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As the summer starts to wind down, fishing contests dominate both Great Lakes this week. It won't be long before the salmon and trout start to migrate into the rivers and streams. In fact, the first salmon of the season was caught Aug. 15 at Douglaston Run on the Salmon River off Lake O. Lake Erie Walleye fishing is extremely good for eating-size fish from Dunkirk Ea…

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Another fish record has been broken. This time it’s an impressive longnose gar that weighed in at 14.85 pounds by Mike Gatus of Hoosick Falls. He was fishing in Lake Champlain in South Bay, targeting catfish late Saturday night, when the 52-1/4-inch fish hit his piece of chunk bait. He weighed it in at a local Tops supermarket for the official weight about 10:30 p.m. …

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Sunset Bay Shootout blasts off Saturday The 8th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye Shoot Out, the “Super Bowl” of Great Lakes walleye fishing and the highest-paying walleye shootout in the country, is slated for Saturday at Cabana Sam’s in Sunset Bay (Irving). The tournament will award more than $150,000 in cash and prizes for the fleet of 110 boats and more than 400 anglers who…

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Get ready for back-to-back big events on Lake Erie starting with the Sunset Bay Shootout on Friday and Saturday followed by the Costsa FLW Series event July 26-28. On Lake Ontario, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association will be holding its club tournaments Friday and Saturday, and the Wilson Bicentennial tournament is Sunday. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Derby co…

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When it comes to fish movement around Lake Erie, biologists are finding that there are specific patterns and habits that some fish tend to follow. Thanks to several acoustic telemetry studies that have been ongoing for several years, fish management agencies are starting to get a better understanding of fish migration and movement in this Great Lake. The studies involve…

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Fly fishing and trout represent a near-perfect marriage in the world of angling. April 1 is the traditional opening day for inland trout enthusiasts across the Empire State. Fly fishing is an art form of sorts that represents the ideal dance partner with the riveting rainbow, the boisterous brown and the beautiful brook trout that inhabit New York’s cool, clear waters. …

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A Sportsman's Tale / From Richard Snyder Todd Aikin and myself launched out of Hamburg early Tuesday afternoon to mess around for a few hours. We were trolling for walleye but catching a bunch of nice smallmouth bass, having a good time, when the next hit came on a blue and silver renosky by Seneca Shoal. It reeled in like a log until Todd got it close to the boat, t…

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How good is the salmon fishing out of this end of Lake Ontario? The current  leader of the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby is a 27-pound Wilson fish caught by Lee Beaton of Clifton Springs. And the icing on the cake to accentuate the fishing was the Monroe County Offshore Classic. The Dirty Goose team led by Capt. Casey Prisco of Matamoras, Pa.,made a 1…

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The popular pastime of fishing is enjoyed by millions and millions of people across the country; millions and millions more around the world. It’s an art form, a communications tool and a recreational outdoor activity all rolled up into one. It’s also a perfect mechanism for people to connect. Last week, an inaugural event took place in Dunkirk that combined Western New Yo…

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A Sportsman's Tale / From Joe Croom We were fishing by the Skyway Bridge near St. Petersburg, Fla., in late June, targeting tarpon, at first without success. We had caught a a sand shark, a hammerhead and a cobia but that prized catch remained elusive. And then, bam! The hit was incredible. As soon as the fish found out it was hooked, it took line for about 30 second…

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As the saying goes, it’s better to be lucky than good. For Pat O’Brien of Eden, he was in the right place at the right time fishing in his first ever walleye tournament. Trolling off Barcelona with Dr. Jim Stoll of Eden and Nick Miller of Hamburg, O’Brien grabbed the fishing rod and reeled in a personal-best 12.44-pound walleye to win the $5,000 grand prize in the 33rd Ann…

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The Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout and Salmon Derby (www.loc.org) kicks off Friday (yes, it’s still on!) and runs through May 14 – 10 days of fishing fun with anglers competing for over $44,000 in prizes and a grand prize of $15,000 for the biggest salmon overall. Over 3,000 fishermen will be hitting the lake wherever their boats will take them for the spring event sin…

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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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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 …