Outdoor Journal: Answering some fishing questions

The latest on the outdoors from Ed Noonan

I received an email from Rick McConnell.

The first question was, “I have fished the Hudson River out of Schuylerville and under the Northway at Exit 18 and the grass and weeds at both places are covered with a brown fuzz, for lack of a better word. It is especially noticeable at Schuylerville around the island downstream from the bridge. At Exit 18, it is most noticeable in the big weed flat upstream from the bridge and the camps. Do you know or could you find out what it is and is there anything we can do to get rid of it?” I answered, “I haven’t heard or seen it, but I think you should contact the DEC. I am going to contact NYSDEC for an answer, also.”

The second question was, “In your column last Thursday, you said that there was a total of four bass tournaments on Sunday on Saratoga Lake. Then one on Tuesday afternoon with 27 teams and another one on Thursday afternoon. To me, that is a lot of fishing pressure since it is almost every week during the summer.”

As a once very avid bass fisherman for many years (and still doing a few club tournaments), I can tell you that the bass masters all have electric live wells delivering air for all bass. All their catches are released at the weigh in immediately. What you should do is attend the weigh in at Tuesday and Thursday weigh ins and see how very, very little bass are dead. As for Saratoga Lake, it has been a very popular bass fishing lake both for tournament bass and bass fishing period. 


I received an email from Renee Gerald of Middle Grove, who had a bear visit. The bear visited her back yard during the night and tore down a steel bird feeder pole and snapped it in half and the steel feeder as well. It also scratched up their large outdoor garbage can.


Forty-three boats competed in the Tuesday afternoon Bass Challenge, and the weights were good.

Leading the way was a “loner,” Mark Bogausch from Kinderhook Lake, with five bass weighing 14.48 pounds worth $875. He also had the tournament 4.55-pound lunker worth an additional $430. Not bad — that’s $260 plus per bass.

In second place was the team of Paul Amedo of Rexford and John Paul Pelletier of Castleton with 10.65 pounds worth $570. In third place was the Saratoga team of P.J. Peculis and Henry Marshall with 9.48 pounds worth $300. Low to cash was Sid Hudson of Ballston) and Carey Harrington of Clifton Park) with 9.23 pounds worth $190.

The Thursday afternoon South Shore Marina’s contest also weighed in some nice bass. Leading the way were John Ernst of East Greenbush and Tony DeDonna of Saratoga with a five-bass limit weighing 10.27 pounds worth $480.

In second place, also with a limit, were Dave Munger of Saratoga Springs and John Jenkins of Stillwater with 9.62 pounds worth $300. Low to cash were Andy Daubert of Ballston Spa and Jim McHale of Hagaman with 9.61 pounds worth $190. Lunker bass of the tournament went to Mike and Caroline Schleicher of Saratoga Springs with a 3.65 largemouth bass worth $160.                                                                          

The Schonowe Fire Department in Schenectady is holding its third fishing tournament on Saturday on Oxbow Lake on Route 8 in Piseco. The tournament will be for pickerel and sunfish. The entry fee is $60 per boat with two anglers. There will also be $10 entry for the biggest bass caught.

For further information, contact them at 315-436-5748 or email them at [email protected]. Last year, $510 was awarded for the biggest pickerel and $100 for the biggest bass.

Contact Ed Noonan at [email protected].

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