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Outdoor Journal: DEC announces new fishing regulations

Outdoor Journal: DEC announces new fishing regulations

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Outdoor Journal: DEC announces new fishing regulations
Mike Galcik of Schuylerville displays the 25-pound sheepshead he recently caught on the Hudson River.
Photographer: Tony Faraci photo

An important message for Hudson River anglers.

The DEC recently announced new regulations for both recreational and commercial fishing for Atlantic striped bass. The regulations are also in affect to reduce state commercial and recreation harvest by 18% as required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

Regional striped bass season started April 1 in the Hudson River and tributaries, and April 15 in marine waters. They remind anglers that they should practice social distancing to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. 

STRIPED BASS RECREATIONAL REGULATIONS

In marine waters, the slot size limit is no less than 28 inches, and no longer than 35 inches may be kept. The season runs from April 15 to Dec. 15. Daily possession is one fish only.

In the Hudson River and tributaries, the slot size is also 18–28 inches. Daily possession is one only.

BIG HUDSON RIVER CATCH

Speaking of the Hudson River fishing, my friends Mike Galcik of Schuylerville and Tony Faraci of Lansingburgh went on opening day.  The water temperature was 47 degrees in 50-degree weather.

Mike was fishing a square bill 1.5 lure on a cashion rod with a lew’s 6:4.1 ratio tournament reel spooled with 12-pound test sunline fluorocarbon line. The big sheepshead hit when the lure deflected off a rock when the big fish hit. Mike estimated the sheepshead to weigh 25 pounds.

INJURED DUCK RESCUED

Late last month, DEC ECO officer Kyle Bevis responded to a complaint from the Washington Park Conservancy of a mallard duck with an arrow sticking out of it in the Park. The ECO called off the rescue so that the duck did not become overly stressed.

The following day, ECOs Bevis and Kurt Swan, along with the DEC wildlife staff located the duck and captured it with a net gun. They clipped the arrow and took the duck to a local veterinarian, who removed the arrow completely. The duck is recuperating.

The ECOs are asking anyone with information that could lead to the prosecution of the person responsible for shooting the duck to call the 24-hour DEC dispatch center at 877-457-5680.

FLORIDA FISHING STILL GOOD

Last Friday morning, I got into a big school of blue crabs, which are difficult to catch on a single hook.

After losing several, I was able to catch one, which I gave to a friend who eats them. That afternoon, using my lucky fish finder, I located a number of black drum. Just before leaving, I got a rod-bending hit. I never saw what it was, but was unable to get it to the surface.

Once it went around the pier full of parnacles cutting my 50-pound test braided line, it was over.

Later that afternoon, I went back to the docks and using the lucky fish finder, I located and caught some very fun-catching catfish, all of which I released.

SLOW DOWN ON BALLSTON LAKE

I received a letter from Joanne DeVore of Ballston Lake, who is concerned about the wakes on the lake.

She wrote, “The topography of the lake in its narrow sections, particularly at the south end of the lake being less than 200 feet total means that even when navigating in the center of the lake, a boat within 100 feet of shore on both sides.”

2019 DEER HARVEST TOTALS

DEC recently released that the 2019 deer take was 224,190, which was down 1.6 % from 2018. Breaking it down, there were 120,403 adult male, 82,176 adult female and 103,787 antlerless deers taken.

There were 624,612 deer management issued, and 81,134 hunters filled their tags. The muzzleloader took 16,944, bowhunters 51,618, crossbow10,569and the youth hunters took 1,148.

Also, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said in a press release, “Regulate hunting benefits all New Yorkers by reducing the negative impacts of deer on forests, communities, and crop produces, while also providing more than 10 million pounds of high quality, local protein to families and food pantries around the state every year.”

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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