Sept. 10, 2010
Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 25 in Altmar
A full day of children's activities, fishing seminars and outdoor programs are planned for this year's open house on National Hunting and Fishing Day, Saturday, Sept. 25, at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Salmon River Fish Hatchery.
This is the 15th 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.
"This is the one opportunity during the year where the public is able to access the working parts of the hatchery with a personal tour," said Fran Verdoliva, Salmon River Program coordinator. "People of all ages can watch migrating salmon in the fish ladder through the underwater camera, see an exhibit on rare and endangered fish, and learn about the many opportunities for fishing and outdoor recreation along the Salmon River."
A special seminar featuring John Kendall, president of the Credit River Anglers Association in Ontario, Canada, takes place Friday evening, Sept. 24. Kendall will discuss the role of private angler associations in Ontario, including fisheries and habitat management, steelhead enhancement programs, Atlantic salmon restoration, fish culture and stocking of Pacific salmon, stream bank restoration, and scientific monitoring. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m.
Participation in Friday evening's program is limited to 75 persons. Participants must register in advance. To register, call 315-298-7605, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the hatchery and register at the lobby desk.
On Saturday, visitors can tour the hatchery with DEC staff, learn about fishing for Pacific salmon, and learn about rare and endangered fish. Volunteers will teach how to cast a fishing rod, tie flies, and fly cast and fly fish fish along the beautiful scenery of the Salmon River Corridor. There are several activities for children, including fish identification, discovery of creatures of Beaverdam Brook, the popular "Backyard Bass" and "Hook and Ladders" fishing programs, and the Oswego County Cooperative Extension 4-H laser shooting range.
Tours of the hatchery will be given every 30 minutes starting at 10:30 a.m.
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. Artisan Bob Green of Fulton will display his beautiful handcrafted canoes and Adirondack guideboats.
Guests can also visit the nearby Salmon River Falls, a DEC Unique Area located four miles from the hatchery. The 110-foot waterfall offers trails and viewing areas with spectacular scenery. This year the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust will hold its annual "Plein Air Paint Out" with a group of artists painting scenes at the falls throughout the day. The public is invited to visit with artists and observe their work. Paintings will be auctioned off Saturday evening with proceeds to benefit the land trust.
Also on Saturday, the Greater Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Salmon River Visitor Center and International Sportfishing Museum at 3044 state Route 13, Altmar. The museum features the former "South Bend Gladding Collection" of fishing gear, artwork and literature about the history of the sportfishing industry.
For more information contact the Salmon River Hatchery at (315) 298-7605.
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