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The Buffalo News - - OUTDOORS -

See what’s be­ing caught in Western New York wa­ters and who’s do­ing the catch­ing. View the Catches of the Week gallery and full archives of out­doors con­tent at Buf­faloNews.com/sec­tion/sports/out­doors.

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.

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