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Baitfish changes in effect

Baitfish transport regulations were changed recently; anglers can now carry live and salted baitfish along corridors in the Great Lakes basins of Western New York and elsewhere.

Anglers have the option of using live bait and retaining it in aerated water or salting those fishes for later use as bait. "Fishermen can use that bait anywhere in the corridors, but they would need a (Department of Environmental Conservation) baitfish license and mark packs (with dates and places) if anglers were to take that bait out of the corridor," Mike Clancy, DEC Region 9 fishering manager said.

A full description of potential problems, purchase and transport of baitfish appears on pages 18 to 21 in the current "New York Freshwater Fishing Guide."


Olcott accolades

In a recent World Fishing Network poll of nearly 500 destinations, Olcott Beach took top voting among nearly 500 options for the "Ultimate Fishing Town."

The Olcott community receives a $25,000 award and national bragging rights for its many angling alternatives offered throughout all fishing seasons. To check on the results and all the prestigious places Olcott bested, go to


Launching launches

Add Cuba Lake to the list of improved launch ramps and parking areas for boaters with vessels trailered to fishing areas. The Honeoye Lake ramp is complete and the upgrade is remarkable. Work at the Canandaigua Lake facility in the city should be completed soon.

The site at Cuba, located off West Shore Road near Rawson Creek, is now open, with a new concrete ramp, floating side docks, a paved entrance road, solar lighting, pathways and an expanded parking area.

General information on Cuba Lake, go to dec.ny/gov/outdoor/26961.html.


Blues news

A found browned Oct. 7, 1937 City Edition of The Buffalo Evening News (price three cents) offered headlines about Japan defying a treaty and the Giants lineup against the Yankees in the World Series.

And anglers and fish lovers received shocking news in a back-page entry. The decades-long five-cent retail cost of blue pike (fillets or hog-dressed) had vaulted to 19 cents that year. Could this be another cause of World War II?