Outdoor Journal: Area winners abound at two bass tournaments


On July 25, the Capital District Bassmasters held its club tournament on Canadarago Lake. First place went to John Kolach of Latham with a weight of 15.30 pounds. Kolach also had the lunker that weighed in at 3.98 pounds.

Dave Reynolds of Schenectady finished second with a weight of 12.84 pounds. Mike Slowikowski of Ballston Lake came in third with a weight of 12.74 pounds.

On July 27 at Lees Launch at Saratoga Lake, Saratoga Tackle held its tournament with 30 boats participating. Dave Munger and John Jenkins, both from Saratoga Springs, finished first with a weight of 13.83 pounds and winning $675. Second place went to Mike Croll of Troy and Heath Clayson of Ballston Lake with 11.67 pounds for $405. Third place went to Don Brilyea of Hudson Falls and Rod Hall with 11.02 pounds for $270.

The lunker went to Sid Hudson of Ballston Spa and Cory Harrington of Clifton Park with a weight of 4.72 pounds. They won $300.

Last Sunday, I headed over to watch those fishing on Saratoga Lake. As usual on the weekend, the lake is filled with boaters and anglers. On this particular day, I was able to talk with Allen Green from Oneida, who was there with his Bass Club weighing in. They had 81 members from the Susquehanna Bass Club.

I also spotted a youngster with his dad fishing off the dock. Troy Rue, age 7 and Justin Rue of Saratoga, who caught a few small bass. They did catch and release. Good to see kids fishing with their family members having fun.

Speaking of fun, don’t miss “Keepin’ it Reel” at Hudson Crossing Park, Champlain Canal Lock No. 5 in Schuylerville on Sunday. There is a Catch-Photo-Release fishing contest from 8-11:30 a.m. on the Hudson. Bring your best catch photos to the park Pavilion at noon for judging and awards. Go to www.hudsoncrossingpark.org to enter and review rules.

New York State DEC Commissioner Basil Segos said that the DEC is accepting applications for sponsored pheasant hunts. The hunts are free, non-competitive events coordinated by a group, club, individual, to benefit youth, women, first-time hunters, veterans and people with disabilities. DEC will provide up to 50 propagated pheasants to each sponsoring organization free of charge.

Program requirements and applications are available for download on DEC’s website. Applications must be received by Sept. 1. Hunters should be prepared to follow State guidelines for social gatherings to minimize COVID-19 risks.

Seggos also announced New Yorkers to take part in the States annual survey of wild turkeys.

The turkeys you see this August helps DEC monitor the turkey population and contributes to their ongoing scientific efforts to survey this species.
During August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys during normal travel.
Those interested in participating can click the “Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Online report” on DEC Website www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html.

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