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For the first part of the summer, most of us couldn't buy a raindrop. Our dry spell fell to a drought in late July.

Then the deluge arrived. My rain gauge logged more than 8 inches over the past three weeks or so, and my vegetable garden that couldn't get enough water is dealing with blight in spots.

The water was much-needed not only for farmers, but for our region's trout streams as well.

Some were approaching record low levels during extreme heat, which is bad news for trout that need cold water. The DEC reported no confirmed fish kill reports on our streams as of late July though with the agency's staffing levels I'm not sure how close they are monitoring these days.

Water levels are better now, but streams are still warm. A few of my buddies who are diehard stream anglers have headed back out to rivers like the Batten Kill and Walloomsac, but said they found water temperatures are still well over 70 degrees in some spots.

Some that didn't get as much rain are still low, the Mettawee in Middle Granville flowing under 100 cfs as of Saturday morning.

I've had some opportunities to do some bass fishing the past couple of weeks, and lake surface temperatures are very warm and both smallmouths and largemouths have moved deeper.

I had an opportunity to fish a lake I hadn't visited before in Lewey Lake during some time off this week, and had a good day on the Hamilton County lake that is loaded with bass and northern pike. We didn't see any pike, as this is a slow time of year for pike, but the lake's smallmouths were cooperative.

-- Don Lehman



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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