Saranac Lake: Bass Season Opens with Father’s Day Fishing Derby

Father’s Day is just around the corner, June 21, and the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club wants to get all anglers under the age of 16 on the water with their father. This year the event coincides with the opening of Bass Season. The rules are simple. Participants are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and respect for other people. The purpose of the free event is to get people outside, to enjoy the morning and have fun together. 

I contacted members of the Fish and Game Club and started quite a discussion on the exact number of years that the annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby has been taking place. The general consensus is that this annual event has provided almost 30 years of fun competition for children.

The Father's Day Fishing Derby will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Lake Colby and is open to all children fifteen years and under, who don’t require a fishing license. Registration is at the Lake Colby Beach prior to fishing that morning. 

There are five categories: bass, perch, trout/salmon, sunfish or bullhead. The event has draw anywhere from 30 to 80 children, depending on the weather. Since the event just takes place in the morning, there is plenty of time to schedule other plans to make the father/caregiver in your life feel special.

Even if your child doesn’t catch a fish, no one walks away empty handed. Each registrant will get a door prize like a fishing lure. A child must catch his/her own fish (with minimum help from adults) and can only win in one category. First and second place prizes (gift certificates from Blue Line Sports) will be given out in each class. After a fun morning of fishing, the Fish and Game Club will fire up the grill for some free hotdogs.

Don’t forget there are still 12 tagged fish in Lake Colby that the SL Fish and Game Club released during the annual Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby. If any of those fish are caught, bring the tag to Blue Line Sports for a $25 gift certificate. Enjoy! 

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have 33 easy Adirondack family hikes for Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and the High Peaks, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebook online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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