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Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell reels in a small mouth during a tournament practice session near Ogdensburg last summer. Photo: David Sommerstein
Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell reels in a small mouth during a tournament practice session near Ogdensburg last summer. Photo: David Sommerstein

4 St. Lawrence fishing tips from the Bassmasters

Today is day two of the Bassmasters Elite tournament on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes. The event is part of the top professional series for sport bass fishing.

Despite the caliber of bass fishing in the area, many people don't know anything about the sport.

David Sommerstein rode along while the anglers were practicing last year for the tournament on the St. Lawrence River. He gathered these tips from the country's best bass fishermen.

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Gov. Cuomo going fishing on Follensby Pond last year. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/9965544626/">NY Governor's office</a>
Gov. Cuomo going fishing on Follensby Pond last year. Photo: NY Governor's office

Gov. Cuomo to host fishing tournament

OWASCO LAKE, N.Y. (AP) New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to welcome professional fishermen to the Finger Lakes for the Bassmaster Governor's Challenge.

The governor's office says Saturday's event at Owasco Lake is designed to promote fishing and other recreational activities in upstate New York.  Go to full article
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service
Spiny water fleas. Photo: National Park Service

Gunky, icky spiny water flea spreads in Adirondacks

Scientists and activists studying invasive species say the spiny water flea is spreading to more lakes in the Adirondack Park.

The organism had already been found in Great Sacandaga and Lake George. This summer, the invasive creature was found in Lake Pleasant and Piseco Lake.  Go to full article
Freshwater drum. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/noaa_glerl/4045950503/">NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory </a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Freshwater drum. Photo: NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory , Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Fisherman reels in record drum on Lake Ontario

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A fisherman from western New York has been credited with catching a record-breaking freshwater drum in Lake Ontario.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says James VanArsdall of West Henrietta caught the fish in Irondequoit Bay in Monroe County on June 14. The fish measured 33.5 inches and weighed 26 pounds 9 ounces.  Go to full article
Sea Lamprey <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/noaa_glerl/4076027154/">NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sea Lamprey NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York takes aim at Seneca Lake lamprey

AVON, N.Y. (AP) New York state is taking steps to control the population of parasitic sea lampreys around Seneca Lake to protect other fish species.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation says that next week it will begin treating tributaries of Seneca Lake with a chemical that kills lamprey larva but is harmless to most other aquatic wildlife.  Go to full article
A few of the many homemade ornamental fish at Woody's Bait and Tackle on Wellesley Island.  "There's no two fish alike. Guaranteed, " says Woody. Photo: Todd Moe
A few of the many homemade ornamental fish at Woody's Bait and Tackle on Wellesley Island. "There's no two fish alike. Guaranteed, " says Woody. Photo: Todd Moe

On Wellesley island, some fish are just for decoration

If you plan to go fishing on the St. Lawrence River this summer, near Wellesley Island, chances are you might buy your tackle from Lloyd Wood, or Woody. He's run a little bait and tackle shop on the Cross Island Road for more than 20 years.

But he's also known for his folk art, turning plastic soda bottles into ornamental fish that sway in the breeze around his shop. Todd Moe stopped by Woody's Bait and Tackle for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/24571330@N03/9462050066/">Karen Yaeger</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Karen Yaeger, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Governor's Cup to test officials' fishing skills

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Gov. Peter Shumlin and Congressman Peter Welch are among the Vermont officials testing their fishing skills in the 7th annual Governor's Cup fishing derby.  Go to full article

New mobile app helps hunters, anglers in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A free mobile application is now available to provide up-to-date information on fishing, hunting, wildlife watching and other outdoor activities in New York state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the launch of the "New York Fish and Wildlife" app follows last week's Tourism Summit and coincides with the start of the summer travel season.  Go to full article
Dr. Paul Bowser of Cornell University holds a muskellunge impacted by the VHS virus. Photo: Bowser Lab/Cornell University
Dr. Paul Bowser of Cornell University holds a muskellunge impacted by the VHS virus. Photo: Bowser Lab/Cornell University

Muskies recovering on the St. Lawrence River

Now that it's warming up, more and more people are going fishing. A lot of anglers have their eyes on muskellunge, or muskies. Muskies are popular for their size, and their ability to put up a fight.

"I've never been muskie fishing. But I know a lot of people that do, and I guess hooking into one of these fish is quite an experience! I guess it would be analogous to catching a torpedo," says David MacNeill, a fisheries specialist at New York Sea Grant, which is funding research on muskies.  Go to full article

This weekend in the Adirondacks

John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack looks at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks each weekend.

Expect unsettled weather though the weekend with cooler temperatures and at least some rain, especially Saturday and Saturday night. Trails are wet and muddy, and their remains more than two feet of snow above about 3,000 feet. Waters are seasonably high, and some low water crossings may not be passable this weekend.  Go to full article

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