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Trout season in full swing; Spring — not so much

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    A proud fisherman at Six Mile Waterworks with his limit of trout.
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    Pictured, from left, is Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, ECO Kurt Bush, Albany Pine Bush Commissioner Chris Hawver and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos at Six Mile Stocking Event.
April 13, 2018 10:45 pm

It’s been two weeks since the trout season opener and while many area streams have been stocked, some have yet to see their first allotment of one-and two-year-old trout.

In Greene County, streams that already have been stocked include the Schoharie Creek, Batavia Kill, West Kill and East Kill. Waters in Greene County that have yet to be stocked include the Catskill, Basic and Kaaterskill Creeks, as well as Green Lake.

In Columbia County, trout waters yet to receive their April stocking include the Taghkanic, Claverack and Kinderhook Creek and the Roe-Jan and Kline Kills.

Portions of the Kinderhook that flow in Rensselear County have been stocked, as was the Poestenkill, and Town Park Pond. Second and Long Ponds are on the list to get their allotment by the end of the month.

In Albany, anyone who watched the 6 p.m. news knows Six Mile Waterworks was stocked with more than 1,700 trout back on April 3. DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan were on hand stocking trout in the Six Mile along with a number of DEC notables including Region 4 Regional Director Keith Goertz, Fisheries Bureau Chief Steve Hurst, Fish Culture (Hatcheries) Superintendant Jim Daly, Fisheries Section Head Ed Woltman, along with his “I Fish NY” program staff.

Lt. Liza Bobseine and Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) Kurt Bush and Jason Deangelis assisted, as well.

Anglers that day using spinners and spoons did best. The newly stocked trout were not hitting on worms or the (new to me) technique of using dyed jar baits in dough ball fashion.

One lucky fisherman got his limit of five trout on a silver blue fox with splashes of bright pink and blue on the blade and body. A young girl landed her limit using the ever-reliable gold Phoebe.

Of course, when heading out to area streams, lakes and ponds, other brands of spinners like Mepps, Rooster Tails, Panther Martins and other styles of spinners work nicely as well. Local waters, especially streams, are still quite cold.

Fast-moving spinners and spoons like the Mepps and Phoebe’s can be very effective, especially when fish are active soon after stocking. Once stocked trout are in the cold streams for a while, they may become more lethargic, making fast-moving lures less effective.

Until streams warm a bit, you might try to bounce a worm or scented jar bait right past the nose of lethargic “stockies” and holdovers to get them to strike when temperatures moderate.

To say the weather has been less than “spring like” is an understatement. Cold temperatures with brisk winds and plenty of snow in the mountains have kept trout and even some fisherman from reaching their peak activity. That should change if, and when, the warm weather ever arrives.

With highs in the 30s and 40s with freezing rain to the north forecast for this weekend, don’t expect too much, too soon.

News and Notes

— On Saturday, April 28, the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club is hosting “A Day to Honor, Celebrate and Remember.” The event is sponsored by the Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation. Tammy Houser describes it as a day to express appreciation for our veterans’ service. Veterans are invited to attend a day at the range at no charge at the Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club at 376 Fowler Lake Road in Ghent. It starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. and includes a BBQ Dinner served at 3 p.m., with food, snacks and drinks available throughout the day. *No alcohol permitted. Events include archery, trap shooting, rifle shooting, pistol shooting (pistol permit required) and fishing. For more information, contact Tammy Houser at 518-944-1084,, or Thom McDermott at 518-755-2708.

— The Tri-Village Rod & Gun Club issued a “Save the Date” for June 2. They will be presenting “Women’s Day; A Day at the Range.” For more information you can send an email to or call 518-758-2261.

— The Roe Jan Creek Boat Club and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office are hosting a NYS Safe Boating Class at the Roe Jan Creek Boat Club on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6 from 1:30-5:30 p.m. You have to attend both sessions to earn a Safe Boater Certificate. You must register for the free class by April 22. To register and for more information, call Barbara at 518-828-7173 (from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), or Chrissy at 518-9291.

— Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS.

Happy hunting, trapping, and fishing until next time.

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