Got a big one,” young Jason Leusch yelled from the dock at Port Bay. Both father and mother were spending the spring day working outside their cottage along this embayment of Wayne County when they heard their son shout. The 8-year-old angler already had caught about 20 rock bass, so his par…

PENN YAN — Area high schools continue to come up with clever ways to make sure their student-athletes receive recognition for their hard-fought fall and winter seasons.

On Fridays we loaded the car for the weekend drive to Port Bay. Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester, was my other home, the one where I was supposed to pay attention at school. Port Bay was the cottage from Friday to Sunday throughout school; during the summer, it was my paradise hangout.


WATERLOO — When it comes to great angling adventures during Memorial Day weekend in the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake gets the nod for excitement. Of course, the iconic National Lake Trout Derby is the reason.

The 18-foot Alumna-Craft launched Wednesday at Charley’s Boat Livery off McCloud Road, on the north end of Oneida Lake. The time was 5:15 a.m., which means the angler left his house at 4 o’clock. He fired up the 75hp Evinrude and slowly left the little canal that connects to the best walleye…

There is a body of water in every county in New York state where you can fish. Some are streams or small ponds. The Finger Lakes can boast of many productive fishing holes. And, Lake Ontario is the big one to the north.

Spending time outdoors is one of the few things available to do during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s especially good news for turkey hunters.

It’s never too early to think about fishing the Finger Lakes tributaries. April 1 is a ritual among fly and spinning anglers who love to catch trout. Naples Creek is loaded with rainbows that come from Canandaigua Lake, and opening day is a special time in Naples.

The Niagara Fishing Expo was featured in this space two weeks ago. However, outdoor enthusiasts should not forget about the other exciting event close to home. Runnings Great New York Sportsman’s Expo is the longest-tenured show of its kind in the Northeast.

I met Mark Pierleoni when he was a member of his brother’s Pro-Am fishing team, competing in contests on Lake Ontario. Charter captain Vince Pierleoni runs Thrillseeker out of Niagara County, and the two brothers also enjoy their time in the woods during deer season.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Although HWS’ boats are stored away in the Bozzuto Boathouse for the winter, sailors from the Colleges’ still found a way to compete as the season transitions into colder weather.

My annual visit to Clingerman Taxidermy in North Rose is something I look forward to a whole lot. Randy Stewart, owner of the business, is my go-to guy for deer facts before the regular gun season starts. He’s my barometer for gauging what’s happening in the woods. Plus, he is a very fond fr…

The annual Finger Lakes Regional Youth Deer Hunt started in 2015 as part of the DeRoo Memorial Youth Event hosted at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah. As a result of the deer hunt being such a highly sought-after event, last year it was expanded into a stand-alone hunt that is hosted…

For the past decade, on the last weekend in September, three combat veterans wounded in action have been invited to Wayne County for a special hunt at the Bear Hill Farm and Hunt Club in Palmyra.

SENECA FALLS — Snowfall in the Finger Lakes isn’t expected for another few months from now. However, that won’t stop snowmobilers from grass drag racing on October 4-5 at Rodman Lott & Son Farms in the Harpoon 500 Top Gun Shoot Out.

Codey Allen reigned supreme in this year’s Lake Ontario Counties Fall Salmon and Trout Derby. The resident of West Seneca, Erie County, caught a 33-pound, 8-ounce king salmon while fishing out of Olcott on the opening day of LOC’s premier event.

The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs, awarded trophies and prizes to more than 30 youth anglers at the Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby awards ceremony Aug. 4 at the Sodus Point Fire Hall.

GENEVA — If the Musselman Triathlon or Seneca7 have proven anything, it’s that the Finger Lakes is a hotbed for local, national and even international athletic events. Picturesque scenery that includes winding roads, hills and lakes as far as the eye can see has attracted athletes from all o…

Zack Blain reeled in a 29-pound 10-ounce king salmon during the final weekend of the 10th annual Lake Ontario Counties Summer Trout and Salmon Derby. His catch earned an $11,000 check — although it didn’t come without a price.


FARMINGTON — Casual observers of horse racing often think of the Kentucky Derby first and foremost. The mint juleps, the crazy hats, the fashion and the money all are part of what many call “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” The first jewel of the Triple Crown attracts viewers who mi…

I grabbed the rod from Bill Hilts Jr. because I thought he said, “Here, you’re up.” Truth be known — and outdoor writers don’t pen fiction — he never said that, although I took the rod anyway because I couldn’t make out what he was saying.

GENEVA — Out of all the athletic events the city of Geneva hosts in the summertime, Musselman stands among the most popular.

Four-year-old Sam Sharman wasn’t having much luck trying to catch fish, but he wasn’t throwing in the towel yet, either. Rather, he was moving to a different location to cast out into the quiet waters of Oak Island Park in Waterloo.

We left Wolcott at 4:30 a.m., which would be an OK hour if you went to bed at 7. However, if you didn’t get six or seven hours of sleep, it’s very early because you must rise at 3:30 to get ready.

Hamburg angler Robert Mueller was in the right place at the right time for the Spring Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby that was held May 10-19. Of course, we have to clarify that he is not THAT Robert Mueller — you know, the guy who authored the report that, depending on your pol…