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Hooks and Antlers: SLRWA Hosts Fall Bass, Walleye Event

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The St. Lawrence River Walleye Association (SLRWA) is presenting its 11th Annual Waddington Bass and Walleye Fall Classic on Saturday, Sept. 13.

The event is a team competition of one or two people, and the winning team will be determined by the heaviest weight of four fish, two bass (smallmouth or largemouth) and two walleyes.

The entry fee per team is $50 for team, and a $5 restocking will be assessed to non-SLRWA members. Payout to winners will be based on the number of entrants.

In addition, there will be an optional Big Fish Contest ($20 per team), and 50 percent of money will go for biggest bass and 50 percent for biggest walleye.

Participants must pre-register by 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11. Registration sites are JC River Run Bar & Grill in Waddington, Steve’s Stop and Shop on Route 37 in Louisville, and Salon 181 in Massena. Anyone signing up on the morning of the event will be assessed an additional $10 fee.

Fishing hours are from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., and all boats must be in the water at the Waddington Boat Launch at Whitaker Park by 6:30 a.m.

Fishing boundaries extend from the top side of the Robert Moses Power Dam in Massena to the Iroquois Dam in Waddington. Anglers may fish both the Canadian and U.S. sides of the river, and anglers planning to fish in Canada are advised to contact Canadian Customs at 888-226-7277.

The weigh-in station opens at noon at the boat launch at Whitaker Park, and all fish must be weighed prior to removing a boat from the water.

Cash prizes will consist of all entry fees minus $200, and the breakdown is 50 percent for first place, 30 percent for second place, and 20 percent for third place.

The cash awards and other prizes will be awarded at JC River Run Bar and Grill at 4 p.m.

For more information, contact Mike at 705-2181 (work) or at 384-3450 (home), or visit www.stlawrenceriverwalleyeassociation.com. Rain date for the event is Sunday, Sept. 14.

BASS ELITE TOURNAMENT AT CAYUGA LAKE

Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La. topped the field of Elite Anglers at Cayuga Lake last week with a four-day, 20-fish catch weighing 85 pounds.

For his efforts, Hackney earned the $100,000 top prize, an automatic qualification in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic, and the number-one position in the Angler of the Year race.

Second-place honors went to Todd Faircloth of Jasper, Texas, who had a four-day, 20-fish catch weighing 75 pounds, 13 ounces. Rounding out the top five spots were Chris Zaldain of San Jose, Calif.; Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla.; and Jared Lintner of Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Neither Hackney nor Faircloth finished in the top 40 in the 2013 Elite Event at Waddington, but Zaldain, Evers, and Lintner finished 16th, 25th, and 32nd respectively.

Hackney’s winning weight at Cayuga would have placed second at Waddington, nearly four pounds behind Brandon Palaniuk’s winning weight of 88 pounds, 12 ounces.

Evers’ second-place weight of 75 pounds, 13 ounces at Cayuga would have earned him 12th-place honors at Waddington.

Palaniuk of Hayden, Idaho, led after day One at Cayuga, but the Waddington winner finished in eighth place with 69 pounds in the Finger Lakes.

SEPTEMBER CANADA GOOSE SEASON

Monday marks the opening of the September Canada Goose Season in the Northeast Goose Hunting Area, and the season extends through Thursday, Sept. 25. To hunt Canada Geese an individual must possess a small game hunting license and register in New York’s Harvest Information Program (www.NY-HIP.com or 1-888427-5447). Hunters 16 years and older are also required to have a federal migratory game bird hunting stamp, (‘duck stamp’).

These stamps are available at most post offices as well as some sporting goods stores, and on-line orders can be placed at www.duckstamp.com).

The September shooting hours extend from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset except for the Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days (Sept. 20-21) when hunting hours end at the traditional time of sunset.

Non-toxic shot is required, and the daily bag limit is 15 geese per day.

SQUIRREL SEASON

Small game hunting also kicks off on Monday with squirrel season when hunters may take gray, black, and fox squirrels. Red squirrels are unprotected and may be hunted at any time with no daily limit.

The daily limit for squirrels is six, and hunting hours run from sunrise to sunset.

Outdoors Calendar

Monday: Canada Goose Season opens in Northeast Goose Hunting Area.

Monday: Squirrel Season opens in New York State.

Thursday: Seaway Valley QDMA Banquet in Gouverneur (287-4968).

Friday: Second Annual Banquet of North Country Chapter of Ruffed Grouse Society in Malone (518-521-4559).

Sept. 6-7: Beginner Fly Fishing Event for Women at Elbridge (243-7667).

Sept. 9: Federated Sportsmen’s Clubs of SLC meet at Canton Boces at 7 p.m.

Sept. 13: 11th Annual SLRWA Bass and Walleye Fall Classic at Waddington (705-2181 or 384-3450).

Sept. 13: Early Bear Season opens in Northern Zone.

Sept. 13-14: Syracuse Gun Show at State Fairgrounds (607-748-1010).

Sept. 20: Ruffed Grouse Season opens in Northern Zone.

Sept. 20-21: Youth Waterfowl Hunt in Northeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zone.

Sept. 27-28: Youth Pheasant Hunt in Northern Zone.

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