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Nolan Paro of Fort Plain holds the 26-inch, 6-pound walleye he caught while trolling a white crawler spinner harness somewhere along Great Sacandaga Lake June 29. The setup was rigged by Dave Allen of Dave's Bait and Tackle. (Photo submitted)


Hamilton County Outdoors -- 07/09/2014 Trout Unlimited's Clean Water Act report is watered down By Dick Nelson

Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - Updated: 8:58 AM

In a new report, "Rising to the Challenge," ( Trout Unlimited details the importance of small seasonal streams across America and urges anglers to take action to protect them by contacting their members of Congress and telling lawmakers to keep the Clean Water Act intact.

What the report doesn't mention is how passage of the measure would give the federal government control in regulating state waters regardless of size.

Both Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), chairman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources, and Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, oppose the extension of the Clean Water Act as written, stating their case against the rule change during a Water Resources and Environmental Subcommittee hearing June 11.

"Should this measure move forward, it will undermine that federal-state partnership and erode state authority by granting sweeping new federal jurisdiction to waters never intended for regulation under the Clean Water Act, including ditches, man-made ponds, floodplains, riparian areas, and seasonally-wet areas," Gibbs said in both written and verbal testimony.

"I am extremely concerned that there are serious flaws with this rule. Twice, the Supreme Court has told the agencies there are limits to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, and that they had gone too far in asserting their authority. Now the Administration has taken those Supreme Court rulings and cherry-picked discreet language from them in an attempt to gain expanded authority over new waters," said Schuster.

To read the testimonies visit:

While I can understand and appreciate TU's position on protecting the nation's trout streams, I don't want the federal government having control over my little pond. The DEC is doing an excellent job protecting our waters and wetlands, and I'm sure even they don't want the feds or some environmental group dictating policy to them.

So before you urge your representative to support the rule change, you best learn what's involved and revisit to check out a report published by the Center for Consumer Freedom that shows how some sportsmen's advocacy groups have been taken over by "radical environmentalists with a hidden far-left agenda."


The Lake Champlain Research Institute has confirmed massive numbers of spiny water fleas in the Glens Falls Champlain Canal Feeder -- the junction basin where the feeder canal branches off the Hudson River at Glens Falls -- meaning they are on their way into Lake Champlain, if not already there.

The spiny water flea was confirmed in Great Sacandaga Lake in the fall of 2008 and in Lake George in July 2012. Spiny water fleas attach to fish lines and leaders. Clumping on lines, they foul the eyes on fishing poles.

As its population explodes, it consumes large amounts of native plankton on which walleye, perch and many other species of fish rely each year during early stages of their development, endangering native fisheries.

The spiny water flea is only one of several invasive aquatic species the DEC is trying to keep from spreading. That's why it has adopted regulations requiring boaters to remove all visible plant and animal materials from boats, trailers and associated equipment, and to drain and dry out boats prior to re-launching.


Dave Allen of Dave's Bait and Tackle in Mayfield tells us Luke Olson of Northville took the first and second place spots in the bass category of the shop's monthly fishing contest with 17.62-inch and 16.75-inch smallmouths. John Stewart of Wells was third with a 14-inch smallie.

Olsen also tied for the top spot in the walleye division, with Northville's Brian Gander, each of whom caught 20-inch marbleyes. Stewart was second with 19.5 inches, followed by Gander and Edinburgh's Dan Looman who tied with a 19-inch fish.

Stewart was first in the trout category with a 16.5-inch rainbow. George Albert was second with a 16-inch rainbow followed by Ron Smith of Catskill with 13.5 inches.

It was the 14.75-inch yellow perch (YP) that landed Gander in the position, with Looman and Smith tying for second with 14.25-inch YPs and Looman scoring again with a 13.37-inch YP. When it came to white perch only a quarter of an inch separated the same two anglers: Smith catching a 12.75-inch WP with Looman netting a 12.5- and a 12.25-inch WP for second and third.

Each of the winners received gift certificates for their first, second and third place finishes. Anglers can still enter the July contest. The fee is $10. Call 863-8318.


Exhibition shooter Tim Bradley will demonstrate his prowess with a scattergun at the Austerlitz Club, 634 Dugway Rd., Chatham (Columbia County) Saturday, July 19, beginning at 1 p.m. Not to be confused with the former WBO welterweight champion, this Tim Bradley is a trick shot artist extraordinaire, who is as equally proficient with a .22 scoped rifle and .22 centerfire pistol as he is with a shotgun, and he does it right- or left-handed. Admission is $10 adults and free youngsters age 15 and under. This is Bradley's only appearance in New York and his performance is definitely worth seeing.

Dropping anchor 'til next time.

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Aug. 28-30 -- The 2014 New York State Trappers Association Convention and Sportsman Show, Herkimer County Fairgrounds, Frankfort. Grounds and dealer buildings will be open Thursday from 12-6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. More than 80 venders and some two dozen seminars will take place from noon Thursday through 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by the NYSTA membership meeting at 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for the weekend and free to anyone age 15 and under. RV camping is $18 per night (electric included); primitive camping $10 per night or $18 with electric hook-up; and tailgating $55 per spot. For Mapquest directions use 135 Cemetery St., Frankfort NY 13340.

For more information and or reservations contact Wayne Jones at (716) 772-1059 or


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