Weekly Fishing Report, Turkey

Spring Gobbler Poult Count is now needed by all New England DEM'S . Summer Fluke season opens check your States regulations. Thank You to our limit of 5,000 Face Book Friends and a additional 513,565 Views on this Web-Site.
Wachusett Reservoir, Mass. did open April 1, 2015, first Sat. in April . Quabbin Reservoir did open April 18 till Oct. 17, 2015 Conn. Spring Trout Stocking is now complete. Plan a trip for Walleye in Conn. 12 bodies of water stocked, just before dark along the shoreline with live bait or a crankbait. Great tasting freshwater fish. Beach Pond in Rhode Island has a few now also, new walleye Nutmeg State record iced out in Feb. Some great e-mails and photos of the great Catfish catches in the Nutmeg State.Thank You Conn. Deep. Fresh water opportunities, on Cape Cod, Mass. such as Peters Pond, Achumet, Hamblin's, Spectacle, Long Pond and Big Cliff will reward you with a nice trout or bronzeback. Add a Cape Cod Canal Striper on the way home. Whitetail Deer reports in Vermont resulted in a few changes.
Candlewood Lakes, Conn. is in top 50 in the Country. 50/50 chance of a 5lb Smallie or Largemouth ! Take a Veteran Fishing !
Coyotes have finished mating now and the early skunks are appearing as road kill. Be kind to the Possum now .Gestation is only 12 days and mom may have up to 15 1oz. babies in her pouch. I have received 37 different Black Bear sightings,(some with photos) from Rhode Island. E-mail them to me with date and place and if with cubs. Three different sightings in R.I on 7-24-15 How many do you think are in the Ocean State year round ? Try Carp fishing with Mulberries you could be surprised with a 30lb. fresh water fish ! Freshen up with new fishing line and please use circle hooks to eliminate a injury. If you are going to fill a void and try for one of the big carp remember, ( NO) lip lock tool or lifting from their delicate gill plates which may be fatal. Use the Carp nets that will save the fish for another fisher.
Tautog in R.I. re-opens 4-15-15
Head boats out of Point Judith, Gallilee switch to Bluefish or Fluke May.1st Squid Trips are starting now

Friday, August 28, 2015

Maine Bear Hunting Season Starts Monday, Youth Bear Hunting Day is Saturday

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine's bear season begins on Monday, August 31 at 5:26 a.m. throughout the state of Maine, and this year, youth hunters ages 10-16 get their own day on Saturday, August 29. Last year, 11,345 hunters purchased a permit to hunt bear, the fourth straight year permit sales have increased, and the highest number of permits since 11,912 in 2008.

While IFW biologists expect hunters to do well once again, this year there is an abundance of natural foods compared to last year, and that could impact the success of hunters who use bait, while increasing the chances for deer hunters to get a bear later in the season.

"This is likely to be a better year for deer hunters as bears will be foraging later into the season due to an abundance of natural foods," said IFW wildlife biologist Jen Vashon. "With all the natural foods available, hunters who use bait will likely not see as many bears as last year."

Maine's bear season is divided into three segments, as hunters can hunt with bait from August 31 to September 26, hunters can hunt with dogs from September 14 to October 30, and hunters can still hunt or stalk bear from August 31 to November 28. Maine has one of the longest bear seasons in the country since Maine has the largest bear population in the country, estimated at over 31,000 animals. In addition to a season that starts in August and ends after Thanksgiving, Maine allows hunters to take two bears, one by hunting and one by trapping.

In 2013, 3,239 bears were taken during the 14 week fall season. Most bears (96%) were taken with the use of bait, dogs, or traps: 2,477 bears were harvested over bait (77%), 523 bears were taken by hunters using dogs (16%), and 106 bears were taken in traps (3%). Only 4% were taken by other methods: 36 bears were harvested by deer hunters, 57 bears by stillhunting, and 39 bears were taken by unreported methods. It was the lowest year ever for bears taken by deer hunters. Even with the lengthy bear season, only about 30% of all bear hunters are successful. By contrast, 72% of moose hunters, and 32% of turkey hunters were successful last year.

This is the first year for the youth bear hunting day, which will be Saturday, August 29. Youth hunters who have a junior hunting license can hunt bear with a firearm, bow, or crossbow on this day. Junior hunters may hunt bear with the use of bait, or still hunt; however the use of dogs during youth hunting day is prohibited.
Junior hunters may hunt only in the presence of an adult supervisor who is at least 18 years of age. The adult supervisor may not possess a firearm, bow, or crossbow while the youth hunter is participating in the bear hunt. Any person who accompanies a junior hunter other than the parent or guardian, must either possess a valid adult hunting license or have successfully completed a hunter education course.

