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  1. The Buffalo News provides articles on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this week's edition! See below for details and links! “Scattershots for August 15, 2018” from The Buffalo News In this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on several topics related to the outdoors. This week’s stories include, “$25,000 Grand Prize for Fall LOC Derby,” “Elliott Honored by NYCOA,” “Erie County Weigh Station Announced for Fish Odyssey,” “Spaces filling fast for Youth Pheasant Hunts,” and “Sept. 1 Deadline for Pheasant Hunt Program.” Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares "The Fishing Beat for August 15, 2018" Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the fishing conditions and latest happenings in the region in this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake, and Lake Erie. Click here to see! "Outdoor Calendar for August 15, 2018" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares dates and details for several upcoming events in this edition of the "Outdoor Calendar." Events between now and September 9 are included. Click here for details! “Catches of the Week (August 16)” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News shares photos and stories of some of the best fish caught recently in the region in this edition of “Catches of the Week.” Click here to see the more than 35 fish featured this week!
  2. Lake Ontario has three different fishing derbies going on this weekend. The Orleans County Rotary Derby has been going on for 2 weeks, ending this Sunday, August 19 and Niagara County is part of it. On Friday, August 17, the Fall Lake Ontario Counties or LOC Derby started up for 18 days, offering contestants a chance to earn $25,000 for the largest salmon. Finally, the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby is set for August 18 to 26 in Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties. Cash prizes for the adults, merchandise prizes for the kids. If you were to catch a big salmon or trout, and you were entered in all three contests, you could conceivably win all three competitions. For the LOC Derby, find out more information at www.loc.org. Species categories include salmon, brown trout and rainbow/steelhead trout. For the fish odyssey, check out www.fishodyssey.net. Species categories include salmon, smallmouth bass, lake trout, walleye, carp and brown/rainbow trout. Kids can fish in a special youth division for free. The leading fish in the Orleans County contest is currently a 29-pound, 14-ounce king salmon reeled in by Joseph Miller of Harrisburg, Pa. Top rainbow trout is a 12 pounder caught by Dan Heglin of Gardner, Mass. Big brown is 14 pounds, 13 ounces, weighed in by Michael Grager of Lyndonville. Brian Gambell of Hilton is still leading the lake trout division with a 17 pound, 12 ounce fish. The Orleans derby ends Sunday. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  3. Salmon fishing in the lake is moving along at a steady clip and the Niagara River action is improving. In the Niagara River, it won’t be long before the first salmon will be making their way through the system. In the meantime, bass and walleye will have to suffice. Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls hit the Artpark shoreline for some action and he managed to catch 5 bass using 2-inch tubes in 2 hours of fishing. Then he hit the New York Power Authority fishing platform and caught some huge rudd by tossing those same 2-inch tubes. In the 13th Annual Bass Derby run by Independent Living of Niagara County at Lewiston, George Rohr, fishing with Capt. Arnie Jonathan of Lockport, reeled in the first place bass with 15 minutes to spare - a 3.72 pound smallmouth that hit a crayfish. In Lake Ontario, Salmon have started to show the early signs of staging with mature kings available in 80 to 150 feet of water during the morning; maybe even closer than that with J-plugs, meat and flasher-fly before the sun comes up. Out deep, it’s been easy picking for a mix of salmon and trout. Scott Rohe of Cheektowaga hit the water Sunday with Mike Erdt of Williamsville and they went 8 for 11 on kings with the biggest being a 23.4 pound salmon that hit a flasher-fly combo. There was no specific pattern as they hit fish on the riggers at 45-55-65 feet and off the divers 120 and 220 feet back. Spoons, flasher-flies and cut bait all caught fish. In the Orleans County Rotary Derby in which Niagara County waters are eligible and Olcott is a weigh station at The Slippery Sinker, the current Grand Prize leader is a 26 pound, 14 ounce king salmon weighed in by Mike Schaeffer of Sligo, Pa. Top Rainbow trout is a 12 pounder reeled in by Dan Heglin of Gardner, Mass. First place lake trout is 17 pounds, 12 ounces caught by Brian Gambell of Hilton. There’s plenty of room for improvement though and still lots of fishing left through August 19. