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AWSMP learned about Fisheries and Fly Fishing at the Catskills Visitors Center

Posted on: September 24th, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Scott George USGS

Scott George, fish­eries biol­o­gist with USGS, talks about fish of the upper Eso­pus Creek.

 

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram (AWSMP) learned about the state of Eso­pus Creek fish­eries and the his­to­ry of fly fish­ing in the Catskills at the “Eso­pus Creek Fish and Fly Fish­ing Demon­stra­tion” held at the Catskills Vis­i­tor Cen­ter on Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 20. This event was part of AWSM­P’s Ashokan Water­shed Month series of pro­grams.

Scott George of the Unit­ed States Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey (USGS) start­ed off with a pre­sen­ta­tion on the research that USGS has done on the Eso­pus. He explained that after events like Trop­i­cal Storm Irene, which dev­as­tat­ed the area in 2011, they expect­ed the fish­ery to be in decline in the years that fol­lowed. Quite to the con­trary they found that the fish­ery rebound­ed quick­ly after the flood and actu­al­ly did bet­ter than in some years imme­di­ate­ly pri­or to the flood. While there is no defin­i­tive answer on why this is, George sus­pects the move­ment of sed­i­ment dur­ing the flood may have cov­ered over or cleaned away some fine deposits, which pro­vid­ed a bet­ter sub­strate for spawn­ing.

Fly Fishing Instruction 9-2019

Mark Loete, own­er of Catskill Moun­tain Fly Fish­ing Guid­ing and Instruc­tion and Trout Unlim­it­ed mem­ber, demon­strates how to cast with a fly rod.

 

Fol­low­ing this Mark Loete of the Ashokan-Pepacton Chap­ter of Trout Unlim­it­ed gave a talk about the his­to­ry of fly fish­ing around the world and more specif­i­cal­ly about fly fish­ing the Eso­pus Creek. He explained that the Eso­pus Creek is the birth­place of Amer­i­can fly fish­ing, made pop­u­lar by anglers like Theodore Gor­don and depict­ed by artists of the Hud­son Riv­er School like Ash­er Durand. At the end of the pro­gram he gave par­tic­i­pants a short les­son on how to prop­er­ly cast a fly rod.

There are still a few pro­grams left for Ashokan Water­shed Month. Be sure to check them out by vis­it­ing our web­site.

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Register for Family Fun and Fish Day!

Posted on: May 2nd, 2019 by Brent Gotsch
Learning to fish at Family Fun and Fish Day

Learn­ing to fish at Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day.

This is event is now FULL! Thank you for your inter­est in this year’s Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day!

Fish­ing with the fam­i­ly is a great way to con­nect with each oth­er and expe­ri­ence the great out­doors! Back by pop­u­lar demand for the 7th year in a row, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram in coop­er­a­tion with Trout Unlim­it­ed and the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) is host­ing “Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day” at Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground at 859 Wit­ten­berg Road, Mount Trem­per, NY on Sun­day, May 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Reg­is­ter by May 16, 2019 in order to par­tic­i­pate. Reg­is­ter online now by vis­it­ing the reg­is­tra­tion page.

DEC fish­eries staff and vol­un­teers with local Trout Unlim­it­ed chap­ters will intro­duce youth and oth­ers to the sport of fish­ing and pro­vide edu­ca­tion on fish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and aquat­ic ecol­o­gy. Oth­er fam­i­ly friend­ly activ­i­ties include a bar­beque, arts and crafts, and edu­ca­tion­al activ­i­ties under the pavil­ion. Please let us know in advance if you have spe­cial needs relat­ed to the day’s activ­i­ties.

All fish­ing sup­plies will be pro­vid­ed, though you are wel­come to bring your own if you have them. No fish­ing license is required.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact Brent Gotsch at 845–688-3047 ext. 3, or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu. DEC charges a $6 fee per car for admis­sion to the camp­ground — all oth­er activ­i­ties at Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day are free.

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Family Fun and Fish Day 2018 a Great Success!

