Friday, June 23, 2017

Connecticut Fishing Report

Posted by Wayne G. Barber    Photo by Wayne G.Barber

Summer is here, why not mentor some young people or how about taking a elderly relative for a day on his favorite pond or stream.  Veterans love to fish in the great Outdoors also ! Garden worms, sunfish, cool drinks and another great day of memories.

   Fishing has been variable, sometimes slow but more often fair to good. Places to try include Congamond Lakes, Lake Saltonstall, Lake McDonough, Highland Lake, Winchester Lake, Bantam Lake, Candlewood Lake, Highland Lake, Lake Wononskopomuc, Batterson Park Pond, Lake Lillinonah, Lake Waramaug, West Hill Pond, Park Pond, Crystal Lake (Ellington), Gardner Lake, Rogers Lake, Squantz Pond, Maltby Lake 2 & 3, Wood Creek Pond, Pachaug Pond, Ball Pond, Quonnipaug Lake, Black Pond (Meriden), Cedar Lake, and Silver Lake (Meriden). Creative anglers fishing shallow lakes have been trying some flyfishing for bass. Tournament angler reports are from Amos Lake (slow to fair action, but some 2-lb and 3-lb fish caught, including 3.46 lb, two 3.44 lb and a 3.18 lb bass), Aspinook Pond (slow, 3.32 lb lunker), Coventry Lake (fair, 5.44 lb lunker, but average fish size was only a bit over  a lb apiece), Rogers Lake (fair to good, 4.02 lb lunker), Bantam Lake (fair to good, 4.47 lb lunker), Candlewood Lake (fair for largemouth, 4.4 lb and 2.9 lb lunkers), East Twin Lake (fair to good action, with 4.25 lb and 2.9 lb lunkers), Highland Lake (good fishing, many fish were still “…post-spawn, topwater was the winning pattern,” with a 4.69 lb lunker), Lake Lillinonah (fair, with a 3.29 lb lunker), and the CT River (fair, with a 4.46 lb lunker).

  Fishing has been fairly slow in many waters, with reports from Bantam Lake, Candlewood Lake (some action, but it’s been hard work), Highland Lake, Beach Pond, and Lake Lillinonah. Housatonic River smallies are starting up. Tournament angler reports are from Bantam Lake (a few caught, with a 3.19 lb lunker), Candlewood Lake (slow to fair), and Lake Lillinonah (slow for most, but some were catching fish).  .

Reports are patchy and slow.  Pike sharpies will find action in the traditional hot-spots including, Pachaug Pond, Bantam Lake, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Connecticut River, the small impoundments along the upper Housatonic River, and Winchester Lake.  Weedlines early and late in the day are producing some nice size pike.

    Some action at Squantz Pond (nights), Saugatuck Reservoir (near the inlet), Mount Tom (nights) and Batterson Park Pond.

  There are still a few reports of post-spawn mortality here and there.  Some level of mortality is expected, as the spawning is stressful time, leaving the fish vulnerable to infection and less ability to handle rising water temperatures.  Please see our PostSpawn fact sheet on our web site.  Despite the natural mortality, fishing remains good as fish are “getting back to normal” following the spawn.  CATFISH are providing some nice action at Community Fishing Waters including Birge Pond, Lake Wintergreen, Pickett’s Pond, Mohegan Park Pond, Keeney Park Pond, and Center Springs Pond. Catfish Management lakes like Lower Bolton Lake, and Quinebaug Pond are also yielding some catches.  Try live shiners, chunk bait, or night crawlers.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Posted by Wayne G. Barber
PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced the first batch of mosquitoes trapped and tested this season for West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are negative. Beginning in June each year and as part of disease monitoring efforts in the state, DEM regularly traps mosquitoes for testing by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). Test results are issued weekly – with special advisories as needed.  The first trapping, conducted on June 5, included 20 traps and 41 mosquito pools.  Test results are pending for the 121 pools trapped on June 12.   
With WNV and EEE established throughout the state, the public is reminded to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds and avoid bites, where possible. The following precautions are advised:
·         Remove anything around your house and yard that collects water; just one cup of water can produce hundreds of mosquitoes.
·         Clean gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage, and repair holes in window screens.
·         Remove any water from unused swimming pools, wading pools, boats, planters, trash and recycling bins, tires, and anything else that collects water, and cover them.
·         Change the water in birdbaths at least two times a week, and rinse out birdbaths once a week.
·         Use EPA-approved bug spray with one of the following active ingredients: DEET (20-30% strength), picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol.
·         Minimize outdoor activity at dawn and at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
·         Put insect netting over strollers and playpens.
·         Wear long sleeves and long pants whenever possible, particularly if you are outdoors during dawn and dusk.
Controlling mosquito populations and promoting personal protection against bites are central to Rhode Island’s action plan for WNV and EEE. In partnership with RIDOH, DEM distributed mosquito larvicide to local communities earlier this month to treat area catch basins.  Catch basins are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes in both urban and suburban settings.  Horses are particularly susceptible to WNV and EEE. Horse owners are advised to vaccinate their animals early in the season and practice the following: 
·         Remove or cover areas where standing water can collect.
·         Avoid putting animals outside at dawn, dusk or during the night when mosquitoes are most active.
·         Insect proof facilities where possible and use approved repellants frequently.
·         Monitor animals for symptoms of fever and/or neurological signs (such as stumbling, depression, loss of appetite) and report all suspicious cases to a veterinarian immediately.  If you are unsure if your horse is properly vaccinated you should consult with your veterinarian.

