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Today I caught a 15 inch pickerel at Crooked Lake in Averill Park, NY. It's the first pickerel I have ever caught that was big enough to keep. They say that pickerel have a lot of little bones. We cooked it up, and it's true. There are a lot of little bones throughout the fish, although they were not too bad. For the most part you could eat the soft little bones, and just ignore them. I would eat one again.

Saturday is Pizza Day

Dinner tonight was home-made pizza. Mmmm!

Fresh Winter Herbs

I moved some of the herbs from the garden to inside the house (rosemary, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, dill, and chives). It will be interesting to see which ones make it through the winter.

Glass Lake Night Fishing

I fished for a few hours today. I started out at Raquet Lake in West Sand Lake, NY and caught a little fish. There were lots of fish surfacing. Later, after it was dark, at around 7:00, I caught a nice 13.5 inch largemouth bass at Glass Lake in Averill Park, NY. I caught it from the shore using a larger Rapala. We had a nice dinner of fried fish.

Fishing with Dean Ween

Dean Ween, the guitarist for the band the Ween recently started a fishing charter business. A friend and I signed up and spent an afternoon fishing for smallmouth bass with him on the Delaware River.

Trout on the Battenkill

I just finished a weekend of fishing at the Battenkill an hour north of Albany. We managed to catch 15 trout or so in all, and had a couple of good fish feasts. At one spot, I couldn't find any fish, but I came across some chicken mushroom growing in the woods to supplement the trout feast. Yum!

A DEC worker stopped by and asked me a few questions, and he showed me how you can tell which fish were stocked. They clip a fin off the fish, and for each season they clip a different fin so that they can tell which season it was stocked. He said that they stock lots of 9 inch trout, and a smaller number of 15 inch trout. You can tell that a fish was stocked if one of it's fins is either missing, or noticeably smaller than it should be.

I also caught a fish that had some unpleasant redness around it's eyes and mouth. I emailed the picture to the DEC, and got a quick response explaining that this is "very typical hook wounding with damage around the mouth and eyes" after a previous "bad run in with a hook".

Trout in West Sand Lake

I fished the tiny Wynantskill in West Sand Lake this evening, and I caught a beautiful 15 inch trout on a small Rapala lure in a deep pool underneath a small waterfall:

This fish was very darkly colored. I wonder if this is a wild trout? They say that because of the diet of a stocked trout, it doesn't develop the same brilliant color as a wild trout.

Barometric Pressure

This was an awesome day of fishing during a time when the barometric pressure was consistently flat for several days in a row.

Related Entries

* Tiger Trout on the Wynantskill
* Trout on the Wynantskill

Related Links

* Wynantskill Public Fishing Rights

Knotts Island Fishing

I've been visiting friends on Knotts Island, NC this week. We fished all day on the nearby causeway bridge, and caught some nice striped bass (which are currently out of season here), flounder, and 48 keeper crabs!

Tiger Trout on the Wynantskill

I had a blast fishing the Wynantskill this morning. I caught several small brown trout while walking up and down the river.

There is an awesome water wheel behind a house along the creek. It looks like it is capable of powering a bunch of tools in the yard.

I caught a nice 13-inch trout.

2011 comments: I didn't know what it was when I caught it. I was new to trout fishing, so it seemed normal that I had trouble identifying which type of trout it was. A year or so later after I had learned to identify trout, I looked back at this picture and realized that this was not a typical trout. I sent the picture to the NYS DEC and this was their response:

"It looks like a tiger trout, that is a cross between a brook and brown trout. To the best of my knowledge, no one is stocking them, so it is probably a naturally produced hybrid."

Hybrid or no, it made for a great dinner.

Barometric Pressure

This was an excellent day of fishing during a flat period of barometric pressure.

Related Entries

* Trout in West Sand Lake
* Trout on the Wynantskill

Related Links

* Tiger Trout on Wikipedia
* Wynantskill Public Fishing Rights

Okacroke Flounder

We are on vacation on the Outer Banks in North Carolina! We're camping out at the remote Ocracoke island. I caught a nice flounder in the surf next to our campsite at around noon on a pink metal hunk that the guys at the local tackle shop recommended. We grilled up this delicious fish for lunch: