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Photo: American Carp Society
Photo: American Carp Society

Waddington takes silver in 'Fishing Town USA' challenge

An online contest to win the distinction of "Ultimate Fishing Town USA" created quite a buzz along the St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence County town of Waddington was running neck and neck with Roscoe, NY (the self-proclaimed birthplace of dry fly fishing) for weeks. But in the last day of voting yesterday, Waddington fell just short.

The World Fishing Network ran the contest and promises a $25,000 check to the winner to support local fishing. The Network says the votes are considered "unofficial" until they're reviewed for authenticity.

Waddington Chamber of Commerce president Alicia Murphy spoke with David Sommerstein this morning.  Go to full article

Waddington vies for fishing town title

The little village of Waddington along the St. Lawrence River is vying for a big distinction. The World Fishing Network is holding a competition to determine which community is America's "ultimate fishing town". The prize is a $25,000 check and a spot on TV.
So far, Waddington leads the pack with more than 2,000 votes, even though neighboring Ogdensburg is pulling away a couple hundred votes in a bid of its own.
Waddington Chamber of Commerce director Alicia Murphy is urging people to vote early and often. She spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article
Rich Greenough. Photo: Angela Evancie.
Rich Greenough. Photo: Angela Evancie.

It's a fisherman's life

For many of us, growing up and getting a job meant leaving our childhood hobbies behind. For some, though, play and work have always been one and the same. Rich Greenough of Essex, Vermont is one of those lucky few. He fished as a child, he fished for a living, and now, on the eve of his retirement, he's planning on doing more fishing. Angela Evancie has his story.  Go to full article
Dennis Aprill passed away unexpectedly on Saturday
Dennis Aprill passed away unexpectedly on Saturday

North Country loses two outdoor advocates, Ed Ketchledge & Dennis Aprill

Ed Ketchledge was a prominent teacher and naturalist who helped found the Summit Steward program on the High Peaks.

Dennis Aprill was the outdoor columnist for the Plattsburgh Press-Republican, who also wrote popular guidebooks.

Brian Mann has this remembrance.  Go to full article
Coming to the Great Lakes soon?  (Photo: USFWS)
Coming to the Great Lakes soon? (Photo: USFWS)

Green groups want Obama to protect Great Lakes from Asian carp invasion

Environmental groups are blasting the US Corps of Engineers and urging President Obama to do far more to stop the spread of an invasive fish into the Great Lakes.

Scientists say the aggressive Asian carp -which can weigh up to 100 pounds--could wipe out natural fish stocks in Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

As Brian Mann reports, some lawmakers want new, permanent barriers that would prevent the fish from spreading.  Go to full article

Sayward questions Grannis in budget hearings

During budget hearings in Albany yesterday, North Country Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward questioned Department of Environmental Conservation head Pete Grannis about a number of revenue-related issues. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
Andy Schrader stands on his dock on the bank of the Salmon River (Photos:  Brian Mann)
Andy Schrader stands on his dock on the bank of the Salmon River (Photos: Brian Mann)

On the Salmon River, a time of healing or an eco-disaster?

This summer, a private contractor ripped out a century-old dam on the Salmon River in northern Franklin County. State officials said the structure was deteriorating and posed a safety hazard. The town of Fort Covington decided to remove the dam, rather than pay for costly repairs. Green groups say the project will eventually restore crucial fish and bird habitat. But two months after the work was done, a massive plug of silt and sand still clogs the river. As Brian Mann reports, many locals worry that the Salmon River could be permanently damaged.  Go to full article

Fran Betters passes away; legendary Ausable fly fisherman

A North Country legend passed away over the weekend. Fran Betters from Wilmington taught fly fishing, tied trout flies and wrote books about fishing. Betters, who was 78 years old, had been ailing for months. His shop on the bank of the Ausable River was a destination for sportsmen from around the world. Betters knew what insects were hatching, and near which rocks the biggest fish were waiting. He fished the Ausable River since he was a boy, and he knew each rapid and pool. He also learned that there is more to fishing than fishing. Lamar Bliss has this Meet the Masters profile.  Go to full article
Biologists Jim Farquhar and Mike Smith inspect the cormorant nests in the treetops.  (Photo by Karen Kelly)
Biologists Jim Farquhar and Mike Smith inspect the cormorant nests in the treetops. (Photo by Karen Kelly)

Population control for cormorants on the St. Lawrence

The pesticide DDT almost wiped out the double-crested cormorant. Now, the bird is thriving, and it's blamed for devouring fish in lakes, rivers, and fish farms in many parts of the country.
Karen Kelly went to the St. Lawrence River near Waddington to report on the struggle to share resources with this unpopular bird.  Go to full article
The Bessera family, fishing on the Ogdensburg waterfront.
The Bessera family, fishing on the Ogdensburg waterfront.

Heard Up North: Fishing on the Dock of the River

With summer in full force, or at least as full as it's going to get this year, it's fishing time. Some vacationers visiting their grandparents in Ogdensburg took time to fish on the banks of the St. Lawrence for today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article

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