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A sauger taken by a fish technician from the Wabash River. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmidwest/6441954421/">Tim Edison</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A sauger taken by a fish technician from the Wabash River. Photo: Tim Edison, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Plan set to restore imperiled fish in NY waters

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has adopted a restoration plan for sauger, a walleye-like fish that biologists call one of New York's most imperiled fish species.

The fish used to thrive in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and Allegheny rivers and Lake Champlain, but they've become scarce because of pollution and habitat loss. Only a small remnant population remains in Lake Champlain.  Go to full article
Brattleboro, VT Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/58892283@N00/3320325523/">Mike Dunn</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Brattleboro, VT Photo: Mike Dunn, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Fish & Wildlife promoting free ice fishing day

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to get people interested in ice fishing by allowing people to fish through the ice without a license for one day.

Saturday, Jan. 25 is going to be Vermont's free ice fishing day when anyone -- resident or nonresident -- can go fishing without a license.  Go to full article

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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
Thomas Mitchell at home on the corner of Home & Oak, Thousand Island Park. Photo courtesy Tom French.
Thomas Mitchell at home on the corner of Home & Oak, Thousand Island Park. Photo courtesy Tom French.

Stories of Thousand Islands life, one cassette tape at a time

Many people wish they had captured the stories and histories of their parents and grandparents before they were lost. Some of us did make a journal or tape or video recording.

A Potsdam man went a step further. Tom French catalogued recordings he made of his grandfather, Thomas Mitchell, of Thousand Islands Park on Wellesley Island. He sorted them by topic and made them available to listen to on a website. Taken together, they're an oral history of life on the St. Lawrence River through a good chunk of the 1900s.

Tom French told David Sommerstein he just gave his grandfather a microphone and tape recorder and let him take the lead.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the Bassmasters Elite weigh-in stage in Waddington. Photo: Conant Neville
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the Bassmasters Elite weigh-in stage in Waddington. Photo: Conant Neville

Cuomo celebrates Waddington landing Bassmasters Elite

Thursday morning hundreds of cheering fans watched the 99 anglers of the Bassmasters Elite Series line up and roar off on the St. Lawrence River for day one of competition. Thousands more people are expected for the tournament through Sunday.

A few hours later, Governor Andrew Cuomo showed up to do some cheering of his own.  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
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
Harbor at Picton, Ontario. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebigdurian/5168287747/">Shreyans Bhansali</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Harbor at Picton, Ontario. Photo: Shreyans Bhansali, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New water levels plan controversial for Canada, NNY harbors

The water levels in Lake Ontario have a significant impact on the economic and environmental viability of harbors in upstate New York and Canada. As a result, a proposed plan to change the management of those water levels has raised some concerns in waterfront communities.  Go to full article

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