Friday, February 19, 2010

Winter Recreation (2/11/10 - 2/17/10)

This time of year, it may be difficult to think about anything other than ice fishing on local lakes and ponds. Not so for the crowds of people with summer on their minds who came to the Central New York (CNY) Boat Show, held February 10th-14th at the New York State Fairgrounds. In addition to the numerous boat and boat accessory retailers displaying their wares, attendees were also greeted by the New York Sea Grant Clean (NYSG) & Safe Boat. The 22-foot Grumman pontoon boat, built in New York State and made available by the Marathon Boat Group, was loaded with all the required and recommended safety gear, as well as a variety of items to help make boating more environmentally friendly. All items were clearly labeled, and stationed nearby were groups, such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary, who could further explain specifics related to each item. The NYSG Clean and Safe Boat campaign may be making the rounds at various 2010 summer events to help educate and encourage clean and safe boating.

The New York Sea Grant "Clean and Safe Boat" on display at the CNY Boat Show. Photo: Greg Chapman, Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Salmon River Stewardship and Habitat Program

Transitioning from the warm thoughts at the NYS fairgrounds to the chilly temperatures outdoors, Steward Greg Chapman braved the cold for the 33rd annual Sandy Pond Sportsman's Association (SPSA) Ice Fishing Derby on February 13th & 14th. Nearly 270 anglers took part in the event, which was held behind Sandy Pond's barrier dunes, a familiar sight to summer beach goers from around the area. The event came to a close Sunday evening, when many of the participating anglers gathered at the SPSA clubhouse to witness the announcement of the winners. Steward Greg Chapman was also present with a display highlighting steward activities along the Eastern Lake Ontario Dunes and Wetlands Area as well as the nearby Salmon River corridor. Greg provided informational literature and answered questions about the natural resource areas and the mission of Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Salmon River Stewards.

Garrett Peterson of Pulaski, New York displays his winning Northern Pike (31.5 inches long, weighing in at 8.40 lbs) at the Sandy Pond Sportsman's Association 33rd Annual Ice Fishing Derby. Photo: Greg Chapman, Eastern Lake Ontario Dune and Salmon River Stewardship and Habitat Program

Later in the day, anglers who caught the top three perch and pike in adult and kids categories were awarded prizes. Prizes were also given for the top walleye, and the smallest perch caught in the kids age group. The full list of winners is posted at the SPSA's website.

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