Lake Ontario Area News
Lake Ontario Spring Action Kicks Off With LOC Derby.
The grand daddy of all spring fishing derbies will help to kick off the Lake Ontario fishing season this May 1st through the 10th when the Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout and Salmon Derby explodes with some ferocious angling action in this popular great lake. The derby, run by Empire State Lake Ontario Promotions, will be offering over $30,000 in cash prizes, including a $10,000 check for the largest fish caught overall in the 10-day event.
“After several excellent years of spring fishing along the lake, we’re excited by what the prospects are for 2009,” says Dave Chilson, president of ESLO Promotions. There are four divisions’ salmon, lake trout, brown trout and rainbow/steelhead trout. In addition, a $100 cash prize is awarded to the big fish each day in each specie category for the first nine days of the derby. Of course, all the fish must be caught from Lake Ontario.
Weigh in stations run along the coast from the Niagara river to Henderson Harbor. For a complete list of registration outlets and weigh in stations go to loc.org or pick up the latest edition of the LOC Derby News at your local tackle shop. Also look for the paper at various sportsmen shows throughout the northeast.
Empire State Lake Ontario Promotions has three events the summer derby runs from June 20th to July 19th. The Fall event is August 21st to September 7th. Entry fees are $25 per event or $70 for a season pass including all three events. A youth derby pass is available for kids 10 to 15 for just $12 per Derby or $35 for a season’s pass.
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FACT: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) - Fisheries Division has scheduled free fishing events in each of its nine regions and as well as the state's annual free fishing weekend scheduled for June 28 and 29. State Fishing Records