BLOG: Big winter on the ice continues

BLOG: Big winter on the ice continues

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Vermonter Alan LaPlante with a 9.75-pound brown trout caught through the ice of Lake Bomoseen over the weekend.

The ice fishing season of 2019-20 started early, had a bit of a hiccup in December and much of January. But with much of Lake George frozen, it is turning into a very good year on the local hardwater.

Lake George is giving up lake trout by the dozen, from the south basin to Sabbath Day Point. Many have been in the 25- to 30-inch range, live bait and jigging have both been productive.

Winter is always the best time of year for big northern pike, and this weekend produced a couple more monsters from local waters. Great Sacandaga Lake gave up a 39-incher and a 41.5-incher that was pulled through the ice at an unspecified Adirondack Lake.

To the east, it was the annual Bomoseen Derby on Lake Bomoseen in western Vermont, and the lake gave up a monster 9.75-pound brown, several other browns over 6 pounds, a bass of over 6 pounds and a number of pike over 10 pounds.

Bomoseen is home to some monster browns, some of which make it into the Castleton and Poultney rivers for the stream anglers like me.

On another note, an emergency call for an injured ice fisherman offshore of Hague on Sunday worked out as well as could be hoped. An ambulance was called to Sabbath Day Point and the man was reported to not be breathing, but State Police said he was taken to Elizabethtown Community Hospital and was recovering Monday. Apparently he had a medical issue, and was not hurt during a fall or any other sort of accident.

-- Don Lehman

Don Lehman covers police and court matters, Warren County government and the outdoors. He can be reached at 518-742-3224 or


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