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  4. The Buffalo News provides updates and information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for details and links! “Bill Hilts Jr.: Inland streams can be great fishing options, use tech for shortcuts” from The Buffalo News This article from The Buffalo News called "Bill Hilts Jr.: Inland streams can be great fishing options, use tech for shortcuts" provides insight into the fishing conditions throughout the region. The article provides great information about where to fish and when, particularly as conditions on the lakes change throughout the season. Click here to see! "The Fishing Beat for August 8, 2018" from The Buffalo News In this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about the fishing conditions throughout the area. Bodies of water included are Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and the Niagara River. Click here for details! "Catches of the Week (August 7)" from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides photos and stories about many of the fish caught recently in this edition of "Catches of the Week." Click here to see! "Scattershots for August 8, 2018" from The Buffalo News In this edition of "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides information about a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. Topics covered include, "Lamprey Control is Topic at Fly Fishers Meeting," "Southtowns Walleye Kids Day Aug. 16," "Summer Turkey Survey Underway," and "New Alberto Rey Book, Exhibition Set." Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares the "BN Outdoor Calendar for August 8, 2018" Bill Hilts Jr. provides information about several upcoming events in this edition of the "Outdoors Calendar" from The Buffalo News. Events are included from now through September 1. Click here to see!
  5. August is a crazy time of year for fishing because of the number of fishing contests, and because the fishing is usually so darn good. Salmon are reaching their peak size as they slowly migrate back to the areas they were stocked or the places they were spawned and call home. Niagara County is blessed with 30 Miles of Lake Ontario shoreline and the ports of Wilson and Olcott top the list of popular locations. Another great spot is the Niagara Bar, launching at Fort Niagara and Youngstown at the mouth of the Niagara River. There are mixed reports across the board on what people are doing for success. Kings have been reported as close as 100 feet of water and as deep as 400. Other good fishing lines have been 165 feet, 200 feet, 275 feet and others. Depth for lures have been 60 to 100 feet down, depending on temperatures and where fish are on the graph. Capt. Mike Johannes was hitting fish this morning 75 feet down over 400 foot depths off Wilson with a Green Jeans spoon and 400 copper with a paddle and meat. If you look at the LOC Derby leaderboard for the winners, magnum spoons by Moonshine, Michigan Stinger and Dreamweaver were all in the mix. Spin Doctors and flies, as well as meat offerings will catch fish for you, especially if you are targeting matures. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  6. The Buffalo News provides articles and information on a wide variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts! See below for details and links! “Fate Steps in as Salvalzo Wins $11,000 in Summer LOC Derby” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “Fate Steps in as Salvalzo Wins $11,000 in Summer LOC Derby,” Bill Hilts Jr. tells the story of the fish caught over the weekend that won the big prize. Also detailed are several other award winning fish caught as part of the summer tournament. Click here for details about these fish as well as information about the fall derby! The Buffalo News Shares "Scattershots for August 1, 2018" In this edition of "Scattershots" from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides information about a variety of topics including "Sandy Creek Shootout a Salmon Fest," "DEC’s Einhouse Retiring," and "Reelin’ for a Cure August 17." Click here to see! "The Fishing Beat for August 1, 2018" from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about the fishing conditions on several bodies of water in this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake, and Lake Erie. Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares the "Catches of the Week (July 31)" The Buffalo News provides photos and stories of some of the fish caught in the region in this edition of "Catches of the Week." Click here to see! "BN Outdoor Calendar for August 1, 2018" Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details about several upcoming outdoor-related events in this edition of the "Outdoor Calendar" from The Buffalo News. The calendar includes events between now and August 29. Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Shares "A Sportsman’s Tale: Day on the water with Fishing 411" This article from The Buffalo News called "A Sportsman’s Tale: Day on the water with Fishing 411" shares the story of a fishing trip won during the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. Click here for details!
