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NYPA Opens Fish­ing Piers Mon­day

Thanks to some fa­vor­able spring weather, it looks like the New York Power Au­thor­ity will be open­ing its fish­ing piers for the 2019 sea­son on Mon­day, April 1.

The pop­u­lar fish­ing plat­form, lo­cated at the base of the Robert Moses Ni­a­gara Power Plant in Lewis­ton, will al­low an­glers to start cast­ing at dawn, weather per­mit­ting of course. The fish clean­ing sta­tion will also open if tem­per­a­tures re­main above freez­ing. Ac­cess can be gained via the NYPA ac­cess road off Hyde Park Boule­vard in Ni­a­gara Falls. To en­sure it’s open, call 796-0135 Ext. 45 for up­dates.

Two other fish­ing sites that will be open Mon­day in­clude the Lewis­ton Reser­voir fish area off Up­per Moun­tain Road at the Up­per Moun­tain Fire Com­pany, as well as the wa­ter in­takes along the Ni­a­gara Scenic Park­way in the Up­per Ni­a­gara River.

One tra­di­tion that co­in­cides with the open­ing day of the in­land trout sea­son is the an­nual Naples Trout Derby slated for April 1. The fun con­test has been go­ing on for a long time, spon­sored by the Naples Ro­tary Club. In fact, this year is its 58th con­sec­u­tive com­pe­ti­tion run out of the Vil­lage of Naples along Naples Creek.

Reg­is­ter at The Sut­ton Com­pany at 120 S. Main Street, Naples dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours through March 31 or at the Naples Fire­house (derby head­quar­ters) on Vine Street from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 31 or April 1 from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. The derby runs from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prizes are avail­able for con­ven­tional and catch-and-re­lease di­vi­sions. En­try fee is $8 for adults ages 16 to 64. Un­der 16 years of age or 65 and over is $5. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Bill Grove at 585-797-3989.

The New York State Out­doors­men Hall of Fame has an­nounced 11 new mem­bers who will be in­ducted this year at the an­nual ban­quet set for April 27 at Theodore’s Restau­rant in Canas­tota. They rep­re­sent a wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­ests, back­grounds and ac­com­plish­ments as they re­late to the out­doors from all cor­ners of the state.

Jack Bouquin of Erie County is one in­ductee lo­cal sports­men may rec­og­nize. He is known for his hunter safety ed­u­ca­tion de­vo­tion for firearms and archery, as well as trap­ping in­struc­tion. He is di­rec­tor and found­ing mem­ber of the Re­gion 9 Youth Archery Camp, as well as other out­door ac­tiv­i­ties.

An­other in­ductee from WNY is Jim Far­rell of Chau­tauqua County, known to many as “Big Daddy Duck.” He is most known for his work with Ducks Un­lim­ited and the group’s Green­wing Pro­gram in­struct­ing thou­sands of youth on the DU mis­sion.

Af­ter 2 months of fish­ing ac­tion (Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary), the NYS Win­ter Clas­sic fi­nally wrapped up its fi­nal stand­ings at Batavia Downs ear­lier this month with a spe­cial trade show, din­ner and awards cer­e­mony. In all, $4,400 in cash and $35,000 in mer­chan­dise prizes were handed out to par­tic­i­pants.

The first place win­ners in their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions were: North­ern Pike – Nathan Gor­don of Lor­raine with a 21.46-pound fish; Trout – David Peryea of Cicero with a 14.5-pound lake trout caught in Chau­mont Bay; Wall­eye – Cameron Has­ner of Three Mile Bay with a 12.07-pound Chau­mont Bay wall­eye; Pick­erel – Jor­dan Allen of Sack­ets Har­bor with a 6.05pound fish; Yel­low Perch - Dan White of Penn Yan with a 2.32-pound fish; Crap­pie – Bren­n­dan Taft of Beaver Dams with a 2.58-pound fish; Pan­fish – Tim Ed­wards of Hast­ings with a 1.26-pound fish.

In a test Catch-and-Re­lease Divi­sion, Justin Kel­ley of Schuylerville reeled in a 35.25-pound pike, Richard Ru­pert of Heu­vel­ton hauled in a 23.5inch trout and Ja­son Hamil­ton caught and re­leased a 29.4-inch wall­eye. For a com­plete list of win­ners visit www. nyswin­ter­clas­sic.com.

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