Outdoor Journal: Catch-and-release trout stream season underway

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I received a text regarding Mark Clemente of Gloversville, who was fishing Lake George. He and his fishing partner boated 15 lake trout and lost four last week at Lake George. Great action for this time of year. The largest was 28 1/2 inches. The lure used for these lakers were Flutterspoons.

NEW SEASON EXPANDS FOR TROUT STREAM FISHING
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s new catch-and-release trout stream season started Oct. 16, expanding recreational opportunities. This new catch-and-release season is a product of the DEC’s Statewide Trout Stream Management Plan, developed to improve and modernize the management of its trout stream resources. The new season runs from Oct. 1-March 31. It requires anglers to use only artificial lures and immediately release the trout they catch.

This time period was traditionally closed to trout stream fishing as a precautionary measure during the reproductive period for wild trout.
DEC biologists concluded that fishing during the spawning season will not result in negative fishery impacts. For more information, visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9223.html.

BE ALERT FOR MOOSE
A recent press release from DEC brings attention to early fall. Why? Because during this time, moose are wandering looking for mates, leading them to areas where they are not typically seen. While this improves the opportunities for people to enjoy sightings of a moose, it also increases the danger of colliding with one on the roadway.

Here are some precautions to prevent moose-vehicle collisions:

  • Use caution when driving at dawn or dusk especially during October—reduce your speed, stay alert and watch the roadsides.
  • Slow down when approaching moose standing near the roadside, as they may bolt at the last second when a car comes closer.
  • Moose may travel in pairs or small groups, so if a moose is spotted crossing the road, be alert for others that may follow.
  • If a moose does run in front of your vehicle, brake firmly, but do not swerve. Swerving can cause a vehicle-vehicle collision, or cause the vehicle to hit a fixed object such as a tree or pole.
  • And if a moose is hit and killed by a vehicle, the motorist should not remove the animal unless a permit is obtained from the investigating officer at the scene of the crash. More information about moose can be found on DEC’s website.

FUTURE HOG HUNT
I will be hunting something different then turkeys — a hog hunt.

It will be at Easton View Outfitters out in Valley Falls, where I have gotten other hogs in the past. I think they are a challenging, especially when you are making your way through a swamp and mud in order to bump into one.

However, this 77-year-old hunter will be around the edge of the swamp waiting with my Ruger 308 rifle. And since I will need help if I get a big one, my son Sean will be going with me.

LEFTOVER DEER MANAGEMENT PERMITS
The DEC announced Wednesday that remaining Deer Management Permits (DMP) in several Wildlife Management Units (WMU) will be available to hunters beginning Nov. 1.

The DMP allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer and are issued for specific WMUs to help control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process, and the DMP target has not been reached. In these units, DEC will re-open the DMP application process starting Nov. 1, on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for up to two additional DMPs in these WMUs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1.

Applications must be made at license issuing outlets. Leftover DMPs are not available by phone, mail or the internet.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected]

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