Outdoors in Whitehall with Gene Terry: Trout in Mettowee

If it ever stops raining we might have a decent summer. Haven’t found time to go fishing, have too much lawn to mow. The Lake Champlain Invitational fishing derby last weekend had thousands of fishermen entered from all over the country. I didn’t notice any big winners from Whitehall. There are numerous categories to fish for, from catfish to lake trout. This contest goes on all during the year with all inland waters being listed also.

The farmers are finally getting out to cut some of their fields and they’re reporting seeing numerous fawns in the high grass. Many farmers are very cautious when cutting the first cut because the fawns will just lay there and hide. What saves a lot of them is that the doe is not too far away. This let’s the farmer know that there might be a fawn around. With the late cutting because of the rain they’ll have a hard time seeing them in the tall grass.

Lots and lots of talk in the papers on Gov. Cuomo’s Safe Act. I’m not going to go on and on about this as you’ve heard it over and over about what it’s going to do to the future of owning guns. The governor as far as I’m concerned is so far out of touch with the sportsmen and women in his state that he has no idea what a hornet’s nest he has disturbed. If he wants to in the future there’s dog catcher’s job coming up in lower Manhattan that he might just have a chance to win—maybe. That’s how the sportspeople feel about our governor at this point.

Finally got in contact—hopefully—with the right person from DEC to get the boat launch in ship shape for the year. Heck, they don’t need a mower, get a farmer to bale it; it’s that high.

Believe it or not, some nice trout are being caught in the back eddies of the Mettowee. With the high water from all the rain, fishermen are finding the trout are getting out of the main stream and hitting some fly and spinners.

Don’t know how the turkey hatch has done this year as you couldn’t see them in the high grass anyways. They might survive longer this way as the predators can’t find them but then what do I know.

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