Outdoor Journal: An opportunity to fish for free this weekend

Ed Noonan's latest outdoors column

Categories: Sports

This weekend, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation is offering free fishing days on Saturday and Sunday.

This is the second of six events. This is your opportunity to get outdoors together and go fishing (no license required). For those of you who are beginners, you can go to DEC’s places to fish on the internet.

If you are just beginning go to DEC’s Fish New York Beginner’s Guide to Freshwater Fishing. Get out there with the kids and fish, I think you will be surprised with how much fun you will have.

For additional free fishing days, go to the DEC website dec.com. And when that young girl/boy hooks up with a big one, send me the info and a photo to [email protected].

Also, DEC has extended its online hunter education course that will include bowhunter course through August. You also find out more on both the hunter education on the NYSDEC website.


Nine anglers opened their first club tournament of the season at Schroon Lake last Sunday.

As a “No Boater,” I was coupled with Dave Reynolds of Rotterdam, and for right hours of fishing, the temperature had to be 90 degrees. At the weigh-in, a total of 25 fish were weighed and there were three five-bass limits.

Leading the way was my boater Dave with five bass totaling 11.32 pounds, which included the tournament lunker weighing 3.40 pounds that I had the pleasure of netting.

As for me, I caught only three smallies totaling 5 pounds that included a 2.70 smallies. The leading no boater was Brian Tandlmayer of Niskayuna with 5.52 pounds.
Our next tournament will be at Paradox Lake this Sunday. This is a smallmouth lake and should be fun.


Some time ago, I went on a moose hunt in Newfoundland. It was awesome, and I have to brag — my moose scored 343 1/8 inches in the Safari Club record book.

Expensive? You bet, but it was the most exciting of all of my hunts. Yes, but awesome.

Recently, I received an email from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife about a chance to hunt for a “Vermont” moose. They are offering a chance to moose hunt in their Units E1 and E2 in the northeast corner of the state. You have to buy a $25 raffle for non-residents. If you are selected you will pay $350. It is worth the chance, and I have already sent my money in.

For more information, go to https://vtfishandwildlife.com/licenses-and-lotteries/lotteries/moose-lottery.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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