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Top walleye pros converge on Devils Lake for National Walleye Tour Championship

Sep. 5—DEVILS LAKE — Devils Lake is the center of the walleye universe this week, as the Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's National Walleye Tour returns to North Dakota for the NWT Championship, which gets underway Wednesday, Sept. 6, and continues through Friday, Sept. 8, on Devils Lake.

"These are the top walleye anglers in the world," said Suzie Kenner, executive director of Devils Lake Tourism. "The best 41 were invited here following the 2023 NWT season."

One out of two anglers will win big. The overall champion will pocket $30,000 and receive a $70,000 Nitro walleye boat with a 225-horse Mercury outboard on the back. Generous prize money — $17,500 for second, $10,110 for 10th down to $4,163 for 20th — will make each on-the-water decision critical. The entire field fishes the first two days, Wednesday and Thursday, with the top 10 going head-to-head on the third and final day.

The Angler of the Year race will be decided, as well, with John Hoyer of Wayzata, Minnesota, currently leading. The winner will tow home a $90,000 Ranger 620 with a Merc 250.

Hoyer won the last NWT Championship on Devils Lake in September 2019 and also collected first-place NWT Championship trophies in 2017 in Wisconsin and 2022 in New York.

"I fell in love with Devils Lake the first time I saw it," Hoyer said. "The amazing fishing community really meant something to me with fish cleaning stations, the fact that merchants, motels and resorts cater to us fishermen and how supportive the people act. They cheer us on stage. They wave when we're driving by. They stop and chat about fishing."

The championship, Hoyer predicts, could see record-breaking Devils Lake weights.

"As pros, we've learned so much from the pros who came before us," he said. "They shared knowledge and tactics. We soaked it up and built on their innovations."

Hoyer says he is most comfortable casting for walleyes. Crankbaits on the weed edges, jerk baits over the weeds and jigs with paddle tails will all be rigged and ready. The higher water this year opens up new areas, and Hoyer says he'll try to find the winning combination shallow.

"I'm always worried one of my competitors will crack a new code for Devils Lake," Hoyer said. "Maybe several will discover where the big gals are hiding. This is a serious playground with so many challenges that I feel most contestants will be exploring all week long."

Local Devils Lake guide and walleye pro Johnnie Candle, with 35 years of walleye experience under his belt, agreed with Hoyer.

"I have a hunch it could be one of the bigger Devils Lake weights ever," Candle said. "Advancements in electronics and the knowledge these guys will bring here and what they learn about fishing structure will keep me glued to the stage to learn from them."

During a recent one-week stretch, Candle says he netted three 29-inch walleyes for clients. "They're showing up earlier than usual," he said.

In addition to big-walleye potential, Candle says the community buzz has been extremely favorable.

"The locals are excited and looking forward to seeing what the best 41 walleye fishermen do on this lake," he said. "They will show the world what we have and what we're so proud of."

Prairie winds should not deter the championship anglers, Candle says. "There is always some place to duck out of the wind if necessary," he said.

One of the veteran walleye pros, Hall of Fame angler Gary Parsons, qualified for this year's Devils Lake championship. Anglers have been watching and listening to Parsons for years at seminars, tournaments, on his "Next Bite" TV show, in hundreds of magazine articles and wherever he has traveled spreading his walleye wisdom. Parsons has won Angler of the Year titles in three professional walleye circuits and racked up numerous top 10 and tournament wins since 1984.

Grahams Island State Park is tournament headquarters for the NWT Championship, and daily weigh-ins will begin at 3 p.m. Youth events and other special activities are also planned.

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Top Walleye Pro Anglers to Duel on Devils Lake Sept. 6-8

All eyes will be on Devils Lake Sept. 6-8 when the National Walleye Tour Championship comes to north-central North Dakota.  “These are the top walleye anglers in the world,” said Suzie Kenner, tourism director.  “The best 41 were invited here following the 2023 NWT season.”

One out of two anglers will win big.  The overall Champion will pocket $30,000 and receive a $70,000 Nitro walleye boat with a Merc 225.  Generous prize money ($17,500 for second, $10,110 for tenth down to $4,163 for 20 th ) will make each on-water decision critical.  The entire field fishes the first two days, Wednesday and Thursday, with the top 10 going head-to-head on the third day.  The Angler of the Year race will be decided as well, with John Hoyer currently leading.  The winner will tow home a $90,000 Ranger 620 with a Merc 250.

