Awards remind anglers of N.J.’s fine fishing – Daily Record – Daily Record
A reminder of the good fishing in New Jersey came last week with the 2016 Skillful Anglers Awards.
Like the 9.4-pound rainbow caught in the Musconetcong River’s Point Mountain stretch in Hunterdon County by Michael MacIntyre of Easton, Pennsylvania, and the 5.9 pound pickerel by Jake Dillman, 10, of Great Meadows in Blair Lake. There were no lake trout entered for award recognition, no channel catfish, no American shad, although 5-pound shad were caught in the spring, big channel cats and lake trout were caught in most months.
Lake Hopatcong didn’t have a Skillful Anglers Award winning fish, despite the lake’s Alan Tuorinsky’s 12.9-pound brown trout, 8.8-pound hybrid bass caught by Anthony DaCosta and Marcin Supineski’s 8.5-pound walleye. These fish were memorable in any state.
Knee Deep Club used to encourage members to enter fish in the Skillful Awards, but in 2016 these memorable fish were only winners of the club honors, and Round Valley anglers caught lakers and largemouths that were eligible for state Skillful Angler Awards, but were not entered.
You can see all the information on state Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 34th year Skillful Angler 2016 Awards at njfishandwildlife.com/skwinn16.htm.
The up-to-date New Jersey deer harvest was plus 21 percent over last year and plus 1 percent over the five-year average, according to the figures that were provided to the Fish and Game Council last Tuesday.
Council Chairman Dave Burke said the deer harvest through Feb. 11 was 49,029 compared to 40,643 through Feb. 11, 2016.
Before the meeting, a moment of silence was observed in memory of Daniel Roberts, the deer project leader, who recently passed away. He was 40 and known to many sportsmen.
About 90,000 black ducks winter in the state, and the birds comprise 17 percent the harvest taken by state waterfowlers, second only to mallards, so there’s good news for waterfowlers for next season.
For the first time since 1982, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will allow Atlantic Flyway hunters two American black ducks per day as part of their daily bag limit of six ducks for the 2017-18 season.
Over the next few months, stakeholders will meet with division staff who will then recommend 2017-18 bag limits and seasons for migratory birds to the council.
Anglers will pack the room at the annual trout stocking public meeting that will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pequest Trout Hatchery.
Biologists will explain what’s new with our trout, like presenting potential regulations for wild trout resources, answer questions, provide this year’s weekly trout allocation lists and this year’s bonus broodstock lakes.
Also on Saturday, the annual popular free “Cabin Fever Day and Cast & Blast” will held be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ramsey Outdoor Store on Route 10 in Succasunna with free speakers, clubs, taxidermists, fishing guides and live fish from the state’s Hackettstown Fish Hatchery.
Ron Jacobsen, who works at the hatchery, will answer questions about the fish raised there, Tim Clancy will provide antique fishing tackle appraisals, Chris Bizzari will have lure demonstrations and Jeffrey Altschul will speak about gourmet cooking in the wild.
Capt. Chris Gatley will talk about chunking for stripers, there will be Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery, the Delaware Valley Raptor Trust and bass fishing in Lake Hopatcong and musky fishing. We go to the activities on the way home after the trout Pequest Hatchery session.
Unless we have an unseasonable and extensive stretch of cold weather, looks like spring will arrive early to melt the ice fishing season.
PC Magazine asks “Do Robot and Al Deserve Rights?” (Al is artificial intelligence). As our assorted bots and bits gain personalities, the article explores that maybe they should be afforded of protection from humans?
Maybe then the animal rights fanatics will have competition from correctness for bots rights. Nah.
Saturday: Annual trout meeting at Pequest Hatchery, 10 a.m.
Saturday: Annual free “Cabin Fever Day and Cast & Blast Day,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Ramsey Outdoor on Route 10 in Succasunna
March 11: Wild turkey hunting seminar at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, 1 p.m., by retired Division biologist and retired regional biologist Bob Eriksen for the National Wildlife Federation, registration opens Saturday at 908-637-4125
March 11: Morris County Sportsmen’s Federation 37th annual Venison Dinner Fundraiser, 6 p.m. at the Dover American Legion, large and small raffle items, $45 for ticketsm call no later than Saturday at 973-691-9355 or 334-3886,