Capital District

Once again, Lake George continues to be the center of ice
fishing activity. From the south end of the lake, Fish 307 reports
a wide variety of excellent fishing. Notable catches last month
included a 13-pound lake trout, a 5-pound landlocked salmon, a
15-pound northern pike and a 14-inch yellow perch. The lake trout
was taken in 60 feet of water. A No. 8 Swedish pimples tipped with
a shiner is a good combination for the lakers. The salmon was
caught about 5 feet under the ice, suspended over 60-80 feet of
water. You’ll find yellow perch near weedbeds in anywhere from 8 to
30 feet of water. The northern pike was taken in 26 feet of water,
from a bay on the east side of the lake.

The Saratoga Lake walleye fishing was concentrated in and just
south of Mannings Cove. Best times to fish are early morning and
late in the day. Live shiners or larger lures such as Rapalas or
Swedish pimples are your best bets. At the north end of the lake,
the mouth of Fish Creek is a consistent producer for bluegills,
yellow perch, northerns and the occasional walleye.

In Washington County, a tournament at Cossayuna Lake last month
produced 20-25 northern pike, two of which were 36 inches long.
Panfish action has also been hot on Cossayuna Lake, with lots of
bluegills and pumpkinseeds taken in the shallow areas on grubs and
small teardrop lures. Lock 11 on the Champlain Canal continues to
provide good walleye fishing lately.

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