The place to go within the Hudson Valley, CT

I owe a hearty “thanks” to the Division of Environmental Conservation’s fisheries chief. When Steve Hurst picked June 15 as the brand new season opener for black bass beginning on this 12 months − although I’m certain it was purely happenstance – he picked my birthday. By no means once more will I’ve to consult with the calendar to double examine the date.  Not less than not till they modify the date once more. The third Saturday in June had been the season opener for a few years.

Sadly, Dutchess County shouldn’t be what one would name a “vacation spot” for bass anglers. We lack the standard waters that may carry anglers right here from afar. Whereas there are alternatives, they’re restricted. And, with gasoline going for $5 a gallon on the pump, I’m unsure how far and the way typically bass anglers will wish to journey for a day on the water at a few of the state’s extra spectacular scorching spots.

Angler surveys present that on the state and nationwide degree, black bass − each largemouth and smallmouth − stay the most well-liked freshwater gamefish.

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A month in the past, journey trade watchers have been saying if fuel costs go excessive sufficient it will have an effect on journey plans for People. Fuel was nearer to $4 a gallon on the time of that report. We’ve since seen it break the $5 per gallon ceiling. I’m hard-pressed to imagine the rising costs is not going to influence vacationers, together with these planning a fishing trip.