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The NYPA fishing platform failed to open on Monday and Tuesday due to wintery conditions, but officially opened on Wednesday. Call 796-0135 Ext. 45 to find out if it’s open other days when winter weather could be an issue. That tip we received last week in the south basin of the lake was right on. According to Mike Sperry with Chautauqua Reel Outdoors, the crappie run started last Friday. The canals at the marinas have a bunch of fish in them. Best bite is early in the morning. Minnows under a bobber and tube jigs offer the best chance for success. Nearby Goose Creek has been producing brown trout. Mealworms, salted minnows, and small spinners are working. The rain over the weekend has helped, according to Sperry. The south basin is ice-free. The ice on the north end is 99 percent gone, according to Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut. Calico fishing has been wonderful at Bemus Bay and will pick up in other areas after the warm up. Perch fishing also has been good. After a cold and snowy opening day for inland waters, this weekend is setting up to be a good time kicking off the trout season. Nisbet reports that the inland creeks are in great shape with good flows and turbidity. Many of the most popular inland waterways have received their first round of stocking and are primed for catching through increased angler effort. Scott Feltrinelli of Ontario Fly Outfitters reports that many streams are high and turbid but the window to catch them is now and for the next two days. Fish the high dropping water with big flies and get them down to the bottom. DEC will continue to stock inland waters and you can always call the Randolph Fish Hatchery stocking hotline at 358-2050. The 58th annual Naples Opening Day Trout Derby was held Monday out of Naples Creek and this year’s contest was one of the most successful. More than 100 fish were caught (many of them catch and release) by the 341 participants in the one-day competition. William Perkins of Rochester won the top prize with a 10.76-pound rainbow trout. In the men’s division, Jason McConnell of Plattsburgh set the pace with a 7.6-pound rainbow. The top women’s catch was a 6.54-pound rainbow reeled in by Katrina Brooks of Olean. In the youth division, Brook Years of Naples won with a 6.41-pound rainbow. In the catch and release division, Brandon Ball of Naples caught a 27.5-inch rainbow for the overall prize. The top woman was a 18-0 3/4-inch fish reeled in by Charlotte Hines of Naples. The top youth was Hunter Kremmin of Naples with a 27-inch rainbow that was released.