  7. The Buffalo News provides information on a wide range of topics of interest to fishing enthusiasts. See below for details and links. The Buffalo News Shares “Scattershot / Outdoor News and Notes” Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates and information about a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of “Scattershot / Outdoor News and Notes” from The Buffalo News. Topics covered include, “Costa Fishing League Worldwide Series in Buffalo, Lake Erie,” “Unified Fishing Derby July 28,” and “Mid-River/Nick’s Wins Sunset Bay Shootout,” and “Hidden Valley DeerFEST August 2.” Click here to read more! The Buffalo News Presents “The Fishing Beat (July 25)” In this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides an overview of the fishing conditions throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake, and Lake Erie. Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares “Catches of the Week (July 24)” Photos and stories of many of the great fish caught this week are included in this edition of “Catches of the Week” from The Buffalo News. Click here to see! The Buffalo News Shares the “Outdoors Calendar (July 25)” Bill Hilts Jr. shares dates and details about several upcoming events of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of the "Outdoors Calendar" from The Buffalo News. Events included range from now through August 25. Click here for more information!
  8. The hard east winds last weekend mixed things up like a washing machine according to Capt. Mike Johannes of On the Rocks Charters. On Tuesday he fished in 200 to 350 feet of water straight out from Wilson and put his temperature probe down 80 feet. It recorded 44 degree water. An hour later it was 64 degrees. While he marked good numbers of fish on his electronics, getting them to hit was tough. They did manage to catch 2 kings over 20 pounds. Flasher-fly rigs and 400 copper line set-ups produced the big fish. The Wilson Bicentennial tournament was postponed last Sunday and was rescheduled for July 28. Contact Johannes at 523-1727 for information. The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association held its club tournaments last Friday and Saturday. According to one of the coordinators for the event Kyle Hovak: “Fishing was lights out for a lot of teams. Mag spoons tended to be what the bigger fish hit - riggers down 40-50-60 feet. Long lines - copper/10 color lead cores with spoons pulled a lot of fish. We fished more flasher-fly and Dreamweaver big foot paddles with meat deep. Caught a ton of fish but they tended to be in the 15-pound range. Most guys trolled north-south until they found a good class of fish.” Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  9. The Buffalo News provides stories on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this week’s edition! See below for details and links! The Buffalo News Shares “The Fishing Beat” for July 15 In this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the fishing conditions throughout the region. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario, Chautauqua Lake, the Niagara River, and Lake Erie. Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Features “Scattershots for July 18, 2018” Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about several topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of “Scattershots for July 18, 2018” from The Buffalo News. Topics covered include, “Sunset Bay Shootout blasts off Saturday” and “FLW Costa Series invades Buffalo July 26-28.” Click here to see! The Buffalo News Provides Updated “Outdoors Calendar” Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details for several upcoming events in this edition of the “Outdoors Calendar” from The Buffalo News. Events included range from now through August 8. Click here for details! The Buffalo News Shares the “Catches of the Week for July 17” The Buffalo News provides photos and stories about some of the fish caught recently in this edition of the “Catches of the Week for July 17.” Click here to see! Additionally, Bill Hilts Jr. provides a beautiful tribute to his mother in this edition: “Bill Hilts Jr.: A mother’s love and support cannot be replaced” from The Buffalo News In this article from The Buffalo News called “A mother’s love and support cannot be replaced,” Bill Hilts Jr. reflects on the life of his mother, Sylvia, who was recently transferred to Niagara Hospice. He states in the article that, “Like the saying goes, behind every successful man is a good woman. The saying couldn’t be more true than in our family growing up.” He shares a wide variety of memories of his mother’s influence in this piece, which serves as a beautiful tribute to a remarkable lady. To see the full article, click here.
