Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby – formally known as the “Fall Classic” – will be held for 37th time, starting Saturday and running through Aug. 25. After starting out as the Niagara County Fishing Derby, this competition is now opened to three counties (Niagara, Erie and Orleans) in an attempt to encourage more involvement in this family-oriented event. With a big focus on the Junior Division, this move will give the kids more opportunity to wet a line while they are out of school.
With the huge Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Fall Derby kicking off on Friday, the Greater Niagara Derby will give contest-hungry anglers a couple extra chances at the big bucks. While most everything else is the same, there are a few new twists that could land you a few extra dollars. First, a daily $100 prize for the biggest salmon caught each day – taking a page out of the LOC event. Second, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association is back with a special $500 cash prize for the largest salmon caught by a LOTSA member while competing in the derby. In addition to that, the witness (who also must be a LOTSA member) will also receive a check for $200. When you register for the Fish Odyssey, toss in another $10 and you’ll be considered registered in that fine organization. You can also register online at www.lotsa.org.
Species categories for the adults include salmon, smallmouth bass, walleye, carp, lake trout and brown/rainbow trout (combined). For the kids, categories will be salmon, trout, bass, walleye, carp and panfish. All panfish catches will earn a ticket, to be drawn at the awards ceremony for special prizes – one per day. Entry fee will stay the same at $20 for the adults, free for the kids. A one-day pass will also be available for $10. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Adults and kids can register online at www.fishodyssey.net.