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September 21, 2007

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22 in Altmar

ALTMAR - A full day of children's activities, fishing seminars and outdoor programs is planned for this year's open house on National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Salmon River Fish Hatchery.

This is the twelfth annual open house at the hatchery, located at 2133 county Route 22 in Altmar. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. There is no admission charge.

Also on Saturday, the Greater Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will host the grand opening of the nearby International Sportfishing Museum. The museum features the former “South Bend Gladding collection” of fishing gear, artwork and literature about the history of the sportfishing industry. The museum is located in the Salmon River Visitor Center, 3044 state Route 13, about two miles west of the fish hatchery.

Activities will begin Friday evening, Sept. 21, with seminars in the hatchery auditorium. Members of the Lake Ontario Steelhead Association will offer a workshop on salmon and steelhead fishing from 6 to 9 p.m. There is no charge for the seminars but advance registration is required by calling 315/298-7605 or by .

On Saturday, fish hatchery staff will teach how to cast, tie flies, and fly fish. There are several activities for children, including a fish petting zoo. Visitors can watch migrating salmon, see an exhibit on rare and endangered fish, and learn about the many opportunities for fishing and outdoor recreation along the Salmon River.

Along with the special presentations, many conservation organizations and agencies will provide exhibits and information about outdoor recreation and conservation in the Salmon River ecosystem.

The nearby Salmon River Falls, on Falls Road in the Town of Orwell, offers trails and viewing areas with spectacular scenery. The more adventurous can walk the trail to the bottom of the gorge of the 110-foot waterfall.

For more information contact the Salmon River Hatchery at (315) 298-7605.

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