Friday, May 26, 2017

Fishing for muskellunge

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced the fishing season for muskellunge, or muskie, will open in most parts of the state Saturday.
Fishing for muskellunge in the St. Lawrence River won’t open until June 17.
Muskie is one of the state’s premiere trophy fish, with a minimum length of 40 inches.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Lake sturgeon

Lake sturgeon are listed as a threatened species in New York. Therefore, there is no open fishing season, and possession is prohibited. Anglers are likely to encounter sturgeon during the spring when the fish gather to spawn on clean gravel or cobble shoals and in stream rapids. Sturgeon spawn in New York state in May and June when water temperatures reach 55°F to 64°F.
Anglers should not intentionally target these protected fish. If an angler catches a sturgeon, they should fish another area or change fishing gear to avoid catching another. Anglers who unintentionally hook one should follow these practices to ensure the fish are returned to the water unharmed:
  • Avoid bringing the fish into the boat, if possible
  • Use pliers to remove the hook; sturgeon are almost always hooked in the mouth
  • Always support the fish horizontally; do not hold sturgeon in a vertical position by their head, gills or tails
  • Never touch their eyes or gills
  • Minimize their time out of the water and return the fish to the water immediately once freed from fishing gear

Monday, May 15, 2017

St. Lawrence River High Water

Docks and high water on the St. Lawrence River. But in addition to the loss of property and damage to docks and boathouses, is the loss of income for our Island economy. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

walleye, pike, pickerel, and muskellunge

Saturday marks the beginning of the walleye, pike, pickerel, and muskellunge seasons in St. Lawrence County and around the state.
The St. Lawrence River and Cranberry Lake are two prime spots for trophy pike anglers. The explosive strike of these fish provides for an exciting encounter for anglers that target these sleek ambush predators, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

St. Lawrence River Thousand Islands

The report states, “In the St. Lawrence River Thousand Islands area abundance of legal size smallmouth increased from record lows in 1996-2004 and varies at moderate levels after 2006. This increase was due to a faster growth and earlier recruitment of young fish (largely because of availability of round goby forage) rather than improved recruitment or increases in the total number of individuals in the population.
“After 2013 smallmouth bass abundance in standard sampling nets declined rapidly and was at near record low levels in 2014 and 2015.”
Also, river anglers have seen a decline in the northern pike population. Whereas pike were once fairly easy to catch, now most anglers struggle to catch even a few pike on a given outing. The Annual Report notes, “Northern pike abundance in the Thousand Islands remains depressed largely due to habitat changes resulting from water level regulation.” Hopefully, the new water-regulation plan for the river will create improved spawning conditions for pike.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

cleared the Canadian Senate

Legislation that would ease boating restrictions for U.S. recreational boaters and anglers on all waters shared by the two countries has cleared the Canadian Senate.
The bill would eliminate the need for American boaters to report to Canadian customs when passing through Canadian waters unless they anchor or set foot on Canadian soil. In New York, this bill would significantly change things on the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain and the Niagara River.The bill must still pass the Canadian House of Commons and be signed by the Canadian governor general to become law.