Last year, WNV was detected in a mosquito sample from a trap in Pawtucket, and EEE was confirmed in two mosquito samples from traps in Chapman Swamp in Westerly.  There were two confirmed human cases of WNV in Rhode Island. For more information about disease monitoring efforts in Rhode Island, visit  
Rhode Islanders are also reminded to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites when traveling to Zika-affected countries. Pregnant women and women who are considering becoming pregnant should not travel to countries with active transmission Zika virus.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

National Championship Daisy BB Gun Match Event

Rogers, AR – Daisy Outdoor Products is proud to announce that Olympic Pistol Team member and former Daisy National BB Gun Champion Lydia Paterson will be on hand at this year's Championship Match to sign autographs and lend support to the young competitors. Paterson won Daisy Overall National Champion in 2010 at the age of 13, and competed in the Rio Olympics in 2016. She's a 2017 National Rifle Association Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador, a position that allows her to encourage young people in the shooting sports.

The Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match is held each year in Rogers, Ark., and brings 7-person teams (five shooters and two alternates) ages 8-15 together to compete for the title of National Champion. Teams qualify by placing first, second or third in a state NRA-sanctioned event, and come from throughout the nation.

Paterson's story begins when the cute redheaded, athletic youngster joined the Wyandotte County 4-H Shooting Sports Program when she was just 7-years-old. Her father was the coach and she made the shooting team as an alternate in 2006. She competed as a team member in the 2008 and again in 2010, when she won the whole thing.

"Winning with my Dad as the coach made it so special," she said. "He taught me all I knew about shooting and was there to support me in any way he could. He spent hours working on my gun and taking time to coach me – even when I wasn't being the most coachable kid."

Paterson told her father several weeks before the match that she really wanted to win, so they upped her practice from four days a week to every day, and she spent hours pouring over the test (contestants must take a written test on gun safety and competition, and it figures into his or her final score). During the competition didn't feel good about her performance in the Kneeling position, and thought she'd let down her team, her dad and herself.

"I was in tears sitting in the back of our car, and Dad turned around and told me that no matter the outcome, he was still very proud of me.

"That was the first time I really decided to go for something and let nothing stand in my way," Paterson said. "I was shocked when my name was called for the aggregate gold medal! My hard work had paid off, and I learned an important lesson. You don't have to be perfect, but if you work hard to prepare and leave it all on the line, you can walk away with your head held high."

Winning the National Championship was special, but one of life's hurdles appeared shortly after the win. She was diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine, and the once active shooter and softball player found it too painful to participate in the sports she loved, so she looked for an alternative. In 2011 she was introduced to international pistol shooting and started training for USA Shooting events. She earned a spot on the National Pistol Team in June of 2012, and began traveling all over the world with her USA Shooting Team. She shot in the Czech Republic, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Azerbaijan and Brazil, as well as across our nation.

In May of 2015, she placed eighth in the World Cup Munich Competition, which earned her an official invitation to the Olympic Games. Olympic Trials were held in June 2016 to determine who would represent the United States in the Olympic Games in Rio, and she won her trial by a large margin – 24 points – and started her Olympic journey.

