Entry forms will be available online and at all registration outlets below

GRAND PRIZE TBA - at least $2500

$2500 Grand Prize Winner Drawn
LOTSA Special Prize = $700 Big King
$100 Big Salmon Daily Prize
Each Specie
1st Place -$500
2nd Place -$250
3rd Place - $125
Special Kids Prizes including a bike

Plenty of pics on our Facebook page. Tag your pics Fish Odyssey and you will show up on our timeline!     

Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Set for August 16 -24, 2014

39th Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby Set for August 22-30

The Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby – the derby formally known as the “Fall Classic” – will be holding its 39th Annual contest August 22-30, 2015. In what started 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 because of the fact that they are out of school.

With the huge Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Fall Derby kicking off on Aug. 21, this will give contest-hungry anglers an appetizer for 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 – is being offered August 22-29. Second, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association (LOTSA) is back again 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 (which also has to be a LOTSA member) will also receive a check for $200. When you register for the Fish Odyssey, toss in another $10 for your LOTSA membership and you’ll be considered registered in that fine organization. You can also register online at

Species categories for the adults include salmon, smallmouth bass, walleye, carp, lake trout and brown/rainbow trout. For the kids 15 years and under, categories will be salmon, trout, bass, walleye, carp and panfish. 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. Kids can register online at The adults can, too!

Changes to the Odyssey website should be in place very soon. Check out regularly. Registrations should be out by Aug. 1 wherever LOC registrations are available in Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties.

Every year the derby remembers someone we lost previously that meant a lot to the fishery and this year it’s Ken Sprenger of North Tonawanda who passed on in 2014. He was on the original Derby Board, Niagara County Fisheries Board and an outdoor writer in area papers. We are sad to see Ken go, but his memory will live on in the Fish Odyssey. Once again, The Primate Sanctuary (thanks to Carmen and Christie Presti) will be donating a new bike that will be drawn at the awards ceremony for every kid that’s registered in the fun contest. Get those kids out fishing!! More information to come in the near future.

Every year, a portion of the proceeds goes to
help the Primate Sanctuary.
The Charlie Challenge for the kids
will live on it's in own new style.
From WGRZ - NIAGARA FALLS, NY - Charlie the Chimp, 28, died Monday, November 4, 2013 at his home in the Primate Sanctuary of Niagara Falls, where he had lived since 1985.

Husband-and-wife caretakers Carmen and Christie Presti said they recognized early on that Charlie possessed an extraordinary intellect. They taught him American Sign Language and martial arts, earning him the stage name "Charlie the Karate Chimp."

In addition to entertaining visitors to the Primate Sanctuary, Charlie appeared in the film Ghost Rider and the television shows Animal Planet and America's Funniest People. Charlie was featured in a 2009 National Geographic documentary about the challenges of raising and caring for adult chimpanzees.

Sadly, Charlie did not live to see the new Primate Sanctuary that the Prestis are building in the Town of Wilson

2015 Registration Outlets & Weigh Stations
Stations for the 2015 Year will be posted here
PLEASE NOTE: Weigh Stations are designated in RED
Niagara County Registration Outlets

A-1 Bait Supply
5425 Grauer Road
Niagara Falls, NY
(716) 297-5480

All in the Same Boat
2911 South Main St.
Newane NY 14108

Boat Doctors
Lake and Jackson Streets
Olcott, NY
(716) 778-8592

Creek Road Bait and Tackle
4419 Creek Road
Lewiston, NY
(716) 807-6248

Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp.
10 Rainbow Blvd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
(716) 282-8992 Ext. 303

Niagara Outdoors
223 Witmer Rd.
North Tonawanda, NY

Rainbow Sports
267 Oliver St, No. Tonawanda
(716) 692-9147

Slippery Sinker
5780 W. Main St.
(716) 778-0713

Wiggling Willies
457 Oliver Street
North Tonawanda
(716) 870-9167

Erie County Registration Outlet

Scime's Tackle
2815 River Road
Tonawanda, NY

Please call for hours
in Erie County

Orleans County Registration Outlets

Canalside Bait & Tackle
26 East Bank Street
Albion, NY
585 967-3356

Captain’s Cove Resort
14339 Route 18
Waterport, NY
(585) 682-3316

Narby’s Superette and Tackle
1292 Oak Orchard Rd.
Kent, NY
(585) 682-4624

Orleans Outdoor
1764 Oak Orchard Rd.
Albion, NY
(585) 682-4546

Special thanks to the Niagara County Legislature & the Sabres Alumni for your continuing support