Judging from what transpired at a recent bass tournament at Mossy Point boat launch in Ticonderoga, authorities are becoming more serious about enforcing laws, new and old, that prevent the transport of not only invasive species but any aquatic vegetation into the lake.
News of two tournament anglers being ticketed at Mossy Point on Aug. 4 during a tournament held by Northeast Team Bass went viral throughout New York. Bass anglers and tournaments were under fire throughout the week, and continue to be.
Meanwhile, another side of the story about the anglers being ticketed is emerging.
An Internet post on a web forum written by one of the ticketed anglers describes his account of the incident. Likewise, Northeast Team Bass tournament director Tracy Hanchett’s account mirrors that of the ticketed angler. Hanchett also feels she was misled by the LGPC prior to and during the tournament.
The LGPC has been proactive in reaching out to tournament directors overseeing events on Lake George. Tournament directors have been contacted by the LGPC with details informing them of the many concerns with invasive species prevention in Lake George and that LGPC inspectors will be on-site for their tournaments.
Hanchett welcomed their presence.
“He told me that they would have lake stewards there, that they’d be doing inspections of the boats and that if there were any issues found they’d be willing to wash the boats, the equipment, whatever needed to be taken care of,” Hanchett said. “I said, ‘Why not, I have no problem with that.’ He emailed me the information and I sent it to all the anglers I have email for.
“The tournament comes along and we got there about 4:30 a.m. Two boats were already in the water when the lake stewards showed up at 5 a.m., we had a total of 40 boats. They started doing their inspections of the other 38 boats. They had a headlamp on.