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Just up the road big brown trout are expected to be stocked sometime in April. Many anglers have already reported catching some of the winter holdovers from the past fall stocking on West Lake . During the stocking is when these fish will be most aggressive, several lures will work excellent in targeting these fish such as Kastmasters in gold and silver, Blue Fox Lures and Thomas lures, as well Trout magnets. Also excellent for these fish are nightcrawlers or small shiner under a float.
White perch are still being caught in the local tidal creeks. fishing nightcrawlers on a jig-head around drop offs during outgoing tide has seen better results than the incoming. Don't be surprised if you catch a small striped bass mixed in with the perch. You can also try soft plastics (bass assassins, grubs, curly tails) on a jig-head. Jig them off the bottom with a steady retrieve.
Flounder and Blackfish season in New York officially open April 1st. The the shop is stocked with flounder rigs and hooks as well as all hooks and rigs/jigs for Blackfish ! Sandworms, Bloodworms, and Clam are excellent bait for these early spring time dwellers. Also in stock and most affective way to get a good bite going is chum, shop has Clam Chum logs and 5LB bags of mussels available.
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With Striped Bass season opening on April 15th, a new regulation is now in place if you decide to use bait. Furthermore, the new regulations require the angler to use circle hooks with all types of bait fishing. Lures are still allowed, like bucktails, super strike lures and swimming plugs. Trailers are also allowed when using a bucktail. A trailer like "Fat cow" strips or squid strip are acceptable. Ok, what else does this mean? According to the rules, if you're fluke fishing with a J-hook and squid strip and you unintentionally catch a "legal" striped bass, you're required to release the fish. A bit confusing but we'll try to simplify the new regs so that you can enjoy a days fishing without the hassle of a DEC officers inquiries. Here's an Article from The Fisherman.com that may help you understand this new regulation.
All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.
You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors. To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident Freshwater License is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00), a week ($12.00), or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. ) Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00.
Licenses or saltwater registry are valid for one year from date of purchase.
Stop down at J & J Sports and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register online- click HERE. There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:
It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed.
Don't forget to include, names, location and details (when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….) comments or questions are welcome. 631-654-2311