In Rio Paterson competed in the Women's 10-meter Air Pistol event and placed 29th out of 44 shooters. It's a sport that requires incredible mental focus as well as strength, as the shooting position is free standing with one arm holding the pistol.
  Paterson is now taking time off the competitive shooting trail to focus on her college studies at the University of St. Mary, but she's still involved in the shooting sports. As a 2017 Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador for the National Rifle Association, she works to encourage young people to participate in competitive shooting sports and shines a positive light on all types of shooting.

 Posted by Wayne G. Barber Source: The Outdoor Wire

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Moose Lottery Results from Maine 9:00am Sunday

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

News, Fishing Reports, Fishing Stockings, Striper Report and the Maine Moose Hunt Lottery Report for 2017.   E-Mail the show from now thru the broadcast at

Rhode Island 4 Permits,   Pascoag's Craig Presby will discuss the process.

Conn. 16 Permits

Mass. 22 Permits    2080 Permits were drawn for 2017

Connecticut Fresh Water Report

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Sunday (Father’s Day) is a Free Fishing License Day.  Anyone can fish for free with the FREE 1-day license.  Free licenses are available via our mobile friendly licensing system ( )
LARGEMOUTH BASS fishing has slowed some, with fishing generally fair. Places to try include Lake McDonough, Bantam Lake, Lake Saltonstall, Highland Lake, Candlewood Lake, Mudge Pond, Cedar Lake, Shetucket River, Lower/Upper Moodus Reservoir, Winchester Lake, Rainbow Reservoir, Pachaug Pond, Quaddick Reservoir, Wood Creek Pond, Mono Pond, Congamond Lakes, Lake Wononskopomuc, Hopeville Pond, Silver Lake, Batterson Park Pond, Gardner Lake, Pickerel Lake, Mashapaug Lake, Billings Lake, Maltby Lakes, Stillwater Pond, Ball Pond, Red Cedar Lake and West Hill Pond.
Tournament angler Tournament angler reports are from Amos Lake (slow to fair for most, interestingly, average weight per fish was 2.35 lbs for the 27 fish caught, but the lunker was only 2.84 lbs), Mansfield Hollow Reservoir (fair at best, not much size, with the average weight a bit over 1 lb, with a 3.1 lb lunker), Moodus reservoir (slow to fair, not much size with 2.3 lb, 2.1 lb, 1.4 lb and 2.1 lb  lunkers), Pachaug Pond (good for most, 4.04 lb lunker), Connecticut River (fair for most, not bad for size, with 3.83 lb, 2.8 lb, 2.2 lb and 2.1 lb average fish weights and 3.99 lb and 3.83 lb lunkers), Candlewood Lake (fair to good, with 5.11 lb, 4.32 lb, 4.3 lb and 3.02 lb lunkers),  Highland Lake (fair fishing, with a 4.38 lb lunker – average fish weight was only 1.12 lbs), Lake Lillinonah (tough to slow, 4.99 lb and 2.67 lb lunkers), and Lake Zoar (slow for largemouth).

SMALLMOUTH BASS are reported at Colebrook River Lake (some good reports recently), Candlewood Lake (it’s getting a lot harder to find smallmouth recently), Lake Lillinonah (tough here also) and Lake Zoar (some action). Tournament angler reports are from Candlewood Lake (slow for smallmouth, 3.3 lb lunker), Lake Lillinonah (slow, 3.01 lb lunker), Lake Zoar (slow to fair, 2.5 lb lunker), and the Connecticut River (a few, including a 4.03 lb lunker).

NORTHERN PIKE fishing is fair to good. Places to try include Pachaug Pond, Bantam Lake, Mansfield Hollow Reservoir, Connecticut River, the small impoundments along the upper Housatonic River, and Winchester Lake.  Weedlines early and late in the day are producing some nice size pike.
WALLEYE.   Some action at Squantz Pond and Lake Saltonstall.

CALICO BASS AND SUNFISH:  There are still a few reports of post-spawn mortality here and there.  Some level of mortality is expected, as the spawning is stressful time, leaving the fish vulnerable to infection and less ability to handle rising water temperatures.  Please see our PostSpawn fact sheet on our web site.  Despite the natural mortality, fishing remains good as fish are “getting back to normal” following the spawn.

