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Smaller area lakes offer plenty of action

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
All summer, the majority of the fishing reports I have published have been about the good bass fishing in the bigger lakes and rivers. These include Lake Champlain, which may be the best bass water in the Northeast. Then there is Lake George, which also has plenty of bass, as does the St. Lawrence River. There are six little lakes, all less than 750 acres. They all offer more than just bass, and are less than an hour from home, and the recent fishing reports tell me that the fall bite has definitely begun.

Local shooting ranges getting crowded

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
T’is the season! Sportsmen’s clubs’ shooting ranges are beginning to get crowded because of the opening of a number of firearms hunting seasons. Wednesday was the opening day of seven small-game seasons, four with fur, three with feathers.

Goose hunt turns into limit of six squirrels

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Last Friday, after not finding a cut cornfield our local Canada geese would visit, I went home, swapped the 12-gauge for my Gamo Buckmaster .177-caliber Squirrel Terminator airgun and headed back to the cornfields. It wasn’t to hunt geese, but rather to find some bushy tails. The fields were bordered on two sides by large hardwoods, and where there are hardwoods, there are squirrels.

Coming up empty-handed on bear hunt

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Spirits were high when Peck’s Lake hunters Albert Peck, his grandson, Clarence Chamberlain, and I headed out for our long-awaited trip to Lugdon Lodge outfitters, at Eagle Lake in northern Maine, just 15 miles from New Brunswick, Canada.

Lake George free launch now closed to the public

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
If you plan on boating/fishing on Lake George and planned to launch at the free boat launch on Beach Road in Lake George, you can’t. According to DEC, the Lake George Beach Improvement Project, which includes the launch, will be closed to the public until 2015 for safety reasons.

Peck's Lake gives up 47-inch, 22-pound pike

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Little lakes do produce big catches, and recently, Peck’s Lake produced a big one. Having fished this little 1,370-acre lake a number of times, I know it has a healthy population of both large and smallmouth bass, but Wendy Cosselman Bleecker proved that it also has some trophy northern pike.

Local anglers excel in pro bass tourney

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014
Two local bass anglers have finished high in a professional bass tournament, and one is a repeater.

Upper Hudson River normal after dredging

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Having fished the 14 miles of the upper Hudson River between Stillwater and Schuylerville at least a dozen times this summer, I’ve learned a bit about the dredging and its effects on the fishing. Based on the numbers and sizes of fish I’ve caught and released, primarily bass, everything is normal. Since 2009, when the GE dredging began around Fort Edward, they’ve worked their way down to the stretch between Locks 4 and 5. Dredging is around the clock, and when out there you’ll see a number of barges and work boats, both moving and anchored. Give them the right-of-way and keep on fishing.

Kids reveal 'secret baits'

Thursday, July 24, 2014
If you've had trouble hooking up with the bass population at Saratoga Lake, here's a bit of advice from a pair of 7- and 10-year-olds who are willing to share their “secrets baits." Andrew Walker, 10, and Jackson Pedinotti, 7, have been fishing with grandfather, Jerry Pedinotti of Niskayuna since they were 3. They said that they “always” catch fish using square billed crankbaits.

Crankbaits can land bass

Thursday, July 17, 2014
In 1995, a local bass angler at Lake Minnetonka, Minn., told North Carolina pro David Fritts that the bass don’t bite crankbaits very well. Fritts, a crankbait guru, didn’t listen to him and finished a very close second in the four-day tournament with 20 bass totaling 77.12 pounds, an average of almost four pounds per fish. The next year, he returned to Minnetonka and won the tournament

Quiet Glen Lake generous with its fish

Thursday, July 10, 2014
Last week, I got to wet a line in a lake and a river — and both were quite generous with their fish.

Anglers are finding that fish are biting

Thursday, July 3, 2014
Good time to get out on the water.

On-board chargers help trolling motors

Thursday, June 26, 2014
Since I put my boat in the water last month, I’ve witnessed some boater’s problems with their electronics at the launch sites, namely their electric trolling motors. They’ve either had little or no power. As a long-time bass fisherman for fun and cash, I learned a long time ago that as soon as I got home, I should charge my trolling motor batteries.

Peck's Lake once again big winner for writers

Thursday, June 19, 2014
When Schenectady’s famous NBA player and coach Pat Riley coined the phrase “three-peat,” he was referring to his team’s three successive NBA championships. The phrase could also be used by the 15 New York State Outdoor Writers who were guests of Fulton County Tourism and Peck’s Lake last month.

More fish biting in warm weather

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Finally, we have warm weather and the fish are definitely biting.

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