Interestingly, Hoyer won the NWT Championship on Devils Lake in 2019.  He also collected first-place NWT Championship trophies in 2017 in Wisconsin and 2022 in New York.  He said, “I fell in love with Devils Lake the first time I saw it.  The amazing fishing community really meant something to me with fish cleaning stations, the fact that merchants, motels and resorts cater to us fishermen and how supportive the people act.  They cheer us on stage.  They wave when we’re driving by.  They stop and chat about fishing.”

“We could see record-breaking weights next month,” he predicted.  “As pros, we’ve learned so much from the pros who came before us.  They shared knowledge and tactics.  We soaked it up, and built on their innovations.” 

Hoyer said he is most comfortable casting for walleyes.  Cranks on the weed edges; jerk baits over the weeds, jigs with paddle tails will all be rigged and ready.  The higher water this year opens up new areas.  He will try to find the winning combination shallow.  “I’m always worried one of my competitors will crack a new code for Devils Lake.  Maybe several will discover where the big gals are hiding,” he said.  “This is a serious playground with so many challenges that I feel most contestants will be exploring all week long.”

Local guide and World Walleye Champion Johnnie Candle with 35 years of walleye experience under his belt agreed with Hoyer saying, “I have a hunch it could be one of the bigger Devils Lake weights ever.  Advancements in electronics and the knowledge these guys will bring here and what they learn about fishing structure will keep me glued to the stage to learn from them.”  During the past week he has netted three 29 inch walleyes for clients.  “They’re showing up earlier than usual,” he said. 

Candle said the community buzz is extremely favorable.  “The locals are excited and looking forward to seeing what the best 41 walleye fishermen do on this lake,” he continued.  “They will show the world what we have and what we’re so proud of.”  Candle, coming off 91 straight days of guiding, said prairie winds should not deter the Championship anglers.  “There is always some place to duck out of the wind if necessary,” he said.

One of the veteran walleye pro anglers, Hall-of-Famer Gary Parsons qualified for this Championship.  Anglers have been listening and watching him at seminars, at tournaments, on his Next Bite TV show, in hundreds of magazine articles and wherever he has traveled spreading the walleye gospel.  He has won Angler of the Year titles in three professional walleye circuits, has racked up top 10 and many wins from 1984 to recently and deserves a huge round of applause because he has gained the respect of the fishing industry.

The Championship spectator details are simple.  Weigh-ins begin each afternoon at 3 pm at Graham’s Island State Park.  Youth events and other special activities are also planned.  Check the Chamber website -- devilslakend.com -- for specifics.  This is the best source for guides, lodging, things-to-do when not fishing, and everything visitors need to know about the community or lake.

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September 11, 2019 - september 12, 2019.

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Cabela’s National Walleye Tour Championship will be at Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. Come see the Anglers at Graham Island State Park as they fish North Dakota’s largest natural body of water.

Captain’s meeting will be Tuesday Sept 10th at 5:00 PM. Fishing Wednesday and Thursday. Take off will be at 7:00 AM, Weigh in starts at 3:00 PM.

Weigh in will be at Graham Island State Park.

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Insider Report: Devils Lake again hosts biggest event in walleye fishing 

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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (August 31, 2023) – At more than 160,000 acres, Devils Lake, the largest natural body of water in North Dakota, has hosted several major walleye tournaments. In 2019, Devils served as the playground for the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Walleye Tour presented by Progressive Championship. That notable event culminated with Ranger / Mercury Pro-Angler John Hoyer claiming his first championship win as he put the finishing touches on a dominant season. The NWT returns to Devils Lake Sept. 6-8 for the 2023 championship, the Super Bowl of walleye fishing, which features the top 41 pros and top 41 co-anglers from the regular season. While the stakes have never been higher, the fishing itself has changed considerably in the last four years.

In late 2018, Garmin introduced forward-facing sonar to the fishing world, but it wasn’t until 2020 when LiveScope transducers and screens were first seen on the bows of deep-V walleye boats. What has transpired since represents a major shift in how walleyes are caught and how tournaments are won.

