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June 01, 2012 - Field Notes

Noteworthy News from the Division of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources

In This Issue:

angler holding a Chinook salmon
Large Chinook salmon caught
in Lake Ontario.
~Photo courtesy of Tom Smith

Experience Lake Ontario's World Class Trout and Salmon Fishery

This spring, many Lake Ontario anglers are reporting the best trout and salmon fishing ever experienced. Based on catches so far, some salmon may exceed 40 pounds later this year. Join in the fun and catch the largest salmon in the Great Lakes. Information on where to fish, when to fish and how to fish this spectacular trout and salmon fishery is available on DEC's Great Lakes Fishing webpage and on county tourism websites (counties surrounding Lake Ontario include: Jefferson, Oswego, Cayuga, Wayne, Monroe, Orleans and Niagara).

Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Events

Take a Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman course in the beautiful Adirondacks this June. Two future courses are listed below. To register for either course described below, contact Sheila and Sonny Young at 518-395-8194 or e-mail adkfoothills@yahoo.com

  • Saturday, June 9 - Stalking the Adirondack Ostrich
    Search for and learn to identify the ferns and flowers of the Adirondacks. Cost is $30 per person.
  • Saturday, June 16 - Spin Casting Mountain Lakes and Ponds
    Learn techniques and tactics for catching trout, pike and other fish found in Adirondack lakes and ponds. Cost is $70 per person, and enrollment is limited.
Rainbow mussel displaying its lure
Watch a YouTube video(External Link)
of this rare rainbow mussel as it
expertly mimics a crayfish.

Rare Freshwater Mussel Found in Monroe County

A rare rainbow mussel (Villosa iris), listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in New York State, was recently found in Moorman Creek, Monroe County. A YouTube video (External Link) captures this mussel as it displays its lure to mimic a crayfish and attract a hungry fish. When the mussel feels a fish trying to take a bite, it releases numerous young mussels named "glochidia" that attach to the fish's gills or fins. The unsuspecting fish provides food and aeration for the young mussels and a ride to a new home. Once the mussels metamorphose into juveniles, they drop off the fish and burrow into the stream bottom, and the fish swims away unharmed.

Commercial Fishery Updates for Summer Flounder and Scup

Effective Friday, June 1, the commercial fishery daily trip limit for summer flounder decreased from 210 pounds to 140 pounds and will remain in effect until further notice. The daily trip limit for scup increased from 500 pounds to 1,000 pounds and will remain in effect through June 30. For more information on these and other fisheries, visit DEC's Commercial Fishing Limits webpage.

Celebrate National Boating and Fishing Week

This year's National Boating and Fishing Week will be June 2-10. This is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the wealth of waters New York State has to offer. During this weeklong celebration, DEC will be offering free fishing clinics at multiple locations described below.

  • Saturday, June 2
    • Iroquois Lake, Schenectady County - Schenectady's Central Park, 10am-2pm
    • Sauquoit Creek and Tributaries, Oneida County - New Hartford Athletic Park, 9:30am-2 pm
    • Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery, Onondaga County, 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Saturday, June 9
    • Tifft Nature Preserve Family Fishing Day, Erie County, 9:30am-1pm

Visit DEC's 2012 Free Fishing Day Clinics webpage for more details and to find additional clinics offered year-round.

common tern and nesting site improvement work
Common tern (top, photo courtesy
USFWS) and pea gravel nesting

Nesting Sites Prepared for Common Terns

Through a DEC contract with Riveredge Associates LLC, artificial nesting sites are maintained each year to increase the breeding success of common tern colonies in the St. Lawrence River. To prepare for the arrival of breeding terns this summer, four nesting sites near the Thousand Islands Bridge were enhanced. Two sites received 27,000 pounds of 1/8-inch pea gravel to cover up old coarse gravel, and another two sites received new interior fencing, an ice boom and almost two tons of stone to replace washed away areas. Throughout the summer and with assistance from volunteers, these sites will be monitored for tern productivity. For more information on this project and to learn how you can get involved in monitoring common terns, visit the Save the River website

Comment on Proposed Changes to River Herring Regulations

Changes to regulations governing the harvest of river herring (alewife and blueback herring) are being proposed to reduce fishing mortality and sustain populations. The proposed changes aim to restrict the current fishery in the Hudson River and its tributaries and to close the fisheries in all other waters of New York State that have runs of river herring. These include the Delaware River, all streams in the Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Nassau, Richmond, Suffolk and Queens counties, and Westchester County streams that empty into the East River or Long Island Sound. Comments will be accepted through July 16. For more information, please read Proposed Changes to New York State River Herring Regulations on DEC's press release webpage.

Recreational Sporting Season Reminders

The reminders listed below include open and final recreational season dates for the weeks of June 1 through June 15. For all hunting, trapping and fishing seasons in New York State, visit DEC's Outdoor Activities webpage.

More Noteworthy DEC News

Below are noteworthy DEC press releases not to be missed!

Did You Know...?

turkey vulture peering at its next meal
A turkey vulture peers over a decaying fish along
the Great Lakes shoreline.
~Photo by Laurie Dirkx

Named for its resemblance to wild turkeys and for its scavenging behavior, the turkey vulture is one of the most widespread bird species in North America. While saving energy by soaring on thermal pockets, the sharp-eyed turkey vulture scans the ground for carrion. With its heightened sense of smell, it can detect the tiniest amount of odor (about a few parts per trillion) from decaying animals, virtually guaranteeing a meal.

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