Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Following the weigh in, everyone is invited to attend a hot dog and hamburger picnic starting around 3 p.m. at the NRAA Nature Preserve in the Town of Porter.
There are three ways to register for this bass contest. One is online at the NRAA website; a second is in person at Creek Road Bait and Tackle, 4419 Creek Road, Lewiston; and the third is through the mail to the NRAA post office box located at POB 203, LaSalle Station, Niagara Falls, 14304. Print the application off the website or stop in to Creek Road to pick one up.
Speaking of bass contests, it might be time to think about coming up with a new format for holding these competitions. Rather than an individual fee, maybe tournament organizers should consider a boat entry fee. In most cases, the best two fish from a boat is what gets entered into the contest anyway – an advantage over the shore fishermen. The question would be how to handle the shore guys and gals?
In addition, we might want to try and stress catch and release. If this was practiced more, you would probably see additional participation from the bass clubs in the area who already have that as part of their own format(s). Bass populations are suffering a bit on Lake Ontario and DEC is attempting to coordinate a diary study out of Region 8 to the east for the entire New York shoreline. However, getting information out of DEC is not an easy process with all questions flowing through the Albany press office. You are better off contacting the Region 8 fisheries biologist yourself by calling 585-226-2246. The restrictions are only on press. Ask for Matt Sanderson if you are interested in getting involved.This Week's Outdoor Calendar Today • The Erie Canal Fishing Derby continues through Sunday. For details, visit www.eriecanalderby.com or call 830-8434. • Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby continues through July 28. Log on to www.loc.org for more details or call 888-REEL-2-IN. • Deadline for signing up for the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association (LOTSA) picnic and fishing tournament on Saturday. Registration info at www.lotsa.org. Tuesday • Niagara Frontier 3-D Archery League shoot at LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Rd., Niagara Falls. Registration is 3-6 p.m. Contact Mike Martin for more info at 583-2561. • Hook on Fishing Tournament Recap meeting at 7 p.m. at the Gastown Sportsmen's Club, 154 E. Niagara St., Tonawanda. Wednesday • Iroquois Arms Collectors Assn. will hold their monthly meeting at 8 p.m. at the Frontier Fire Hall, Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls. For more info call Don Clark at 791-4628. • Rapids Rod & Gun Club general membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the Rapids Volunteer Fire Hall, Rapids Rd., Lockport. Thursday • Hartland Conservationists Club, Orangeport Rd., Gasport will hold their monthly general membership meeting at 7 p.m. • Wilson Conservation Club, 2934 Cambria-Wilson Rd., Wilson will hold their monthly general membership meeting at 8 p.m. • Lake Ontario Trout & Salmon Association general membership meeting at 7 p.m at the 4-H Building of Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78), Lockport. Guest speaker will be Capt. Don Ruppert on Lake Erie walleye fishing. Check out www.lotsa.org for more details. Friday • Captain's Meeting for the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament out of Oswego County. For more info go to www.lakeontarioproam.net. • 3rd annual Curt Meddaugh Memorial Tournament out of the Town of Newfane Marina from anytime in the morning until 1 p.m. Free for boats fishing the LOTSA King Salmon Tournament on Saturday. Check out www.lotsa.org for details. • Poison Ivy education from 6-8 p.m. at Evangola State Park. Call 549-1050 for information and registration. Saturday • Day one of the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament out of Oswego County from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Visit www.lakeontarioproam.net for details. • 10th Annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Assn. King Salmon Tournament and Picnic. Fishing is 6 a.m.-noon. Picnic starts at 2 p.m. Weigh-in at 3 p.m. All participants must be valid LOTSA members. $50 per boat. 100 percent payback. Register at www.lotsa.org. Everyone on board must be a member. • Devil's Hole Trail Hike from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Call 282-5154 for information and registration. • Ameri-Can Walleye Classic out of Chadwick Bay Marina, Dunkirk. For more info call 875-8148. • King of the Oak 3-Fish Tournament out of Point Breeze, Orleans County. Best three salmon and trout caught for the day. For more info call Mike Waterhouse at 585-589-3103. Bill Hilts Jr. is an outdoor writer with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.