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Sixth annual Smackdown event should highlight opening day of bass season

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Even though June 16 marks the opening of the 2012 bass season, some anglers will be pursuing walleyes instead of bronzebacks as the St. Lawrence River Walleye Association’s sixth annual Smackdown is scheduled for the opening day of bass season.

The Smackdown is a two-person team event. Each team may enter three walleyes, and the winners will be determined by total weight of fish entered. In addition, there will be a Big Fish category with a 100 percent payback of entry fees for that category.

The launching facilities at the Massena Intake will serve as event headquarters. Participants are required to have their boats in the water by 5:45 a.m., and fishing hours extend from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. The weigh-in station opens at noon, and all boats must report to the Massena Intake by 3 p.m. Fishing boundaries include that section of the St. Lawrence River from the Iroquois Dam in Waddington to the Robert Moses Power Dam in Massena.

The entry fee is $60 per team, $10 of which will go the Big Fish contest. If a team signs up the morning of the event, the entry fee is $70. Also, a $10 conservation fee will be imposed unless both participants are members of the Walleye Association. Anglers can register at Massena Bait and Tackle, Steve’s Stop and Shop in Louisville, and True Value in Waddington. For more information, call Mike at 384-3450 or visit http://www.stlawrenceriverwalleyeassociation.com.

Opening Day Bass Derby

The St. Lawrence Valley Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its annual Opening Day Smallmouth Bass Derby on June 16. Winning fish will be determined by weight, and the payout will be $500 for the largest smallmouth bass, $300 for second, $200 for third, and $100 for fourth. In addition, numerous door prizes will be awarded.

This is an open-boundary event with fishing hours extending from daybreak until 3 p.m. Weigh-ins will take place from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on the Ogdensburg waterfront near the Community Center. The waterfront weigh-in site allows anglers who wish to release their catch to do just that.

Ogdensburg Pepsi-Cola Bottlers is the main sponsor of the 2012 derby, and Pepsi will automatically pay the entry fee ($15) for any angler who purchases a cube of Pepsi product at the Nice-N-Easy Stores in Ogdensburg, the Twin Bridges Convenient Store in Ogdensburg, or the Parkway Stores in Ogdensburg, Lisbon and Morristown.

The Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue, too, has stepped up to support this year’s derby.

Traditional registration sites include Bill’s Tire Center, Vinn’s Tavern, and Fish’er Chips in Ogdensburg. For more information, call Jerry Lincoln at 393-7506, Kevin Bateman at 393-0206, or Greg Denny at 393-2486.

Filleting Brown Trout

Captain Bill Saiff III of Saiff Fishing Charters in Henderson Harbor has long been an ambassador of sport fishing in the Eastern Basin of Lake Ontario. In that tradition, Bill has an instructional video on his website that shows how to properly fillet a Lake Ontario brown trout.

In two brief video clips, Bill demonstrates how to remove the main fillet, how to take out the lateral line and how to remove the y-bones. To see this filleting technique, visit www.billsaiffoutdoors.com.

Fishing Licenses

The weekend of June 23-24 are free fishing days in New York state so individuals do not have to possess a fishing license to fish in New York waters that weekend. During the rest of the year, however, individuals 16 years of age and older must possess a valid fishing license. Residents of the state have the option of purchasing an annual fishing license ($29), a seven-day fishing license ($15), or a one-day fishing license ($5).

Fishing licenses are also included in the various options for sportsman and lifetime licenses.

To qualify for a resident license, an individual must reside in the state for more than 30 days immediately preceding the date of application for a license. Full-time college students in residence during the school year also qualify for resident licenses. Costs for non-resident fishing licenses are Annual ($70), Seven-Day ($35), and One-Day ($15).

CALENDAR

Today: Waddington F&G Club Hosts Children’s Fishing Derby (388-4251).

Monday: Lisbon Sportsmen’s Club Hosts Trap and Skeet Shooting at Pray Rd. Property at 5:30 P.M.

June 15: Frog Season Opens in NYS.

June 16: Traditional Bass Season Opens in NYS.

June 16: Muskellunge Season Opens in NYS.

June 16: SLRWA Hosts Annual Smackdown (Mike at 384-3450).

June 16: SLVSC Hosts Annual Opening Day Bass Derby.

June 23-24: Free Fishing Days in New York State.

June 26: DEC Conducts Annual Wilson Hill Goose Drive.

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