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When it comes to fishing contests like derbies and tournaments, Niagara USA is the place to be for earning some extra cash while enjoying the popular outdoor pastime of angling adventures.
February 6, 2016: The Niagara River Anglers Association will be holding their winter steelhead classic at Lewiston Landing. Loads of fun. Awards and lunch will follow at the 3-F Club, 904 Swann Rd., Lewiston. For information check out the NRAA website at niagarariveranglers.com.
February 13 - 14, 2016: No license is required by anyone for these two days, resident or non-resident (although all the rules and regulations must be followed), in an effort to promoted this popular pastime. This is a great time to get the whole family on the water and see how much fun it can be.
May 6-15, 2016: This premier spring kick-off classic, offering a $15,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon caught overall, also sports over $30,000 in cash and prizes overall. More than 60 percent of all the winning fish come from the waters off Niagara. For more information, call 1-888-REEL-2-IN or visit their website at www.loc.org.
May 6, 2016: The highlight is the Smelt Dip and Fry conducted by the Niagara River Anglers Association on the waterfront starting at 6 pm, including live music. This event is free to the public. For more info check out niagarariverregion.com.
May 7, 2016: The tournament is back for another battle of salmon seekers. Check out www.wilsonharborinvitational.com for details. $1000 entry fee includes Big Fish and a one day-six fish big bucks tournament during prime time for spring fishing. Grand prize for a full field will be $25,000.
May 19, 2016: This is a precursor to the Pro-Am tournament to get the teams warmed up for the fishing action. You don't have to be in the pro-am to fish, though. Sign up at The Slippery Sinker, The Boat Doctors or The Gas Shack in Wilson. Call 716-778-0713 for more info. $100 per boat. 100 percent cash pay out.
May 20 - 22, 2016: For three decades, this prestigious fishing competition pits teams of anglers against one another using a unique scoring system over two days of fishing. Held out of the Niagara County ports of Wilson and Olcott, the local community also coordinates special events to make it a fun filled weekend. Last year, more than $110,000 was paid out in cash and prizes for two events. This year, the talk is of making it a three day event using 10 points a fish and a point per pound. For more info call (877) FALLS US or log onto the tournament website for rules and sign up information. Register here.
June 25 - 26, 2016: No license is required by anyone for these two days, resident or non-resident (although all the rules and regulations must be followed), in an effort to promoted this popular pastime. This is a great time to get the whole family on the water and see how much fun it can be. This is also the weekend that the Town of Newfane sponsors a kids fishing derby at the Town of Newfane Marina in Olcott. Set for June 25th, this popular kids derby will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 716-778-8531.
June 25 - 26, 2016: This annual event is held out of Gateway Harbor in the Erie Canal during the Free Fishing Weekend. Catch the largest fish by weight for any of the five species - bass, walleye, northern pike, carp and perch. Over $3,500 in prizes. Check out www.fishgatewayharbor.net or call 716-628-1247.
July 1 - 31, 2016: Grand prize is $12,500 for biggest salmon. Check out their website for all the details for this new summer event at www.loc.org or call 1-888-REEL-2-IN.
July 6 - 17, 2016: The Erie Canal is spotlighted for this family-oriented fishing competition offering up more than $8,000 in prizes. Eligible waters include from the Niagara River to the Main Street Bridge in Albion (Route 98) - 50 miles of waters. For more information visit their website at www.eriecanalderby.com. (Bass is included.)
July 16, 2016: 6 a.m. - noon, Olcott. This event offers 100 cash pay back. All participants must be LOTSA members. Deadline to register is July 12 at 6 p.m. For more information, contact www.lotsa.org. July 15 is the 7th Annual Curt Meddaugh Memorial Fishing Derby to remember an important LOTSA member. Free for anyone registered in the Saturday event. For more information, contact www.lotsa.org.
August 6 - 21, 2016: Fish Lake Ontario and tributaries from the Niagara River to the Genesee River for salmon and trout. For more information call 1-585-589-9881. Olcott does have a weigh station in this local derby, located at The Slippery Sinker.
August 20 - 28, 2016: The journey continues with another great event set for 2015. Last year, over $10,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to winning anglers at the Town of Newfane Community Center at awards night. Specie categories included salmon, rainbow/brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp and walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. For more information, call 1-877-FALLS-US or visit www.fishodyssey.net.
August 19 - September 5, 2016: Over $50,000 in cash prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest trout or salmon caught during this 18-day event. Help anglers celebrate the return of the mighty king salmon on Lake Ontario! Sign up in local tackle shops or call 1-888-REEL-2-IN. You can also visit their website at www.loc.org for more info or to register.
Sept. 24 - 25, 2016: Held in conjunction with National Hunting and Fishing Day weekend, this event is co-sponsored by the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs and held on the grounds of the Power Authority's Visitor Center in Lewiston. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 15,000 in attendance in 2015. Free admission.
November 11, 2016: No license is required by anyone, resident or non-resident (although all the rules and regulations must be followed), in an effort to promoted this popular pastime. This is a great time to get the whole family on the water and see how much fun it can be.