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Bill Hilts Jr.

Naples DEC Rainbow Trout Sampling Set

Spring has long been associated with trout fishing and one of the most popular events that many people look forward to is the annual Rainbow Trout Sampling on Naples Creek. Fisheries biologists from the Department of Environmental Conservation will conduct their annual spring sampling beginning at 9 a.m. on March 24. They will begin their sampling at the Route 245 bridge, just north of the village of Naples. The public is invited.

The DEC is conducting this sampling to assist in its ongoing evaluation of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the April 1 opening day fishery forecast. Data on length, weight, sex and spawning conditions will be collected for each fish caught during the sampling. A scale is used to determine age and growth rate. Sampling results will be available at the DEC Region 8 Fisheries Office prior to the April 1st opening of the Finger Lakes tributary season.

Anglers who want to fish for trout before April 1st are reminded that while catch-and-release trout fishing is open for inland streams, tributaries to the Finger Lakes remain closed to fishing. The main bodies of the Finger Lakes are open to fishing year-round. DEC also typically sample at Cold Brook in Pleasant Valley. However, current stream conditions are not expected to be optimal for sampling.

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Alexander Fishing Flea Market on March 19

If you didn’t find what you were looking for at the Western New York Sport and Travel Expo in Hamburg this weekend, you’ll have another opportunity to check out fishing tackle at the ninth annual Fisherman’s Paradise Flea Market on March 19 in Alexander . It will take place at Alexander Fireman’s Rec Hall, 10708 Route 98 in Alexander.

Doors are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is $2 and children under 12 are free. Call Joe Kugel at 440-0004 or Jim Thompson at 585-591-0168 for more information, including cost and table availability.

Trap Wood and Brook, the skeet league begins

If you’re looking for something a little different in the world of sports shooting, Wood and Brook Sportsman’s Club, located at 13712 Genesee St. in Crittenden, might have the answer. On March 22, the club will launch its trap or skeet league. It is open to the public and all levels of shooting are welcome.

The league will be 12 rounds of trap or skeet for teams consisting of five to seven members. The top five scores in each round count towards your team’s score. A trick can be trap, skeet or a combination of both. A total of 300 birds in any combination will be used for your final team count. There is also an opportunity for a “buyback” of a book.

Filming will take place on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The league will end on June 5, followed by a banquet. For more information, contact Ben Baker at 983-0026 or Jim Winship at 937-790-0654.

DEC National Archery Tournament on March 18

The Department of Environmental Conservation announced that the agency will host the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament on March 18 at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse from 10 hours. The competition will be held in the Center of Progress Building. It is the first time in three years that the tournament will be held in person due to the pandemic.

The NASP is a cooperative effort in each state between the state conservation agency, schools, and private organizations to help advance the sport of archery. The state tournament allows family, friends and other students to attend the competition. The tournament’s top shooters will be invited to compete in the Eastern National Tournament in May, to be held in Louisville.

Western New York schools competing this year include teams from Arkport Central, Caledonia Mumford Middle/High, Genesee Valley Central, Hinsdale Central, Holland Middle/High, Salamanca City School Seneca Intermediate and Salamanca High School. For more information about the program, visit

Earnest A. Martinez