Outdoor Journal: Finger Lakes annual sampling dates canceled

Ed Noonan's weekly outdoors column

The New York State DEC recently announced the cancellation of this year’s sampling in the Fingers Lakes to reduce the community spread of COVID-19

Sampling was scheduled for March 17 at Naples Creek Ontario County, and March 20 at Cold Brook (Krupa Inlet) in the hamlet of Pleasant Vallry, Steubenville County.


First opened in the late 1920s, The Beaverkill Campground is located on Berry Brook Road, six miles north of Livingston Manor and 0.3 miles west of Sullivan County Route 151 in the town of Rockland, Sullivan County. The facility is located on the famous Beaver kill trout fishing stream in Sullivan County.

DEC is inviting input on the draft plan. For more information go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/119783.html.


The dock fishing for me continues to be good on the Intercoastal Waterway. I have been fishing primarily in the morning (high tide is best), and frozen shrimp is best bait.

Recently, I have given several red drum that were 20 -25 inches and two 15-inch Sheepshead to friends down here. Last Saturday, I hooked nine hard-headed catfish, all of which I released, one of which put a hole in my thumb while releasing it. My lucky fishfinder is still showing me where the fish are.

Last Sunday, there were no other anglers on the docks when I went down there at sunup. My routine is I start fishing from the first dock and work my way to all of the docks.

However, when I lowered the puck down on the first dock, it showed a number of fish. The first shrimp I tossed in never made it to the bottom and almost pulled the rod from my hands. On the second cast, I was ready, and I hooked with a hard-headed catfish. I was very surprised with how much they fight.

When I got him in, I did something I shouldn’t have, grabbed him with my hand. It left a little hole in my hand that drew a little blood. For the next hour, it was catfish day. I didn’t count, but I believe I hooked and released somewhere around 20 catfish. 


The popular free Mike Auriemma and Richard Andrews youth spring turkey hunt event is changing the format for our popular Youth Turkey Hunt because of circumstances caused by the coronavirus. We still encourage licensed youth aged 12-15 to go hunting with a licensed adult and are still accepting entries for Saturday, April 25. We will have our weigh-in with appropriate social distancing from noon to 1:30 p.m. outside the Cranesville Fire Department.

We have postponed our barbecue and all aspects of the awards ceremony until it is clinically safe to hold it. The health of our youngsters and their families is very important to us.

We also wish to continue the tradition of having the youth share their experiences with us and their peers, learning about the outdoors and safe hunting practices. Our event, including the barbecue, is free to the participants. Each youngster who attends will receive prizes (based on blind draw).

We have received both donations of merchandise and cash and have been buying and storing prizes to be given to the youngsters and will continue to do so with any other donations we receive. 

To us, it doesn’t get much better than taking a youngster hunting, teaching them safe practices and learning about the outdoors. Stay safe and stay healthy. See you there.


On the Internet, I found something funny that I thought I would share with those of you that might be looking for a new gun.

The Class Arms Gun Shop in Memphis is giving away a roll of toilet with any gun purchased.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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