Weekly Fishing Report, Turkey

Fall 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 546,049 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. Fall Trout Stocking is now starting. 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

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Now and Then, Then and Now

Friday 6-17-013  by Larry Levine,       Murdered on Friday Oct. 2, 2015

The eldest victim of those slain in the Oregon shooting Thursday is remembered as a multitalented Renaissance man and a lover of the great outdoors.

 Larry Levine, 67, was teaching an introductory writing class in Snyder Hall at Umpqua Community College in the town of Roseburg when a student stormed the classroom and killed innocent people.
According to witnesses’ accounts, the gunman first shot Levine at point-blank range in the head before questioning students about whether or not they were Christians and executing them one by one.

I somehow feel a connection with our age and love of the Outdoors and writing and I think a tribute to re-print just one of his similar views on the Great Outdoors, RIP , Larry Levine,

Larry Levine, RIP
An artist friend andI drove the river highway late in the morning, stopping
occasionally along the way. He needed to inventory his paintings at The Inn upriver, and I needed to get my drinking water from the spring where watercress grows, but actually, anything done on the river is done to be on the river. Along the highway, the Scotch Broom was invasively yellow, and the wild Sweet Peas painted with watercolors. We've both lived here for decades; we're in our sixties; we've got experienced perspectives. We've done this a bunch. I learn from him; he sees more than I do; he's got artist eyes; I've got writer eyes. If memory serves me well, I can't recall a time that we both, in a rush of deep appreciation, didn't proclaim the North Fork to be the most beautiful river in the world and the watershed paradise.   
This claim can and should be disputed by anyone who lives on a beautiful river, or on a moderately beautiful river, even on a pretty or cute little river, because learning the lessons the river teaches is gratifying, and if a place makes you feel as if you're in paradise, you are. Why wait. The lessons can be comforting or terrifying, but, if the learner survives, they're meaningful currently, and, over the course of memory, I can appreciate the progression of my education. The education is ongoing, never complete.  A headstone will be my diploma.
When my artist friend can look out at the river and say, "I remember when..." and 
I'm on the same memory page, that's the essence of sharing. When I stand in a spot where I have stood a hundred times and am still awe inspired, that's way cool, because I've got this personal theory about how awe has the power to transform, however temporarily and however permanently. I see the scene, simultaneously remembering its many manifestations over time, remembering the man viewing it twenty/thirty years ago, and, for too fleeting a moment, the old awe adds intensity to the present. Obviously, the river can also make a person a bit strange and esoteric, but its a fine madness.
Here's how I came to this eccentricity: Over a period of time, an eon ago, the 
river whispered to me so softly as to be inaudible. Little by little, its voice grew louder, until I could decipher the message. Much akin to the lyrics of The Band's song, "The River Hymn," it called, "Son, you ain't never seen yourself / No crystal mirror can show it clear, come over here instead."  It made me an offer to which I put up no resistance, and I've been here ever since.  I like that when it addresses me--and address me it does--it always does so as "Son."  It parents; it taught me to walk its rocky, slippery bottom, taught me to walk its banks; it taught me a language I work to understand, and it gave me hope that eventually my voice would be accepted into the choir that sang the language that I alone could not. I wasn't born to it; I'm adopted, and being here only gets better the more here I become.

Souce: Steamboaters Fly Club

Friday, October 2, 2015

Connecticut Steps up the Fall Stocking

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Trout Stocking Update:   Brown Trout were stocked into the following waters today,  September 29, 2015. Mount Tom,  Stillwater Pond, and Highland Lake.  Good luck!

Broodstock Atlantic Salmon Stocking Update: Today, October 1, 2015,

125 Broodstock ATS were stocked into Mount Tom Pond and 125 into Crystal Lake (Ellington).

Beautiful Brown Trout Also
 Daily creel limit of 1 Salmon per day.

Trout Stocking Update: Brown trout were stocked into the following waters today, September 30, 2015. Beach Pond in Voluntown and the Bulls Bridge Trout Management Area on the Housatonic River, which is catch and release only.

Massachusetts Fall Trout Stockings are underway

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Fall Trout Stocking Underway

 This fall 74,100 trout, comprised of 66,100 rainbow trout and 8,000 brown trout, will be stocked in Massachusetts water bodies.
 The fish from McLaughlin, Montague, Sandwich, and Sunderland Hatcheries range in size from about 12 inches to more than 14 inches.  Stocking will start after September 28 provided water temperatures are cool enough. Trout have been allocated equally to each of the five MassWildlife Districts.

