Those of you who follow this column know my passion for New York fisheries. The state's lakes and rivers are among my favorite places to fish for bass — both largemouth and smallmouth. While the Big Apple may serve as the economic epicenter of the modern world, in my opinion, it’s the state’s more rural regions that hold its true value.
From the shores of Lake Ontario to the banks of the Hudson, New York lakes and rivers serve as prime examples of what strong conservation efforts can achieve.
Anyone who questions this should look at the data compiled from past B.A.S.S. events held on New York waters — including Lake Ontario, St. Lawrence River, Champlain, Cayuga and others. Multiple B.A.S.S. records have been set and broken on these waters. And there’s not a single Elite Series angler who doesn’t look forward to competitions held in New York.
A twist of fate
Several years ago, B.A.S.S. held an Elite Series event on Cayuga Lake near Syracuse. In conjunction, they scheduled the New York Governor’s Challenge — a pro-am event designed to promote awareness of New York’s commitment to conservation.