It was a record breaking turnout for the 18th annual Schroon Lake Fish and Game Club ice fishing derby March 6 - 7, with 567 people coming out to participate under warm sunny skies.
Unfortunately fishermen weren't the only ones thawing out over the weekend as the mercury tipped 50 degrees. Unseasonable ice conditions followed and the event was marked by a truck, Jeep and 4-wheeler plunging through the ice just south of the narrows.
Thankfully, no one was hurt and the competition continued.
When it was all said and done, Jeremiah Millington of Warrensburg had bragging rights with a nearly 20-pound northern he said he caught "somewhere on the lake." The fish measured 43 inches.
Other first place fish included a 8.65 pound, 30-inch laker caught by Mike Winters of Gansevoort; a 2.63 pound, 20-inch landlock caught by Jerry Smith III of Schroon Lake; a 1.5 pound perch caught by David Disonell, Sr. of Hannacroix and a 4.2 pound, 26-inch pickerel caught by Richard Wagner of Avon, CT.
The remaining contest winners included:
• Northern Pike - Brian Hall of Bolton Landing, second place with 9.04 pounds and 33 inches. Third place went to Kevin Duntley of North Hudson with 8.11 pounds and 32 inches.
• Lake Trout - Second place went to Darrell Clark of Schroon Lake with 7.23 pounds and 28 3/4 inches and third place went to Nichole Plumstead of Schroon Lake with 7.13 pounds and 28 inches.
• Salmon - Second place went to Mike Flaherty of Round Top with 2.32 pounds and 19 inches and third place went to Cody Dunlavy of Queensbury with 2.10 pounds and 18 inches.
The Ice Auger raffle was won by Marline Powers and Jim Robbins of Schroon Lake. The Pack Basket and Sled raffle was won by Brad Bordeau of Moriah.