Summer heat brings schools of bass

The heat of the summer arrived in the Adirondacks last week, bringing with it a mix of brilliant sunshine, soaring temperatures, high humidity and a series of passing thunderstorms.

The string of 90-plus, degree days drove many local residents to the rivers and lakes seeking relief from the heat. At the same time, the warmer temperatures drove both bass and trout to the deeper waters looking for colder, more oxygen rich conditions.

Across the region, residents and visitors alike flocked to the beaches, boat launches and local swimming holes. It was a good week to enjoy the outdoors.

Obviously, New Yorkers have been visiting their local waters quite regularly, for even though NY state residents do not have an opportunity to enjoy a full four seasons of water based recreation.

Despite this fact, New York has been ranked among the top ten boating states in the country according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, (NMMA).

As expected, Florida heads the new list of top ten boating states with annual boat sales of $1.2 billion in 2009. The study reveals that New Yorkers invested over $381 million dollars on boats and boating related recreation last year.

Following Florida on the Top 10 list are Texas, California, North Carolina and New York, with Lake Champlain being named the most popular destination. Louisiana, Washington, Delaware, Michigan and Minnesota round out the top ten.

Listing the state's Hot Spot as Lake Champlain, NMMA noted, "Spanning 120 miles from Quebec to Whitehall, Lake Champlain is renowned for its beautiful scenery and boating opportunities, particularly fishing - named one of the top five bass fishing destinations in the U.S. by FLW Outdoors magazine."

The Big Lake also ranks very high on a list of the most productive bass waters in the country, a fact that will not be missed by the college crowd; who will arrive this weekend to participate in a major bass tournament on the National Guard FLW College Fishing, Northern Division Series. These anglers give a new meaning to the term a 'School of Bass'.

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