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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.

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.

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