The 20-degree weather last Sunday didn’t bother the 25 kids who fished the Mariaville Lakeside Store Kids Fishing Derby.
Sponsored by the Mariaville Lakeside Country Store with the help of the Schenectady County Conservation Council and New York State Conservation Officers Association, the kids caught some nice fish.
The volunteers had to cut through 24 inches of ice and help with the tip ups and fishing where needed.
In the pickerel division, Hannah Franklin of Clifton Park started it off with a 17-inch pickerel, but was bumped by Andrew Helo of Schenectady with a 191⁄2-inch pickerel.
Hannah also caught a 191⁄2-inch pickerel later. A coin flip earned Hannah first place in that division. Myra Endres of Watervliet was third with her 171⁄2-incher.
Only two perch were caught. The winner was Joshua Dixon of Rotterdam with a 12-incher, and Tommy Pilczuk of Rotterdam got a 10-incher. Third place was awarded in a drawing.
Only one bass, a 131⁄2-inch largemouth, was caught, measured and released by Hannah Perdziak of Milton.
Dick’s Sporting Goods gift certificates were given for the three biggest perch and pickerel, and three names were drawn from the entries to receive various fishing gear.
lake george perch
Lake George is producing some good perch catches according to Mike Jennings of Greenwich, who caught quite a few, and there were some very good 12-plus-inchers.
He would not pinpoint the exact spot (I don’t blame him), but he revealed his method.
He said they were consistently hitting on Hali lures tipped with spikes. He removes the single hook, replacing it with a No. 14 treble. The two Hali colors that have put dozens of perch filets in his freezer are green and pink.
Doug Hammons of Northville caught a wall-hanger lake trout recently in Otsego Lake. The laker measured 36 inches, and it will definitely end up on Doug’s wall.
Similarly, in the Fish House Fish and Game Club tournament at the Great Sacandaga Lake, Luke Olsen of Northville caught a 43-inch, 21-pound northern pike and received $300.
A number of phone calls and emails to various bait and tackle shops have made it obvious that the majority of ice anglers are NOT fishing now.
“Business is down,” is what I’ve been hearing from many of these bait and tackle shops. I don’t have to tell anyone, it’s been a brutal winter, in terms of the weather.
Anglers venturing out and chopping holes are catching a few. I’ve only received about a dozen individual ice fishing reports this year. Perhaps March will be better.
I got an email from a lady whose son, Steven Brown of Clifton Park, braved the cold and did a little fly-fishing on the Salmon River at Altmar.
At about mid-day, in 25-degree weather, he hooked up and landed a 10-pound salmon.
He was using a 7-weight fly rod with an orange egg sucking leech pattern. He also hooked up with and lost a few other fish.
Ice fishing clinic
The Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Conservation Officers Association will host a free ice fishing clinic on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m.-noon at Carters Pond Wildlife Management Area in Greenwich.
Spikes, tackle, loaner jigging rods and instructions will be available to all participants.
Supplies are limited, so bring equipment if you have it. Bait will be supplied by Country Pets of Hudson Falls.
Carter Pond has a good population of crappies, perch and bluegills.
The parking area is located along State Route 49 in Greenwich, Washington County.
For more information, including a map, go to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24402.html.