SALMON - STEELHEAD/BROWN TROUT - LAKE TROUT
- WALLEYE - CARP - SMALLMOUTH BASS
LOTSA Special Prize = $700 Big King
$100 Big Salmon Daily Prize
1st Place -$500
2nd Place -$250
3rd Place - $125
Special Kids Prizes including a bike
Bill Hilts, Jr.
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 www.lotsa.org.
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 www.fishodyssey.net. The adults can, too!
Changes to the Odyssey website should be in place very soon. Check out www.fishodyssey.net 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.
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
PLEASE NOTE: Weigh Stations are designated in RED
Registrations available at all outlets listed below
Niagara Frontier Fishing & Hunting Outdoor Show
Scrufari Construction Company of Niagara Falls
Niagara County Legistlature
Robert M. Cinelli Inc.
Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Derby
Niagara River Anglers Association
Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.
Triple S Sporting Supplies
Buffalo Sabres Alumni
The Primate Sanctuary
The Boat Doctors
Creekside Bait & Tackle
Town of Newfane
Newfane Business Association
A-1 Bait Supply
5425 Grauer Road
Niagara Falls, NY
All in the Same Boat
Bootleggers Cove Marina
Creek Road Bait and Tackle
Wilson Gas Shack