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Great Sacandaga Lake offers up prize fish

Randy Gardiner, center, measures a 15 and 1/8 inch perch caught by Pete Chupka, of Mayfield, right, at the fifth annual Walleye Ice Fishing Derby on Sacandaga Lake in Broadalbin on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Randy Gardiner, center, measures a 15 and 1/8 inch perch caught by Pete Chupka, of Mayfield, right, at the fifth annual Walleye Ice Fishing Derby on Sacandaga Lake in Broadalbin on Saturday, January 26, 2013.
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The long, hard upstate winter has returned, and among the sure signs are the cars sitting on the Great Sacandaga Lake ice. The ice fishing contest that drew flocks of sportsmen Saturday also took place last winter. But avid fishers remembered the lake seeming softer than usual, thick ice giving way to mush in some spots. No one would dare drive a car or truck out there. “This week really helped,” said Randy Gardinier, warming ...


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