Fisheries officials have great things to say about Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
A State of Lake Ontario meeting was held Tuesday at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building in Lockport. Among proposed regulation changes for Ontario would be to extend the ban on weights below fish hooks for all the lake’s tributaries.
Trends for trout, salmon and forage-fish species were generally up this past season; four New York State Parks sites are targeted for fishing-access projects in the Niagara Region in 2013 and 2014, especially for shore anglers.
For highlights of the 2012 Lake Ontario Fisheries Program, go to dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.
The 20th Annual State of Lake Erie Meeting will be held at the Southtowns Walleye Association Club House, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, from 7 to 9 p.m. on April 11.
Lake Erie Unit Leader Don Einhouse will discuss warm-water fish concerns.
Senior Fishery Biologist Jim Markham will focus on the cold-water fishery.
Dr. Chris Pennuto will cover invasive species management. Moderator Helen Domske, with New York Sea Grant, may confirm additional speakers and topics. For directions and details, check with Domske at 645-3610.
Naples Derby doings
Entries in the 52nd Annual Naples Derby, to be held on April 1, will be different this year.
New Finger Lakes trout regulations now allow for a one-fish daily limit, no longer three per day. Hence, the First Limit Award will be excluded, but trophies and prizes in all other categories will be presented for the largest trout caught that day.
Coordinator Joyce Doran noted that despite the cold weather a good number of pre-spawn trout have already shown in Naples Creek. For entry details, call Doran at (585) 374-2782.
Plymouth Fishing set
A few slots remain for the popular Southtowns Walleye Association’s Annual Plymouth, Mass., Fishing Trip April 25-28. For sign-up and trip details, check with Dave “Woody” Woodworth at 208-8048.