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What hasn’t changed is that Hoyer’s name is still on top. In this case, he’s leading the Progressive Angler of the Year award. While the championship itself awards $30,000 plus a fully-rigged Nitro ZV20 to the winner, AOY also pays out a fully-rigged Ranger 620FS . Fresh off a 5th-place finish at the St. Marys River, Hoyer has accumulated 753 points over four events. Trailing him by 6 points is Ranger/ Mercury Pro-Angler Duane Hjelm, the reigning AOY, who is looking to become the first pro to win back-to-back AOY awards.

“He’s a good friend, but he’s also my No. 1 competition; it’s a really weird situation,” admitted Hoyer. “My plan for Devils is to go for the win again. At the same time, it’s a no-cull tournament, so there are very important decisions to be made. We get to keep seven, which means we have two to play around with. I’m already going through some of the hard situations in my head. In 2019, my decisions were so simple. I was lucky where I’d go from a 17-incher to a 4-pounder.”

Not only did Hoyer win the 2019 championship, he’s also the reigning championship winner, having taken the title last year on the eastern basin of Lake Erie.

“If I don’t win the championship this year, I’m rooting for Dewey,” Hoyer continued. “An NWT Championship is basically the only thing he hasn’t won. In that scenario, I would be very happy with the consolation of AOY. In reality, I’m fishing for the win, and I’ll just let it play out itself.”

While Hoyer has been fishing Devils since 2000, Hjelm has only sampled it once. The Rapala pro, who appeared invincible for most of the season, is coming off his worst event, a 32nd-place finish.

“I’m not mad about it,” explained Hjelm. “It was a decent finish. I didn’t lose fish; I just didn’t get enough bites. There’s going to be times like that. If there’s something to be disappointed about, it was that I had a 20-something point AOY lead. Maintaining a 20-point lead going into Devils would have been great, but it’s never that easy. I still have a legit chance, but I feel like I almost have to win this tournament, especially with it being one of John’s favorite places to fish. That’s where my mind is at right now. I let it slip away last tournament; that’s the reality. It has fueled the fire for Devils Lake.”

Six points behind Hjelm and 12 points behind Hoyer is Nitro Boats pro Dylan Nussbaum, who won the 2018 NWT qualifier on Devils Lake and became the youngest NWT champion in history.

“There’s always a chance; Dewey was trailing last year by a large margin,” recalled Nussbaum. “I like the fact that I’m sitting third where there’s not much pressure. To win AOY, I truly believe I have to win the event. Even with that, it’s going to be tough, because I’m expecting Hoyer and Dewey to bring it.”

When Nussbaum was just 20 years old, he traveled over 21 hours from his home state of Pennsylvania to fish Devils Lake for the first time.

“I can’t wait to get back. It’s one of the coolest fisheries on the planet. It reminds me so much of the Kinzua Reservoir back home. Now with forward-facing sonar, it’s going to be unreal. There are endless amounts of structure – from old road beds, foundations, trees, and weeds.”

When Nussbaum won in 2018, he was trolling leadcore. When Hoyer won in 2019, he was employing a combination of glide baits and slip bobbers with jigs and leeches. Nussbaum said he will again sample the leadcore bite, but he’s hoping to cast.

“I know Jigging Raps will be a major part of my casting program. I’ve also had a lot of success casting plastics like a Scented Jerk ShadZ on a Moon Eye jig . People are just starting to catch on to the effectiveness of that bait.”

All three pros believe it will take more than the 67 pounds Hoyer won with in 2019.

“I’m expecting 25 pounds a day will win this event,” added Nussbaum. “From what I hear, they’re catching a lot of those 3- and 4-pound fish. The 5- and 6-pounders are tournament-winning fish.”

“There was high water in the spring, and it has leveled out, but I know the water level will be higher than it was in 2019,” Hoyer said. “That should open up new areas. Overall, I’m expecting impressive catches. This is a serious playground with plenty of big fish, but also plenty of challenges.”

While late summer and early fall typically translates into deep-water fishing, both Hoyer and Hjelm believe the shallows could be part of the winning strategy.

“There’s going to be big, quality fish shallow,’ concluded Hoyer. “You may not get as many bites, but there will be fish shallow. But the deep rock is also an amazing pattern. I’m sort of split between exploring the shallows and finding a home run deep bite. It’s going to be wide open, especially with forward-facing sonar.”

