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Sodus Point in Wayne County was a busy port during the 2021 Sodus Pro-Am, as boats from different harbors were in town for tournament competition. The week started July 14 with $1,000-a-day action and Captain Jack’s Goodtime Tavern Big Fish Friday. The main event was July 17-18, with 62 team…

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The fishing partners had the Seth Green rig presentation working Canandaigua Lake on July 2, the beginning of the holiday weekend. It was an early start for Dr. John Marino and “Bick” Bicknell. They were on the water at 6:30 a.m.; by 7, they had caught a brown trout that may well have been t…

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The Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District and Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs are once again hosting the Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby. The 22nd annual event, for anglers ages 4-16, began June 19 and will continue until July 31. The competition includes all waters…

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GENEVA — If numbers demonstrate an outstanding contest, then the 57th Annual National Lake Trout Derby is in the winner’s circle again. The 2021 event had 720 registered anglers, which is fantastic considering the ramifications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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When we hear about angling in the Finger Lakes region, it means the Finger Lakes, the rivers, the streams, Lake Ontario and the embayments. I have fished them all over the decades, and we are certainly fortunate to have these options. In fact, if I may interject a little tourism bragging, ev…

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The Yates County Youth Turkey Hunt began in 2010 as a collaborative effort by Lt. Matt Lochner, Dale Lane and a dedicated group of volunteer callers and sponsors. Their idea was simple: increase and promote youth hunting opportunities in and around the Finger Lakes region.

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Shortly after sending 12 emails to the different athletic directors in our area like a Gatling flare gun, I was pancaked by emotion and elation in anticipation of next week.

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NAPLES — The first day of April is a special one for trout anglers fishing the inland streams of the Finger Lakes. It’s opening day, and although there are new regulations for stream casters (check the weekend edition of the Times for a complete look at the new rules), opening day will alway…

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Opening day for trout fishing in Finger Lakes tributaries is April 1. This date is etched in the brains of many anglers. While it obviously heralds springtime, the feat of hooking a rainbow trout from the flowing waters of a stream is a ritual of excitement.

A space-age styled snowmobile called the ‘Hustler’ was designed by Motrak Corporation of Minneapolis, MN for 1967. A clear, bubble wrap around windshield marketed it as the snow- mobile of tomorrow, here today. Minnesota Twins players Rich Rollins, 3B, and Bernie Allen, 2B, signed autographs…

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I was chatting with Tim Andrus on a recent morning when he told me about his recent ice fishing adventure on Sodus Bay. Andrus is the host of “Rush Outdoors,” the show that features exciting adventures and mishaps — all of which us outdoors folks have encountered.

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I am a longtime member of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association, and we are a tight-knit group of individuals. We are an organization made up of scribes that chronicle the great outdoors. It could be essays, columns, how-to advice, blogs, or outdoor photography.

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After some official business was completed earlier this week during a Zoom meeting, the New York State Outdoor Writers Association turned its attention to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease, or EHD.

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The second Monday in December is a special time for me. It is all about the birds, and this year’s Christmas Bird Count was a go. The usual procedure had to change because of COVID-19, but counting birds can be completed in a safe manner.

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Of all the years that Kathy Larsen has sent me activities promoted by the MacDougall Sportsmen’s Club, I never glanced at her face. That all changed when the 75-year-old hunter sent me a picture of a 10-point buck. There she was, in the picture.

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If you are wondering why there is a rambling ice-fishing column this time of year, it’s because I once found myself on solid ice before Christmas. It was on the southeast side of Sodus Bay, and lots of perch made it to the bucket home.

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The outdoor temperature gauge on my truck read a sultry — for this time of year, anyway — 70 degrees. It was Nov. 9. While bow season was more than a month old, I felt like I should be talking to Randy Stewart about fishing, not whitetails.

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Steve Piatt, editor of New York Outdoor News since its inception until he retired this year, has been named recipient of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association M. Paul Keesler New York Outdoor Citizen Award for 2020.

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The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hunter Education Program was introduced in 1949. Environmental conservation officers have been involved with instructing hunter education classes from the beginning, vetting potential volunteer teachers and making it a priority to…

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Pheasant season in Western New York opens Oct. 17. The state Department of Environmental Conservation will release approximately 4,600 adult ring-necked pheasants on Western New York lands open to public hunting for the fall season. Stocked pheasants will be provided by DEC’s Reynolds Game F…

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In the Fall Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby, thousands of anglers competed for a $25,000 grand prize. Whoever weighs in the largest salmon by the end of the 18-day contest walks away with the big check.

The 22nd annual Wayne County Youth Derby wrapped up with the McDonald’s awards ceremony outside the Sodus Point Fire Hall Aug. 9. Anglers fished in three separate tournaments that were rolled into one big event. Prizes and awards for places 1-6 were handed out.

Donald Stacknick had never fished in a Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby before the summer of the novel coronavirus. The Dalton, Pa. angler was invited to fish in the contest with his friends, Cody and Scott Reese of Nicholson, Pa., on July 18.

The bite of the summer king salmon was on during the two-day Sodus Pro-Am. While most of the field of 60 teams found the fish, word was that the salmon didn’t want to stay hooked.

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There has been plenty of excitement for the youngsters fishing Wayne County waters during the 22nd annual Wayne County Youth Fishing Derby. Currently, 100 have registered for the contest that runs until July 26. About 60 fish have been brought to local weigh stations.

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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.

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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.