Bear Treks

Hello fellow hunting and fishing aficionados, welcome to Bear Treks. This is my blog to give you useful and current reports on my own outings and information that has been sent to me from knowledgeable sportsmen that just might help you in your pursuit of fish and game.

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Pictures of some of those opening day trout

My friend just sent me some pics and I wanted to show you how solid these fish are after a year in the streams. These fish came from the Owego Creek which is managed as a put and take stream. The DEC told me that they had wrote this creek off as being unable to sustain trout populations from year to year. HA, HA, HA keep up the good work. I will say this however and that is that the strain of two year old fish they are stocking are awesome fighters and after another year in the stream they turn into slobs. They appear to be off of a Finger Lakes strain and some of them take on a body shape that looks like a Crappie. For a stocked fish I think they are great and my kids have had real trouble pulling them in. I just got the opening day report from the Adirondacks and the fly fishermen struck out yesterday but Rich said that the water conditions are perfect for this time of year. I have no report yet from the minnow fishermen that are up there also but I am sure they did better.

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Opening Day in New York

I have no pictures to show you and I didn’t even land a trout but man did I have some incredible action. The streams here are very low and clear which meant very shy trout. The first one was in the 20 to 21 inch range and chased the minnow right to my feet. He then turned to go back into his run and when I stopped the minnows retrieve right in front of me he turned back and grabbed it. Always tough  when I have a big one like that on such a short line and he snapped that 6# leader like it was cotton thread. It doesn’t happen often but once in awhile……….. Numerous expletive deletes followed and I continued on. The second fish came out of nowhere in a small run and I never saw how big this one was but when he turned after missing the minnow, the water boiled as if Shamu had attacked. Shaking my head I continued on while more verbal incantations were being uttered. In the very next little run, which had absolutely no holding structure of any kind other than a slight depression in the stream bed, I had one follow the minnow that looked to be in the 22 to 23 inch range and had the body dimensions of a carp. Thus in the course of 3 hours I had seen three trophies and landed none. I was happy as Hades to have had a chance at fish of this caliber in a stream about 10 feet or less across and crystal clear. I had one my good friends flag me down on the way home and he and his buddy had caught a pair of 16 inchers and one 14. All this reinforced my previous post about how many holdovers are left from last year and how big they might just be. It felt great to be out there today and I was only out for about 3 hours and had this action. A BIG thanks to all those soldiers on duty around the world that allow us to pursue our passions without feeling like an 8 pointer on opening day. I will be heading into the Adirondacks this week and will have another post on this first mission when I return.

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Christmas Eve for NY Trout Fishermen!!

“Twas the night before trout season and all through the state, the children were nervous and not a night walker safe”. I used to look forward to this day like a kid at Christmas, now my 13 year old son is picking up the torch. Streams across the state are at perfect heights and it appears that the weather will be pretty good. I would avoid the feeders off the Finger Lakes such as the Mecca, Catherines Creek, due to the early spring. I have a feeling that these trout have already spawned for the most part but I have no concrete reports to back this up. I think this is going to be a great year for trout fishing because of last years high waters and late spring. This meant late stockings and great summer conditions allowing for many fish to holdover. Add in the fact that many early season warriors give up once turkey season starts or the wardens yelling about the yard projects being neglected becomes to much for them and thus you have many happy trout making it through the season. I also love the new reduced bag limits that the state has imposed on most streams. Attitudes are changing for the good on keeping fish and with the brilliant leaps in photography and video technology we now film and release instead of gut, freeze and forget. This picture shows a great 17 inch brook trout that my deceased friend Jim caught in a feeder off of the upper west branch of the Delaware River years ago. He may have moved on but his memory lives on in all the pics and videos I shot all those years ago. Good luck all!!!!

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Brown Trout action on Lake Ontario is smoking

One of my friends and NYS guide sent me a few pics of the browns they are getting from shore along the Lake Ontario shoreline right now. He said the action is nothing short of brutal with fish being hooked on almost every cast at times. Today is 3/29/12 and it has been hot for weeks. I love this one with the double hooks on its jaw. I don’t know how long they will stay this close in but even with a small boat you can get at them at this time of year. Opening day of the regular season is close at hand and the conditions are looking perfect, a heck of a  lot better than many I have opened on.

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