Outdoor Journal: Albany man sets new state fishing record


Roy Isaac of Albany said he saw a state fishing record coming.

For the past few weeks, he has been fishing off a marina dock at Sleepy Hollow Lake in Greene County. Every weekend, he’s been catching bigger and bigger crappie. Some were 1 pound, then 2 pounds and a 3 pounder. He went out again with his son, determined to catch an even bigger fish and possibly a state record. And he did.

Isaac landed a 4-pound, 7-ounce white crappie using 4-pound test line. He used a shiner as bait and had a single split shot on the line. The 19-inch fish was certified that day at Blackhorse Farms scale. After filing out the paperwork, a state Department of Environmental Conservation staffer examined the fish, and Isaac was informed that his fish was a new state record for a white crappie. Congratulations Isaac.

The Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation Inc. is holding its fishing tournament Saturday, Sept. 11, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be held out of Sport Island Pub which is located on Riverside Boulevard in Sacandaga Park in Northampton. You may fish anywhere on the lake, and NYS Game laws apply.

Entry fee is $30, and it’s preregistration only. The entry fee includes the contest and 2022 membership fee. Cash back prizes for all species (first place $300, second place $200, third place $100 and fourth place $50).

For more information, contact Brian Kedik (518-469-8124) or Randy Gardinier (518-848-7248).

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says hunters are looking forward to Vermont’s archery deer season Oct. 1 to Nov. 12 and Nov. 29 to Dec. 15.

A hunter may take up to four deer in Vermont’s two-part season, if they do not shoot any deer in the other deer seasons. Hunters must purchase an archery deer license, and tag is required for each deer. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck, if no buck is taken in the other deer seasons. Also, antlerless deer hunting is allowed during this season statewide this year.

For more information and a summary of regulations, download the 2021 Deer Season Guide from Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website vtfishandwildlife.com.

Berkley’s new Power Bait Crash Craw gives anglers a compact profile that works well in multiple situations. The rib design hides the hook for easy maneuvering in heavy cover plus adds additional surface area for Power Bait flavor. Its trailing legs have a controlled, alternating action that’s perfect for all water temperatures and is great on a wobble head setup. You can also use it for flipping or on a Texas rig.

Last week an old fishing and hunting friend Ronnie Marcellus of Saratoga Springs called and asked if I would like to take a ride around the Adirondacks. Ever since my recovery from COVID-19 in January, I haven’t been very active, so you bet I said yes.

What a beautiful day it was, and the car filled with stories of the old days of hunting and fishing. Five hours of beautiful country, which brought back memories of our North Country adventures. Thank you, Ron, for reaching out.

Reach Ed Noonan at [email protected]

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