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Angler and TV personality Don Meissner holding a smallmouth bas. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
Angler and TV personality Don Meissner holding a smallmouth bas. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Seven ways to keep bass safe when angling

With so much snow on the ground, bass fishing might seem far away, but for anglers it's always time to think about bass fishing. New research that finds the increase in catch and release bass fishing tournaments stresses fish got us thinking about ways to do it most safely. Here are some tips from B.A.S.S., the organization that puts on tournaments like last year's Bassmasters Elite in Waddington, NY.  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
Angler and TV personality Don Meissner is hoping thousands of people flock to the St. Lawrence this summer to catch bass like these. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
Angler and TV personality Don Meissner is hoping thousands of people flock to the St. Lawrence this summer to catch bass like these. Photo courtesy St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce

Why this bass season could be the St. Lawrence River's biggest ever

New York's bass fishing season kicks off on June 15, and North Country tourism and business leaders are banking on it being the biggest ever.

They've lured one of the ten Bassmaster Elite tournaments this year. They're the premiere professional bass fishing events in the country, televised nationally on ESPN.

The tournament is August 8 through 11 on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington.

Angler Don Meissner helped land the event as a part of St. Lawrence County's FISHCAP project. At a press conference broadcast on WQTK earlier this week, he said to expect the scale of a NASCAR race, except with fish and boats. He called it the St. Lawrence River's chance to have a "showcase for the world."

"I was down in Texas and I saw what this is about," said Meissner. "There were 34,000 people that came cheering and yelling and raving for their favorite anglers. This is a lot more than just fishing. This is our way to show the country and the world what we're really about here."

The St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce is offering local businesses advice on how they can capitalize on the expected influx of tourists.

Some 50 North Country anglers are getting a head start on the season in Vermont waters, where bass season opens this weekend. The Northern New York Bassmasters chapter will hold its first tournament of the summer Saturday on Lake Champlain.

A few summers ago, one Bassmaster made the mistake of inviting David Sommerstein to be his partner in a tournament on the St. Lawrence River. Here's that story:  Go to full article
Tom Bintz
Tom Bintz

Bass opener Saturday

Small mouth bass season opens in the North Country tomorrow, and there are a couple of fishing derbies in Jefferson County this weekend. Pillar Point and Henderson Harbor host bass and walleye tournaments. When he's not busy beach combing along the eastern shore of Lake Ontario, artist Tom Bintz, aka Captain Honk, loves to fish. He gave Todd Moe his forecast for the season opener.  Go to full article

Preview: Guitarist Charlie Hunter in Burlington

If you're a fan of great guitar playing or great bass playing, one musician is giving you two good reasons to visit the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington this Sunday night. Joel Hurd explains.  Go to full article

Retired CME Bishop to Keynote Martin Luther King Day Service at SLU

Retired Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Richard Bass Sr. will be keynote speaker at St. Lawrence University's Martin Luther King Jr. Day service, this evening at 5 in Gunnison Memorial Chapel. The event begins a semester residency for Bishop Bass, who will also lead weekly progressive, multi-racial Christian worship services. David Sommerstein talks with Bishop Bass about the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Go to full article

Great Lakes States Reduce Game Fish Stocking

Great Lakes states are reducing the number of large fish they're stocking in the waterways. Fewer salmon, trout, and bass are being added to the lakes for recreational fishing because of changes in the ecosystems that are making it harder for the fish to survive. As Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl reports, those changes may be symptoms of bigger problems in the Great Lakes.  Go to full article

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