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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.

Give dad some outdoors toys

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Hey, dad! There are just 10 days left to let your wife and family know what you really want for Father’s Day.

Warmer weather heats up fishing

Thursday, May 22, 2014
This week’s fishing report indicates things have picked up substantially, and I suspect warmer weather had something to do with it.

Crappies really biting for Saratoga Lake anglers

Thursday, May 15, 2014
This week’s fishing report is “crappie!” These tasty little fillets are biting. I’m amazed each year at how many anglers are already on the water trying to get their daily limit of 25. Just remember, they must be nine inches to keep.

Rain, wind force hunters out early

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Last Thursday had to be one of the worst opening days of the spring wild turkey season I’ve ever sat in. Dan Ladd of Fort Ann and I were in the Washington County woods and set up well before sunup when the rain came. It started slowly, but both the wind and the rain picked up, and in spite of my head-to-toe rain gear and a camouflaged hunting umbrella that attaches to a tree, I got wet.

Turkey calls finally put to good use

Thursday, May 1, 2014
For the past week, I’ve been visiting a number of sporting goods stores and hearing familiar clucks, yelps, purrs, owl and crow calls, and even a few gobbles. I’m sure turkey hunters all over the state were doing the same getting ready for today, the opening of New York state’s spring turkey season. How many of those we share our homes with have had to put up with us practicing calls?

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