RAQUETTELAKE-Ninety two adults and eighteen junior division entries competed in the 11th Annual Mike Norris Memorial Ice Fishing Derby in Raquette Lake at the end of January. Fishing was a bit slow this year, but it did not dampen the spirits of the contestants, according to derby planning committee members.
The Raquette Lake Fish & Game Club hosts the event and the Norris family young and old helps to run the derby.
In the junior division, Wyatt Beckingham of Old Forge brought in the first place salmon, weighing 2.09 pounds. Gregory Hunkins of Thendara caught the winning lake trout and Ethan Bush of Long Lake finished second. Noah Lamphear of Inlet won first place perch, with brother Westly Lamphear right behind him with second place. Third place went to Jack Rivett of Old Forge and Savannah Lamphear, visiting from New Hampshire finished in fourth place.
For the adults, in fierce competition Jason Scott of Raquette Lake weighed in the salmon winner late in the day, bumping Kathy Lewis of Raquette Lake to second with her 1.34 pound salmon which held first place on the board from early in the contest. Dean Pohl of Raquette Lake won perch division with over a pound and a quarter keeper. Josh Comstock from Stratford, NY came in second, Justin Lamphear placed third and Brian Lamphear from Inlet weighed in fourth place. Lake Trout was won by Wayne Beckinham of Old Forge, Justin Lamphear caught second place, Greg Snell of Eagle Bay caught third place Laker and Craig Wamback of Long Lake finished fourth. Richard Corrow of Indian Lake won first with a 14 1/2 inch almost one pound brook trout, and the only one of the day
Door prizes were made possible by donations from Jim Dillon of Raquette Lake Supply along with Tioga Construction, purchased by Mike Burke of Burke's Marina and Lew Harrington.
Planning members would like to thank all the volunteers who helped make the derby a success, including Sandy and Don Hicks of the Tap Room, Fish & Game Club President Wayne Kavanaugh, Stan Holowinski, Raquette Lake Fire Department.