I realize this is old news, but I have to “tell” my perspective on the crooks who cheated in a recent walleye tournament on Lake Erie. I was Tournament Director for the Wayne County Pro-Am for nine years. Wayne partnered with Niagara, Orleans and Oswego counties to deliver a four-port fishing event that not only was competitive for trolling teams in the waters of Lake Ontario, but brought many dollars to tourists at each location.
The competition was intense and each port worked together to ensure a fair event. Some of the rules to achieve this goal were as follows: Each team had to provide one person to be an observer. This observer was randomly selected to spend the day on another team’s boat. Entering the port at 2 p.m. sharp (a committee member was at the pier), they were to stay with the catch until it was handed over to the pre-clearance post. Teams had to be in the pre-check line by 3 p.m., giving them time to secure their boat.
If the teams did not reach the head of the quay by 2 p.m., they were disqualified (DQ) for the day. The Pro-Ams were two-day events.
During one of the events, a team reached the pier at 2 p.m. but missed the 3 p.m. cut-off time for pre-screening. They were disqualified.
They told me later that he had motor problems; however, everyone had my emergency phone number and I told them they should have called.
I later found out they were bar hopping around Sodus Bay.
So…my long-running argument is that most fishing tournaments involve anglers who love competition and camaraderie. Sometimes the purse money doesn’t even cover tournament fishing costs.
Most fishing tournaments have rules and regulations and the organizers do their best to weed out cheaters and they usually get caught. They just don’t make the headlines.
The Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) Championship is where the two anglers were caught cheating. The LEWT is a well-organized fishing competition, and the director noticed that the fish entered by both were heavier than anything that came into the scale. They were heavier due to sinkers embedded in the fish.
Because of social media cheaters have done all the media, and now the good news.
On October 12, Cuyahoga County District Attorney Michael O’Malley announced that the county grand jury returned the indictments for the two frauds.
Cheaters at fishing tournaments love the payout, but they also love the attention. Why? Because they are very precarious individuals.
Donation of land secures over 1,000 feet of Seneca Lake shoreline The Finger Lakes Land Trust (FLLT) announced today that it has received a donation of 30 acres with 1,080 feet of undeveloped shoreline on Seneca Lake in the town of Fayette, Seneca County. Located five kilometers south of Geneva, the property is a gift from the estate of Robert Kriss, who died in 2021. Robert was a Geneva resident who enjoyed outdoor recreation and had deep concerns about the natural environment.
Two non-contiguous parcels comprise the 30 acres, located in an agricultural landscape on the northeast side of Seneca Lake. A 10 acre wooded riparian parcel is separated by a rail line from an additional 20 acres which include woods, brush and an agricultural field. The property’s natural shoreline is of particular importance to fish and wildlife.
The FLLT intends to manage the property as a Kriss Family Nature Reserve. Due to limited access to the site by land, public access will be by boat only at this time. Protecting undeveloped shorelines is one of the organization‘s main strategies to preserve water quality and provide public access to the shores of lakes in our region.
Other FLLT protected lands in the area include the Bishop Nature Reserve, which provides access to the Cayuga-Seneca Canal Trail, and the Kashong Conservation Area, which is owned and managed by the City of Geneva.
“We are grateful for this tremendous gift to the Land Trust, the community and to Seneca Lake,” said Andy Zepp, CEO of the Land Trust. “Undeveloped shoreline is rare in the Finger Lakes and is so important to wildlife and the health of the lake.”
Working cooperatively with landowners and local communities, the Finger Lakes Land Trust has protected more than 29,000 acres of the region’s undeveloped shorelines, rugged gorges, rolling forests and scenic farmlands. FLLT owns and manages a network of over 46 nature preserves open to the public and holds perpetual conservation easements on 172 properties that remain in private ownership.
The FLLT focuses on protecting critical fish and wildlife habitat, conserving lands important to water quality, connecting existing conservation lands, and maintaining prime farmland in the agriculture. The organization also offers programs to educate local governments, landowners and residents about conservation and the area’s unique natural resources.
Information on the area’s top outdoor recreation destinations, including the Finger Lakes National Forest, is available at www.gofingerlakes.org, a resource created by the FLLT to encourage people to get outside. Additional information about the Finger Lakes Land Trust can be found at http://www.fllt.org.
Next Free Fishing DayDuring Free Fishing Days/Weekends, anyone can fish New York State’s fresh waters and no fishing license is required! All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.
Mark your calendar — Free Fishing Day — November 11, 2022
Ideas for free fishing days
- Try fishing for the first time.
- Haven’t fished for a while? Remember the joy of catching a fish again for free!
- Become a sports ambassador; take a friend fishing for the first time.
- Invite a friend to New York to fish.
- Take a spouse or significant other fishing.
- Take the family fishing…and don’t forget the grandparents!
Lake Ontario Webinar
What: Webinar Seeking What You Can’t See—Chemicals in Lake Ontario.
When: Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 12 p.m. ET
Where: The event will be hosted on Zoom —
This is part of the Let’s Talk Lake Ontario webinar series and will provide an overview of chemical contaminants in the Great Lakes, how toxic chemicals in Lake Ontario fish are monitored and measured, current research on microplastics in Lake Ontario and Canadian regulations to manage the problem.
Questions from the public are welcome. Information will also be provided on how people at home and in their communities can prevent harmful chemicals from entering Lake Ontario. This event is hosted by the Lake Ontario Outreach and Engagement Sub-Committee.
Operation Green Night – Orleans County You Hook…You Get Caught Between October 7-9, ECOs across the state participated in “Operation Green Night,” a detail targeting illegal salmon fishing in the county of Orleans. Officers used marked and unmarked units, thermal and night vision equipment, and undercover tactics to conduct compliance checks. The ECOs responded to several complaints of snagging, trespassing and illegal fishing. Over the three days of detail, ECOs issued multiple countywide violations for failure to license freshwater fishing, illegal gear, failure to release improperly hooked fish, and trespassing in restricted areas.