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June 6, 2013

Fish Forecast: Hajecki and Yankee Troller win big in salmon derby

Tonawanda News — 1. Lake Ontario and tributaries

Congratulations to Capt. Rick Hajecki and the Yankee Troller team from Rochester who won the 29th Annual Niagara County version of the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament with a total score of 473.43 points. In addition, the team’s consistency paid off in the 5-fish Trophy Division to move up from second place after Day One to take over the lead with a total score of 262.28 points. The team collected $9,000 and $4,000 checks, respectively, for the two divisions. Based on their tournament cup points going into the Orleans tournament this weekend, they are the front runners for the $35,000 prize cup package that includes a check for $20,000 for being the most consistent team in the two Western Lake Ontario tournaments. 

In the Recreational Open Division for Saturday, allowing teams to bring in their best three fish for the morning, Jonathan Ross of Holley led the way with his Tomahawk team scoring 79.52 points. In the Recreational Open for Sunday, Salmon Boy, a team led by Joe Oakes of Ransomville, set the pace with a score of 82.50 points. Check the website out at for all the scoring updates. 

Last Friday, the Don Johannes and Pete DeAngelo Memorial Derbies were held and in the end it was the Hideout team led by Capt. Rob Taddeo of Hilton winning the Big Fish contest with a 26.46 pound king salmon. Best three-fish box was weighed in by the Vision Quest V team led by Pete Alex of Erie, PA with a score of 93.91 points. Not too much information was shared on the lake fishing because of the tournament this weekend out of the Oak. 

Some beautiful salmon and trout came to the scales at Krull Park, so fish are available for recreational boaters. Wes Walker at the Slippery Sinker in Olcott reported that trollers were doing okay for kings in 80 to 150 feet of water and cohos and steelies were hitting in the top 30 feet of water over 50 to 400 feet – but that will all change with the east wind that was blowing Wednesday. Fish were being caught on spoons, flasher-fly and cut bait. Browns could be found inside of 60 feet. Bass and perch are still being caught in the harbor along with pike and bowfins. Ditto for over in Wilson Harbor. Remember that the Burt Hotel will be sponsoring a bass contest on June 15 for smallmouth and largemouth. Stop in to the Route 78 location near Fisherman’s Park for details.

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