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February 28, 2014

Ice-fishing derby reels in chili chefs

Colby Classic touts $500 for prize fish


Cash prizes are donated from local business sponsors.


The Colby Classic is a major draw for families and both novice and experienced anglers.

In this its 30th year, Bodah said, some families that have been coming to the Colby Classic since the start.

“They had kids, and now their kids have kids. Sometimes, there are four generations out there fishing. We have some people who have been to every derby since it started.”

The ice on Lake Colby is 2 to 3 feet thick from the extreme cold this winter. So most people use power augers to drill down to the water.

A hand auger works, Bodah said; it just takes a little longer.

“One of our prizes is a power auger. With the ice as thick as it is, people will probably be buying a lot of raffle tickets for that one.”

The grand prize this year is a chartered fishing trip for five on Lake Ontario with Fish Doctor Charters, based in Mexico, NY.

“To win the grand prize, the names of first-place winners — all eight of them — get thrown into a hat, and one name is drawn,” Bodah said.

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Pre-register for the Colby Classic at Blue Line Sports on Main Street in Saranac Lake or register on Saturday, March 1, starting at 6:45 a.m., at the Beach House on Lake Colby, off Route 86, just north of the Village of Saranac Lake.

Registration costs $7 per day for adults or $10 for both days; and $3 for one day for youth or $5 for both days.

Adults need a current fishing license to participate, though youths under age 16 are not required to have one. Licenses are available at Blue Line Sport Shop and other sites.

Fishing categories are: pike, trout, salmon and perch. The trout, salmon and perch have to be caught in Lake Colby, but the pike can come in from surrounding lakes and ponds. The pike has to be alive when brought in.

Winning fish are measured by weight, and prizes are awarded for both youth and adult categories.


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