“You can literally do whatever you want and catch fish,” Hjelm offered. “It might take being versatile to win. A guy might have to fish both shallow and deep. I personally think it’s going to be won not just on a single piece of structure, but on multiple spots and multiple ways. It’s going to be a fun tournament.”

Anglers will take off each day at 7 a.m. Central time (or first safe light) from Grahams Island State Park, located at 152 S. Duncan Rd. in Devils Lake. The daily weigh-ins will also take place at the state park, specifically the Sivert Thompson Activities Center, beginning at 3 p.m. Central time. The full field fishes each of the first two days with the top 10 advancing to the third and final day. The winner in each division is determined by the heaviest cumulative weight.

Live weigh-in each day can be viewed here .

The National Walleye Tour consists of four regular-season events and a no-entry-fee championship. Pros compete against other pros, and co-anglers compete against other co-anglers. For more information on rules and tournament payouts, visit www.nationalwalleyetour.com .

About National Walleye Tour

National Walleye Tour (NWT) is part of the Outdoor Team Works family of fishing tournaments. The OTW brand offers a wide range of fishing events from professional tournaments to grassroots fishing derbies. All events are supported by some of the top companies in the nation and include on-site activation and activities, as well as extensive media support. For live updates and information, follow NWT on  Facebook  and  Instagram  or visit  https://outdoorteamworks.com/  to catch up on all the action.

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Devils Lake, ND – At more than 160,000 acres, Devils Lake, the largest natural body of water in North Dakota, has hosted several major walleye tournaments. In 2019, Devils served as the playground for the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Walleye Tour presented by Progressive Championship. That notable event culminated with Ranger / Mercury Pro-Angler John Hoyer claiming his first championship win as he put the finishing touches on a dominant season. The NWT returns to Devils Lake Sept. 6-8 for the 2023 championship, the Super Bowl of walleye fishing, which features the top 41 pros and top 41 co-anglers from the regular season. While the stakes have never been higher, the fishing itself has changed considerably in the last four years.

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In late 2018, Garmin introduced forward-facing sonar to the fishing world, but it wasn’t until 2020 when LiveScope transducers and screens were first seen on the bows of deep-V walleye boats. What has transpired since represents a major shift in how walleyes are caught and how tournaments are won. 

What hasn’t changed is that Hoyer’s name is still on top. In this case, he’s leading the Progressive Angler of the Year award. While the championship itself awards $30,000 plus a fully-rigged Nitro ZV20 to the winner, AOY also pays out a fully-rigged Ranger 620FS . Fresh off a 5th-place finish at the St. Marys River, Hoyer has accumulated 753 points over four events. Trailing him by 6 points is Ranger/ Mercury Pro-Angler Duane Hjelm, the reigning AOY, who is looking to become the first pro to win back-to-back AOY awards.

“He’s a good friend, but he’s also my No. 1 competition; it’s a really weird situation,” admitted Hoyer. “My plan for Devils is to go for the win again. At the same time, it’s a no-cull tournament, so there are very important decisions to be made. We get to keep seven, which means we have two to play around with. I’m already going through some of the hard situations in my head. In 2019, my decisions were so simple. I was lucky where I’d go from a 17-incher to a 4-pounder.”

Not only did Hoyer win the 2019 championship, he’s also the reigning championship winner, having taken the title last year on the eastern basin of Lake Erie.

“If I don’t win the championship this year, I’m rooting for Dewey,” Hoyer continued. “An NWT Championship is basically the only thing he hasn’t won. In that scenario, I would be very happy with the consolation of AOY. In reality, I’m fishing for the win, and I’ll just let it play out itself.”

While Hoyer has been fishing Devils since 2000, Hjelm has only sampled it once. The Rapala pro, who appeared invincible for most of the season, is coming off his worst event, a 32nd-place finish.

“I’m not mad about it,” explained Hjelm. “It was a decent finish. I didn’t lose fish; I just didn’t get enough bites. There’s going to be times like that. If there’s something to be disappointed about, it was that I had a 20-something point AOY lead. Maintaining a 20-point lead going into Devils would have been great, but it’s never that easy. I still have a legit chance, but I feel like I almost have to win this tournament, especially with it being one of John’s favorite places to fish. That’s where my mind is at right now. I let it slip away last tournament; that’s the reality. It has fueled the fire for Devils Lake.”

