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Fish Odyssey lengthens its days

The Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby, to be held in the counties of Erie, Niagara and Orleans, brings significant changes as it enters its 46th year. At the top of the list is an extended time limit to try to catch a winning fish. This year’s competition is scheduled from August 20 to September 5. The categories of species will remain the same for adult and junior anglers. The adult division includes salmon, brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, walleye, smallmouth bass and carp. The youth division includes salmon, trout (brown, lake and rainbow / steelhead), carp, bass (large and small mouth), walleye, head of sheep and crappie.

Another change will be the incorporation of a smartphone app called Fishing Chaos. This will be the only way for people to register for the event (kids 15 and under are always free; adults are $ 30 for the entire derby or $ 15 for a day) and the only means for the fish to be entered in the family competition. This year’s derby will be length based and you must use an approved measuring board to take photos of your catches. This will allow you to have more fishing time (you do not need to submit your catch to a weigh station) and, if you wish, you can release the fish after recording the information in the app. You can also fish and record a catch, 24 hours a day.

Download the Fishing Chaos app to your phone and start by searching for “Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey” in tournaments. You can also visit the website at www.fishodyssey.net or the Fish Odyssey Facebook page.

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