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Thursday, July 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Thursday, July 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Don Lehman

Warren County, New York, introduces bass in attempt to counter invasive goldfish near Lake George

Goldfish may look harmless in your child’s aquarium, but released into a watershed, those cute little orange fish can cause major problems for native species and water quality.
So, when a school of goldfish appeared in a pond just a few hundred yards from Lake George in New York last year, the organizations that watch out for the lake were concerned. They set out to eradicate the fish from the pond, but unfortunately it turned out to be easier said than done to eliminate them all.

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New York anglers seek protection of Saratoga Lake walleyes, ask for earlier close to season

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is reviewing whether to change the fishing season dates for walleye amid concerns that fish are spawning earlier because of warmer weather, leaving them susceptible to unsportsmanlike anglers targeting them as they spawn or prepare to spawn.
The DEC confirmed that state fisheries leaders are discussing a potential move of the season closure date after New York Outdoor News sought the agency’s comment on a recent request by a sportsmen’s group that asked for season changes after witnessing anglers targeting walleyes on Saratoga Lake as they gathered to spawn.

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Stocking numbers reduced as New York’s Essex County fish hatchery faces wastewater issue

Five years ago, the staff at Essex County Fish Hatchery would annually stock 45,000 to 50,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout in the waters around Essex County, supplementing the wild salmonids that roam the streams, lakes and ponds of the county in the heart of the Adirondacks.
In 2024, the hatchery in Crown Point, N.Y., will stock just a fraction of that number, instead emphasizing quality over quantity, prioritizing stocking of two-year-old and even three-year-old fish over yearlings.

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Adirondack timber and hunting lands change hands

A North Carolina-based company has purchased more than 90,000 acres of woodlands around the eastern Adirondacks of New York, much of it land that is open to public recreation and leased by hunting clubs.
Eastwood Forests of Pennsylvania purchased 92,500 acres that had been owned by Upper Hudson Woodlands, lands that were formerly owned by Finch Paper in Warren, Washington, Essex, Hamilton, Saratoga and Fulton counties.

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Study shows Adirondack trout pond oxygen levels are dropping

Trout and salmon in the Adirondacks have endured acid rain, overfishing, development and many other threats over the past century, but a new study has concluded that changing weather and aftereffects of acid rain are resulting in a drop of oxygen levels and “browning” of waters that may make many waters inhospitable for trout and salmon.

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Adirondack brook trout restoration efforts continue, but baitfish infestations a problem in some waters

The year 2023 brought mixed results for efforts to restore heritage strain brook trout to the Adirondacks, with good developments noted on some ponds but discoveries of illegally introduced fish in several previously restored ponds that have undermined previous successes.

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Creel survey from New York’s Lake George shows bass, laker fishing is solid

Preliminary results of a recent angler creel survey on Lake George show that the lake’s bass and lake trout populations are fishing well, but landlocked Atlantic salmon anglers continue to have lower success rates than fisheries biologists would like to see.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has wrapped up data collection from the open-water portion of its new creel survey, and the data show good catch rates for lake trout and black bass, similar trends to angler diary reports from past years.

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New York DEC revamps, modernizes angler awards incentives

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has revamped New York’s angler awards program, creating new categories, rules and prizes and making it easier for anglers to submit entries electronically.
Anglers will be able to submit fish photos via an online form for two new categories, and those who submit a qualifying catch in these new categories can receive species-specific stickers to display on vehicles, tackle boxes or anywhere they choose.

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Ice-fishing woes continue in New York this winter as warming trend hinders ice formation

New York State’s ice fishermen and women were optimistic that the winter of 2023-24 was going to be different than recent winters when Mother Nature rewarded them with fishable ice in parts of upstate by early December.
Unfortunately, as has happened in many other recent winters, that hard-water was just a temporary covering, as warm temperatures and rain wiped out much of what had accumulated in the Adirondacks and adjacent parts of upstate.

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