Six points behind Hjelm and 12 points behind Hoyer is Nitro Boats pro Dylan Nussbaum, who won the 2018 NWT qualifier on Devils Lake and became the youngest NWT champion in history.

“There’s always a chance; Dewey was trailing last year by a large margin,” recalled Nussbaum. “I like the fact that I’m sitting third where there’s not much pressure. To win AOY, I truly believe I have to win the event. Even with that, it’s going to be tough, because I’m expecting Hoyer and Dewey to bring it.”

When Nussbaum was just 20 years old, he traveled over 21 hours from his home state of Pennsylvania to fish Devils Lake for the first time.

“I can’t wait to get back. It’s one of the coolest fisheries on the planet. It reminds me so much of the Kinzua Reservoir back home. Now with forward-facing sonar, it’s going to be unreal. There are endless amounts of structure – from old road beds, foundations, trees, and weeds.”

When Nussbaum won in 2018, he was trolling leadcore. When Hoyer won in 2019, he was employing a combination of glide baits and slip bobbers with jigs and leeches. Nussbaum said he will again sample the leadcore bite, but he’s hoping to cast.

“I know Jigging Raps will be a major part of my casting program. I’ve also had a lot of success casting plastics like a Scented Jerk ShadZ on a Moon Eye jig . People are just starting to catch on to the effectiveness of that bait.”

All three pros believe it will take more than the 67 pounds Hoyer won with in 2019. 

“I’m expecting 25 pounds a day will win this event,” added Nussbaum. “From what I hear, they’re catching a lot of those 3- and 4-pound fish. The 5- and 6-pounders are tournament-winning fish.”

“There was high water in the spring, and it has leveled out, but I know the water level will be higher than it was in 2019,” Hoyer said. “That should open up new areas. Overall, I’m expecting impressive catches. This is a serious playground with plenty of big fish, but also plenty of challenges.”

While late summer and early fall typically translates into deep-water fishing, both Hoyer and Hjelm believe the shallows could be part of the winning strategy.

“There’s going to be big, quality fish shallow,’ concluded Hoyer. “You may not get as many bites, but there will be fish shallow. But the deep rock is also an amazing pattern. I’m sort of split between exploring the shallows and finding a home run deep bite. It’s going to be wide open, especially with forward-facing sonar.”

“You can literally do whatever you want and catch fish,” Hjelm offered. “It might take being versatile to win. A guy might have to fish both shallow and deep. I personally think it’s going to be won not just on a single piece of structure, but on multiple spots and multiple ways. It’s going to be a fun tournament.” 

Anglers will take off each day at 7 a.m. Central time (or first safe light) from Grahams Island State Park, located at 152 S. Duncan Rd. in Devils Lake. The daily weigh-ins will also take place at the state park, specifically the Sivert Thompson Activities Center, beginning at 3 p.m. Central time. The full field fishes each of the first two days with the top 10 advancing to the third and final day. The winner in each division is determined by the heaviest cumulative weight. Live weigh-in each day can be viewed here .

The National Walleye Tour consists of four regular-season events and a no-entry-fee championship. Pros compete against other pros, and co-anglers compete against other co-anglers. For more information on rules and tournament payouts, visit www.nationalwalleyetour.com .

About National Walleye Tour

National Walleye Tour (NWT) is part of the Outdoor Team Works family of fishing tournaments. The OTW brand offers a wide range of fishing events from professional tournaments to grassroots fishing derbies. All events are supported by some of the top companies in the nation and include on-site activation and activities, as well as extensive media support. For live updates and information, follow NWT on Facebook and Instagram or visit https://outdoorteamworks.com/ to catch up on all the action.

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Big Fish, Big Cash Winnings For Lucky Anglers

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Family fishing fun for, from left: Tom Rizzo, Wyatt Simonick and Frank Simonick, with some nice Lake Erie walleye caught last weekend. Photo courtesy of Southtowns Walleye Association

The post-contest celebration for the 40th annual Southtowns Walleye Association Lake Erie Derby was held last Sunday at the SWA clubhouse on Southwestern Boulevard in Hamburg.

