Outdoor Journal: Bass fishing at Saratoga Lake has been good

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Bass fishing at Saratoga Lake bass are biting.

The Saratoga Tackle Tuesday afternoon bass tournament again attracted 39 boats, and the fishing was good. This week’s winning team of Drew Zeihnert of Saratoga Springs and Jon Wentworth of Mechanicville pulled in boated 12.53 pounds of bass worth $880. They also had lunker, a 3.76-pound largemouth worth $390.

Second place went to the team of Ed Powers and Corey Johnson of South Glens Falls with 11.64 pounds, earning $525. John Paul and Bob Pelletier, both from Nassau, came in third with 11 pounds and collecting $350.

Those of you who have read my column probably know that the first lure that hits the water wherever it has bass is a plastic Wacky Worm. While fishing with the Capital District Bass Club, I did OK, but did not catch as many as I wanted.

The only fishing I have done this year is taking my grandson Sammy and granddaughter Sydney to Saratoga Lake, where they fished at Water Front Park. It was our first trip and they both were introduced to the Wacky Worm. Both caught bass. Now that I am feeling better, I hope to fish the rest of my Capital District Bassmaster Tournaments.

DEC RESPONDS

I made an inquiry to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation about the legality of gas-powered air guns that shoot arrows for hunting.

Here is its response: “Under current Environmental Conservation Law air bows do not meet the specifications of a firearm or gun or longbow or crossbow. Therefore, the use of an air bow to take (or not) animals and wildlife in New York is restricted to those instances where taking animals may be done so in ‘any manner’ without further restriction(s). In accordance with Conservation Law, air bows may be used to take skunk, raccoon, bobcat, coyote, fox, mink, and muskrat. They may also be used on licensed shooting preserves in some instances.”

GOOD NEWS

The Schenectady County legislators passed the 12-13-years old deer hunting rule in Schenectady County per NYS 2-year pilot program restrictions.

More good news. Albany County legislators passed the 12-13-years old deer hunting rule in Albany County per NYS 2-year pilot program.

Can you hunt with a pistol in New York State? You must possess a state pistol permit to hunt with a muzzle loading pistol. Any centerfire pistol or revolver. Barrel length maximum is 16 inches. You cannot take a pistol to hunt bear, squirrels, rabbit, fox, coyote and reptile and amphibians.

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