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10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fingerlakes Mall in Auburn. Register at www. ilovenyfishing.com. All permanent huts are now off Lake Simcoe to coincide with the closing of lake trout, whitefish, cisco and walleye seasons according to local expert Wil Wegman. Pike is open until the end of March, but yellow perch remain open year-round. Right now, most places still have 2 feet or more of ice, but some south facing shorelines are beginning to deteriorate. Perch fishing has been hit and miss and no real depth pattern has been established yet. This past weekend,
Wegman was catching jumbos at 18, 28, 35- and 45-foot depths. Still lots of reports of small fish overall but someone always seems to find the lake’s legendary jumbos. The ice is deteriorating rapidly, and the creek mouths are open according to Mike Sperry of Chautauqua Reel Outdoors. No one was on the ice on Tuesday. It won’t be long before the crappies start running. In the Hogan’s Hut walleye contest March 9, Nate Wurst took top honors with a 26.5-inch fish, followed by Kevin Fyock with a 26-inch ‘eye and Tom Sacilowski with a 25.25-inch walleye.
Best hard water action coming through right now are from Oneida Lake and Chaumont Bay according to Ron Bellamy with Ice Fishing Fanatics. A few are venturing out on some other inland bodies of water, but caution is advised. Be sure to spud your way out … and spud your way in. After two and a half months, Capt. Bob’s Outdoors Fishing Contest finally wrapped things up last Friday, March 15. The winners of the 8 Divisions are as follows: In the Walleye Division, Bob Frost of Alden set the pace with a 29-inch, 9.69 pound fish he caught from Chaumont Bay in eastern Lake Ontario. Brad Thiele of Youngstown won the Northern Pike category with a 39∂-inch fish he caught from Wilson Harbor through the ice and releasing it after a quick measurement. Perch Division winner was Jack Mings of Amherst with a 14∂-inch fish that weighed 1.49 pounds. It was caught in a pond. Biggest steelhead was a 33-inch fish caught in the lower Niagara River by Joel Meister of Akron. The fish was released to fight another day. Top Lake Trout was a 32-inch fish caught by Steve Ball of Alden from Lake Ontario. The fish was also released. First place Crappie was a 16-inch fish that tipped the scales at 1.78 pounds by Greg White of Lancaster. Mike Rinallo of Amherst earned the top spot for Sunfish/Bluegill with a 10ø inch fish that weighed .87 pounds. Rudd Division winner was California Joe Pavalonis of Buffalo with a huge 18-inch fish that weighed 3.42 pounds. He caught it in the upper Niagara River. All first and second place winners with their corresponding prizes will be handed out at the shop in Clarence on March 25. Trout stocking is underway in the inland waters of Western NY in preparation for the April 1 opener. Weekly updates can be found on the Randolph Hatchery Stocking Hotline at 358-2050 or on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov.