Fishing Forecast: Thompson, Geroux connect on Hudson

With the continuing heavy rains, colder temperatures and high, muddy, moving waters, I expected that
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With the continuing heavy rains, colder temperatures and high, muddy, moving waters, I expected that fishing along the 14-mile stretch of the upper Hudson River between Schuylerville and Stillwater would be very slow. But last Friday and Saturday, that definitely was not the case. On Friday, when Marty Thompson and his son, Zach, of Richmondville and son-in-law Chris Geroux of Ballston Spa and I left the dock in Stillwater, I was a bit apprehensive of what fishing was going to be that day. It was overcast — which is good for fishing — but the water conditions were poor.

We hadn’t been out more than a half-hour when Marty broke the ice with a nice three-pound largemouth, winning the first-fish competition he had with the boys. But it did not take too long before both the boys learned how to use the wacky-worm rig. Both Zach and Chris were soon catching bass, as well, and even a few pickerel came aboard and were photographed before being released. The family competition was fun to watch, and just before the downpour, both Zach and Chris hooked up with trophy bass that definitely took the big-bass lead.

Fishing heavy shoreline cover of wood and grass, I watched Zach’s bass tail-walk across the water, and I did not waste any time getting the net under him. The largemouth measured 21 1⁄2 inches and was well over five pounds. It was about an hour later that Chris quietly said, “Got one,” and when I turned and saw the fish roll, I again ran for the net. His fish also measured 21 1⁄2 inches. And it wasn’t too long after that the heavy rains came, but I don’t think anyone cared.

On Saturday, I returned to see what the fishing would be like on the Hudson. There was still a lot of the 14 miles of water that we hadn’t fished the day before. Aboard with me this time were Saratoga Springs anglers Wolfgang Hammer and his son, Joe. The weather was better, with sunny skies, and the bass bite was a bit slow, but once again, dad and the wacky worm won out with some nice Hudson River largemouths. Joe also caught bass on his swimbait; but it also attracted several nice plump pickerel. It was a lure I have since added to my bass tackle box.

This week’s kids’ fishing report is about 158 youngsters, ages 3 to 16, who competed in the 14th annual Ryan’s Farmers Market Fishing contest at Six-Mile Waterworks, which because of the efforts of contest founder Mike Ryan, raised $1,083 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York.

In the 7 and younger category, the winners were: Skyllar Fleming, Albany; Dillon Charland, Albany; Joe Berlin, Clifton Park; Braelyn Walsh, Ballston Lake; and James Easton. In the 8- to 12-year-old category, Brooke Discipio of Latham set a three-fish record for this event with her 38 1⁄2-inch catch. Her three fish were all largemouth bass. The remaining trophy winners were Chris Donnelly, Clifton Park; Tyler Hoffman, Alb­any; James Robinson, Albany; and Matt Donnelly, Clifton Park. The five winners in the 13- to 16-year-old category were: Branden McAuley, Schenectady; Zack Slade, Water­vliet; Lateef Roberts, Schenectady; Shannen MacNamara, Scotia; and Jake Fogel, Saratoga Springs.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS

The Mohawk Valley Anglers Club got an early start on its fishing competition by going to Onota Lake in Pittsfield, Mass., the first weekend of this month. On Saturday, they held an open event that was won by the Pittsfield team of Nathan Cardinal and Mike Lanloise with five bass totaling 14.09 pounds. First place returned $280. Jeff Squires and Barton Metzold of Amsterdam took second-place cash of $140 with 12.09 pounds, plus an additional $35 for the big bass (4.38 pounds).

On Sunday, the club’s first tourn­ament of the year, Springfield anglers Ray Coulter and Roy Bilby won a total of $155 for their five-bass catch of 12.88 pounds, which included the lunker bass of 3.57 pounds. Second place ($80) went to Johnstown anglers Charles Johnson and Kristen Thomas with 9.03 pounds, and third ($60) to Jim Capron and Bob Cooper of Schen­ectady, who had 8.71 pounds.

WEEKNIGHT TOURNAMENTS

Saratoga Tackle will host its weekly Bass Challenge on Tuesdays, beginning next week, from 5-8 p.m., with takeoff and weigh-in at Lee’s Campground (next to state launch on Saratoga Lake). The entry fee is $60, which includes the launch fee, and there is an optional $10 lunker fee. There is a five-bass limit, and you can fish with or without a partner. For further information, call 584-3952 or visit their website, www.saratogatackle.com.

South Shore Marina will host weekly tournaments Wednesdays, beginning next week, from 5-8 p.m., with takeoff and weigh-in at the marina. There will be no tournaments on July 4 or Aug. 15. The entry fee is $49 that includes the launch, and $5 lunker fee. This is a three-bass team tournament (two anglers). For further information, call 584-9125 or visit their website, www.southshoremarinaofsaratoga.com.

This weekend, there are three bass tournaments and one multi-species tournament scheduled locally. The Mohawk Masters singleman event will be held on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Mohawk River at the AlCathy launch site at the end of Flight Road in Waterford. The entry fee is $45, plus $5 for lunker. You can pay at the launch the morning of the event.

Also on Saturday, the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Feder­ation will host its 15th annual Summer Fishing Contest, with measuring and awards presentations at the Sport Island Pub in Northampton. The pre-registration fee is $15 and $18 the day of the contest, up to 10 a.m. Winners will be determined by measuring, and the top three ang­lers’ catches in three categ­ories (bass, walleye and trout) will receive $300, $150 and $50, respectively. For further information and to download an entry form, go to www.gslff.com.

On Sunday, the Greenbush Bass Association will kick off its season at Saratoga Lake at the state launch site. Tournament hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the entry fee is $75 per boat. You can pay at the launch the morning of the event.

Happy Father’s Day — it’s a good day to go fishing.

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