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

Little lakes do produce big catches, and recently, Peck’s Lake produced a big one. Having fished thi

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.

Fishing with a dead minnow from the docks near the marina, Wendy hooked up with and landed a 47-inch pike that tipped the scales at 22 pounds. The angler-fish battle lasted 20 minutes.

Wendy is a true outdoorswoman who has shot wild boar and deer and participated in several successful Adirondack bear hunts. You can see her pike at

Peck’s also had its annual kid’s tournament recently, and here is a list of the winners and what they caught. Thirteen-year-old Dalton Spocking of Gloversville caught a 331⁄2-inch walleye that weighed 41⁄2 pounds and a 13-inch smallmouth bass. Ten-year-old James A. Moore of Utica landed and released two smallies, one measuring 13 inches and the other 14 inches.

Haily Bortell, 12, of Schenectady caught an 11-inch smallie which was also released, and Carter Bullinger of Schenectady caught a 14-inch smallie. Biggest smallmouth of the day honors went to 9-year-old Luke Page of Gloversville with an 181⁄2 incher.

Peck’s Lake is open to the public, but there are boating regulations that must be adhered to. For further information, go to,,


Next week, I will be competing in a three-day North against South bass fishing tournament on the upper Hudson River that has just two contestants: Bert Wilmer of North Carolina and me.

This will be the ninth annual contest, with a prize of a full year of bragging. Bert and his wife Laura visit us each year, and for three days, the only time the ladies see us is in the evening for dinner.

Years ago Bert, a Navy dentist, was stationed here at the Milton Site. I met him when he joined the Capital District Bassmasters club, of which I am still a member. I am not sure, but I think we tied last year and that is the closest he has come to winning.

Every year, I have to fish from the back of my boat, and last year, I could only use a push-button Mickey Mouse rod and reel outfit. I don’t know what restraints he has in mind this year, but I am sure he is planning something.

Small field

In local bass tournament action, the threat of rain last Tuesday afternoon reduced the number that fished the Saratoga Lake Bass Challenge to just 18 teams, but there were plenty of five-bass limits that were weighed in.

Winning their second Saratoga Lake tournament this year were Saratoga Springs anglers Dave Munger and John Jenkins with 12.10 pounds, for which they received $405. In addition they received $180 for their lunker largemouth that tipped the scales at 3.52 pounds.

In second place with 10.22 pounds were Chad Brown of Saratoga Springs and Todd Brown of Mechanicville with 10.22 pounds. Third went to the Saratoga Springs team of Brian Welch and Jeff Heck with 10.18 pounds.

Second and third places returned $243 and $162, respectively. The main lures used by the winners were soft plastics in eight to 15 feet of water.


Since the new boat launch opened earlier this year, the lake is getting quite a bit of action, and reports from those fishing it have been very good.

The main catches have been largemouth bass, and there is always plenty of panfish awaiting a bobber and worm. I have heard that three-eighths-ounce chartreuse and white willow leaf spinner baits with three-inch white twister tails are getting plenty of largemouth attention early in the morning. As the sun and temperatures get higher, the bass are moving in to the heavy weed cover.

You can crank bait the outside edges of the weeds and/or punch your way through the weeds with heavy jig/pig combos and pegged Texas rigged plastic worms.

Only one guide report this week, and that comes from Stephen George of All Water Guide Service’s trips on the Great Sacandaga Lake. He said that trolling has produced 14- to 18-inch bass pulling hard baits and worm harnesses. His trip out with a group he calls the Baker Bunch took advantage of the wind to drift and got hooked up with a number of bass, all of which were released, but 14 walleyes went home with them for the



I have always said that before a lure can catch a fish, it must first catch the fisherman, which is exactly what happened when the LiveTarget lure hanging on the board in the tackle shop caught my eye.

This 13⁄8-inch quarter-ounce squarebill was perfect for several smallmouth bass spots I have on the upper Hudson and Mohawk rivers and also in and around Saratoga Lake’s Stony Point.

These lures have internal weight of steel, brass and glass in a rattle-attracting chamber and a very realistic match-the-hatch minnow image body.

Last Sunday, it took only two casts to prove their attractiveness on the upper Hudson River’s smallies. Go to, and check their whole Yearling series of crankbaits.

If you had a good day fishing and want to share it in the weekly fish tales column here in The Daily Gazette, send all the information to me at [email protected]

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