I was born, my father was in the marina business, which meant working 7
days a week during the summer. So when my mother was sick & tired
of me and it was my fathers turn to watch me, it usually meant going to
work with him. Since he was very busy, I frequently found myself tied to
the end of a dock and left with a fishing pole & some bait. Although
I realize many liberals and slick lawyers would label this as child abuse
nowadays, I can't say I minded! Ever since, my love for fishing and the
outdoors has remained strong.
I will use this page to bring you
fishing reports, update you on upcoming events, and inform you on issues
important to our fishery. Also watch for pictures & reports on our
latest fishing trips!
I will apologize to everyone in
advance, when we get to busy times in our fishing schedule, I know the
web site won't be as up to date as we would all like.
|FISHING REPORT 2/20/2001
February 20, 2002
|After a long period of low water from
December through the holidays(280 cfs) The water started rising in
mid-January and has remained up through mid-February.(500 to 1200 cfs,
mostly 700 cfs) At first this did two things. It brought in some
fresh fish, and stimulated the fish that were in the river spooked from
low clear water conditions. It also helps to
protect the fish from being accidentally hooked & lined which often
happens when they are holding in large numbers in very small areas with
no place to go, under the low, cold water conditions. For the first
couple of weeks after the water rose, fishing was good. With fresh fish
being caught downriver, and a mixture of fresh
fish and fish that had been "re-stimulated" being caught
upriver. In the last week or two however, we have had fresh snow,
followed by melting snow keeping the water temps on the frigid side,
& steelies on the finicky side.
Al Eldridge with a big 18 pound male steelhead, on
a mid January float trip.
We are also getting to the time where
more of the fish will start to pack into the
hatchery area of the river, with spawning being the main thing on their
Butch & Corey from north Jersey with some great steelies caught on
a February trip with Cold Steel.
This doesn't mean the fishing will continue to be
poor, it just means there are many factors to consider and as always you
will need the conditions and "lady luck" to be on your side.
|With our weather and the water flows, it
has been great just to be out there. And we are all looking forward to
some even better fishing in the upcoming months!
P.S. With the thaws we have been having, the northern
creeks (north Sandy, South Sandy etc.) have been getting fish already
offering another option during a trip to the area.
Corey with a steelhead that we have been seeing over the last couple of
years in limited numbers. They seem to be mainly average size fish, in
very good health. Everything seems to be in very normal proportions
except their fins, which are all abnormally large. We are waiting on the
DEC to tell us what they think are causing the unusual look
here for details and pictures from the 2001 Pro-Am tournament
Cormorant's may be on the run!
New York congressmen John McHugh will testify on cormorant overpopulation
before the House Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation.
McHugh has introduced a bill that
would establish a cormorant hunting season to control the bird that is
"wreaking havoc all across this nation" he said.
All I can tell you from personal
observations is that for a number of years the cormorant population seemed
to grow & grow, with a large number taking up residence on the Oswego
harbor breakwalls on a daily basis. Last year after a few took the law
into their own hands and shot a small percentage of the birds, there was
a noticable difference in cormorant sightings. Not only was their population
down slightly, but they obviously no longer felt comfortable flying &
feeding to close to humans. This year with no one bothering them, they
have been back with a vengeance. Many times this spring we were trolling
within 50 yards of huge flocks of the birds!
Like everything in nature cormorants
serve a purpose and should not be eliminated. However their numbers should
not be allowed to get out of control either.
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