The nasty weather during the first three days of the nine-day derby held early anglers in port, but in the end, 320 fish were weighed in for the Adult Walleye Division and 24 fish in the Youth Division.

The largest fish in the youth group was caught by Adam Goodberry, a 9.50-pound walleye that won the youngster a new rod and reel and the $250 Dave Goodberry Memorial Prize. Ten places were awarded to the youth anglers, and the smallest fish in 10th place was 6.05 pounds, which was caught by Cole Hanlin, who received a new rod and reel rig.

In the Adult Division, Timothy Stone caught the largest walleye of the derby at 10.7 pounds. In 10th place for the adults was Frank Simonick with a 9.48-pound walleye. Like the casino lucky numbers, SWA offers a unique “777” prize for the fish closest to 7.77 pounds, and Kevin Coyle, with a 7.75-pound walleye, won that prize. Bob Rustowicz caught the largest fish on the 40th Derby Lure painted by Kilam Custom Lures with a 7.08-pound walleye, good for $150. Adam Zwak caught the largest walleye on the previous derby Kilam custom-painted lure with a 9.95-pound beast, good for $100.

Above the usual winning places is the cash Calcutta winners circle, an extra competition paid for by the anglers who want to participate. In first place was Timothy Stone, with a 10.7-pound fish good for $7,803. Second place went to Joshua Pfeiffer with a 10.02-pound walleye, good for $6,503. Adam Zwak captured third place with a 9.95-pound fish, good for $5,202; John Risau, with a 9.76-pounder, took fourth, good for $3,902; and Rob Ebersole took fifth place with his 9.74-pound fish, good for $2,601.

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Kelsey Mann caught a nice walleye fishing out of Dunkirk in the Southtowns Walleye Youth Division. Photo courtesy of Southtowns Walleye Association

As you can see, some of the winners doubled their winnings in the regular contest and added to it with the Calcutta contests. Some anglers can take home well over $10,000 each by winning several categories if they sign up for those. Visit the Southtowns Walleye Facebook page for a complete recap of the winners and prizes.

The extra categories cost an additional fee to register, but overall, if you’re lucky — this is a single fish contest — the winnings are substantial. In addition, there were individual daily winners for each of the nine days of the contest. So winning cash and prize gear in this contest can be eye-opening.

The Southtowns Walleye Derby may be the most popular and well-attended amateur walleye fishing contest in North America and has been for 40 years now. Hats off to this organization’s hard-working derby committee members who are working as volunteers. The polygraph results keep the competitor-clan honest, and there is nothing to fear when you tell the truth about how you caught your fish, where you caught it, what you used and the number of rods in the water. With the recent cheating events across the country in fishing competitions of all sorts, the Southtowns Walleye Association holds a high standard. Good for them.

Gotta love the outdoors.

June 28: WNY Heroes Day, Dunkirk Harbor, visit https://wnyheroes.org/, sponsored by Eastern Lake Erie Charter Boat Association, President Jim Steel, 716-481-5348.

June 29-30: Bart’s Cove Walleye Duel-1 (Integrity Walleye Series), Lake Erie walleye tournament, Dunkirk Harbor, two-day/three-fish bag/day, $500 entry, contact Bob Rustowicz, 716-830-6394.

June 29-30: NYS Free Fishing Days, no license required for residents and non-residents.

July 4: Firecracker Sporting Clay Shoot, Hanover Fish & Game, 780 Overhiser Road, Forestville. $50 cost for 100-bird shoot. Visit www.hanoverclays.com for more info.

July 9: Erie County Trappers, Potluck Family Picnic, 12580 Jennings Road, Patti Wattengal. Bring a dish to share.

July 11: WNY Walleye monthly meeting, 6:30 p.m., at Knights of Columbus, 36 Pierce Ave., Hamburg.

July 19-20: Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout, $500 entry, $500K prizes, six fish bag/one day, Info: Captain Don Ruppert, www.walleyeshootout.com.

July 27-28: Bart’s Cove Walleye Dual-2, Integrity Walleye Series (IWT-2), Dunkirk Harbor, three fish bag/day, two days, Info: Mark Mohr, 716-998-9871.

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