Oneida County angler Dan Germain has set a record for brook trout, New York State's official fish, with his 5.5-pound trout caught in the Adirondack Park.
Germain, a resident of Forestport, hooked and landed this trout June 15 while fishing at South Lake in Herkimer County. His tackle, a Lake Clear Wabbler with an attached nightcrawler, lured the 22-inch trophy trout.
DEC officials confirmed the record-breaking weight and species identity last week. Germain's trout weight surpassed the previous state record by 3.5 ounces, a catch recorded in 2009.
Germain had entered his trout in the DEC Angler Achievement Awards Program. Anglers can submit catch information in three categories: Catch and Release, Annual Award, and State Record. Submissions for a state record must include weight, length, and witness information.
For more details on this program, go to dec.ny.gov//outdoor/7727.html.
> Commuting cat
A Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) study (genetic testing) revealed a mountain lion killed in Milford,. Conn., in June had traveled from its birth site in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.
The animal had been tracked and recorded through Minnesota and Wisconsin. The DEEP study also suggested that this was the same mountain lion that had been seen in the Greenwich area of the state.
A detailed report of the test results can be viewed at ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=4013&Q=483778. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides good, general and study-specific information on cougars inhabiting the northeast at fws.gov/northeast/ecougar.
> Fun at Penn Dixie
The Penn Dixie Site in Hamburg will be a fun place to see and do things during a Mid-Summer's Night Adventure on Saturday.
Starting at 5 p.m., visitors can view sunspots until sunset and then see celestial bodies of all sorts after dark. A rising moon at 9 p.m. will add to the astronomical attractions.
All the while, adults and kids can dig for fossils around the site. Bring digging tools, including a flashlight for finding fossils after dark.
For details and directions, call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.