New York State has some of the finest bass fishing waters in the country. Any avid bass fisherman can tick off their names off the top of their head, Lake Champlain, St. Lawrence River, Cayuga Lake, Oneida Lake, and so many others. But an overlooked gem is Saratoga Lake. While generally lacking the overall size of fish as several of those other more famous lakes, there are not many lakes where up to 100 fish days can happen, but at Saratoga, it could be a daily occurrence.
With that in mind, the second NJBF event of the year, a two-day extravaganza took place on Saratoga Lake on June 23 and 24. And the lake did not disappoint.
The winner in the Boater Division basically lapped the field, winning by almost three pounds on a lake that bunches up every angler. That angler, Dave Williams of the Big D Valley Bassmasters, had an impressive two-day weight of 28.18 pounds which included the Boater Division 4.46 pound big fish.
The rest of the Boater Division field was separated by less than five pounds, making the race for second and third highly competitive. Taking second was Craig Townsend with a two-day total of 25.31 pounds. Just behind in third place was Brain Wisniewski with 24.67 pounds.
The three fish daily limit in the Co-Angler Division put a premium on catching at least one big fish. And that is what the top two anglers in that division did.
The winner, Mike Lee of the Essex County Bassmasters had a two-day total of 17.87 pound, anchored by his 4.54 pound Co-Angler Division lunker winning fish. Not far behind was Dan Heiss with 16.36 pounds. Heiss also posted a fish nearing 4.50 pounds. Third place with 15.77 pounds was Joe Venuto.
Full results are posted on the results page.