Here we are just past the half-way point in winter and it seems like things are just getting started.
While many of the smaller lakes in the Adirondacks had ice early on, some of the bigger waters are just getting to the point where anglers feel safe.
I hate to admit it but I’ve only been out on the ice once and that was an uneventful two hours of quick fishing on Schroon Lake. It just seems that when I’ve had time to fish, the conditions have been poor. I even opted to go out on Lake George in my kayak one afternoon and try some trolling.
Should winter hold on, it would be good news for organizers of upcoming ice fishing tournaments, which usually reach their zenith between mid-February and early March. So far two big tournaments have been held on Simon Pond in Tupper Lake and also on Raquette Lake.
Lake George is still on the fringe in some areas but plans are on for two very good tournaments down there.
First up is Camp Chingachgook’s Chinga-Classic, a two-day event being held Feb. 16 and 17 where anglers target lake trout, northern pike, landlocked Atlantic salmon and yellow perch. Headquarters that weekend will be at the camp near Fort Ann beach in Pilot Knob on the east shore of Lake George, where there’s always a warm fire and refreshments. More information is available by calling 798-9203 or 656-9462.
A week later on the weekend of Feb. 23 and 24 is the Hague Fish and Game Club’s Northern Lake George ice fishing tournament. The waters are deeper in the north basin of Lake George and this tournament tends to produce a few more salmon than those in the south basin. For more information, visit www.haguefishandgame.com/events.