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 483,950 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

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Posted by Wayne G. Barber
PROVIDENCE – Scientists from the Department of Environmental Management are monitoring a large fish kill of adult menhaden in the Seekonk and Providence Rivers. Based on field observations and water quality measurements, the ongoing incident is being caused by low oxygen levels in the bottom waters.
  Initial reports indicate the fish kill began in the upper Seekonk River in the evening or early morning hours of July 17-18. A field investigator from DEM’s Marine Fisheries section surveyed the area on July 20, measured water quality in the Seekonk River and performed a count of dead fish. Approximately 100 dead menhaden were found during the shoreline count at Bishop’s Cove and the Pawtucket boat ramp and pier area. Dead fish were also strewn along inaccessible shoreline areas, and so the estimated total count was in the low hundreds. Oxygen levels below ~ 3 feet were very low in the channel near the Pawtucket boat ramp and pier on the Seekonk River, and the likely main factor in the fish kill.
  DEM has been collaborating with the Narragansett Bay Commission (NBC) to monitor the hypoxic (low oxygen) conditions in the affected waters. NBC field staff performed a regularly-scheduled water quality survey in the Seekonk and Providence Rivers on July 21 and 22. They shared their data with DEM and took fish samples for analysis. The data showed that the low-oxygen water extended all the way to India Point Park, and that almost the entire length of the Seekonk River is experiencing a severe low oxygen event. Menhaden are often pinned in by predators like bluefish that attack them when they attempt to move out of these poor water quality areas, forcing them to remain in these low-oxygen areas.
  Reports early this week indicate that dead menhaden are being found along the East Providence shore in the Providence River. This suggests that the low-oxygen water has extended further south and is affecting the lower Providence River this week. A survey of the upper third of Narragansett Bay by Brown University and the University of Rhode Island will be conducted this week. Scientists will have a better picture of the extent of the hypoxia when that data is available.
  The hypoxic conditions are brought on by excess nutrients from various sources that cause algae to grow rapidly and often color the water. The Seekonk River is presently a brown color due to a large bloom of nontoxic algae. As algae die (they only live for a short period) they sink to bottom waters, and bacteria in the bottom waters use oxygen to decompose their bodies. Large algae blooms often result in low oxygen levels that are lethal to fish. Major wastewater treatment facilities (WWTFs) in Rhode Island remove a large percent of the nutrients through tertiary treatment before releasing their treated effluent into the state’s waters. However, other sources of nutrients such as fertilizers in storm water runoff and discharges from WWTFs that do not provide tertiary treatment are significant sources of nutrients, especially on the Blackstone River. DEM will continue to compile information on the extent of this low-oxygen event. The Department expects that additional fish kills will occur while large schools of menhaden continue to congregate in the Providence and Seekonk River areas, until weather conditions such as a strong wind from a local storm or a cooling weather pattern comes through.

Virginia School Places 1st at National Archery School Program ( NASP) World Tournament

   Posted by Wayne G. Barber
An archery team from Virginia's Ronald Reagan Middle School in Prince William County beat teams from Canada, the United Kingdom, Namibia, South Africa, and the United States to win the 3D Archery Challenge at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) World Tournament held in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday.
 There were 236 schools competing in the NASP archery competition with a total of 2,633 boys and 2,238 girls entered. The tournament consisted of a bullseye target competition at 10 and 15 meters, as well as a NASP-IBO 3D target challenge. In the 3D challenge teams of 12 archers shoot at six 3D animal targets from a distance of 10 and 15 meters, as well as from 4 unknown distances. The team from Ronald Reagan placed first in the Middle School Division in the 3D challenge with a score of 1407.
 "It's rewarding to see these very gifted and talented students recognized for all their hard work and dedication," said Karen Holson, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' State NASP Coordinator. "The level of success these students have achieved is a testimony to the benefits of the National Archery in the Schools Program and its ability to build skills and develop confidence in students."
 Along with taking first place in the Middle School Division, one of the team members from Ronald Reagan Middle School, Amanda Kreamer, placed 5th in overall score for Middle School Females in the 3D NASP – IBO Challenge with a total score of 284.
 Other Virginia teams competing in the NASP World Tournament were Chickahominy Middle School from Hanover Co; Monelison Middle School from Amherst County; Northside Middle from Roanoke; Atlee High School from Hanover County; Elon Elementary from Amherst County; and Richneck Elementary from Newport News.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Committee votes to return canoe nationals to Penobscot for next two years