While the abundance of natural foods this year is likely to impact hunters, it also is the primary reason for the low number of nuisance bear complaints to date. In 2014, there were over 600 nuisance complaints through August, and this year, there are just 335 complaints so far.

The numbers confirm research done by Maine's bear study. Over a span of 40 years, Maine's bear study has shown that not only does the availability of natural foods drive bear cub survival and bear birth rates, but it also directly influences when bears den for the winter, as well as hunter success rates. In poor natural food years, hunter success is higher than in years when natural food is abundant.

Availability of natural foods also fuels nuisance bear complaints. In 2013, when there was a good natural food crop, nuisance complaints dropped to 311, well under the five-year average of approximately 500 complaints per year. Last year, due to poor natural foods, nuisance complaints have increased to over 600, and this year, they are lower once again.

Maine's black bear population is closely monitored by Department biologists through one of the most extensive, longest-running biological studies in the U.S. The study began in 1975 and continues today. Over nearly 40 years, Department biologists have captured and tracked over 3,000 bears to determine the health and condition of Maine's bears and estimate how many cubs are born each year.

Successful bear hunters are reminded that it is mandatory to submit a tooth from their bear when registering. Tagging agents will provide envelopes and instructions to hunters as to how to remove the tooth. Biologists age the tooth, and the biological data collected help biologists adjust season lengths and bag limits for bears.

Hunters must have a bear permit in addition to a big game hunting license to hunt bear in Maine. Bear hunting is most popular and bear populations are the densest in the northern and down east regions of the state.

Media Contact:
Mark Latti, IFW Outreach and Communications, 287-5216, mark.latti@maine.gov
Judy Camuso, IFW Wildlife Division Director, 415-3611 (cell), judy.camuso@maine.gov
Jennifer Vashon, IFW Bear Biologist, 941-4238, jennifer.vashon@maine.go       

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Hampshire Hunting Seasons Start September 1

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

CONCORD, N.H. – New Hampshire's hunting seasons kick off on September 1 with the opening of black bear and gray squirrel seasons. Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer get underway September 15. The statewide resident Canada goose hunt runs September 1-25.
Highlights of most New Hampshire hunting seasons can be found in the newly published 2015-2016 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest, which includes New Hampshire hunting season dates, bag limits, check stations and more. Hunters and trappers can pick up a free copy from their local Fish and Game license agent when they buy their license, or view it online at huntnh.com/hunting/publications.html.
Looking ahead, the much-anticipated regular firearms deer hunting season opens on November 11. Both the archery and regular firearms seasons for deer continue to end one week early in WMU A.
Following is a general overview of New Hampshire's fall hunting seasons (please be sure to consult the Digest for additional information and regulation details):
2015 New Hampshire Hunting Seasons
  • Archery: September 15-December 15 (ends December 8 in WMU A)
  • Youth Deer Weekend: October 24-25, 2015
  • Muzzleloader: October 31-November 10, 2015
  • Firearms: November 11-December 6, 2015 (ends November 29 in WMU A)

  • BLACK BEAR: Starts September 1 (end varies by WMU)
    GRAY SQUIRREL: September 1-December 31
    SNOWSHOE HARE: October 1-March 31 (bag limit varies by WMU)
    RUFFED GROUSE: October 1-December 31
    MOOSE: October 17-25 (by permit only)
    • Shotgun turkey: October 12-16 (certain WMUs)
    • Archery turkey: Septemer 15-December 15 (closed in WMU A)
    The Digest also summarizes new rules in effect for this hunting season, including a ban on chocolate as bear bait and a prohibition on the use of drones, smart rifles and certain uses of game cameras by hunters.
    Need a hunter education class? Don't delay! Register online at huntnh.com/hunting/hunter-ed.html.
    Apprentice hunting licenses will again be available during the 2015 season. These licenses provide persons 16 and over who have not yet completed a hunter education course the opportunity to hunt under the guidance of a licensed hunter age 18 or older. This program gives people who may not have grown up with family or friends that hunted, or simply think they would enjoy the experience of being outdoors and learning the skills of hunting, the chance to give it a try. In 2014, a total of 1,353 individuals (944 men and 409 women) took advantage of the apprentice license program, hunting everything from deer to migratory waterfowl. Apprentice licenses are available only at Fish and Game headquarters. Learn more at huntnh.com/hunting/apprentice.html.
    N.H. hunting licenses and permits can be purchased online anytime at www.nhfishandgame.com.
    So get out and enjoy New Hampshire's big woods, with more than a million acres of public land open to hunting.  Find more information about hunting in New Hampshire at huntnh.com/hunting.

