In the south-central Adirondacks that same weekend is the Speculator-Lake Pleasant-Piseco Fish and Game Club’s annual ice fishing contest on Lake Pleasant based in Speculator (www.adrkmts.com/events.htm).
As long as Mother Nature cooperates, the weekend of March 3 and 4 will be a big one for area ice anglers as there are not one, but two popular tournaments that weekend.
Schroon Lake’s annual two-day ice fishing derby runs both Saturday and Sunday, as does the Colby Classic over in Saranac Lake. These are both multi-species events that sees hundreds of anglers participate and produce some fantastic fish. Both are also organized by respectable local fish and game clubs. Find more information on their websites: www.schroonlakefishandgameclub.com and www.saranaclake
More fun stuff
There certainly are not as many outdoor shows in the Adirondack region as their used to be. But one that has stood the test of time is the Adirondack Sportsman Show held annually in Johnstown on the southern edge of the Adirondacks.
Although it’s a small show, I can tell you it is worth the drive and takes place this year Feb. 16 and 17. Visit www.adkshow.com for more information.
The annual Adirondack Sportsman’s Dinner held at the Mountainside Bible Chapel in Schroon Lake is also in the works for March 23. The main speaker this year is well-known deer tracker R.G. Bernier of Maine, known for his collection of bucks well over the 200-pound range. A 200-pound buck in the northeast is considered by many to be the epitome of a trophy measurement rather than the score of its antlers, and Dick Bernier has taken many of them. He’s also an excellent inspirational speaker. Get more information at www.sportsmensdinner.com.
The Adirondack Museum does not open until May 24, and when it does, one of their main exhibitions this year will be called “Let’s Eat! Adirondack Food Traditions.”