Outdoor Web Words by Bill Hilts Jr.

Lake trout fishing regulations need to be revisited for the Lower Niagara River

Lake trout season opened up in the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario on Jan. 1. The actual season runs for nine months, through Sept. 30. Then it’s shut down for three months, closed because of spawning considerations. Therein lies the problem. Fish with a closed season cannot be targeted to catch. It’s also a gray area for holding up one of these fish for a quick picture before its release. continue reading ›

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Bill Hilts, Jr. of Lockport (Niagara County) has been a freelance writer since 1980 after graduating from SUNY-Oswego (’78). His first job was with Gun Week Newspaper out of Buffalo. He now writes every week for seven newspapers, contributes to magazines and has been writing for New York Outdoor News since its inception in 2004. He is past president of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, a former board member of Outdoor Writers Association of America, and active with New York State Outdoor Writers Association. A life member of NRA, he’s also involved with numerous sportsmen’s and conservation groups. He’s an avid deer and waterfowl hunter, and Great Lakes angler.

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