Posted by Wayne G. Barber
When Scott Phillips and his fellow race organizers worked to stage the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta, they were hoping the races wouldn’t end up being a one-time event.
  Before the four-day championships wrapped up on Sunday, Phillips learned that attendees were duly impressed: During a Saturday meeting of the American Canoe Assocation’s competition committee, members voted to return to Old Town and stage the next two editions of the championships on the Penobscot River.
“The organizing committee has been so competent,” said Keith Havens of Deer Lodge, Tenn., the chairman of the committee, who also competed in the event. “The sponsorships, the community support, and of course the venue [were impressive]. This is just a beautiful river.”

Ryan Linehan and his son, Ryan, dump their canoe during the junior-senior race in the Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta that started in Old Town and ended in Eddington Thursday. The competition committee of the American Canoe Association voted on Saturday to return to the Penobscot for the next two whitewater open canoe national championships in 2016 and 2017. Ashley L. Conti | BDN
Some paddlers expected the decision to favor a return to Old Town, citing a recent precedent: The Nantahala River in North Carolina served as host for the nationals for three straight years beginning in 2012.
  Before that, however, the national competition had been held at a different venue each year, including rivers in Massachusetts (2011), Colorado (2010) and Maine (2009).
Havens said holding the event in the same spot for a three-year period makes sense, both for organizers and competitors.
Phillips, who served as race director, said there was a short debate before the vote was taken.
“The majority of the paddlers, and the people that can vote [on a proposal] liked what went on here,” Phillips said. “They liked the course, they liked the organization, and what was going on in town.”
One adjustment will be made, Phillips promised: Instead of a late-July event, next year’s nationals will take place about a month earlier in order to take advantage of predictably higher water conditions.
“I would say right now we’ve been paddling at 3.25, 3.50 [feet of water on a gauge in Eddington], and I would suspect it will probably be somewhere between four and five feet [next year],” Phillips said. “That makes it much more challenging, faster. It’s a different river [at that level]. You can run different lines through a lot of the drops.”

“People learn about the venues, the restaurants and the hotels,” Havens said. “And they realize they can make it down the river and plan on coming next year and doing better and bringing friends.”
Source: BDN Ashley L. Conti Blog Share

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Wayne's Rifle !

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

John Wayne was as prolific as he was iconic. He appeared in more than 170 movies, starred in more than 140, and often had several movies in theaters simultaneously. He could make almost any movie he wanted, with anyone he wanted, for any salary he wanted. Yet with all that flexibility, there was one specific rifle he chose to use again and again in his cowboy appearances.

It was the same rifle that had help make him a star. Director John Ford took the then-struggling actor and featured him in Stagecoach as Henry "the Ringo Kid," the rifle-slinging criminal bound for revenge and redemption at the end of a dusty wagon trail. Wayne's character was given a signature firearm: a big-looped Winchester Model 92 Trapper with the barrel chopped short.

VT Peregrine Falcon Nesting Cliffs Reopened for Hikers

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

On August 1, Vermont Fish & Wildlife will reopen the cliffs closed to hiking and access earlier this spring to protect nesting peregrine falcons.

"The young peregrines have fledged, and nesting data suggest Vermont falcons had a good year," said Vermont Fish & Wildlife's migratory bird biologist John Buck. "This is due, in part, to cooperation from hikers and rock climbers who observe a respectful distance from nesting falcons during this critical period. Peregrine nesting success is also helped by the more than 40 volunteers who monitor the nest sites statewide from March to the end of July."

