fishing


Photo provided by the Basket Historical Society
John Snavely, left, and Charles Clark, with Billie Clark in the window, on opening day April 1, 1935. The note on the photo says “freezing.” The buttons on the men’s hats are their NY State fishing licenses.

Looking Back

Federal fishing regulations have existed since the 1800s, and unofficial protections date back even further to the Colonial Era, when European settlers set catch limits and gear limits for spawning periods.


Photos by Scott Rando

Dragonflies and fishing

If you have fished in the region, either on a lake, river, or stream, you will see and hear other wildlife.Muskrats and otters can be found in many lakes and along rivers. Birds of all kinds are abundant as well, on and near waterways. Flying creatures make their presence known by the sense of touch (and bite).


Photos provided by Tony Bonavist

A Hendrickson Mayfly

Another silent spring?

About three years ago, angling friends that fish Catskill rivers reported a decline in some traditional mayfly hatches. Of particular concern was the purported absence of sulphur mayflies, an eagerly awaited though somewhat-frustrating little fly.

Fishing for everyone

Fishing is a wonderful and timeless way to pass time, feed yourself and enjoy the outdoors. It has been described with such humorous sayings as, “Fishing, the most expensive free meal you will ever get,” and “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day.


Some glue and a top cut off a bottle may make this gear look extra redneck, but it will help keep the magnet from getting snagged on things under the water. 

Fishing without a license

In early summer, I braved the lower Delaware River and went striper fishing. It was cold, but we caught some great fish and had a fantastic time. I used bait I’d never touched before (bloodworms) and had to learn to let the fish go on the line longer than I was used to in order to hook one.


Ed Wesely took these photos of Walter Bryk back in 2005. At the time, he wrote, “Walter Byrk has motored from Dupont, near Wilkes Barre PA, to fish on the ice at Narowsburg’s Big Eddy. In the picture, Walter holds up three Walleyes he caught on Sunday, December 18.”

Ice fishing destinations

The sites below are listed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation respectively, and allow for public access.

Pennsylvania

General statewide regulations: fishinpa.com/:

Wayne

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