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2015 Lake Ontario Fishing Competitions and Events

 

Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby
May 1-10, 2015 – This premier spring kick-off classic, offering a $15,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon caught overall, also sports over $30,000 in cash and prizes overall. For more information, call (888) REEL-2-IN or visit their website at www.loc.org.


Greater Lewiston Smelt Festival
May 1, 2015 – The highlight is the Friday night Smelt Dip and Fry conducted by the Niagara River Anglers Association on the waterfront starting at 6 p.m. Live music. This event is free to the public. For more info check out www.niagarariverregion.com.

Fourth Annual Wilson Harbor Invitational Salmon Tournament May 9 (10), 2015 – The tournament is back for another battle of salmon seekers. Check out www.wilsonharborinvitational.com for details. $1000 entry fee includes Big Fish and a one day-six fish big bucks tournament during prime time for spring fishing. Grand prize for a full field will be $25,000.

31st Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament May 30-31, 2015 – PART I … Yes, two events again in 2015!!! For three decades, this prestigious fishing competition pits teams of anglers against one another using a unique scoring system over two days of fishing. Held out of the Niagara County ports of Wilson and Olcott, the local community also coordinates special events to make it a fun filled weekend. Last year, more than $110,000 was paid out in cash and prizes for both events. This year the money will be upped considerably. For more info call (877) FALLS US or log onto the tournament website at www.lakeontarioproam.net for rules and sign up information. Part II is June 6-7. Both of these Niagara Pro-Am events are tied together for a special prize structure involving the West Challenge Cup with a special pot of guaranteed prize money!!!


14th Annual Don Johannes Memorial Big Fish Contest and 9th Annual Pete DeAngelo Memorial Three-Fish Contest, May 29, 2015 – This is a precursor to the Pro-Am tournament to get the teams warmed up for the fishing action. You don’t have to be in the pro-am to fish, though. Sign up at The Slippery Sinker, The Boat Doctors or The Gas Shack in Wilson. Call 716-778-0713 for more info. $100 per boat. 100 percent cash pay out.


Wayne County 5 Grand Slam Youth Derby – May thru August, 2015 – Final dates still yet to be determined. For more info log on to www.waynecountytourism.com.


6th Condor Memorial Derby - June 12, 2015- This popular event serves as a practice day for the Oak Orchard Open event and is also the 1st event for the King of the Oak Derby series. For more information contact Bob Songin @ 585-621-7878 or e-mail at reelxite@rochester.rr.com.


2nd Annual Oak Orchard Open Tournament -- June 13 & 14, 2015- After a very successful 1st year of this event which introduced a new format with 5 Salmon and 5 Trout making up the legal catch, and no communications, this year should be even better. For more information contact Bob Songin at (585-704-5829)/ reexite@rochester.rr.com.

 

6th Annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby– June 13-July 26, 2015 – Grand prize is $12,500 for biggest salmon. Check out their website for all the details for this summer event at www.loc.org or call (888) REEL-2-IN.


New York’s Free Fishing Days 2015 –
June 27-28 – No license is required by anyone for these two days, resident or non-resident (although all the rules and regulations must be followed), in an effort to promote this popular pastime. This is a great time to get the whole family on the water and see how much fun it can be. This is also the weekend that the Town of Newfane sponsors a kids fishing derby at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott. Set for June 28th, this popular kids’ derby will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (716) 778-8531.

Hooked On The Tonawandas Fishing Tournament
June 27-28, 2015 – This fourth annual event is held out of Gateway Harbor in the Erie Canal during the Free Fishing Weekend. Catch the largest fish by weight for any of the five species – bass, walleye, northern pike, carp and perch. Over $3,500 in prizes. Check out www.fishgatewayharbor.net or call 716-628-1247.


25th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby
July 1-12, 2015 – The Erie Canal is spotlighted for this family-oriented fishing competition offering up more than $8,000 in prizes. Eligible waters include from the Niagara River to the Main Street Bridge in Albion (Route 98) – 50 miles of waters. For more information visit their website at www.eriecanalderby.com. (Bass is included.)


12th Annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Assn. King Salmon Tournament – July 18, Olcott from 6 a.m. to noon.  This event offers 100 cash pay back. All participants must be LOTSA members. Deadline to register is July 12 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact www.lotsa.org. July 17 is the Sixth Annual Curt Meddaugh Memorial Fishing Derby to remember an important LOTSA member. Free for anyone registered in the Saturday event. For more information, contact www.lotsa.org.