Posted on: May 22nd, 2018 by Brent Gotsch
Showing off the catch from Family Fun and Fish Day 2018 at Kenneth  Wilson State Campground.

Show­ing off the catch from Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day 2018 at Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground.

This year’s AWSMP Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day held at Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground was a resound­ing suc­cess! Although the day start­ed off cloudy and driz­zly, by the time activ­i­ties start­ed the sun had come out and the tem­per­a­ture warmed to make for a com­fort­able day on the water. The event was attend­ed by 61 youth and adults, and for many this was their first time fish­ing! Sev­er­al types of fish were caught in the pond­ed riv­er, includ­ing pump­kin­seed and cat­fish. Every­one enjoyed a bar­be­cue lunch and judg­ing by the lack of left­overs they worked up an appetite. AWSMP offered an arts and crafts activ­i­ty and “Build-a-Fish” game, though just about every­one enjoyed spend­ing time on the water seek­ing the elu­sive fish beneath the rip­ples.

Staff from NYSDEC help prepare a fishing pole for a Family Fun and Fish Day Participant

Staff from NYSDEC help pre­pare a fish­ing pole for a Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day Par­tic­i­pant.

 

A big thank you goes out to vol­un­teers and staff who worked the event from Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty, the NYS Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion that pro­vid­ed fish­ing poles and bait, and Tony Cocoz­za from the Ashokan-Pepacton Chap­ter of Trout Unlim­it­ed who helped men­tor many of the first-time anglers. We look for­ward to see­ing you all at next year’s Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day!

Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day is made pos­si­ble with fund­ing from the NYC Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion.

The most important part of fishing is selecting a lucky pole! A special thanks to NYSDEC for lending out the poles for this year's event.

The most impor­tant part of fish­ing is select­ing a lucky pole! A spe­cial thanks to NYSDEC for lend­ing out the poles for this year’s event.

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Family Fun and Fish Day 2016 Rescheduled!

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016 by Brent Gotsch

Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day 2016, ini­tial­ly sched­uled for ear­li­er this year, had to be post­poned due to bad weath­er. But now it’s back and we hope to see every­one there for a day filled with fun, fam­i­ly friend­ly activ­i­ties! Reg­is­ter here today!

The Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram in coop­er­a­tion with the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) is host­ing “Fam­i­ly Fun & Fish Day” at Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground locat­ed at 859 Wit­ten­berg Road in Mount Trem­per, NY on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 1 from 11:00am to 1:30pm.

DEC fish­eries staff and vol­un­teers with local Trout Unlim­it­ed chap­ters will intro­duce youth and oth­ers to the sport of fish­ing and pro­vide edu­ca­tion on fish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and aquat­ic ecol­o­gy. Oth­er fam­i­ly friend­ly activ­i­ties include a bar­beque, and arts and crafts under the pavil­ion start­ing at noon. Please let us know in advance if you have spe­cial needs relat­ed to the day’s activ­i­ties.

All fish­ing sup­plies will be pro­vid­ed, though you are wel­come to bring your own if you have them. No fish­ing license is required.

Reg­is­ter online now by click­ing here. DEC charges a $6 fee per car for admis­sion to the camp­ground — all oth­er activ­i­ties at Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day are free.

For more infor­ma­tion on the event con­tact Brent Gotsch at 845–688-3047 Ext. 3, or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu.

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Family Fun and Fish Day is Back for 2016!

Posted on: May 20th, 2016 by Brent Gotsch

Fish­ing with the fam­i­ly is a great way to con­nect with each oth­er and expe­ri­ence the great out­doors! Reg­is­ter now online!

Back by pop­u­lar demand for the fifth year in a row, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram in coop­er­a­tion with the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) is host­ing “Fam­i­ly Fun & Fish Day” at Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground locat­ed at 859 Wit­ten­berg Road in Mount Trem­per, NY on Sun­day, June 5 from 12:00pm to 2:30pm.