  10. Salmon fishing continues to be very good in the lake out of Wilson, Olcott and out of Fort Niagara on the Niagara Bar. It’s too late to sign up for the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s club tournaments July 20 and 21, but it’s not too late to sign up for the Wilson Bicentennial Trout and Salmon Tournament July 22. Call Mike Johannes at 523-1727. The contest is only $100 per boat and it’s a Big Fish, 3-fish tournament. Make sure you are in line for the weigh in at Bootleggers Cove Marina in Wilson by 3 p.m.There is $10,000 in prize money up for grabs as the community prepares to celebrate its 200th anniversary. Scott Rohe of Cheektowaga did well off Olcott in 200 to 300 feet of water. His best rigger was 60 feet down, 20 feet behind the ball with a spin doctor and fly. The two face spinny and a stud fly did the trick. His 85 foot rigger also took a couple of fish as did some divers set back 180 feet on a No. 3 setting. A green Pro Troll paddle in front of a green hammer fly was the ticket. His biggest was 22 pounds. With the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby going on until July 29, your odds of catching a winning fish are better than playing the lottery. Time and time again, possible winning fish are caught by people who did not enter the contest. Steve Nichols and his son Arri are the latest victims of fate. They were fishing east of Wilson with Capt. Mike Johannes of On The Rocks Charters over the weekend and Steve reeled in a 27-pound, 3-ounce king salmon on a 400 foot copper rod rigged with a custom painted flasher and meat. Nope, no derby ticket. The leading fish is a 26-pound, 15 ounce Wilson fish hauled in by Scott Foster of North Tonawanda. Of course, that could change this weekend with a flurry of fishing events from LOTSA and the Wilson Bicentennial contest. Bob Migra of Lorain, Ohio heard about the good king fishing and decided to give it a try. Most of their fish were 15 to 26 pounds. Yes, 26 pounds. No, they weren’t in the derby. The 26 pounder was caught in the afternoon in 140 feet of water just east of Wilson. They also caught steelhead over 10 pounds in 400 feet of water. In the meantime, Capt. Joe Gallo of Two Bulls Sportfishing hit the water last weekend outside Wilson in 250 feet of water using a meat rig on a long copper line. His reward was a 26-pound king that is in third place on the LOC board. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  11. The Buffalo News provides information about a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts. See below for details and links. The Buffalo News Shares “The Fishing Beat for July 11, 2018” In this edition of “The Fishing Beat” from The Buffalo News, Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on the fishing conditions in several locations. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, the Erie Canal, Chautauqua Lake, and Lake Erie. Click here to see! “Scattershots for July 11, 2018” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides updates on several topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include “LOTSA Club Tournament Set,” “Wilson Bi-Centennial Tournament July 22,” and “SWA Kids Fishing Derby July 14.” Click here for more details! “Outdoor Calendar for July 11, 2018” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides dates and details about several outdoor related events in this edition of the “Outdoor Calendar” from The Buffalo News. Events included range from now through August 13th. Click here to see! The Buffalo News Shares the “Catches of the Week for July 10th” The Buffalo News provides photos and stories about some of the fish caught recently in the region in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” Click here to see! The Buffalo News Remembers Will Elliott In this article from The Buffalo News titled, “News writer Will Elliott remembered as great outdoorsman, lover of English language,” Bill Hilts Jr. provides a tribute to a well respected writer. As the article states, “Elliott made his mark writing for The Buffalo News for more than 30 years. His first column appeared April 25, 1986, with the headline, “Warmer Weather is Good News for Fishermen.” His last piece appeared in August 2016.” Click here to read more.
  12. King salmon fishing continues to be good to very good on the lake. With the good is the bad though. The sea fleas have also been a nuisance. A new LOC Derby leader came to the scales out of Wilson this past week when Scott Foster of North Tonawanda recorded a 26-pound, 15-ounce king to take over the lead for the $10,000 Grand Prize. Another notable catch was a 19-pound, 4-ounce brown trout that tipped the scales for Kurt Charland of Victor while he was fishing out of Bald Eagle Marina in Orleans County. A 21-pound Niagara Bar lake trout was weighed in by Steve Klejdys of North Tonawanda this week to take over the lead for the weekly prize as he sat in 4th place. The leaderboard is posted at www.loc.org. If you want a reason to get into this month-long derby, ask Capt. Tom Pearse of Grand Island. His customer, Cole Welcomer of Harrisburg, reeled in a 36-pound, 41-inch long king salmon while fishing out of Olcott this past week. It’s not a fish story. There are pictures. No, they weren’t in the derby. If you are looking for mature kings, run flasher-flies or meat rigs 90 to 110-feet down over 90 to 140 feet of water according to Wes Walker at the Slipper Sinker in Olcott. Boaters are also picking up kings 60 to 80 feet down over 150 to 250 feet of water, fish the top 60 feet if you want to try for steelhead or Coho salmon with spoons. On the Niagara Bar, John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda had good success over the weekend fishing spin doctors and flies as well as spoons over 150 to 200 feet of water. