New York – Steve Piatt

‘State of the Lake’ meetings set

Albany — DEC has scheduled three public meetings this month to discuss the status of the Lake Ontario fishery. The annual “State of the Lake” sessions will be held in Niagara, Monroe and Oswego counties and provide an opportunity for the public to meet with the scientists who study Lake Ontario fisheries. A 2007 statewide angler survey estimated more than…

Champlain yields Vermont record ’eye

Burlington, Vt. – A Lake Champlain ice fisherman has caught what’s believed to be a new state record walleye for Vermont, state fish and wildlife officials indicated. Vermont Fish and Wildlife spokesman John Hall said the walleye, caught at about 9 p.m. Feb. 10, will almost assuredly be certified as a new state record. Twenty-five-year-old Richard Levesque caught the 14.55-pound…

DEC dispels mountain lion rumor

Albany — DEC has long refuted reports that mountain lions are roaming the Empire State. Now the department has taken the unique step of cranking out a press release to that effect. Apparently weary of the numerous Internet photos circulating and claiming the big cats have been spotted – and even killed – in New York, DEC officials earlier this…

Bats treated for ‘white-nose’

Albany (AP) — Researchers trying to slow the spread of a scourge that has killed more than a million bats are testing anti-fungal solutions in a hard-hit hibernation cave on the edge of the Adirondacks. Biologists with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation hope that topical anti-fungal solutions applied to about 250 hibernating bats will combat white-nose syndrome, which…

Hatcheries could soon be in the budget crosshairs

From the Don’t Give Our Governor Any Ideas department comes news from Vermont that, amid that state’s fiscal crisis, a plan is on the table to close all of the Green Mountain State’s fish hatcheries. It’s been described by a spokesman for Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas as a scare tactic (all rest areas and historic sites would also be closed…

A guide to license-buying this fall

On the heels of the first sporting license overhaul since 2002, I bring to you the Smart Sportsman’s Guide to License-Buying this fall. No, there won’t be any coupons available, but the new license structure being what it is, there are a few bargains to be had, thanks to some Eleventh-Hour meddling of the state’s political leaders during the budget-making…

Readying for the trout opener

I’m giving some serious thought to actually making a few ceremonial casts this April 1 when New York’s trout season kicks off. That may not seem too outrageous, but get out a map and find Elizabethtown and you’ll see it probably borders on insane, since March can bring some of our heaviest snowfalls and there’s no guarantee I’ll be able…