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Gone Fishin'

Orleans County is touted as the fishing capital of Western New York and possibly the country. Charter fleet at Point Breeze still come home with giant Chinook salmon, and Oak Orchard River comes alive each autumn with spawning Chinook.

Orleans County Fishing Hotline, 585-589-3220.

Niagara County is no slouch when it comes to freshwater fishing. Boasting 30 miles of Lake Ontario shore and 14 miles of Niagara River the region is famous for fin-filled fishing. Niagara County Fishing Hotline: 800-338-7890.

Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout & Salmon Derby: May 2-11, May 23. July 20, Aug. 15-Sept. 1, 2008. Lakewide competition; over $50,000 in cash and prizes. For info call 888-733-5246 or visit www.loc.org

Erie Canal Fishing Derby: Niagara and Orleans counties. Niagara County Fishing Hotline: 800-338-7890.

Sodus Point is famous for year-round fishing-delicacies like coho salmon, lake, brown and rainbow trout, top notch marine facilities and a yacht club. Little Sodus Bay, Cayuga County, is the brown trout capital of the world.

Naples Creek: Trout fishing.

Trout fishing is excellent across WNY with 2 fish hatcheries stocking streams.

New York State Fish Hatcheries: Bath, Steuben County, 607-776-7087. Caledonia, Livingston County, 585-538-6300. Open year-round.

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