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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,…

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Lake Ontario is open for business. That message has been emphasized time and time again to combat the perception that Lake Ontario is closed because of the high water levels in the lake. To help support the “open for business” declaration, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, through the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), has announced that anyone who would like to f…

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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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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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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…

The weather is taking a toll on some events. For instance, the Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead contest set for Saturday in the lower Niagara River and hosted by the Niagara River Anglers Association has been postponed until further notice. Contact person is Paul Jackson at 731-4780 for more information. Lake Erie and tributaries Tom Baritot reports that Buffalo Harbor had…

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Plenty of fishing opportunities are available as we hit Thanksgiving. While it will be a cold one, the weekend should offer up some warmer temperatures for those of you looking to wet a line. Hopefully the storm blowing in at mid-week will not do too much damage to the fishing conditions. Lake Erie and tributaries Most of the tributaries have been a little high and stain…

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A wise old charter captain once said, “The fish are where you find them.” While he was being noncommittal as to where he’d been catching (not just fishing), there is some truth to that statement. Despite some crummy weather conditions throughout the region, there always seems to be places you can wet a line and catch fish … if you can find them. Lake Erie and tributaries …

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Tributary fishing improved off Lake Ontario and Lake Erie seemingly overnight as salmon and trout turned on. With the advent of additional hunting seasons opening, it should help lessen fishing pressure. In the meantime, with the outstanding fishing in Western New York, we will have to be more accepting when it comes to sharing our natural resources. Lake Erie and tributa…

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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…