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Now that summer is in full swing, there seems to be a multitude of fishing contests going on, depending on your level of expertise, species preference and body of water you want to fish. If Lake Ontario is your cup of tea, the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby runs from June 30 to July 30. Details at www.loc.org. The Erie Canal Fishing Derby kicks off on J…

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Veterans fishing outing Friday in Dunkirk A fishing event honoring Western New York heroes will be taking place this Friday (June 30) out of Dunkirk from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Innovative Outdoors, partnering with WNYHeroes.org, is coordinating this special veterans event as part of the Operation BOOTS Program. Local charter captains from the Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat As…

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June 30 – Western NY Heroes Fishing Tournament (for military vets), Chadwick Bay, Dunkirk from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call Capt. Jim Steel at 481-5348 or visit www.lakeeriewalleyetournament.com. July 1, 8 and 15 – Orvis Buffalo, located in the Eastern Hills Mall, Williamsville, will be offering Fly Fishing 101 classes from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Openings are …

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The Amherst Town Board next month could vote to borrow up to $255,000 to pay for improvements to Dann Lake Park in the town's northeast corner. It's the next step in the town's efforts to make it easier for people to fish, canoe or kayak on Dann Lake. https://buffalonews.com/2017/06/13/amherst-wants-make-easier-find-dann-lake-park/?utm_campaign=puma&utm_medium=social…

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The 27th Erie Canal Fishing Derby will once again be held from the Niagara River to Albion July 5-16. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the awards ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories…

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June 22 – Location Change: Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will have its monthly meeting at the Hamburg Rod and Gun Club, 3434 Hickox Road, Hamburg. This will be with the Lake Erie Chapter of the Federation of Fly fishers. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. (6:30 p.m. for the Board). June 24 – Free Teach-Me-To-Fish Clinic at Chestnut Ridge County Park from 9:30 a.m. t…

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New boating bill signed this week, reversing U.S.-Canada woes An important boating bill that would once again allow U.S. fishermen to enter into Canadian waters to fish without calling into Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) – like it was previously – has now passed both the Senate and the House of Commons in Canada. As expected, it received “Royal Assent” this week a…

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Capt. Ed Monette of Bernhards Bay, the skipper of Cannonball Runner Charters that operates out of Oswego, is on a natural high. Two weekends ago, his four-man team topped the field of 31 boats to win the Orleans County Open Trout and Salmon Tournament  – his first tournament win ever out of his boat. This particular tournament, based on two days of fishing, allows for u…

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It’s a Free Fishing Weekend in New York State, an opportunity to test the Empire State’s waters without having to worry about purchasing a fishing license. However, you do have to abide by the fishing regulations. Check out www.dec.ny.gov to find out what they are in the waters you intend to fish. There are many activities going on around Western New York, too. Here’s a fe…

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A Sportsman's Tale / From Joe Famiglietti I have been an avid bowhunter for 50 years, taking deer, elk, moose, antelope, caribou, muskox and various African big game animals. As a teenager, I watched Fred Bear on television bowhunt for large bears, which inspired me to get involved in archery hunting. This year I finally was able to travel to Alaska for my dream hunt, t…

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A Sportsman's Tale / From Jacob Serafin I was fishing unfamiliar water on Cattaraugus Creek around 6 p.m. on June 2. It was the first time fishing with my cousin, Christopher Koszuta. He took me out to what he called his "honey hole" and it was actually my first time catfishing. He showed me his spot to make sure I hooked on to something. When I hooked into this fish…

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June 15 – Opening of frog season in NY through Sept. 30. Visit the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov for details. June 15 – Erie County Chapter of SCOPE will hold its monthly meeting at the Harvey D. Morin Post, 965 Center Road, West Seneca starting at 7 p.m. June 16 – Kids fly fishing clinic at Adventure Bound on the Fly, 16 Washington St., Ellicottville from 5 p.m. to …

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On Saturday, June 17, there are numerous angling activities for young and old alike. There are a few kids fishing contests going on, starting with the 31st Annual Kids Derby sponsored by the Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Wilson-Cambria Road (Route 425), Wilson from 8 a.m. to noon for junior fishermen age 3 to 14. Any Niagara County waters are eligible. However, no trout a…

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars … to change the world.”  -- Harriet Tubman The Niagara Musky Association (NMA) has always been a group of dreamers. In an effort that combines patience with passion, they have set a course for the future by utilizing state-of-th…

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Free fishing weekend June 24-25 New York State will be helping sportfishing awareness along by once again hosting a statewide free fishing weekend for the benefit of all. It is hoped that people without a fishing license will make the effort to go fishing and see the value in it. Hopefully they will take along family and friends. There are numerous events that coincide …