Niagara Gazette — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries
It was a battle of two Ultimate Fishing Town ports for the Orleans County Rotary Derby. Point Breeze, the Ultimate Fishing Town for 2013, came out the overall winner for the Grand Prize catch when Foster Miller of Holley weighed in a 34-pound, 13-ounce king salmon. Not far behind and leader of the Salmon Division was Jim Mazur of Varysburg with a 32-pound, 13-ounce Olcott fish.
Top brown trout went to Olcott, with a 15-pound, 9-ounce fish reeled in by Charles Davis from Pennsylvania. It beat out the previous leader from Point Breeze by just one ounce. The reverse happened in the Steelhead Division when Gary Tubach of Pennsylvania hauled in a 13-pound, 13-ounce Point Breeze fish to beat out Dean Kapolka’s Olcott catch by three ounces.
The lake trout winner was Hunter Westcott of Hamlin with an 18-pound, 4-ounce fish weighed in at Point Breeze.
The competition continues with the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby going on until 1 p.m. Sunday. If you’d like to check out the leaderboard, visit www.fishodyssey.net. It’s been a great week of fishing so far with more to come. Just check out some of the incredible fish that have come to the scales so far, like Paul Devlin of Niagara Falls with his 12-pound, 14-ounce walleye from the Niagara Bar; 14-year-old Mike Creighton of Buffalo with a 6-pound smallmouth bass; Carl Hubler of Niagara Falls with a 28-pound carp; Bob Turton of Sanborn with a 24-pound, 13-ounce lake trout; Larry Goehring of Pennsylvania with a 17-pound, 13-ounce brown trout; and Sandra Brown of Pennsylvania with a 35-pound, 3-ounce salmon.
A big part of the Fish Odyssey is that a special Junior Division is available for kids 15 and under for FREE! Every kid in the county should be registered for it. Sign up online at the same website. Every registered kid that shows up at the Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Newfane Community Center will be given a ticket for a drawing for a new bike courtesy Charlie the Chimp and the Primate Sanctuary. You don’t even need to catch a fish! The kids that are catching fish, though, have been impressing the adults – like Jacob Velesko of Middleport with a 29-pound, 7-ounce salmon, or Peter Campbell of Niagara Falls with a 12-pound, 12-ounce steelhead. It’s not too late!