Another New York State big brown went into the record books last week when Gerald Barnhart, Department of Environmental Conservation Acting Director of Fish, Wildlife and Marine Resources, confirmed the catch.
Schenectady angler Tony Brown, chartering with Capt. Jerry Bresadola of B&B Charters, hooked and landed a 33-pound, 2-ounce, 38-inch brown trout while trolling in the shallow Oswego County waters of Lake Ontario's eastern basin on June 10.
The trophy trout was impressive for both its size and the size of the tackle used to bring Brown's brown on board. The main line strung off a planer board was 8-pound test, with a 6-pound test leader ahead of the Smithwick Rogue lure.
More for muzzleloaders
Muzzleloaders can load up a bit longer this coming season in much of the Northern (Adirondack) zone.
Gov. Pataki has just signed into law a bill to expand the muzzleloader hunting season not to exceed a 16-day period. Currently, muzzleloading season goes seven days before the regular shotgun season. Under the new regulations, the hunt can be extended regionally to more days before or after the shotgun season, or any combination up to 16 days.
Jim Farquar, DEC senior wildlife biologist at the Watertown office, says, "Most Deer Management Units will allow hunting for either sex, but some DMUs will be designated as buck- or antlerless-only hunting. We're going to use this first season as an experiment to examine harvest control and recreational hunting opportunities."
Legislation for this season expires in 1999 so that management changes can be reviewed.
Northern Oneida and Oswego counties will be areas closest for Western New York hunters. Specific area regulations will be listed in the Hunting Guide booklet, which will be available when state licenses go on sale Aug. 11. Final details of the late muzzleloader seasons will be announced by late August, DEC officials said.
New York Walleye Association meets Tuesday night at 7:30 at American Legion Post 1041, 533 Amherst St. Capt. Larry Jones, noted musky angler, will show how he's also adept at walleye fishing when he discusses night fishing for Lake Erie 'eyes.
Niagara Musky Association gathers at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at Nuchereno's Restaurant, 1083 Tonawanda Street, to hear DEC Senior Aquatic Biologist Paul McKeown discuss the Chautauqua lake musky fishery.
Sportsman training courses
Wilson Conservation Club offers trapper education classes beginning Friday evening and Saturday morning. Call 751-9848.
Erie County Conservation Society presents a weekend course, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Students can pre-register by calling 826-1489 or 832-8013.
3-F Club has archery training classes set for Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6 to 10. Register at the first session on club grounds, 904 Swan Road, Youngstown.
Millgrove Sportsman Club sponsors an archery training course at Alden Rod & Gun Club Tuesday and Aug. 9. Call 937-9536 or 599-6431.
Holland Rod & Gun Club will hold classes Aug. 10, 17 and 24 for first-time hunters. Seating is limited. Pre-register with Mike Fellinger (537-2250).
Leo's Archery Range holds an all day archery training session Aug. 11. Preregister at 25 Pine St. in East Aurora.
VFW Post 7545 in Tonawanda offers a three-evening course from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 26-28. Call Butch White (627-9861).
JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development program) is a year-long program of archery training for both competition and hunting.
Boys and girls ages 6 to 18 are welcome each Monday evening at Allied Sportsmen's Club from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Call program coordinator Richard L. Moore (656-9742).
Niagara Frontier Bicycle Club will hold its Rainbow Rally, rides varying from 25 to 100 miles, Friday to Sunday. The Rally begins at Donald F. Miller Park in Tonawanda and includes visits to local forts and Niagara Falls. To register, call Doreen Lynd at 662-2445.
Foothills Trail Club meets Saturday morning at 10 for a Niagara Glen Hike. Contact Joanne McMullan (689-0495). Sunday, Bob Schmidt leads a Conservation Trail hike to Darien Lake State Park. Call 433-4546. Tuesday at 10 a.m. begins a Niagara River Saunter. Call 876-2721. Wednesday, a Stiglmeier Park Mini-Hike begins at 6:30 p.m. Check with Andrea von der Empten (874-1757).
New York State Parks presents three events on Saturday: At 9 a.m. hikers meet at the East River Road parking area for a Buckhorn Nature Hike (no registration needed). A Giant Rock Hike begins at 10:30 a.m. at Whirlpool State Park. To register, call 278-1728. At 1:30 p.m. a Whirlpool Point Hike begins through the Niagara Gorge. To register, call 278-1728. Wednesday, an Evening Family Program features a Candle Lantern Workshop at Fort Niagara State Park. To register, call 745-7273.
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