Ice Shanty’s Take the Trophy: Clayton fishing derby reels in fish and family fun

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Chasing the Flag: North Country ice fishermen do it for the love of the sport

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Christopher Hyde monitors his tipups while fishing on the St. Lawrence River in Cape Vincent.

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Friends, fish and frozen fun

Ice fishing a north country favorite to beat the winter blues

An old-fashioned tip-up sits near a makeshift shanty as fishermen wander off to check on a variety of tip-ups scattered across the north end of Black Lake. A variety of tip-ups ranging from the 1950s style seen here to more modern, spring-loaded versions are used. Photo by Amanda Morrison/NNY Living.

For more than 30 years, Walt Savichky has made the trek from New York’s Southern Tier to Black Lake on the south side of St. Lawrence County to catch fish in the dead of winter.

And while Black Lake and many other north country waters offer some of the best ice fishing around, it’s not the lure of a prize-wining northern pike that keeps Mr. Savichky coming back to bore holes in ice that often freezes to more than a foot thick. Like most people who don heavy winter clothing and drag a seemingly endless supply of equipment onto the ice, the catch is exciting, but not as rewarding as the camaraderie that ensues while waiting. [Read more…]

OBPA allows ice fishing access to Wheathouse Bay

OGDENSBURG — The Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority is opening ice fishing access to Wheathouse Bay when conditions are safe.

“The authority is pleased to once again open Wheathouse Bay to ice fishing activity effective immediately for the winter through March 15,” said Wade A. Davis, the authority’s executive director. “The site offers a unique winter experience for ice anglers throughout the north country, which nicely complements the St. Lawrence River Valley’s FISHCAP program.”

The state Department of Environmental Conservation recommends at least 4 inches of solid ice for safe fishing.

Users are reminded to enter through the authority’s new port access road at the intersection at Ford and Barre streets, to be aware of increased port traffic and to use the site at their own risk.