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DEC fisheries technician David Gordon unsnarls fish from gill nets designed to catch a representative cross-section of the river's fishery. Photo: David Sommerstein.
DEC fisheries technician David Gordon unsnarls fish from gill nets designed to catch a representative cross-section of the river's fishery. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Netting a snapshot of the St. Lawrence River fishery

Every year since 1976, state environmental technicians have set nets across the St. Lawrence River to see what fish they catch. The result is a sort of snapshot of the river's fishery.

David Sommerstein bumped into the Department of Environmental Conservation crew last month at Coles Creek marina. They were prying big and little fish from nets and tossing them into buckets for testing. Roger Klint is an aquatic biologist with the Department of Environmental Conservation and leads the DEC's annual index of fish populations in the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Pete Ponds tries a new lure during practice Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein
Pete Ponds tries a new lure during practice Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein

Four St. Lawrence fishing tips from America's bassmasters

Just a couple weeks after he drew statewide attention to the allure of the Adirondacks, Governor Andrew Cuomo is bringing the big spotlight to the St. Lawrence River tomorrow.

Cuomo visits Waddington Thursday morning, for the first launch of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament. He'll speak on the same stage where anglers will weigh their day's catch each afternoon at 3:15. According to the Governor's office, Cuomo will then join B.A.S.S. tournament director Chris Bowes for some fishing on the St. Lawrence, north of the Eisenhower power dam.

Local businesses are expecting unprecedented crowds for this weekend's tournament. John Chamberlain owns JC's bowling lanes and bar and grill in Waddington. "The fisherman are here. The sponsors are here," says Chamberlain. Regular Ken Graves says it's the biggestn thing to ever hit the North Country. "Not just Waddington,"Graves affirms. "It's the second biggest sport to NASCAR. I'm telling you the truth, it's big."

Maybe not as big as football or baseball, but bass fishing is big. The Elite Series tournaments draw tens of thousands of fans and national coverage on ESPN.

Still, a lot of people don't know anything about professional bass fishing. David Sommerstein went for a ride-along while the anglers were practicing this week.  Go to full article
Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell reels in a small mouth during Monday's practice session. But the fish are going to have to be about twice that size to win. Photo: David Sommerstein
Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell reels in a small mouth during Monday's practice session. But the fish are going to have to be about twice that size to win. Photo: David Sommerstein

Bassmaster Elite bringing economic boost to St. Lawrence County

The country's biggest professional bass anglers are scouting out their best fishing spots on the St. Lawrence River in preparation for the Bassmaster Elite Series competition.

The event is expected to draw thousands of fans to the Waddington area, where the tournament is based.  Go to full article
Jessica Payne, Lisbon, reels in a carp Friday.
Jessica Payne, Lisbon, reels in a carp Friday.

Heard Up North: Teen reels in fighting carp

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is working hard to market the St. Lawrence River as the world's fishing capital, an initiative it calls "FISH CAP." One part of that project is to hook the next generation of anglers with the 10th annual International Junior Carp Tournament. It was held over the weekend.

Massena's Bryaunna Murphy took first place, the first girl to win top honors in the tournament. She took home the $1500 grand prize.

David Sommerstein stopped by just as Jessica Payne, an eighth grader from Lisbon Central, was reeling in a 14 pound, 6 ounce carp.  Go to full article
They’re worried about will this happen again to other Americans during the summer

Lawmakers question St. Lawrence boat seizure

Lawmakers on both sides of the border are looking for answers after a fisherman's boat was seized in Canadian waters on the St. Lawrence River.

Canadian border agents said U.S. citizen, Roy Anderson, didn't check in at a port of entry. They fined Anderson a thousand dollars.

But Anderson's boat wasn't docked or anchored. Lawmakers say requiring boats that drift across the international border to check in would wreak havoc on the fishing and tourism industries. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Carp anglers on the St. Lawrence.
Carp anglers on the St. Lawrence.

High prices poach carp tourney

High prices are squeezing nearly every aspect of the North Country economy. That includes the stretch of the St. Lawrence River that's breeding tourism based on carp fishing. The 3rd Annual Specialist Tackle Carp Challenge kicks off this morning in Waddington, but with half the number of angler teams from last year. Peter Henwood is the CEO of Specialist Tackle and owns the Riverview Motel on Route 37. Carp fishing is much more popular in Europe than here in the U.S. He says high airfares and gas prices are keeping anglers away this year. Henwood told David Sommerstein tourism in general has been quieter on his stretch of the river.  Go to full article

Anglers Can Fish Both Sides of Lake Champlain

Anglers holding a fishing license from either New York or Vermont can fish in most of Lake Champlain under an agreement announced yesterday. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

The DEC Warns Anglers on the Dangers of Ice Covered Waters

State officials are urging anglers to scout out locations before trekking to their favorite fishing spots on Tuesday - the opening day of trout season. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article
Fall flyfishing on the Salmon
Fall flyfishing on the Salmon

Trout Rising: An Afternoon on the Salmon River in Malone

Flyfishing is one of those pastimes that outsiders view with a kind of awe - art, dance and science combine to lay a line and a tiny twist of feathers and hair along the water just right to tease a fish. New York's flyfishing season ended a couple of weeks ago, but not before Todd Moe pulled on some waders and tried his hand.  Go to full article

Anglers Urged to Hand In Lead Sinkers

Officials are urging anglers to trade in their lead sinkers for tin and steel alternatives. State wildlife officials and environmentalists say the sinkers can poison and even kill loons. The Legislature is considering banning the sale of lead sinkers of one-half-ounce or less. Martha Foley talks with Dr. Nina Schoch who has helped to organize a sinker exchange program.
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