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Audio Feature: Hudson River stories

May 04, 2018 9:55 am
Here are some stories from the Hudson River this week. Click here to hear an audio version of this report. (4:55)

The Stevens Institute reports temperatures this week in the Hudson River at Schodack Island were between 45 and 52 degrees, slightly warmer than last week.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced April 30, that fishing season begins May 5 for walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger muskellunge. "Fishing for these species, especially walleye and pike, can be especially good in cooler periods of early spring, and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of the exceptional fishing opportunities across the state," the DEC advised in a press release. Walleye can be found in more than 140 locations statewide, including every major watershed. Lake Erie and Oneida Lake, especially, are projected to produce great fishing in 2018. Due to exceptions to the statewide regulations for all species are in effect, so anglers are advised to pick up a copy of the 2018-19 Freshwater Fishing Regulations guide to ensure they are aware of the current regulations for their fishing location. The latest guide is available on-line and at all DEC offices and sporting license vendors. Read the full press release at NYS [dot] gov.

Gwendolyn Craig reports in the Post Star that Albany Supreme Court Justice David Weinstein ruled April 23 that the Department of Environmental Conservation’s pollution discharge permit it hands out to some large dairy and other livestock farms is not fully kosher with the federal Clean Water Act. Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, and Waterkeeper Alliance brought a suit to court last year. By October 23, the DEC will need to create a new concentrated animal feeding operation permit for farms that discharge into a water source. Farms can keep up what they are doing until new permits are issued. Mike Dulong, an attorney for Riverkeeper, was happy with the judge’s decision. “The opinion is very much focused on state and public oversight of these operations, and I think, personally and on behalf of Riverkeeper, there is a way to do, to make agriculture sustainable and make it safe for water quality, and that’s what we’re looking for here,” Dulong said. “A little bit more public and state oversight will make that possible.” Read the full story in the Post Star.

David Lee reports in The Columbia Paper that last week the state released trout into the RoeJan Creek and the Kinderhook Creek. The fish came from the Van Hornsville State Fish Hatchery in southern Herkimer County, and DEC officials keep the release locations secret to avoid over-fishing in those areas. Read the full story in The Columbia Paper.

David Figura in New York Upstate reports that striped bass are moving upstream to around Germantown thanks to the warmer weather. The River Basin Sports shop in Catskill says, "We have received multiple reports of fish ranging up to 42 inches from the section between Newburgh and Germantown. From Germantown to as far north as Bethlehem, the larger fish seemed to peak out in the high, 30-inch range.... The next three weeks should see striper approaching 50 inches and weighing in the vicinity of 50 pounds in our waters.... It seems that the main run of larger fish hadn't quite arrived in the Catskill area, or north thereof, this past weekend," the report said. Capt. Jimmy Samia, of Ace Charters, from Coeyman's Landing Marina, says his clients are using chunk herring and catching their share of "schoolies," or small stripped bass. Kevin Ryan, of Hudson River Bait and Tackle, in Renssalaaer, says rain runoff has muddied the waters in the past week, but now the river is clearing. Read the full story in New York Upstate.
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