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Fishing Holes: 10 places to wet a line in Rochester and the Finger Lakes

Terri Burkett and her 9-year-old son Max of Canadice, Ontario County were in the Canandaigua area for a doctor’s appointment when the urge to find out what lurks in the clean glacial waters of Canandaigua Lake struck. Locals will tell you that when it comes to fishing this popular Finger Lake from shore, there’s no better place than the historic... more

Bath man lands top prize at National Lake Trout Derby

Sometimes the toughest part of any fishing derby is not actually catching the fish. Andrew Gugliotta knows the hardest part. “It’s catching a large fish on the first day of a contest and then waiting for three days looking at the leaderboard. It’s brutal checking your standings,” Gugliotta said, during the awards ceremony for the 54th National Lake Trout Derby... more

OUTDOORS: Cortland angler is king of spring

It was a spring frenzy like no other as far as the Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby was concerned. The 10-day contest, which ended last Sunday, experienced a flurry of fishing action that turned the traditional final results upside down — starting with the $15,000 grand-prize salmon coming from Oswego. “We had some great salmon fishing straight out... more

GO FISH: It’s derby time in upstate

It’s derby time. If you’re looking for some big-time cash to buy stuff for your boat, you’d better be fishing Lake Ontario waters. The iconic Lake Ontario Counties derby season started Friday and continues through next Sunday. If you want to see what’s swimming in Lake Ontario, check out Brian Ford’s extra-large brown trout accompanying this column. FL Times: Read... more

Canandaigua fishing derby set for May 19

Canandaigua Lions Club will present its annual Kids’ Fishing Derby on May 19 at Canandaigua City Pier on Lakeshore Drive. The free event is open to children ages 14 and younger. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Prizes are awarded at noon, with door prizes available hourly. All participants must be registered, but do not need to be present to win.... more

New York State Kayak Fishing Championships coming to Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake is no stranger to Fishing Tournaments, all year long if you look out onto the lake chances are you will see someone out there fishing. The Finger Lakes region has become known for world class fishing at its finest. However, on the 23rd and 24th of September Cayuga Lake will become home to a Fishing Tournament unlike any... more

Deer urine ban creates argument for hunters, manufacturers

In 2003, it became illegal to feed wild deer here in New York. That in itself didn’t get the full attention of the sporting community. But conditions would soon change. In 2005, chronic wasting disease was discovered in New York’s whitetail deer herd. When that happened, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Agriculture and Markets decided that... more

We don’t have an absolute right to hunt and fish

Understand that hunting and fishing are a privilege, not your right. You must qualify for and/or pay for those privilege, but that simply affords you the opportunity. Nobody owes that to you. If you have heard this from me before, it’s probably because you contacted me to complain about situations and I had to explain. Over and over. Look, it’s... more

Macedon man reels in record-breaking 36-lb. fish

A man from Macedon pulled in a huge fish on Oneida Lake back in June. On Tuesday, the New York State DEC announced that the 36-lb. freshwater drum was a record-setting catch. Jason Bair, who lives in Macedon, reeled in the drum on June 16. The fish surpassed the previous state record set in 2016 by more than six pounds.... more

Canandaigua Lions Club’s Kid’s Fishing Derby is August 19

The Canandaigua Lions Club will host their annual Kid’s Fishing Derby at 7 am on Saturday, August 19th at Canandaigua City Pier on Lakeshore Drive. Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at noon. Door prizes will be awarded hourly. The event for ages 14 and younger is free to enter and will take place rain or shine,... more

Sypeck weighs in at 20 pounds on final day to win Oneida Lake Bassmaster Northern Open

The top 12 pro anglers that made the cut from a field of 198 to fish the third and final day of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open on Oneida Lake knew they were in a close battle. Only 2 pounds, 11 ounces separated the top group. When the weigh-in ended, Pennsylvania pro Stanley Sypeck Jr. had moved from... more

Hunt wins Canandaigua Derby with 11.8 lb. laker

The 36th Annual Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby was held on Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11 with 233 participants. This is a classic event for local fisherman, but it’s also a significant fundraiser for Camp Good Days & Special Times, Mercy Flight Central, and Naples Hospeace House. The first prize of $1,000 went to Porter Hunt of Canandaigua, 11.8-pound lake trout. –... more

Wayne County man’s catch could be new state record

A Macedon man has landed the catch of a lifetime. Jason Bair caught this freshwater drum, commonly called a sheepshead, on Oneida Lake. It weighed in at more than 36 lbs., which shatters the current record of 29 lbs. 14 oz. listed on the New York State DEC website. Of course Bair’s fish still has to be verified as a... more

Penn Yan angler wins Carp Derby with 38 pound lunker

He’s back! Anthony Travis of Penn Yan topped the leader board at the Waterloo Rotary Carp Derby annually for years. Once he even took four of the eight top spots. Then he moved to Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks. But this year, Travis returned. And, as the final minutes were counted down, Travis dropped his fish in the weighing basket... more

Check out this video from the South Seneca CSD trap shooting club

Here’s something different that is happening at South Seneca schools… a trap shooting club! On Thursday, the school’s official Facebook page posted a video highlighting this unique extra-curricular activity that teaches safety procedures, how to stand correctly, how to shoulder and hold the gun and the technical aspects of the sport. . more

37th Annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby is Sunday

Will someone catch a 45 pound carp this year? Ted Ralston reeled in a 44.1 once carp last year to capture first place in the 36th annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby. Ralston caught his first place fish at the Oak Island bridge The 37th annual Carp Derby will be on Sunday, June 11, at Oak Island. Fishing can take place... more

Outdoors: Dove hunting season in New York?

The mourning dove is the symbol of peace in New York. In most other states, it is a challenging target and great table fare. I’ve had the privilege of dove hunting extensively in Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Georgia over the years. If you are a shotgunner, it may be the ultimate wingshooting sport. Right now, 42 states have dove hunting... more
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