Orleans County Rotary Derby
August 1-16, 2015 – Fish Lake Ontario and tributaries from the Niagara River to the Genesee River for salmon and trout. For more information call (585) 589-9881. Olcott does have a weigh station in this local derby, located at The Slippery Sinker.


Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby
August 21 – September 7, 2015 – Over $50,000 in cash prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest trout or salmon caught during this 18-day event. Help anglers celebrate the return of the mighty king salmon on Lake Ontario! Sign up in local tackle shops or call (888) REEL-2-IN. You can also visit their website at www.loc.org for more info or to register.

39th Annual Greater Niagara “Fall Classic” Derby – 2015: A Fish Odyssey
August 22-30, 2015 – The journey continues with another great event set for 2015. Last year, over $10,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to winning anglers at the Town of Newfane Community Center at awards night. Specie categories included salmon, rainbow/brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp and walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. For more information, call (877) FALLS US or visit www.fishodyssey.net .


Cystic Fibrosis Cast for a Cure Steelhead Challenge
Sept. 9-10, 2015 – The event in 2014 set a Redbone Tournament Series record by raising over $170,000 for Cystic Fibrosis out of Lewiston. For more info contact CF at (800)-FIGHT CF.


30th Annual NYPA Wildlife Festival – Sept. 26-27, 2015 – Held in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day weekend, this event is co-sponsored by the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs and held on the grounds of the Power Authority’s Visitor Center in Lewiston. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 20,000 in attendance in 2014. Join them for a huge celebration for this landmark anniversary.


Jan. 1-Feb. 22, 2015 – Statewide contest through the ice, in open water and in the tribs for a variety of fish species. For more information check out www.nysiceproam.com/winterclassic/home. Weigh stations are located throughout the state.

New York State Ice Pro-Am Tournament Series at Chaumont Bay
Jan. 7, 2015 – Team Ice Pro-Am event at Chaumont Bay. Species include pike, perch, walleye and panfish. For more info contact www.nysiceproam.com.
Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Events Center, Niagara Falls, NY
Jan. 23-25, 2015 – The second annual expo that will include a wide variety of events and activities focusing on all aspects of the outdoors. More than 100 angling seminars will be featured as part of the WNY Fishing Academy. Huge focus on education, youth and families. Check out www.niagarafishingexpo.com for details.
Lake Ontario Marketplace in the Conference and Event Center, Niagara Falls, NY
Jan. 25, 2015 – The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association has moved to a new location as they expand to bigger and better things. Held in conjunction with the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, the Lake Ontario Expo will be held Sunday. A full-day seminar – the LOTSA Salmon School – with featured speakers Capt. Greg Gehrig and Capt. Paul Czarnecki will be held on Jan. 24, 2015. For info go to www.lotsa.org.
47th Annual Black Lake Ice Fishing Derby
Jan. 24, 2015 – For more information log on to www.blfga.org.
Great New York Sportsman’s Expo, NYS Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY
Jan. 23-25, 2015 – The Syracuse Sportsman’s Show is back with plenty of booths and speakers. For more info go to www.newyorksportsmansexpo.com.
New York State Ice Pro-Am Tournament Series at Black Lake/Chaumont Bay
Jan. 31, 2015 – Full Ice Pro-Am event at Black Lake and Chaumont Bay. Species include pike, perch, walleye and panfish. For more info contact www.nysiceproam.com.
Roger Tobey Memorial Niagara River Anglers Steelhead Contest
February 7, 2015 – The Niagara River Anglers Association will be holding their winter steelhead classic at Lewiston Landing. Loads of fun. Awards and lunch will follow at the 3-F Club, 904 Swann Rd., Lewiston.  For information check out the NRAA website at www.niagarariveranglers.com.

New York State Ice Pro-Am Tournament Series at Sodus Bay
Feb. 15, 2015 – Team Pro-Am event at Oneida Lake. Species include pike, perch, walleye and panfish. For more info contact www.nysiceproam.com.
New York State Ice Pro-Am Tournament Series at Sodus Bay
Feb. 21-22, 2015 – Full Ice Pro-Am event at Sodus. Species include pike, perch, walleye and panfish. For more info contact www.nysiceproam.com.

Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby
May 1-10, 2015 – This premier spring kick-off classic, offering a $15,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon caught overall, also sports over $30,000 in cash and prizes overall. For more information, call (888) REEL-2-IN or visit their website at www.loc.org.
4th Annual Wilson Harbor Invitational Salmon Tournament May 9 (10) – The tournament is back for another battle of salmon seekers. Check out www.wilsonharborinvitational.com for details. $1000 entry fee includes Big Fish and a one day-six fish tournament.

31st Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament May 30-31, 2015 (two tournaments) – This prestigious fishing competition pits teams of anglers against one another using a unique scoring system over two days of fishing. Held out of the Niagara County ports of Wilson and Olcott. Last year, more than $110,000 was paid out in cash and prizes between two events.  The second event is set for June 6-7, 2015. For more info call (877) FALLS US or log onto the tournament website at www.lakeontarioproam.net for rules and sign up information.
Wayne County 5 Grand Slam Youth Derby – May thru August, 2015 – Final dates still yet to be determined. For more info log on to www.waynecountytourism.com.

6th Condor Memorial Derby -- June 12, 2015- This popular event serves as a practice day for the Oak Orchard Open event and is also the 1st event for the King of the Oak Derby series. For more information contact Bob Songin @ 585-621-7878 or e-mail at reelxite@rochester.rr.com.
2nd Annual Oak Orchard Open Tournament -- June 13 & 14, 2015- After a very successful 1st year of this event which introduced a new format with 5 Salmon and 5 Trout making up the legal catch, and  no communications, this year should be even better. For more information contact Bob Songin at (585-704-5829)/ reexite@rochester.rr.com.


6th Annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby– June 13-July 26, 2015 – Grand prize is $12,500 for biggest salmon. Check out their website for all the details for this summer event at www.loc.org or call (888) REEL-2-IN.

New York’s Free Fishing Days 2015 –
June 27-28 – No license is required by anyone for these two days, resident or non-resident (although all the rules and regulations must be followed), in an effort to promoted this popular pastime.  This is a great time to get the whole family on the water and see how much fun it can be.  This is also the weekend that the Town of Newfane sponsors a kids fishing derby at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott.  Set for June 28th, this popular kids derby will be held from 8 a.m. to noon.  For more information, call (716) 778-8531.


2014 Lake Ontario Fishing Competitions and Events –

If you would like to have your event listed just send an e-mail to Troy@lakeontariooutdoors.com

Shows:
Syracuse Gun Show, New York State Arms Collectors Assoc. New York State Fairgrounds, Expo Center. For more info call Sandy Ackerman Klinger 607-748-1010. Sept. 13 &14                                                                                                                           

Southern Tier Outdoor Show, Wilkins RV Bath NY Carla Dawejko 607-664-2313 October 11 & 12

Hunter Education:
Sept. 23, 25, 27: Hunter Ed Course. Pre-register at the Southport Town Hall. For more info call 607-734-1548.
Oct. 21, 23, 25: Hunter Ed Course. Pre-register at the Southport Town Hall. For more info call 607-734-1548.
(The DEC has established a new website where registration for sportsman education programs can be made online. To find a course near you, go to:
http://www.register-ed.com/programs/new_york)

Special Events:
Sept. 13: Wolcottsville Volunteer Fire Department Gun Raffle Bonanza Drawing and Party, Wolcottsville FD, Akron, 1-6 p.m.

Sept. 13:Evening with Charles Alsheimer, 5-9 p.m., Eden Jr./Sr. High School. www.EdenDeerShow.com for more info.                                                                    

Sept. 27:Finger Lakes WTU Banquet, 5 p.m., American Legion Hall, Horseheads. For more info call Shawn Bell, 607-343-3614.

Sept. 19-20: Oswego County Trappers Assoc. Convention & Rendezvous, Camp Zerbe, For more info call George Dubois,t 3159637779.                                                    

Oct. 4:East Worcester Fish & Game WTU Banquet, 4:30 p.m., at the Club. For more info call Dave Lorette, 607-397-1740.

Oct 12:Southern Tier WTU Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Howard Community Center. For more info call Dan Cornish, 607-329-2563.
 

Shoots:

Sept. 20, Oct. 28:Lima Gun Club, Trap Every Tues. 5 p.m., at the Club. For more info call Jim Crittenden, 585-334-2624.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. Schedule of Shoots. For more info call John Greene, 914-804-0158.
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ept. 27:Sporting Clays, Fundraiser, 10 a.m., Wallkill Rod & Gun Club.

 

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