Upcoming Recreational Sporting Season Reminders


The recreational season reminders listed below include season dates that extend over the next two weeks. To view more season dates, visit the Outdoor Activities page of DEC’s website.

Fishing (Freshwater)

For Trout (brown, rainbow, hybrids and splake), Lake Trout, Landlocked salmon, and Kokanee:

  • October 15 – Final day to fish for these species statewide; however, some areas may remain open for trout. To find out which waters near you still have trout fishing opportunities, check the special fishing regulations by County.

Keep Current with NY State DEC Division of Wildlife Monthly Highlights.


In our August Division Monthly Highlights (PDF, 970 KB) (http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/august11hlite.pdf) you can stay up-to-date with the latest wildlife management and research plans, as well as outreach and other efforts occurring in our division.

Highlights in this issue include:

· Feature article on Albany’s Pine Bush Preserve with updates on Karner blue butterflies and prairie warblers;

· 2011 evaluation of New York’s warmwater and coldwater fisheries;

· New universally accessible fishing pier on Great Sacandaga Lake;

· Surveys on mourning doves, brook trout, sea lampreys and more;

· Donation of Canada goose meat to food pantries;

· Collaborative efforts to improve habitat for fish and wild turkeys; and

Fishing programs at DEC campgrounds.

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Presents Conservation Award to DEC Biologist.


Jack Isaacs, recent retiree from the Division’s Bureau of Habitat, will be honored with the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers prestigious Conservation Award. Before his retirement in 2010, Jack worked in DEC’s New Paltz office where he managed the regional habitat protection program. During his more than 30-year career with DEC, he worked tirelessly to protect world-renowned trout streams like the Beaver Kill and Willowemoc Creek. The Conservation Award will be presented to Jack at the Theodore Gordon Flyfishers’ Annual Conservation Dinner held on October 15 at the Rockland House near Roscoe, NY. See www.theodoregordonflyfishers.org for details.

Advanced Class: Tom’s Twelve Tips for Difficult Risers


Posted: 07 Oct 2011 06:18 AM PDT

Fall Brown Trout 3

This guy can be picky. Let the games begin.

Photo by Toby Swank

This week I discuss a dozen tips for taking difficult risers. We’re not always fortunate to find consistently rising fish, but when we do it’s a chess match that can be the most fascinating aspect of trout fishing. There are many tips to finally fooling a difficult riser, and surprisingly few of them involve choosing the correct fly. We also have Fly Box short items on some questions that came up from listeners regarding last week’s podcast on small stream fishing. And by popular demand, we’ll continue our sections on great fly-fishing books and cool products you might have missed.

Test your wits with my quiz on difficult rises here.

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