All of the anglers fishing in the Capital District Bassmaster tournament at Paradox Lake caught fish.
Leading the way was Paul Slackowicz of Glenville with a total of 12.18 pounds. Tied for second were Brian Tadlmayer of Niskayuna with and Dave Reynolds of Rotterdam with 11.12 pounds each. Lunker bass was 3.44 pounds smallies.
The next tournament is July 12 on Saratoga Lake.
DEC RATTLESNAKE REMOVAL
On June 20, SEC ECO Jeff Cox received a call from a concerned homeowner in Copake, reporting a large rattlesnake on their front porch. The homeowner sent pictures of the pit viper, confirming it was a timber rattlesnake. Timber rattlesnakes are the largest venomous snake in New York and listed as a threatened species.
The rattlesnake appeared to come and go over the weekend before slithering under the house, causing the homeowner to worry it was taking up residence there. Members of DEC’s Division of Law Enforcement consulted with wildlife staff and decided to trap and relocate the rattlesnake.
After a few unsuccessful attempts, ECO Cox wrangled the rattlesnake into a container on the morning of June 24. The rattlesnake was transported to a location in the Taconic Mountains, which is a known den site, and released unharmed. The homeowner expressed great appreciation that the unwanted guest was removed from their residence.
I have had several rattlesnake encounters while turkey and deer hunting in Texas, and it wasn’t fun, especially when I was about to climb into my turkey blind. When it slithered out of the blind, I introduced he/she to 12-gauge Benelli.
DEC 2020 CAMPGROUND USE
For all the details on DEC campground use for this year, including county, opening dates and camping fees, go to https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7820.html.
Also, according to the New York forward guidance for the reopening of the state, campgrounds must take precautions to ensure campers maintain appropriate social distancing and adhere to proper cleaning and disinfecting protocols including, but not limited to, maintaining six feet of distance between campers, unless wearing an acceptable face covering, and excluding persons from the same household who are camping together.
Visit Reserve America (https://newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com) for details.
Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].