    Wednesday, August 26, 2015

    Acoustic and Noise Management Workshop Available for Shooting Range Operators

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting a special seminar on shooting range acoustics and noise management on Saturday, September 12, at the Agency of Natural Resources Annex, 190 Junction Road, Berlin, Vermont.

    The department and several sporting organizations have been working to enhance shooting range opportunities for hunters and shooters throughout Vermont. At the seminar participants will learn practical information on acoustics and how it relates to shooting ranges in particular. The presentation will include background on acoustics materials, measurements and noise mitigation. Discussion will follow on local, county and state noise codes, ordinances and laws.

    Leading the seminar is Bill Bergiadis, founder of Troy Acoustics Corporation and designer of a highly rated sound-wall system. A nationally recognized expert on acoustic materials, Bergiadis regularly does presentations at NRA range seminars and for government agencies.

    The seminar will run from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided. Anyone interested in attending needs to pre-register.

    "For current and potential range operators, this is a must-attend workshop," says Daneil Pieterse, Vermont Fish & Wildlife's shooting range technician. "Clubs and organizations should consider sending members so they can be equipped with the knowledge and tools to bring back to their organizations. Well-run shooting ranges provide safe and educational resources for beginning hunters and established firearm users. Our department is committed to fostering responsible range management in the state and we look forward to helping clubs and organizations in this effort."

    For more information or to register for this event, please see: http://www.register-ed.com/events/view/67242

    Tuesday, August 25, 2015

    Recipe; Brunswick Stew !

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    Brunswick Stew


    2 Rabbits (or 2-3 squirrels)
    1 cup tomatoes
    1 cup lima beans
    1 cup corn
    1/4 cup oil
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 diced lemon
    Brown meat in hot oil until brown, along with onions. Add 1 cup water and tomatoes and cover. Simmer until tender. Add rest of vegetables and cook 10-15 minutes until done. Salt and pepper to taste.

    Vermont Fish & Wildlife to stock muskellunge fingerlings in Lake Champlain

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    SWANTON, VT – Vermont Fish & Wildlife will be stocking over 5,000 muskellunge fingerlings in the Missisquoi River and Missisqoui Bay in Swanton on Tuesday, August 25, as part of the Department's ongoing Lake Champlain muskellunge restoration initiative.

    "Muskie are native to Lake Champlain and once played an important role as the top predatory species in the lake," said Shawn Good, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife, who's spearheading the project. "It's really exciting to be part of the effort to bring this fish back to the lake, not only for its important role in the lake's aquatic ecosystem, but also for the fishing opportunities it will provide in the future for Vermont anglers."

    Muskellunge can grow to be one of the largest freshwater gamefish in the country, often exceeding 50 inches in length and 50 pounds in weight. However, Good says that it's their aggressiveness that really makes muskie such a desirable sportfish.

    "Muskies hold a special place in the hearts of anglers who've caught one," said Good. "Often, catching just their first muskie ever is enough to turn someone into a lifelong muskie addict!"

    Muskie are fabled for their vicious strikes and powerful runs during battle, and the species has a tendency to leap acrobatically out of the water during a fight.

    "Imagine having a 30 or 40 pound smallmouth bass on the end of your line," said Good. "That's what it's like to hook a muskie."

    Muskellunge are one of four species of esocids (pike family) native to Vermont along with northern pike, chain pickerel and redfin pickerel. Lake Champlain and its tributaries are the only locations in New England that historically supported natural muskellunge populations.

    Although the native Lake Champlain muskie population was once widespread, it began to decline in the 1970's, and is thought to have been extirpated completely from the lake following a paper mill spill in the Missisquoi River in the late 1970's.

    "This week's stocking effort is another step toward returning this great species to Lake Champlain, and the Missisquoi River," Good said.
    Vermont Fish & Wildlife has been conducting annual muskie stocking activities since 2008, and have released over 38,000 muskie into the lake since then.

    The six-inch long muskie fingerlings, which will be stocked on Tuesday at multiple locations throughout the Missisquoi River and Missisquoi Bay, are being provided through a cooperative effort by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. The fish are raised at NYDEC's Prendergast Hatchery on Chautauqua Lake in western New York.

    To learn more about Vermont's fisheries management programs and fishing in Vermont, visithttp://www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Maine Approves New Fall 2015 Trapping Regulations

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    AUGUSTA, Maine -- The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, working together with the Maine Trappers Association, crafted new trapping regulations for the 2015 trapping season that were adopted earlier this week.

    The new regulations were implemented in order to decrease the chances of trapping or injuring a Canada lynx. The full text of the regulations can be found at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/pdfs/Trap%20regs%20clean%20version.pdf.