DEC fish­eries staff and vol­un­teers with local Trout Unlim­it­ed chap­ters will intro­duce youth and oth­ers to the sport of fish­ing and pro­vide edu­ca­tion on fish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and aquat­ic ecol­o­gy. Oth­er fam­i­ly friend­ly activ­i­ties include a bar­beque, and arts and crafts under the pavil­ion start­ing at noon. Please let us know in advance if you have spe­cial needs relat­ed to the day’s activ­i­ties.

All fish­ing sup­plies will be pro­vid­ed, though you are wel­come to bring your own if you have them. No fish­ing license is required.

Reg­is­ter online now by click­ing here. DEC charges a $6 fee per car for admis­sion to the camp­ground — all oth­er activ­i­ties at Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day are free.

For more infor­ma­tion on the event con­tact Brent Gotsch at 845–688-3047 Ext. 3, or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu.

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Another Successful Family Fun and Fish Day!

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

AWSMP’s Annu­al Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day 2015 was a great suc­cess! The over­cast weath­er and threat of rain didn’t stop near­ly 60 par­tic­i­pants from head­ing down to Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground in Mount Trem­per on Sat­ur­day, June 27. The day’s events were focused on learn­ing the sport of fish­ing and some basics about aquat­ic ecol­o­gy and water­shed sci­ence. Par­tic­i­pants ranged in age from the very young to the young at heart, many of whom had nev­er fished before. New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) staff loaned fish­ing poles and bait to par­tic­i­pants. Vol­un­teers from the Ashokan-Pepacton Chap­ter of Trout Unlim­it­ed offered instruc­tion on how to prop­er­ly bait a hook, cast a line, and safe­ly return a caught fish back to its watery home. Activ­i­ties for the youngest includ­ed col­or­ing pic­tures of the New York State Fish (the brook trout), a mag­net­ic fish­ing game, and a cre­ate-your-own fish activ­i­ty that helped aspir­ing anglers iden­ti­fy dif­fer­ent species of fish and their anato­my. Events of the day were capped with a bar­beque lunch for all to enjoy.

AWSMP wish­es to thank the vol­un­teers from Trout Unlim­it­ed who helped instruct novice anglers, and staff from the NYSDEC for loan­ing equip­ment, tack­le, and instruc­tion for the event. This is the fourth year that AWSMP has host­ed this fun, fam­i­ly friend­ly event that seems to grow with each year. We look for­ward to see­ing you next year at Fam­i­ly Fun and Fish Day!

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Family Fun and Fish Day Returns!

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Brent Gotsch

Fish­ing with the fam­i­ly is a great way to con­nect with each oth­er and expe­ri­ence the great out­doors!

Back by pop­u­lar demand for a fourth year in a row, the Ashokan Water­shed Stream Man­age­ment Pro­gram in coop­er­a­tion with the New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) is host­ing “Fam­i­ly Fun & Fish Day” at Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground locat­ed at 859 Wit­ten­berg Road in Mount Trem­per, NY on Sat­ur­day, June 27 from 11:00am to 1:30pm.

DEC fish­eries staff and vol­un­teers with local Trout Unlim­it­ed chap­ters will intro­duce youth and oth­ers to the sport of fish­ing and pro­vide edu­ca­tion on fish iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and aquat­ic ecol­o­gy. Oth­er fam­i­ly friend­ly activ­i­ties include a bar­beque, and arts and crafts under the pavil­ion start­ing at noon. Please let us know in advance if you have spe­cial needs relat­ed to the day’s activ­i­ties.

All fish­ing sup­plies will be pro­vid­ed, though you are wel­come to bring your own if you have them. The event is FREE and no fish­ing license is required.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:  Due to cir­cum­stances beyond our con­trol we can no longer offer free admit­tance to Ken­neth Wil­son State Camp­ground. If you wish to attend you must pay the entrance fee of $6 per car­load at the main gate. We apol­o­gize for any incon­ve­nience.

Please reg­is­ter by June 25, 2015. A list of reg­is­tered atten­dees will be held at the main gate. Reg­is­ter online now by vis­it­ing https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/familyfishingday2015_251. For more infor­ma­tion on the event con­tact Brent Gotsch at 845–688-3047 Ext. 3, or by email at bwg37@cornell.edu.

 

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