According to Audubon biologist Margaret Fowle, who coordinates the monitoring effort on behalf of the Fish & Wildlife Department, biologists and volunteers monitored a record 49 peregrine pairs that occupied Vermont cliffs in early spring and summer. Preliminary results indicate of the 49 pairs, at least 43 pairs nested, and 34 pairs successfully produced a minimum of 61 young. Five new nesting sites were discovered this year indicating the population continues to expand.

"We greatly appreciate the time and effort volunteers put into monitoring the population this year, and we thank landowners and recreationists for their cooperation in protecting nesting peregrines from human disturbance," said Fowle.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Audubon Vermont partner to monitor and protect peregrine nesting sites in Vermont. Peregrine falcons were removed from the state's Threatened and Endangered Species List in 2005. Ongoing cooperation from recreationists and continued monitoring efforts by Vermont Fish & Wildlife and Audubon Vermont will help ensure the peregrine's remarkable recovery in future years.

Greenfield Lake (NH) Boat Ramp Repaired and Open to the Public

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

GREENFIELD, N.H. -- The NH Fish and Game Department has completed a major renovation of the boat ramp at Otter Lake in Greenfield, NH. The ramp and small gravel parking area had been in a state of disrepair including cracked bituminous pavement and scattered concrete slabs leading up to the ramp. The conditions made launching boats difficult and allowed eroded sediment from the ramp and parking area to enter the lake.

A single lane 12-foot wide precast-concrete-plank boat ramp has been constructed to replace the degraded ramp. The refurbished boat access facility includes a larger parking lot with nine trailer parking spaces, including one handicap accessible space. The parking area surface is constructed with a durable paving grid incorporating graded pea stone above a gravel base that provides increased infiltration and storage of storm water. Drainage swales along the perimeter of the site redirect storm water to two bio retention areas, one with a level spreader to control erosion and prevent sediment deposition in the lake.

The public boat ramp at Otter Lake is located off Forest Road about 1.4 miles west of the town center. The lake is approximately 135 acres in size and is an excellent warm water fishery managed by the NH Fish and Game Department. Fish populations include of largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch and horned pout.

New Hampshire's Public Boat Access Program is funded through boat registration fees and federal Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funds. Fish and Game's Facilities Construction and Lands Division acquires land for public water access sites, refurbishes existing sites and builds new public boat access areas. Visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/access for more information.

Garret Graskamp, Public Boat Access Program Coordinator: (603) 271-1748
Becky Johnson: (603) 271-3211

Monday, July 27, 2015

Vermont's Lemon Fair WMA Lands Grand Opening Tomorrow

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Lemon Fair WMA Lands Grand Opening –10:00 a.m., Tues., July 28

WHAT: A public event to celebrate the addition of 330 acres of land to the Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area in Cornwall and Bridport, Vermont. The event will include a reception with speakers (listed below), followed by the option of attending one of two 1-hour field trips of the property.

The Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area contains a slow-moving stream that meanders through wetlands, farm fields, and some of the most productive wildlife habitat in this region of Vermont. It represents the single largest land purchase using Vermont Duck Stamps. It is also the first property that will benefit from the new Vermont Habitat Stamp program.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Tues, July 28, 2015
Speakers commence at 10:30, field trips at 11:30

WHERE: 1683 West Street, Cornwall, VT
Directions: If you are coming from Route 125 heading west out of Middlebury, make a left onto West Street. If you are headed east on Route 125 from Bridport, make a right onto West Street. The event will be 1.8 miles to the south on the right. If you are headed west on Route 74, make a right onto West Street and if you are headed east on Route 74, make a left onto West Street.
The event will be 1.6 miles to the north on the left.

ANR Secretary Deb Markowitz
Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter
NRCS Vermont State Conservationist Vicky Drew
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Biologist Chris Smith
Waterfowl Advisory Committee Member Lawrence Pyne