Due to the short stocking season, fall stocking activity is not posted on the website’s stocking schedule. See Trout Stocked Waters for a list of Massachusetts waters that are usually stocked in the fall. Contact your local DFW office for more information.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Try Taking Advantage of the Fall Feeding Period

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Where did the summer go? I guess  temperatures in the 80’s for most of September are more than I could ask for. Bass are about to put on the feed bag and make fishing phenomenal for the next couple of months. Here are a few tips to keep you catching while others are sitting in a tree stand or winterizing their boats.
   Flats-  When the water temperature is in the 60’s both smallmouth and largemouth start chasing the bait up on the same flats they used in the spring during pre spawn. Seek out grass flats in the 6-8 foot range and rip rattle baits just over the top of the grass. I like the Excalibur xr50, or a Rapala but anything will work. The key is to get your bait ticking the tops of the grass and when it starts to load up give the rod a good rip to pull the bait up from the grass.  Often times, the bass will slam the bait just as you rip it from the grass.
If the grass bite isn’t on, or you’re fishing a lake with a lack of vegetation, try burning rattle baits around wind blown rocky flats.  Although it’s colder on you, always seek out those flats with some wind blowing across them. It could be the difference between a stellar day and a mediocre one.
Dropping temperatures- As fall continues water temperatures will start dropping into the 50s and 40s. The rattle baits will still work, especially when fished with a slower pumping action, but now you’ll begin to see more action throwing jerk baits and jigs. Those same grass flats will hold numbers of fish, but the action is going to slow some and you should start looking for the bigger fish to move to spots with deep water access like points, break lines, and offshore rock piles. Work the jerk baits around the edges and over the top of these areas and then slowly drag a 1/2oz Black/Blue jig maintaining bottom contact. The metabolisms of fish are starting the slow down with the dropping temperatures, so make sure to work areas a little more slowly and thoroughly, but keep in mind unseasonably warm days can send those fish back onto those shallower flats and into another feeding session.
One last trick- If you’re out on a fall day and struggling to get the bites using the typical presentations try tying on a medium diving crank bait and working it over those rocky flats that have accesses to deep water. Concentrate on the edges, but don’t be afraid to move around until you locate the fish. Now here is the trick… instead of casting and reeling the crank bait, work it back to the boat with a slow sweeping motion of the rod. You’ll want to make a long cast, reel the bait down until it makes bottom contact and then slowly sweep the rod sideways so you can feel the bait bumping bottom. Return the rod to the starting position while reeling the slack then repeat. This slower presentation is a better match for the forage speed this time of year and gives the fish a chance to grab the bait as it starts to float back up as you give the bait slack. Most of the fish will grab the bait as you reel the slack in and begin to pull the bait again. Be ready to set the hook by continuing to sweep the rod and reeling into the fish. No jarring sets are needed for this presentation, with steady pressure the fish will load up on the bait.
This time of year can produce some of the best fishing of the season, so don’t trade your rods for rifles just yet…or at least not everyday! Get out on the water and enjoy some crazy fall action.

Muskie, Pike or Pickerel

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Pheasant Prospects Remain Good; Stamps Required

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

This year the DEEP will purchase a total of 14,935 adult pheasants based on revenues from the sale of 4,515 pheasant stamps in 2014. As a result of the decreased revenue collected in 2014 (106 fewer stamps sold) and a slight increase in the average price of adult birds, DEEP will be purchasing 605 fewer birds this year. As a result of fewer birds and declining habitat conditions, birds will not be stocked at the Kollar WMA, Sprague Permit-Required Area, Hebron Permit-Required Area, NU-Maromas Cooperative WMA, and the Weber’s Block of Cockaponset State Forest. However, additional birds will be released at Meadow Brook, Bear Hill, Bartlett Brook, and the Higganum Meadows Wildlife Management Areas. Please note that pheasants will not be stocked the week of November 16 on any state-owned areas.

Pheasant Tags: A reminder that pheasant tags are no longer required; however, hunters still need to purchase a pheasant stamp authorization for their Conservation License. The stamp will be valid until the end of February.

Pheasant stamp authorizations can be purchased through the online Sportsmen’s Licensing System at www.ct.gov/deep/sportsmenlicensing and from participating town clerks and retail agents, including Franklin Swamp WMA (Franklin), Sessions Woods WMA (Burlington), DEEP Marine Headquarters (Old Lyme), DEEP Eastern District Headquarters (Marlborough), DEEP Western District Headquarters (Harwinton), and DEEP Headquarters (Hartford).


For additional details, such as area allocations and an updated listing of all major stocking areas, visit the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Day 1 Maine Moose Hunt 2015

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Today was day one of Maine's moose season and the day stretched into the night for IFW's moose biologist Lee Kantar who was staffing the moose registration station at Quigley Outdoors in Fort Kent.
Despite temperatures that reached the 70's, it was a busy day for Lee as he examined 34 moose that were brought to Quigley's, including this one that came in around 7:30 tonight.
This big bull tipped the scales at 1,057 pounds, the largest of the day. While this bull weighed the most, the largest antler spread belonged to another bull whose rack was over 5 feet from tip to tip.
Lee, and other IFW biologists at registration stations will measure antler beam width and diameter, a tooth is removed to determine age, and ticks are counted on four different areas of the moose to compare it to years past. In later weeks, hunters who take a cow moose are required to bring the ovaries, which are examined to determine reproductive success.
This data is combined with data from the ongoing moose GPS collar study, as well as with the aerial moose population and composition surveys to give biologists a clearer picture of the health of Maine's moose population.