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The Sportsman’s World — Not Your Ideal Spring

By Leon Archer

While the lake fishing for trout and salmon seemed to be on track for another good year, with plenty of good-sized browns being caught near shore, the fishing for warm water species has been pretty much hit or miss. 

The inshore lake fishing has slowed down now as the trout have moved into deeper water, but once fishermen locate them, they are still hitting. 

Lake fishermen are starting to get more steelheads in the mix as those fish have moved back into the lake from their spawning run and are feeding on whatever crosses their path as they gain weight and recover from the rigors of spawning.

Northern pike and walleye fishermen are having a harder time of it. Cloudy water from the heavy rains have made it harder for the big predators to find the baits and lures. The luckier fishermen who come in with a limit of walleyes will tell you the fishing is great, but many boats come in with a much different story. 

The high cold water left a lot of walleyes still up the streams on their spawning beds when the season opened, but as they gradually drifted back into the lake, they were still hard to come by. 

The good thing is, as we move into June, all the negative conditions should become just a memory and the wonderful Oneida Lake walleye fishery will be back on track. Hot fillets anyone?

Northern pike are affected by the same muddy water and cold temperatures. As the season opened, many of the big females were still in the shallow weeds laying eggs. 

Once they were through with the annual rite, they began looking for perch or shad to fill their empty stomachs. They were biting if a fisherman could get his offering close enough for them to see. 

Many of those larger females that were caught did not fight very well. I suspect the reason was they were still weak from their spawning activities. People don’t realize what an arduous task it is for them. Won’t be long and they will put up a good show for themselves once again.

Up on the St. Lawrence, the fishing has been slow as well. The bullhead fishing was not great, but perch fishermen have had some success when they find a school. 

Those waters are clear, but they are still cold. Perch have moved out of their spawning aggregations, so they are spread out far and wide in smaller groups. 

We are getting close to bass season, and the colder water may have set their timetable back just a bit as well, but I think fishermen will still find decent action on the opener. Don’t expect to catch much on fast moving lures though. 

I have talked with numerous fishermen who have told me that bass fishing along Oswego County’s Lake Ontario shoreline has been rather poor over the past two or three years. Seems like the fish are just not in residence there in any real numbers. 

I have no idea why that might be. I would be interested in hearing from bass fishermen who fish this area, about both this year’s experiences and their take on the recent past.

Another turkey season has come and runs out today. I hope you did well, and I also hope there are plenty of hens sitting on big clutches of eggs or even leading a group of little poults around already. 

I love to see them even if they avoid me during hunting season. Until next week folks, good fishing.

Guernsey, Shannon receive Lions scholarships

Anna Guernsey and Casey Shannon, both set to graduate next month from  G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2014 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial and John Scaringi scholarships respectively. Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward college costs. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to major in radiologic technology. Shannon will attend Clarkson University to major in physical therapy. Leo Chirello, past Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, congratulated Shannon, (left) and Guernsey. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Mane Event Comedy Night, Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php .
Anna Guernsey and Casey Shannon, both set to graduate next month from G. Ray Bodley High School, were awarded the Fulton Lions Club’s 2014 H. and Mary Dowd Memorial and John Scaringi scholarships respectively. Each scholarship provides the winner with $750 per year for four years toward college costs. Guernsey will attend Fulton-Montgomery Community College to major in radiologic technology. Shannon will attend Clarkson University to major in physical therapy. Leo Chirello, past Fulton Lions president and scholarship committee chair, congratulated Shannon, (left) and Guernsey. The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Mane Event Comedy Night, Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area. For further information on Fulton Lions: http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php .

Mills named Volunteer of the Year for OCO

Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: OCO Board President Connie Cosemento; Head Start Family Advocate Liz Liberti; Award Recipient Tom Mills; and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.
Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award at the agency’s annual meeting. From left are: OCO Board President Connie Cosemento; Head Start Family Advocate Liz Liberti; Award Recipient Tom Mills; and Executive Director of OCO, Diane Cooper-Currier.

Oswego County Opportunities recently honored Tom Mills with the agency’s Howard Wilcox Volunteer of the Year Award.

Presented annually, the award is given to a volunteer who goes above and beyond in offering their time and talents to an OCO program.

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CNY Arts Center exhibition in Oswego opens today

Artists from CNY Arts Center are making their debut in downtown Oswego with an art show entitled Empowered Through the Arts: The finest of CNY Arts Center at the Oswego State Downtown Gallery at 186 W. First St. 

The art exhibit featuring several local artists will open May 31 (today) with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. and run through July 12.

“We are excited and so proud to have this opportunity for our wonderful artists,” said Nancy Fox, director. “There is a wealth of talent all over Oswego County and we are very grateful to Michael Flanagan and SUNY Oswego for providing this bridge in the art community.”

Some of the artists included in the exhibit are Kendra Matott, the studio arts coordinator for CNY Arts Center. 

Matott arranges art shows and classes for the center in a variety of art types for all ages. Her art work is considered mixed media that begins as a photograph and evolves through special techniques Matott applies.

Bonnie McClellan, also included in the show, is CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART Gallery director in downtown Fulton. 

Her landscapes have generated popular oil painting classes for adults and kids alike as she takes students from blank canvas to complete landscape. 

People are discovering a love for painting with McClellan’s encouragement. Her students have begun participating in area shows and some now display their own art work in the gallery.

Many more artists are featured in the exhibit, which will move to the Hospice of Central New York in Liverpool in July and remain through August. 

Oswego State Downtown gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The gallery is located at 186 W. First St.

For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-2787.

Fulton Farmers’ Market now open Saturdays

The Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off the Fulton Farmers’ Market this past Saturday, May 24.

The market is located in the Canal View Parking lot right on Cayuga Street. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday until late October.

This market features fresh produce from a multitude of farmers in addition to plants and flowers as well. There are also specialty bakery items available for purchase, including some gluten-free options.

News in Brief

The River of Life Assembly of God is to discuss God’s message of hope, joy, love, and peace with a special emphasis on the topic of broken relationships.

This is part of the church’s continuing series of talks on God’s messages on various aspects of life.

Join the church member at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 1 at River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneida St., Fulton.

There will also be a special service Sunday night at 6 devoted to broken relationships.

For more information, call 598-7100.

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Sweet Inspirations Drive-In on Route 3 in Fulton is holding a job application day.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31. The restaurant is located at 801 W. Broadway in Fulton.

The restaurant is under new ownership and plans to reopen soon.

Fulton GOP donates to John Katko

Members of the City of Fulton Republican Committee publicly presented Republican, Conservative, and Independence Congressional Candidate John Katko of Camillus with a financial contribution.  The City of Fulton GOP Committee was the first to endorse John Katko in his race against Dan Maffei in February, and the first Committee to publicly provide group financial support. Pictured from left to right, Salvatore Lanza, Lindsay Pai, Fulton City Chairman Mark Aldasch Sr., Congressional Candidate John Katko, Ken Myers, and Dana Smith.
Members of the City of Fulton Republican Committee publicly presented Republican, Conservative, and Independence Congressional Candidate John Katko of Camillus with a financial contribution. The City of Fulton GOP Committee was the first to endorse John Katko in his race against Dan Maffei in February, and the first Committee to publicly provide group financial support. Pictured from left to right, Salvatore Lanza, Lindsay Pai, Fulton City Chairman Mark Aldasch Sr., Congressional Candidate John Katko, Ken Myers, and Dana Smith.