Last weekend provided a bit of a break from ice fishing contests but barring unforeseen circumstances, on Saturday, Febr.11, just a few days from today, you can participate in the annual ice fishing contest conducted by the Fish House Fish & Game Club.
I’ve covered this event in some detail in earlier columns but, as a last minute reminder, it will be headquartered at the Town of Providence parking area on Route 110, 1/4 mile north of Fish House Corners and will offer $2,400 in prize money. Contest fishing hours will be 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., with prizes awarded soon after the contest closing time.
Three prizes will be awarded in the walleye, northern pike, perch and trout divisions. The first place walleye will be worth $500, second place $150 and third place $100. Prizes in the northern pike, walleye and trout division will be as follows: first place in each of those three division - $300, second place $150 and third $100.
The entry fee for this event is $20 per person, which includes free chili and coffee which will be served at the weigh station between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. the day of the event.Contest entry forms are available and will be accepted at the Fuel & Food Store, Frank’s Gun & Tackle, Ross’ Bait Shop, Laport’s Bait Shop, Jim’s Bait Shop and Dave’s Bait Shop.
Unfortunately, I can’t attend the Fish House event but I hope to have the results for you in next week’s column.
On Feb.11, I’ll be in central New York attending a meeting of the Board of Directors of the NYS Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame, to which I was elected a few years ago. The Hall is now located at the Wildlife Sports and Education Museum in Vails Mills and visitors are invited to visit and enjoy the Hall display free of charge to view the various artifacts, plaques and other materials relating to the Hall’s members and projects.
Right now the Museum is in its winter hours and is open only on Saturdays, from 10:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. For more info you can go to www.wildlifesportsmuseum.com on the web, or you can call 518-883-4933.
Don’t forget that the 7th Annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show will take place at the Johnstown Moose Club on Route 30A, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18 and 19. Show hours on Feb.18 are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission to this increasingly popular show is just $5 for adults and $1 for attendees 15 years of age and younger.
You’ll find a raft of great outdoor topics represented at the show including hunting, fishing, archery, trapping, boating, camping, guides and charter services, taxidermy, seminars, books and book authors, Adirondack furniture and much more.
For more information you can go to: www.adkshow.com on the web.
The Second Annual Reid Hill Fish & Game Club Ice Fishing Contest on Great Sacandaga will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, headquartered at Driftwood Park in Mayfield.
The entry fee for this event is $15 for pre-registrations or $17 the day of the event. The contest hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and three prizes each will be awarded in the walleye, trout, northern pike and yellow perch divisions.
There will be a 100 percent payback in prize money and the dollar amount of the various prizes will be dependent upon the number of anglers participating in the event. Winners will be determined by the length of the entry and Driftwood Park will serve as the sole measuring station as well as the headquarters location. Throughout the contest, stew and hot coffee will be available free of charge at the Driftwood Park measuring station for anyone needing a warm-up during or after a day out on the ice.
Early registration entry forms are available at: Ross’ Bait Shop in Hagaman, Jim’s Bait Shop in Mayfield, Wally’s Driftwood Park in Mayfield, Tuman’s Tavern in Amsterdam, and Fuel & Food in Mayfield. Those entry forms will also contain additional details about the event. If you need any information about this contest you can call Ray at 843-3451, Ed at 842-5456 or Dave at 883-5406.
Still on the subject of ice fishing contests, Dave Allen of Dave’s Bait & Tackle, Bunker Hill Road, Mayfield, has released the January results of his monthly contest. John Hodgson of Mayfield took first and second places in the walleye portion of the event with a 21 incher and a 19 1/2 incher. Mark Hime of Gloversville took first place in the northern pike division with a 31 incher and John Hodgson took second place with an 18 1/2 incher. John Hodgson also took first place in the yellow perch division with an 11 1/2 incher.
Dave said entries were down a bit during January because of poor ice conditions but he expects it to be considerably better during the February portion of the monthly event.