Fishing

Fishing

Kathleen McLoud is our guest blogger. Her husband introduced her to bass fishing and she has participated in tournaments with him for the last 17 years. She holds the Rutland County Bassmaster's record for large mouth bass. A day in the life...It’s 4:30 a.m., a cool 43-degree spring morning, and we’re off to a major bass tournament on Lake Champlain. I have dressed in several layers of clothing, knowing that by this afternoon it will get up...
Feature photo: Early morning trout stocking- courtesy of Chris Barber  Thousands of the beautiful trout that enjoy life in our streams, creeks, ponds, and lakes spent their youth at the Essex County Fish Hatchery. Every year this hatchery acquires approximately 77,000 rainbow trout eggs, 75,000 brown trout eggs, and 70-77,000 brook trout eggs from huge US Fish and Wildlife suppliers located across the country.Not all of the eggs make...
Norm’s Bait and TackleThroughout your life you’ve probably received all kinds of unwanted advice on those embarrassing topics of a romantic nature. Invariably these are inflicted on you by people whose life choices have been even worse than your own. Who am I to break with such long-standing traditions? I just have one gem to add the pile of axioms, idioms, malaprops, and metaphors given to you by anxious parents, tacky uncles, drunken...
January 2017: Once the ice on Lake Champlain formed this winter and I started to see groups of ice fishing shelters scattered across Bulwagga Bay in Port Henry, I remembered that I had planned to get my own ice fishing gear and join them immediately after my surprisingly fun guided experience described below. I guess I've been too busy since then to follow through - it's been a couple of winters already. But after re-reading this story, my...
Abundance of Recreation and NatureSituated directly on the Adirondack Coast, on Lake Shore Road about half way between the hamlets of Westport and Essex, is an unusual site - a remarkable playground for any outdoor enthusiast. There is a plethora of outdoor experiences and recreational opportunities to be had all in one place, rather a one-stop “shopping mall” for nature lovers. This site has everything: history, water, views, cliffs, forest,...
A fundamental requirement for ice fishing is, of course, a body of water with a frozen surface. Right now, as I write, that is not the case on Lake Champlain, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen soon. Here it is near the end of December and Lake Champlain is, for the most part, wide open. In fact I saw boats on the water just yesterday, pretty much unheard of at this time of year. I asked a few of our local veteran fishermen about their...
I love to fish. Can’t say I’m any good at it, but I do enjoy trying. Fishing Lake Champlain is rather like treasure hunting. With over 90 different species of fish, you never know what you may pull out of the water. At least that is the case with me.Fishing without a boat on Lake ChamplainNot having a boat in my life right now, I fish from shore. One of my favorite places to fish is the Port Henry Pier which is adjacent to the Village of...
 Look out perch; the jig is up.   I can’t believe it, but I think I want an ice fishing rod for my birthday. On the nonexistent list of things I do NOT like, being cold and touching fish would be in the top 14. It seems odd then, that I would proactively seek out an adventure that included the potential for both.Apparently, with the recent cold temperatures, the one thing we can count on this winter is ice, and plenty of it....
            I did a little birding and hiking with Wren in Point AuRoche earlier this week.  We started around Cumberland Head just north of Plattsburgh, checking out the mouth of the Saranac River and the Ferry Terminal.  There was a mixture of open water and ice at the river mouth, but there were very few birds besides a handful of Mallards and a lone American Black Duck. ...
Updates on Fresh Catch & Peak Ice Fishing SpotsOnce Lake Champlain starts firming up with the cold weather, local fishermen start thinking ice fishing. Jigs and tip ups are rousted out. Shanties cleaned and prepared for their annual trip out onto the ice. Sub- zero ice making temperatures are wished for like the pre-Christmas sugarplums. Not a lot of the colorful wood constructed shanties have appeared as yet, but some recent artic temps...
Family Fun along the Adirondack CoastHere's a little chronicle of my family's recent picks of outdoor fun.  When you have ice you have to go with it.Most of what we love is free and local, making for easy, family vacation time. Despite cold temperatures we needed to get outside and exercise to justify our caloric intake (!).  You all know what I mean.The day before Christmas was super icy so we opted for a hike on--what else--a nearby...
I’m not a “big fish” kind of fisherman.I still like to go out and “just catch fish.” They don’t need to be big, although I do prefer a steady stream of them. I guess I’ll never be a muskie fisherman.But I have to admit that the lake trout in Lake Champlain have always been in the back of my mind. Although I’ve never gone out on the lake and specifically targeted lakers, that thought is always there when we’re floating for bass (what has become...
This is the time of year when I sometimes have to force myself to fish. Yeah, I know – tough decision. But it’s hot and it’s sticky and, well, I just really don’t feel like sitting out on a boat in the blazing sun on the lake all day.But when Steve suggests an evening run up Lake Champlain for smallmouth, sometimes I’ll bite.There were evenings, back when we had the Bass Tracker, I would let him go fast enough to feel the wind on my face and...
This is the time of year when we Adirondackers – after 16 years up here I'll take theliberty of counting myself as one – wonder where in the hell the summer has gone, why we haven't done enough fishing, why the boat hasn't been out on Lake Champlain nearly enough, and whether we have enough wood stockpiled for the winter, which could arrive anytime between now and mid-October.It's a North Country paranoia of sorts, one that usually spawns a...
Forget, if you can for a while, that Lake Champlain is one of the premier bass fisheries in the entire country.The bass will come later. Not much later, but later.Right now, lake trout should be your target.Normally hugging the lake's depths, lakers this time of year can be found cruising almost anywhere, thanks to the icy water temperatures in which they thrive. And they're hungry after a long North Country winter, ready to crush a trolled...
When you're in the newspaper business, there's simply no getting around those bad news type stories you never want to write. Even today as the editor of a niche publication focusing on hunting, fishing and trapping, periodically the news is tragic in nature. Hunting-related shooting incidents. Boating accidents in which PFDs aren't in use.And, this time of year, ice-fishing accidents involving, typically, hard-water anglers venturing out onto...
It wasn't uncomfortable when I first stepped out of the truck. It was rather exhilarating. That, over the course of the next several hours, however, would change.I look forward to ice fishing with mixed emotions. Sitting and waiting for the bay to freeze in November and December, it's easy to romanticize (if that's the right word for it) gliding across the snow and ice, drilling a hole and pulling a huge perch through it. It's quite another to...
It's that time in the ice fishing season when the sun is a little higher in the sky and, with the coming of Daylight Saving Time, you'll have a little longer day on the ice. Sure, you can take a cooler full of sandwiches and a bag of chips, but with all that fresh food swimming beneath you, why not enjoy it?One of my earliest memories of ice fishing with Steve involved a bright, March day on Lake Champlain. We were sitting outside the shelter on...
 I'll have to admit, the first time Steve asked me to go ice fishing with him, I was a bit skeptical.It wasn't even a passing thought when we lived "down south." Once the waters buttoned up, so did we for the most part, spending the winters dreaming of the next fishing season. Not that there weren't ice fishing opportunities; we just didn't take advantage of them. Maybe that's because creature-comfort advances hadn't been made just yet.Even...