In 1976, fishing was closed in the Hudson River from the Troy dam to Baker Falls in the village of Hudson Falls due to extremely high amounts of PCBs in the fish. But on Aug. 30, 1995, Gov. George Pataki reopened this stretch to catch and release only.
I was invited to the governor’s opening ceremony between Locks 4 and 5 and, before and after his speech, my friend Steve Caporizzo (Guilderland) and I hooked many good-sized large and smallmouth bass. I was extremely impressed and knew I would be fishing this river frequently. Then 14 years later, the dredging began. And as the cleanup by General Electric continued, I noticed the bite was slowly dwindling, and many of my fishing spots between Locks 4 and 5 did not hold fish.
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