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.

Papa Bear Outdoors is my company based in Binghamton N.Y. I am an inventor of unique cutting edge products designed to make your precious time afield as successful as possible. This is also your link to some of the best wild trout fishing in the East if not the whole country.




The days are getting longer and the trout nervous!!!

Click any picture to enlarge it. We have turned the corner to the start of a new trout season. Hopefully the snow pack in the ADKs will stick with us this year and allow for fantastic fishing all summer long. Last year things were terrible after June till late September. The trout fishing here in the northern part of New York State is as good as it gets just about anywhere without having to fly 10,000 miles to get too. We are blessed with numerous flows of all sizes and shapes that allow for great fishing no matter what conditions mother nature has served up. Insect hatches here occur all day long and sometimes take on biblical proportions. The incredible bio-mass of these rivers and the swift flows equal hard fighting fish that are the realization of what fills our winter time dreams. Even in the earliest weeks of the season huge trout are biting, not with the frequency of June but as with this 23 inch monster they are here and unlike hatchery fish they know how to eat. Even in hot summer months such as last Labor Day huge ones can be fooled. This 22 inch fish was the reward for a long hot day of fishing and the biggest one dad had ever seen in 60 years of fishing. Whether it be with me or anyone of the other knowledgeable guides and fishermen DO NOT put off a trip up here any longer.

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Susquehanna River is Awesome

This is another fine example of the great fishing that New York State is blessed with. With the big snow melt we had the last few days the river had gotten quite swollen and off colored, just the way I like it for large fish. 28 degrees when I launched with a light NW wind made the river devoid of other anglers. For the first hour I plied the water with a jig and minnow to no avail, not even a lick, but I know this is big fish time and patience is needed. I now switched to a jig with a piece of cut bait and caught a 17 incher on the first cast. When the water is heavily discolored I just love using a 3 inch piece of belly meat. After I fillet the walleyes I trim off the strip of the belly meat that is left on the carcass. I then use an Exacto-knife to cut this into diamond shaped pieces and then put 5 or 6 into a ziploc bag with some water and freeze them. I always carry a bag along on each outing. Big walleyes like this are very canabilistic and this looks like a nice snack sized walleye. I kept fishing with the cut bait and started catching 7-10 inch walleyes and was thinking to myself ” beautiful, the snacks are here and I bet old sow lips is nearby”, everything just felt right. I caught another 17 inch fish and  then this hog hit. When I finally got her to the surface it looked like “Das Boat” as she surfaced. She measured out at slightly over 31 inches and weighed 11.25 #, one of the nicest ones I have ever taken out of the Susquehanna. Maybe one of the nicest things about this fish was that I got her while testing a new prototype of a stinger hook I have been working on. What a way to prove that the thing works. I also got a 43 inch Muskie using the prototype on Sunday, I am thinking that I may have this thing just right after 5 years of perfecting and testing. This is what a 17 inch keeper looked like in comparison. The Susquehanna River in NY is an incredible fishery and I highly recommend that you give it a try!!!  CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO ENLARGE IT.

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Herds of salmon on the move

So many are running right now that David is talking in terms of herds not pods. The run seems exceptionally large this year and a lot of kings with some coho. Reports I am getting are of 100 hookup days and some actually landed. I laugh when guys tell me how they caught thirty or forty in a day You land 5 of these puppies in a day and you will think that you went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. Its like hooking a pickup truck when you get one on. They are great fun however and if you want to freak your kids out then take them fishing for these brutes. It won’t be long before the browns come in behind them to feed on the eggs and they can be huge. If you have never fished for these then you must put it on your bucket list. Local tackle shops have all you will need equipment needs but David has been getting them on floss.

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Salmon Runs are Starting

Lake Ontario is already in action and the Salmon runs started with the rain of last weekend. Now is a great time to be there before the deluge of fishermen come in October. NYS guide David Versendy reported to me that he hooked around 50 of them two days ago and that was in the mid river sections with few if any other fishermen around. David grew up on the river and is just a great fly fisherman and now a NYS guide. This young man knows the entire Lake Ontario scenarios from salmon to steel head to monster brown trout and the critical spots to be at the critical times to be there. He will ensure that a trip to this region will be as successful and satisfying a fishing experience as is humanly possible to have. Water conditions he says are still very low, so much so that the drift boats are finding it still impossible to drift the river. He calls this a late start on the run this year with a huge pod of fish gathered at the mouth of the river just waiting for water. In fact he stated that some of the best fishing every year can be found in mid August with any good rain. He says that the reservoir on the Salmon is as low as he has ever seen it and that it will take some major rains to get it filled. Davids phone # is 1-315-863-2540 or you can e-mail me and I will set you up with him. With big rains called for this Saturday you might just want to think about a quick mission.

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