INDIAN LAKE - The weather gods were shining once again on Adirondack Lake in the Town of Indian Lake during the Indian Lake / Blue Mt. Fish and Game Association's annual Kids Fishing Derby held July 3. A glorious day, hardly a breeze, as 170 children vied to catch the largest fish that they could coax out of the water. By the end of the day 446 sunfish, perch, pike, and bass had been landed, weighed, tabulated, and returned to the lake.
Jaine Smith, 8 years, of Kattskill Bay, NY earned the honor of catching the largest fish of the day, a 2 pound 1 ounce large mouth bass. In addition to a first place certificate, Jaine was awarded a $30 first prize check and a trophy for the largest fish of the day. The trophy was dedicated in memory of George Nemec of Warrensburg in recognition for all of the support that he had provided to the Kids Fishing Derby in recent years.
Saturday was a prolific day for Kim Johnson, Dillsburg, PA, who led the way with catching the most fish from shore, 49. Other first place winners were Kyle Williams Jr., North Syracuse, NY who brought in the largest (and only one of day) bullhead; Chase Hutchins, Indian Lake and Tim Lutz, Anoramdale, NY tied for largest perch. A few rock bass were caught with Jack Tunkel, Pennington, NJ narrowly winning with a nine ouncer. In the small mouth category, a thirteen ounce bass caught by Will Sullivan, Great Meadows, NJ led the pack. First and second prize certificates and modest cash prizes were awarded to kid fishers for each species of fish caught.
While everyone could not win a first prize, every child who entered was a winner. The expectation after tossing a line in the water was really reward enough. Many children caught fish and enjoyed the thrill of bringing the fish to the colorful weigh stations where members of the Fish & Game Association took great care to treat each fish as a potential prize winner. An ongoing casting contest awarded multiple fishing lure prizes for tossing a lure into a floating ring, raffles provided prizes throughout the morning for all kid fishers and a grand raffle at the derby's end awarded over 30 rod and reel combinations. All this plus over 450 hamburgers & hot dogs, and soft drinks provided free to participants and their adult supervisors. An ice cream wagon provided a cool treat at mid-morning.
Funds for the derby were provided by local businesses, Fish and Game Association member donations, friends of kids fishing, and a few out of town and national companies. This year, the Indian Lake Community Yard Sale made a significant donation as well. Many parents new to the derby were gratefully incredulous that the entire day was without cost. The generosity of all of the donors and the dedication of the Fish and Game Association members and friends who work at the derbies has resulted in an annual event unrivaled in the North Country.
The Indian Lake/Blue Mountain Lake Fish and Game Association, Inc. is an organization dedicated to the promotion of better fishing and hunting, sportsmanship, and conservation including training and support of youth activities associated with these goals. Instruction in the proper handling of firearms and the support of legislation pertaining to the use and ownership of firearms are important values to the Association. Membership is open to any person who has similar interests and is willing to support the Association through occasional volunteering of time to help further the Associations' goals. You may contact the Association by writing to Box 521, Indian Lake, NY 12842.