to offer up a few more free fishing days to help promote sport fishing during key times on the outdoor calendar throughout the state – and they would like hear your comments on the proposal. The proposal would include establishing statewide free fishing days during Pre…

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The inland trout opener was a blow out as over an inch of rain blanketed Western New York. About the only encouraging report we’ve heard was that a total of 52 fish were weighed in at the 56th Annual Naples Creek Trout Derby held April 1. Jacob “Jake” Perkins of Caledonia walked away at top angler with a 6.38-pound rainbow trout. The fish hit an egg sac, leading the charge…

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Things happen for a reason. There are many people who share the philosophy of that simple statement. A perfect case in point is the circumstances surrounding the 31-pound brown trout caught last week by Bob Klemm of Lords Valley, Pa. He was fishing with his brother, Rich Klemm of West Milford, N.J., in the lower Niagara River with Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region …

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Bekka Gunner hoists a mountain bike off the back rack of her SUV and rolls its thick, rubber tires across the parking lot at Devil’s Hole Park in Niagara Falls. She lets it fall on its side in the muddy grass, a handlebar puncturing the soggy soil. “Woof. Woof! Woof!” Her three dogs, Nova, Ghost and Marla, press their noses against the window inside her car, tails wa…

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The Town of Clarence will host a fishing derby for kids from 9 a.m. to noon April 8 in Clarence Town Park, 10405 Main St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The annual derby is catch and release only and for children ages 15 and under. Trophies will awarded for both the largest and the smallest fish and also for the most fish caught.    

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March 29 – Buffalo Audubon Society volunteer bird surveyor orientation and training session at the Nike Base Park on Grand Island starting at 1 p.m. Weekly monitoring will take place in Buckhorn Island State Park. For more info contact Loren Smith at smith@buffaloaudubon.org. Match 29 – 2 The Outdoors Environmental Forum at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Bu…

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Local fishing is really starting to ramp up with the opening of the inland trout and salmon season on April 1. Increased opportunities become available throughout the state, spreading out the anglers and giving everyone a spot to cast. Even some inner city-type situations will exist early in the season such as Hyde Park Lake, Gill Creek and Oppenheim Park Pond in Niagara F…

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State of Lake Erie April 6 For fishermen and fisherwomen loving everything Lake Erie, New York Sea Grant’s annual State of Lake Erie will be coming up on  from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 6. Host location will once again be the Southtowns Walleye Association’s clubhouse at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. The meeting is held in partnership with the Department of Environment…

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Growing up in Western New York, there were always a few “opening days” that you looked forward to every year  – the deer opener, the pheasant opener, the bass opener, the walleye opener and the inland trout opener. Sure there were other opening days that generated some interest, but these were the top five … for me anyway. Back then, any opening day meant a day off scho…

March 26 – Fishing Tackle and Outdoor Show at Clute Park Community Center, East 4 th Street, Route 414, Watkins Glen from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 607-651- 0053 for more info. March 27 – St. Catharines Game and Fish Association monthly meeting at the Port Dalhousie Legion, 57 Lakeport Road, St. Catharines, Ont., starting at 7 p.m. Guest speakers will be Greg Amiel and Gavi…

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Three State of Lake Ontario meetings were held in appropriate locations around the lake the past couple of weeks (Lockport, Rochester and Pulaski), coordinated by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. It’s a great way to see what happened in 2016 and what the plans are moving forward in 2017. All of the meetings had good attendance, showing the interest in …

Southtowns Walleye unveils club awards winners The Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY, one of the largest walleye clubs in the world, recently held its 2016 Harry A. Smith Awards Banquet to honor the unsung volunteers and club leaders for all of their unselfish work behind the scenes. The Harry A. Smith Memorial Award, which is  presented for years of outstanding …