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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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Martha Sinkeldam and Alison Charles crocheting and knitting in a sunny spot in Waddington's library. Photo: Todd Moe
Martha Sinkeldam and Alison Charles crocheting and knitting in a sunny spot in Waddington's library. Photo: Todd Moe

In a cozy corner in Waddington on a cold day

So, how do you cope with cold weather? A brisk walk outdoors, or indoors with a good book? Earlier this week, Todd Moe stopped by the library in Waddington, along the St. Lawrence River, but not to find a book.

Nearly every Tuesday afternoon, regardless of the weather, a few fiber artists gather at the library. It's informal. You'll find them in the Reading Room, surrounded by books, local heirlooms and their knitting, crocheting and embroidery projects.

It seemed like a cozy idea -- working with warm wool while the outdoor thermometer hovered below zero. But, the four women Todd met said they really don't mind winter -- a sunny window, in a cozy corner on a cold afternoon is just right.  Go to full article
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
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
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
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
The Acoustic Brothers
The Acoustic Brothers

The Acoustic Brothers' anti-smoking song

The Acoustic Brothers are a quartet from Waddington, NY. They recently partnered with the St. Lawrence County Tobacco Program to record an anti-moking song.  Go to full article
Market Street in the village of Potsdam
Market Street in the village of Potsdam

Potsdam moves forward with dissolution; Waddington tables its study.

Village of Potsdam residents and others gathered last night for one of their last chances to publicly discuss potential village dissolution.

About 75 people met in Clarkson's Snell auditorium.  Go to full article
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

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