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State of Lake Erie meet­ing is sched­uled for April 11

New York Sea Grant’s an­nual state of Lake Erie meet­ing, held in con­junc­tion with the state’s Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) and South­towns Wall­eye As­so­ci­a­tion of WNY, will be April 11 at the South­towns Wall­eye club house, lo­cated at 5895 South­west­ern Boule­vard, Ham­burg, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This pop­u­lar pub­lic event will fea­ture pre­sen­ta­tions by DEC Lake Erie Unit Leader Dr. Ja­son Robinson and DEC Aquatic Biologist Jim Markham, with the Lake Erie Unit cov­er­ing both warm- and cold-wa­ter fish species, re­spec­tively. Jesse Lepak with N.Y. Sea Grant will give an up­date on baro­trauma in Lake Erie yel­low perch. Sandy Smith with Ni­chols will give a dis­cus­sion on “Inspiring En­vi­ron­men­tal Lead­er­ship and Stew­ard­ship.” For more in­for­ma­tion, contact Lepak at 315-312-3042.

The Lake Ontario Trout and Sal­mon As­so­ci­a­tion (LOTSA) will kick off the 2019 lake fish­ing season with its first meet­ing of the year on April 11. Af­ter a long run of hold­ing club meet­ings in Lock­port, the fish­ing group now will meet at the North Amherst Fire Com­pany, 2200 Ton­awanda Creek Road, Amherst, start­ing at 7 p.m.

Known for its qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, the April meet­ing will fea­ture Capt. Damian Kuzmin, who will speak on early spring sal­mon fish­ing tech­niques out of the port of Wil­son, where he runs his boat. He also is the pres­i­dent and co-owner of Bay Rat Lure Com­pany. The sem­i­nar is open to the pub­lic and free to at­tend. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

Penn­syl­va­nia big-game hun­ters had a good season in 2018-19. Fig­ures re­leased re­cently by the Penn­syl­va­nia Game Com­mis­sion showed the high­est overall deer har­vest in 14 years when hun­ters took nearly 375,000 white­tail deer. There was a har­vest of 367,000 an­i­mals the previous year. Many New York hun­ters visit the Key­stone State to hunt big game each year.

While the overall num­bers of deer taken by hun­ters in­creased, the buck har­vest de­clined from 2017-18.

The 2018-19 season had a buck har­vest of nearly 148,000 antlered deer. In the previous big-game season, nearly 164,000 bucks were taken. A to­tal of 227,000 antler­less deer were taken in 2018-19, about 10 per­cent more than the previous year. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, visit www.pgc.

One of New York’s most pop­u­lar sport fish­eries is the Sal­mon River in Oswego County, home to the state’s Sal­mon River Fish Hatch­ery in Alt­mar. To find out more in­for­ma­tion about this pop­u­lar an­gling destination, at­tend the State of Sal­mon River fish­ery meet­ing on April 11 at the Pu­laski High School Au­di­to­rium, 4624 Salina Street, Pu­laski, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

DEC will give an overview of on­go­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, many of which are out­lined in the Sal­mon River Fish­eries Man­age­ment Plan that was de­vel­oped in 2018. For more in­for­ma­tion, contact Re­gion 7 Fish Man­ager David Le­mon at 607-753-3095.

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