Outdoor Journal: It’s a good time to fish for bass

Ed Noonan's weekly outdoors column

In my trips to the Saratoga Lake and Lake Lonely launches and talking to the anglers, the bass are biting.

Those I have spoken to say the plastics, spinner baits and jig-and-pig are working. While at Saratoga Tackle and Archery getting my bow ready for carp fishing, owner Tim Blodget showed me some new lures, all of which be in my now over filled tackle box. But my favorite right now is the wacky worm.

I am very anxious for June 21, when I will be in the back of Rotterdam resident Dave Reynolds’ bass boat fishing Schroon Lake in the first club tournament of the Capital District Bassmasters. Whether or not you have a boat and want to fish for bass, there is room for you in the club. For more information call me at 518-587-2783 or email me at [email protected].


After weeks of discussion, along with a few calls to DEC, I am pleased to say our Tuesday Night Bass Challenge is a go.


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We’ll be starting a week earlier than originally planned since Tim won’t be driving a school bus. Currently, we’re experiencing problems updating our website, edits are not posting, so the dates are not correct there.

The first tournament will be June 23. This year, we’ll be able to fit in eight tournaments and the Tournament of Champions will be Aug. 18.

We are still hammering out details for the sign-up, boat checks and weigh-in to make sure social distancing is maintained. We ask folks to wear a mask when around others. What you do on your boat is up to you when you are out on the water.

This will still be a two-man tournament, but again, that is up to your discretion — participating solo has always been allowed. All the rest of the rules are on the tournament page.

Hope everyone is ready for another great season.


While hunting in Schenectady County, Rippi Brown of Schenectady shot the biggest turkey I have seen and written about.

The tom weighed in at 26 pounds, carried an 11-inch beard and 1-1/2 inch spurs. Rippi told me the tom would answer him, but stood on the dirt road. Rippi was about to leave when it started toward him. At about 40 yards, Rippi shouldered his Remington 870 12-gauge and dropped him at about 40 yards.

Unfortunately, Rippi contacted the National Wild Turkey Federation to put his tom in its book. It could only take the beard and spurs sizes, not the weight. The weight had to be taken on a registered scale. Don’t clean them until you have them weighed. 


I can’t wait for our first tournament that will be June 21 at Schroon Lake.

I haven’t fished Schroon Lake in years. It was there that on my first trip, fishing with my wife, I hooked my biggest smallmouth that weighed in at a little over 5 pounds on a black jig and white port chunk. But I will be starting with my wacky worm.


The Environmental Conservation police officers enforced 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Police (ECO) protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York State.

In 2019, 288 ECOs across the state responded to 25,704 calls and worked on cases that resulted in 16,855 tickets or arrests for crimes ranging from deer poaching to solid waste dumping, illegal mining, the black-market pet trade and excessive emissions violations.


Last Saturday morning, my grandkids Sydney and Sammy Dunston took Papa out the back of their house and into a small pond in the woods to do some fishing. We had no idea if there was fish in it, but couldn’t wait to wet lines with the kids. The walk was only about 15 minutes to the pond.

On the way in, there were quite a bit of deer tracks. It’s too close to the house for me to hunt there in the fall. I was surprised at the size of the pond covered with lily pads but we managed to get some bites but no hook ups. But we all had fun, and we will be going to Lake Lonely shortly.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].


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