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If you're a fisherman looking for a challenge, the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium offers a chance to test your skills. The contest is currently in full swing and is open to fisherpersons of all ages.

For the person reeling in the longest fish caught during the months from September to May, there's a $50 gift certificate donated by The "Camp-Site" Sport Shop in Huntington Station the sponsor of the program. Other prizes include a one year Family Membership to the Hatchery and official recognition in "Fish Hatchery News," the Hatchery's newsletter. All winners of the monthly contests will be entered to win the year's Grand Prize, to be announced. Past monthly winners include, Hunter Barbella, age 9, of Syosset, who caught a 21" rainbow trout in October; Christian Beck, a youth from Manhasset, whose winning catch for the month of September was also a rainbow trout, this one measured 18"; and Waretown, Pennsylvania resident, Paul Ripperger, who also reeled in an 18" brook trout last April.

The current winner, Tyler Krolikowski, age 14, hails from Massapequa. Tyler caught a 20-1/8" rainbow trout in November.

Year-round Catch & Keep Trout Fishing at the Hatchery takes place Friday through Tuesday all year long. The first fishing session runs from 10am-12pm and the next from 1:00-3:00 p.m. For further information about this and other Hatchery sponsored events call 692-6768.

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium contains six outdoor ponds where brook and rainbow trout are raised and sold to enthusiasts who use them to stock their ponds. In addition to the trout ponds, the Hatchery also maintains a warm water fish pond and a turtle pond. Catch & Keep Trout Fishing is a recent addition to Hatchery activities. The Hatchery is open year round, seven days a week, from 10:00 am. to 5:00 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, during June, July and August, open until 6:00 p.m. For further information, call 692-6768.


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