DEC Announces Public Meetings on New Approach to Inland Trout Stream Management
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is developing a new plan for inland trout stream management based on updated scientific information and the desires expressed by trout anglers during 16 public meetings held across the state in 2017.
Before completing the draft plan, DEC fisheries managers would like to meet with trout stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer questions, and solicit feedback. Ten public meetings around the state are scheduled between Oct. 1 and Nov. 12 to facilitate these discussions. The schedule of dates and locations is below and can be found online on DEC's website.
The meetings will feature a presentation introducing the primary tenets of the plan including stocking, wild trout management, fishing regulations, and access. The presentation will be followed by a discussion period during which attendees can ask questions and provide informed comment.
DEC plans on releasing a draft trout stream management plan for public comment later this year.

Meeting schedule
Note: Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and meetings will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Trout Stream Management Meetings
Oct. 1, 2019
NYS Fraternal Order-Police Hall
911 Police Plaza
Hicksville, NY 11801
Oct. 3, 2019
Chenango Valley High School
221 Chenango Bridge Road
Binghamton, NY 13901
Oct. 8, 2019
South Colonie High School
1 Raider Blvd.
Albany, NY 12205
Oct. 9, 2019
Gillette Road Middle School
6150 South Bay Road
Cicero, NY 13039
Oct. 15, 2019
Glenfield BOCES
Conference rooms A & B (located behind the Technical Center)
5836 State Rt. 12
Glenfield, NY 13343
Oct. 16, 2019
Avoca Central School
17 Oliver Street
Avoca, NY 14809
Oct. 17, 2019
Concord Town Hall
86 Franklin Street
Springville, NY 14141
Oct. 24, 2019
Hermon-DeKalb Central School
709 East DeKalb Road
De Kalb Junction, NY 13630
Nov. 4, 2019
Orange County Community College
Great Room in Kaplan Hall
One Washington Center
Newburgh, NY 12550
Nov. 12, 2019
Plattsburgh Town Hall
151 Banker Road
Plattsburgh, NY 12901  

20th ANNUAL EVENT: MAY 16-18TH, 2019

Book your room
Register HERE
Twenty years of fishing, storytelling, and raising money to preserve the West Branch of the Ausable River! To mark the 20th Anniversary, they're adding new items to the event: an extra day, expected larger fish, expanded fishing hours, a live auction, and well-known comedian Louis Ramey!

The Ausable River Two-Fly Challenge was founded to celebrate the joy of fishing, the spirit of sportsmanship, stocking of the West Br. AuSable River, and natural wonders of the Whiteface Region. 

Four Divisions to Choose From
  • Junior Division:
Kids 15 or younger, who are not required to have a fishing license in NYS, parent or legal guardian must be present with the child at all times, both on and off the water
  • Women's Division:
  • Men's Division:
  • Competitive Division:
For pro fisherman or anyone who has won the Ausable River 2 Fly within the past five years

Included in Your Registration
  • Special collectors glass
  • 20th-anniversary shirt
  • All weekend activities listed below

Thursday night
  • New welcome party at the Wilmington Town Beach featuring a bonfire, food trucks, beer vendors, and “campfire” music by Ausable Branch. 

Friday night 
  • Fly Tyers Reception where you will meet fly tyers and learn the tricks of the trade.
  • New Comedy Night to relax after a day of fishing and listen to the fun stories by well-known Comedian Louis Ramey. 

Saturday night
  • Two Fly banquet complete with full dinner, awards, prizes, raffles, and a new live auction!
Register HERE
Comedy Friday Night

Louis Ramey is a sharp-witted humorist who thrives on performing standup, connecting with people and making them think.  He has been honing his craft for years and stars weekly on Nickelodeon's – The Nick @ Nite Road Crew. 
You’ve seen him on Comedy Central’s – Premium Blend, Comedy Central’s “USO Tour”, Comedy Central’s World Comedy Tour”, and on his own half-hour special, “Comedy Central Presents:  Louis Ramey”.
Louis has performed on many television shows in the USA, Canada, and Hong Kong:  ABC’s “The View”, “20 Most Awesomely Bad Songs of 2004” – VH1, NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”(Season II), “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” – Comedy Central, “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno – NBC, “Last Call with Carson Daly” – NBC, “It’s Showtime at the   Apollo”.
Louis has performed in the Top Comedy Festivals including the US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, wherein 1999 Louis was voted Best New Artist.

Wilmington Dam Renovations 2018

Expanded Gate size & retainer wall replaced

The project started in Spring 2018 and is mostly finished except for some landscaping.  The chute more than doubled in size to let more water through to better flush the lake sediment out so the river can stay more balanced as it deposits its sand along the way.  

Also, the retainer wall on the river right  was lowered and encapsulated with a new much larger footing to prevent erosion under the footing.

Overall the contractor did a great job doing the necessary repairs.  

The dam will be different and time will tell how the fishing will remain good down below it.

Tri-Lakes Trout Unlimited

Attached are 4 photos of the work to remove the Quarry Dam on the Ausable River.
Due to some equipment breakage, the thumb, and a track coming off the rollers, there was a delay,
but we broke through and the water level dropped around 1.5 feet, with an expectation of possibly another foot to go.
There is now a riffle above the dam and boulders showing that were once under water. Dimples were seen above the dam and newly created riffles and trout are happy.
A welder will be in tomorrow morning to fix the thumb, and we commence to kick some dam ass again!

I'll have more update photos tomorrow before I head home tomorrow evening.

Ron Urban, Chairman
NY Trout Unlimited

The project started 8/8/18