Great Sacandaga Lake has long been one of the region's top northern pike waters, and it yielded another monster through the ice in recent days.

The staff at recently weighed in a beast of a pike that was somehow pulled through a hole in the ice, a 26-pounder that was 45 inches long. (A representative of the shop gave us a name of the angler, though I got an email Friday from someone who claims that it was caught by a man named Joe Getchius.)

The lake was the home to the biggest pike ever recorded in New York, a 46-pounder caught in 1940. It annually gives up 20-pounders these days, as well as nice walleye, bass and trout. It's really a great, varied fishery, and big pike like the one Bell caught have plenty on which to feed.

-- Don Lehman