    "As we continue to see Maine's lynx population grow and expand their range, we are amending our trapping regulations in order to decrease the probability of capturing a Canada lynx," said Jim Connolly, Director, IFW Bureau of Resource Management. "These are preventative measures born out of an abundance of caution."

    The regulations were crafted after several meetings with members of the Maine Trappers Association and Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staff. The proposed regulations went through a one month public comment period and two public hearings, one in Portland and one in Bangor. The new rules replace expired emergency rules which expired this past spring.

    Included in the new regulations are:

    Lynx exclusion devices are now required statewide on all body-gripping traps that are set on dry land.
    In areas known to contain lynx (western, northern and eastern Maine), all foothold traps must be staked to the ground, and the area around the trap clear of rooted woody vegetation and debris.
    All foothold traps set on dry land statewide must have three swiveling points, and the chain must be centrally mounted.

    "While some of these regulations might be overly cautious in some parts of the state, we are implementing many of these statewide solely as a precaution, knowing that lynx are expanding their range in Maine and that they can travel great distances," said Connolly. One of the Department's GPS collared lynx travelled from an area northeast of Greenville east all the way to Fredericton, New Brunswick, before turning around and venturing back to the Greenville area, covering 481 miles from March through December.
    While lynx are not on Maine's endangered or threatened list, lynx are listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act, which makes it illegal to kill, trap, harm or harass any lynx in Maine. In order to allow Maine's trapping programs to continue, The Department worked with the USFWS to develop a lynx conservation plan that included an incidental take permit.

    This permit allows for the accidental trapping of Canada lynx by trappers legally pursuing furbearers in Maine. The permit outlines specific protocols and mitigation measures for the incidental take of lynx that minimizes direct impacts to lynx while providing habitat that benefits species recovery.

    Under the conditions set forth in the incidental take plan, if two lynx are killed by legally set traps, trapping rules will be modified to prevent the likelihood of another lynx being killed.

    Last trapping season, two lynx were killed. These were the first lynx trapping deaths in six years in Maine. Statistics show that trapping is not a major factor impacting Maine's lynx population. Since 2009, there were 26 lynx killed by vehicles, and only 2 by trapping.

    The department is also in the process of updating the state's lynx population estimate which was estimated conservatively at 750-1,000 back in 2006. Many factors, including lynx tracking surveys conducted last winter and confirmed lynx sightings indicate that Maine's lynx population is expanding into western and eastern range while remaining stable in their central core range of northern Maine.

    In last year's lynx survey, IFW wildlife biologists surveyed 25 towns, and found lynx tracks in 20 of them.

    The lynx survey also showed how lynx have expanded their range. Out of those 25 towns, 19 of the towns had been surveyed ten years earlier by IFW. Between 2003 – 2008, lynx were found in 11 of those 19 towns. Last year, lynx tracks were found in 18 of those same 19 towns.

    IFW crews also surveyed six towns in 2015 that hadn't been previously surveyed because they were outside of the lynx historic range. Lynx were found in 2 out of the six towns.

    These surveys are supported by other factors showing that lynx numbers are increasing such as increasing vehicle collisions, continued sightings of female lynx with kittens in the lynx core range as well as other areas.

    A variety of factors are telling us that Maine's lynx population is growing and expanding their range," says Jen Vashon, Maine's lynx biologist, "And there is nothing to tell us the opposite."

    Famed Redfish Angler Manny Perez Passes Away at Texas Tourney

    Posted by Wayne G. Barber

    A beloved and top angler in the redfish tournament circuits, Manny Perez, passed away while fishing the top-10 cut at the Redfish Series Elite Series event on Galveston Bay, Texas this weekend.

    Well-known and beloved redfish angler, father and friend, Manny Perez passed away during the Redfish Series Elite Series event on Galveston Bay on Saturday, August 15. The sad news started trickling in on Facebook over the weekend that one of the top redfish anglers in the world had passed while fishing the top 10 at the event.

    Afterwards some of the anglers checked his livewell and found redfish in there — one of the best catches of tournament in fact. They weighed the fish at 24.07 pounds and asked if they could weigh Manny's fish in his honor. When they were told they could not weigh Manny's fish, the other 9 competitors in the top 10 refused to weigh their fish and dumped them all back.

    "If Manny can't weigh, none of us are going to weigh." A lot of guys have been posting the hashtag #2407 with tributes to Manny this week as a reflection of him going out the way he always said he wanted to go — fishing and on the water. And many are taking solace in the fact that Manny was probably on "Cloud 9" moments before his passing with good fishing on the final day.

    The remaining 9 anglers gathered on stage to join hands and pray for Manny's family and each other in this tragic time.