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Scattershots: Seneca Lake Trout Derby, Get Outdoor and Get Together Day, Waterfowl Seasons | Outside


Bill Hilts Jr.

The Salotti team wins the Seneca Lake Trout Derby

Pat, Mike and Brody Salotti of Geneva teamed with John Lautsbaugh of Geneva to win the 58e Annual National Lake Trout Derby on Seneca Lake last weekend when they weighed in a 10-pound lake trout to win the grand prize of $10,000 for the three-day contest.

The secret to their success was fishing every day during the contest. “We fish every day, Lautsbaugh said. “When you fish every day – all day – you catch fish.” The Salotti team caught 30 lake trout during the derby, and they finally caught a big one.

Each person on the 19ft Sea Nymph had a specific duty. Lautsbaugh’s job was to bring in the fish. They were trolling the east side of the lake near High Bank on Sunday morning when the winning lake trout hit a Gambler rig on the bottom in 117 feet of water at 8:15 a.m. It took 10 minutes to wrap. When the fish was finally caught, the line broke. A total of 603 entries were collected. For more information, see laketroutderby.org/.

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Go outside and meet again on June 11

On June 11, join the Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Parks, Office for People with Development Disabilities, and Department of Veterans’ Services at free events across the state to try a new skill and enjoy the outdoors. during Get Outdoors and Get Day Together. For a list of free venues and activities, visit dec.ny.gov/outdoor/113380.html.

New York City’s Get Outdoors and Get Together Day coincides with National Get Outdoors Day, an annual event to encourage healthy and active outdoor activities. The locations will offer a selection of accessible activities and include a range of guided programs from fishing and nature walks, to bird watching, archery and more.

All sites offer wheelchair accessible features and activities, including restrooms and selected recreational opportunities. Communicate directly with the event coordinator for your accommodation requests and to find out about the adapted equipment and activities offered at each site. For Region 9 in Western New York, activities will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew. There will also be a sale of ephemeral plants and a mini market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise funds for the environmental education programs offered by Reinstein Woods. Call 683-5959 for more information.

Waterfowl seasons are set for 2022-23

Each year, the DEC works with the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Atlantic Flyway Council to develop waterfowl hunting regulations and season dates. This year, the DEC, with the help of Cornell University and the Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces, pursued a new process for selecting duck season dates. Check it out at dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40737.html. These are selected within the timelines allowed by the USFWS. Having five waterfowl zones allows DEC to select dates that maximize the abundance of ducks in each zone, which varies by habitat and latitude.

For a complete list of all migratory bird season dates and bag limits, visit the DEC website at dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html. For the western area of ​​the state, which includes all of western New York, the dates for ducks, coots and mergansers will be October 15 through November 6 and November 26 through January 1, 2023, late split. The West Zone Youth Weekend Waterfowl Hunt will take place October 1-2.

Canada goose seasons were also announced. The duration of the Canada goose season in the Northeast, Central West, Central East, Hudson Valley and Lake Champlain zones remains at 30 days; however, the bag limit has been reduced to one per day. The full list of seasons and bag limits can be found here: dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html.

Invasive Species Awareness Week June 6-12

New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week, scheduled for June 6-12, was created to establish greater knowledge and understanding of invasive species and the harm they can cause. It is essential to involve as many people as possible to help stop the spread of invasive species.

For example, DEC reminds everyone to clean, drain, and dry boats and trailers, and disinfect fishing gear before recreating in New York waters to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Boat inspection stewards have been stationed at more than 225 boat launches statewide to educate and assist the public in cleaning their gear.

Organizations across the state offer a variety of invasive species awareness events, such as interpretive hikes, volunteer days, webinars, film screenings and fun family activities. For a list of events, visit nyis.info/events/month/2022-06/.