CATFISH are providing some nice action at Community Fishing Waters including Birge Pond, Lake Wintergreen, Pickett’s Pond, Mohegan Park Pond, Keeney Park Pond, and Center Springs Pond. Catfish Management lakes like Lower Bolton Lake, and Quinebaug Pond are also yielding some catches.  Try live shiners, chunk bait, or night crawlers. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Zinke, NWTF Celebrate Wildlife Restoration Act

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

Hooksett, NH. — Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke held a press conference today formally announcing the release of $1.1 billion from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act that will continue to support fish, wildlife and habitat conservation. This year marks the 80thanniversary of the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act.

Prior to the announcement, Zinke met privately with a group of hunting and conservation representatives which included two New England National Wild Turkey Federation representatives; Fred Bird, regional director and Matt DiBona, district biologist.

"Secretary Zinke reiterated his strong support for our hunting and fishing traditions and said the Department of Interior is committed to managing our federal lands for the benefit and enjoyment of sportsmen and the general public," DiBona said.

The Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, which is commonly referred to as the Pittman-Robertson Act, was established in 1937 and imposes a tax on firearms, ammunition, archery and fishing equipment. Those funds are then returned to each state to manage wildlife and habitats.

"The Wildlife Restoration Act was landmark legislation 80 years ago that provided funding to all fifty states for conservation," said Becky Humphries, CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation. "It is still the largest source of funding for conservation and has led to the restoration of many species, including the wild turkey."

Since its inception, the act has collected $11 billion for wildlife conservation. In addition to helping restore the wild turkey, the funding has helped restore additional species such as white-tailed deer and wood ducks.

Please join the NWTF for only $35 per year and receive a $25 Bass Pro Shop Gift Card, Turkey Country magazines, discounts from sponsors or other gifts.
In Rhode Island we have State Chapter, " Swamp Yankee Gobblers" which meet on the third Tuesday of the month. E-Mail ,  State Chapter President Wayne G. Barber for any details.

About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.5 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit an historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters' rights. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners, the NWTF has facilitated the investment of $488 million in wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America's hunting heritage. The NWTF has improved more than 17 million acres of wildlife habitat and introduce 100,000 people to the outdoors each year. The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to raise $1.2 billion to conserve and enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

VT Fish and Wildlife Releases Young Bears Back to Wild

Posted by Wayne G. Barber

PLYMOUTH, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department successfully released several young orphaned bears back into the wild after a short stay with a wildlife rehabilitator.  The juvenile bears had shown up malnourished in residential areas earlier this spring. 
Photo by Tom Rogers, Vt Fish & Wildlife Dept.

Working in partnership with New Hampshire Fish & Game, the young bears were brought back to health by bear rehabilitators Ben and Phoebe Kilham in Lyme, New Hampshire.  The bears were released in southern Vermont at one of Fish & Wildlife’s large wildlife management areas.
Forrest Hammond, Vermont’s lead bear biologist, thanked the Vermont residents who alerted wildlife officials to the presence of the juvenile bears in distress. “We are grateful when concerned citizens report these bears to their local warden, rather than attempting to handle a wild animal themselves.  People mistakenly think that young animals are in distress and in need of rescue and they sometimes intervene directly, putting their safety and that of the animal at risk,” he said.
“In most situations, animals do best when they remain in the wild,” he added.  “However, in rare instances we do come across an orphaned bear that trained wildlife professionals are able to help. We hope that these bears remain in the woods and continue to live as wild bears.”
Hammond distinguishes orphaned juvenile bears from ‘problem bears’ that have been repeatedly lured by human foods until they develop bad behaviors.  There are no rehabilitation facilities or zoos that are willing to take a bear once it becomes a problem animal, so he urges people to avoid leaving out attractants such as bird feeders or garbage that can cause bears to associate people with food.  He also urges residents to secure backyard chicken coops and bee hives with electric fencing to avoid attracting bears.
“It’s nearly impossible to relocate or rehabilitate a bear once it associates humans with food,” Hammond notes. “We get hundreds of bear complaints a year and, while we work to find a resolution that benefits all concerned, it sometimes can have fatal consequences for the bear.  It’s up to all of us to change our behavior and remove any potential bear attractants from our yards so that young bears like these can live a wild and natural life.”