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April 1, 2013

Area anglers set to tackle trout season

Neither rain nor cold may stop a dedicated angler from wetting a line today, the first day of trout fishing season. 

Brad Decker, assistant manager of Sportsman Adventures in Oneonta, said the store is stocked with worms, night crawlers and salted and live minnows, and he has heard from anglers who are excited about wetting their lines. Rivers and creeks aren’t frozen, he said, and the lure of the catch beckons.

“It’s just excitement all the way around,’’ he said. “We’re stocked — we’re ready to go.’’ 

The National Weather Service in Binghamton forecast for the Oneonta area includes a 50 percent chance of precipitation, with temperatures reaching a lower 40-degree mark, then becoming colder.

High, cold water, plus icy banks and streambeds, are likely conditions today, which could make for a dangerous early season angling, Joe Martens, Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner, said in a media release. 

“Although opening day conditions may be less than ideal for fishing in most sections of the state, the urge to wet a line and look forward to spring is more than enough reason to draw anglers to their nearest stream or pond,” Martens said.

The governor is joining the DEC in promoting the opening of trout and salmon fishing today. The DEC plans to stock waters this spring to enhancing fishing opportunities for this and future years, a media release said.

At Mac’s Barber Shop in Oneonta, talk of politics and religion isn’t allowed, Frank “Mac’’ Microni, said Thursday. But there isn’t any limit to talk of hunting and fishing, he said, and many tales have been told.

But these days, anglers are upset because they aren’t catching any fish, he said. There seem to be fewer, skinnier fish, his customers said, and too many restrictions and not enough stocking, with licensing costs that are discouraging. Locally, angers said they no longer can get to favorite fishing sites because properties are posted against access, he said.

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