Sunday, February 07, 2021

Free Fishing Days

 The state Department of Environmental Conservation is offering a ‘Free Fishing’ weekend for anglers -- resident and non-residents alike -- on Feb. 13-14.

The two days are the first of six ‘Free Fishing’ opportunities offered by the DEC during 2021. Normally, fishing licenses are required of anglers ages 16 years and older.

During Free Fishing Days/Weekends, anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required. All other fishing regulations, however, still apply.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Crabs and a drop shot for bass in the spring.

 You should try and match the bait fish or crayfish that are in the area if you are using an artificial bait. Cast your bait to the shadow side of the structure. Bass will stay in the shade if it is a sunny day. Use a slow to medium retrieve with plenty of starts and stops. Large mouth and small mouth bass will stay near deeper water when they are feeding so a depth finder can help you spot those areas. You should practice catch and release,drop shot set up works great in the St. Lawrence River.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Be safe when ice fishing

  New ice is usually stronger than old ice. Four inches of clear, newly formed ice may support one person on foot, while a foot or more of old, partially thawed ice may not.

 Ice seldom freezes uniformly. It may be a foot thick in one location and only an inch or two just a few feet away.

Ice formed over flowing water and currents is often dangerous. This is especially true near streams, bridges and culverts. Also, the ice outside river bends is usually weaker due to the undermining effects of the faster current.

Friday, January 08, 2021