TROUT SEASON OPENS

March 30, 2007 at 4:15 pm Leave a comment

SUNDAY’S opener for both freshwater trout and saltwater winter flounder will bring out hordes of anglers. Predictions for both species would be difficult, especially after this up-and- down winter, but you can bet bait and tackle shops throughout the area will be open and ready to go.

If the weather stays nice you may get lucky with a few flounder, especially in places like the Shinnecock Canal, an early season favorite.

There have been some decent reports from party boat fishermen out of Montauk the past few weeks. Montauk boats have seen a number of keeper cod up to 20 pounds, lots of ling and a healthy number of keeper sea bass coming over the rails.

A good bet for trout would be on Long Island. Lakes, ponds and streams typically provide excellent early season trout fishing. By the end of April, more than 22,000 trout, including 5,000 two-year-old brown trout in the 12- to 15-inch range, will have been stocked on Long Island.

For premier early season fly-fishing action, the Carmans, Connetquot and Nissequogue Rivers in Suffolk County are good bets. Tidal sections of these waters also provide excellent fishing opportunities and include trophy-size fish.

For anglers who prefer to fish still waters, Laurel Lake, Upper Lake, East Lake, West Lake, Southards Pond and Argyle Lake are recommended in Suffolk County. In Nassau County, Upper Twin Pond, Oyster Bay Mill Pond and Massapequa Reservoir are good bets.

Remember that there is a three trout daily limit on Long Island and that brook trout are catch-and-release only in all streams on Long Island, except the Connetquot and Nissequogue in the State Parks.

For a complete list of Long Island trout stocked waters, send a stamped, self- addressed envelope to: Trout Stocking List, Bureau of Fisheries, SUNY Building 40, Stony Brook, NY, 11790-2356 or check out the Region 1 Fisheries website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us.

Many of the Hudson River Valleys streams are stocked early, and provide excellent early season fishing. Among the most popular are Wappinger Creek, Fishkill Creek, Peekskill Hollow Brook, Sawmill River, East Branch Croton River, Ten Mile River, and the Ramapo River.

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Due to the detection of a serious fish disease, Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS), new restrictions on use of baitfish and transportation of live fish have been enacted. With some specific exceptions, all live baitfish sold for use on New York waters must be certified to be free of VHS and a number of other potentially serious fish diseases.

This restriction does not apply to commercially packaged and preserved dead baitfish such as salted minnows. Personal collection and use of baitfish is permitted, but these baitfish may only be used on the water from which they were collected and may not be transported off the body of water. For more information on VHS and the actions the DEC has taken to prevent its spread, please go to http://www.dec.state.ny.us.

KEN MORAN

March 30, 2007

NY POST 

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