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  13. Lake Ontario is continuing to offer up a mix of good fishing opportunities for Salmon and Trout. Scott Foster of North Tonawanda took over the lead in the Summer LOC Derby with a 26 pound, 15 ounce salmon while fishing out of Wilson with a Dreamweaver spoon on July 5. No other details because the derby continues through July 29. Top lake trout is 21 pound, 15 ounces caught by Steve Burkowski of Rochester. It is just 1 ounce better than Ed Klejdys’ Niagara Bar laker. Randy Snyder of Marion is top brown trout catcher with a 13-1/2 pound Wayne Co. fish. Top steelhead is a 12 pound, 13 ounce fish reeled in by Bob Holdsworth of PA. Check out www.loc.org for the complete leaderboard. John Van Hoff of North Tonawanda headed out on the 4th and had some fireworks out on the Niagara Bar with some feisty king salmon up to 21 pounds. The water was messed up a bit from earlier east wind. They caught their fish from the drop off to 270 feet of water, 40 to 75 feet down with spoons and flasher-fly combos due to cold water issues. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
  14. The Buffalo News provides articles and information on a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this week's edition. See below for details and links! This Week's “Catches of the Week” from The Buffalo News The Buffalo News provides photos and stories from some of the best fish caught recently in this edition of the “Catches of the Week.” Click here to see! “Scattershots for July 4, 2018” from The Buffalo News Bill Hilts Jr. provides details about a variety of topics of interest to outdoor enthusiasts in this edition of “Scattershots” from The Buffalo News. Topics discussed include: “Former TBN Outdoor Writer Elliott Dies,” “Paul J. Stoos Flea Market Sale on Saturday,” and “Ferguson Electric, Cinelli double up with BassEye win.” Click here for more information! The Buffalo News Discusses "The Fishing Beat" Bill Hilts Jr. provides an overview of the latest fishing news and conditions in this edition of "The Fishing Beat" from The Buffalo News. Bodies of water discussed include Lake Ontario, the Niagara River, Chautauqua Lake, and Lake Erie. Click here for details!
  15. This coming weekend is the start of the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon derby, set to kick off June 30 and run through July 29. The summer contest runs for a month, offering up $29,000 in cash prizes. Included in the mix is a $10,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon and $1,750 in weekly prizes - $1,000 for salmon and $250 each for lake trout, brown trout and rainbow/steelhead … every week. If you are going to be fishing in Lake Ontario the next month, it’s worth rolling the dice and taking a chance. Last year it was Sandra Brown from Pennsylvania fishing the Niagara Bar during the LOTSA in-club tournaments who walked away with the big prize. Find out more at www.loc.org. Fishing for salmon and trout continues to be good off the ports of Wilson, Olcott and Point Breeze. While east winds have put a bit of a damper on the comfort end of things, it hasn’t seemed to affect the fishing that much. For Capt. Joe Gallo of Two Bulls Sportfishing out of Wilson, he’s seen consistent fishing right in front of his home port 40 to 80 feet down over 100 to 160 feet of water. He also caught fish in 250 to 300 feet of water, running a couple of afternoon trips with Capt. Alan Sauerland of Instigator Charters. Spoons, flasher-flies and cut bait on twinkie rigs all produced fish. On Monday afternoon they were 14 for 18 on salmon and trout in 4 hours of fishing. They had 30 bites Sunday afternoon. Capt. Mike Johannes of On the Rocks Charters caught a limit on Sunday for his customers hitting those same waters and running primarily a spoon program of Green Hulk and Geezer spoons. He was hitting some fish up high using sliders off his riggers and 100-foot and 200-foot copper line set-ups. The lake is a good place to be with the forecasted heat wave starting this weekend. Cooler water temperatures will serve as a natural air conditioner. In the Erie Canal, the 28th Annual Stephen Harrington Erie Canal Fishing Derby will be starting July 4 and run through July 15. All of the details can be found at www.eriecanalderby.com. This year’s event will remember its founder who passed away last fall. Click here to see the rest of this report on ILoveNYFishing.com.
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