Hi everyone, Winter Classic and Salmon River Sports Shop Ice fishing rap up!!! I would like to thank everyone for there support this season!! We had a great fishing season with many catches. I spent several hours at the minnow tanks making sure everyone got bait and there was a lot of smiling faces. Still some Ice up north but for the most part everyone is looking forward to spring!! Looks like a real good cold front this weekend so be safe out there!! There were many top 25 placements and awards out of the shop for the Winter Classic and many winners this year with our Inner board!! We will be at the Brewerton fire barn for a table show Saturday March 17… stop down!! Here are our winners..

Winter Classic:
The winner of the Frabil Aegis shanty drawing this year was Bernard Reschke II

Dan Peschler – 8th 11.75lbs
Vincent Shepard – 12th 10.81lbs

Northern Pike:
David Fox – 25th 10.47lbs

Tom Smith – 20th 1.47lbs
Hunter Wojslaw – 25th 1.41lbs

Hunter Wojslaw – 7th 4.49lbs
Bernard Reschke II – 20th 3.22lbs

Chris Baumunk – 19th 1.60lbs

Dave Warner – 8th 13.50lbs
Dan Peschler – 14th 12.79lbs
Chris Grieco – 22nd 11.74lbs

Special and Weekly Awards
Dan Peschler – Steve Nielson sculpture for largest overall Steelhead – 11.75lbs and Largest Walleye for week 8 – 12.79lbs

Elaine Supp – overall largest fish caught on an Automatic Fisherman for January – 6.93lbs Walleye

Hunter Wojslaw – Largest Pickerel for week 7 – 4.94lbs

Salmon River Sports Shop Innerboard
Congratulations to all our winners! We had a great year and without your participation, this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you to everyone who participated this year.

Shanty and Raffles
The winner of the Frabil Recon this year was Dave Warner
The winner of the Automatic Fisherman Raffle was Randy Bartlet
The winner of the Tackle Box Raffle was Bill Kinne
There was also a random coin toss where three winners were picked based on if the coin landed on their name:
Dave Paro
Tracy DeLong
Mitch Butler

Northern Pike:
1st – Dave Fox 10.47lbs
2nd – Cameron Reed 10.22lbs
3rd – Dan Peschler 9.03lbs

1st – Tom Smith 1.47lbs
2nd – Hunter Wojslaw 1.41lbs
3rd – Matt Harmych 1.24lbs

1st – Dan Peschler 11.5lbs
2nd – Chris Grieco 7.63lbs
3rd – Elaine Supp 7.13lbs

1st – Chris Baumunk 1.60lbs
2nd – Chris Masuicca 1.22lbs
3rd – Tom Smith 1.20lbs

1st – Hunter Wojslaw 4.94lbs
2nd – Tom Smith 3.56lbs
3rd – Bernard Reschke II 3.22lbs

1st – Tom Smith .65lbs
2nd – Hunter Wojslaw .64lbs
3rd – Jesse Horning .63lbs

1st – David Warner 13.50lbs
2nd – Matt Harmych 13.45lbs
3rd – Cameron Hasner 12.88lbs

Prizes were also awarded based upon participation
7 out of 7 categories:
Tom Smith
5 out of 7 categories:
Bernard Reschke II
Tracy DeLong
4 out of 7 categories:
Chris Grieco
Travis Hoyt
Elaine Supp
Dan Peschler
Mitch Butler
3 out of 7 categories
Bill Kinne
Don Latremore
Zac Moot
Hunter Wojslaw
Josh Trumble
Jesse Horning
Dave Fox
2 out of 7
Dave Paro
Chris Masuicca
Chris Baumunk
Chris Mercer
Matt Harmych
1 out of 7
Cameron Reed
Dave Warner
Duke Pisik
Cameron Hasner
Lou Filippi Sr
Jesse Rogers
Wendell Rogers

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Hi everyone, ICE FISHING!! Ice is still holding in most up North bodies of water. From Onieda lake up getting reports of Still good inches of Ice but showing signs of deteriorating conditions. Mainly were there has been heavy foot traffic and old drilled holes that are now big around as a barrel. Shore lines are staring to peel back. Sandy pond looks like SWISS CHEESE!! Many reports of Ice 9 to 13 inches but hammered on from traffic. Enough bigger holes that can take out a four wheeler tire! Stay away from creek beds and channel. Most are walking in!! Further North Ice will get better many reports of solid Ice in most places but still watch for moving water. The whole upper North region is showing signs of Ice out and we have more warm weather in the forecast. Seeing many fishermen threw the shop with experience getting bait. Every time anyone steps out onto the Ice including myself and I was on the Ice this week, your taking a risk!! A blind man taps his way down a side walk you gotta watch what your doing!!! Salmon River is running at 1650 cfs… River looks good on the warm days even with run off. Working the back eddies off the sides there’s a lot of fish!! Some are pulling there boats out and getting ready for spring!! We are seeing a lot of change and the whole East end of the lake has fish!!! Bait in stock-Large Buckeyes-Medium Buckeyes-Large Eastern Slivers-Small Eastern Silvers-Rosy Reds-Fatheads-Jumbo Pike Shiners- Medium Pike Shiners-Bass Shiners-Pins-Small Suckers-Spikes-Wax Worms-Mousses-Night Crawlers- Egg Sacs and Salted Minnows!!!! Happy Fishing!! srss j button

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Hi everyone, Salmon River is running @ 500 cfs… with run off!! Ideal conditions for bank fishermen. River looks good!! Keep an eye on the water it is on the rise. Spring like flows pushing fish to the banks easy casting right up under your feet. How many fish in the river? Can’t say it enough!! Weather there biting are not is the question? Tight lipped one day on the next! Think small catch big fish. Fresh fish loading into the river all the way into spawn. Pick up bites on small patterns, larger patterns as water warms. The hole East end of the lake is loading and oh how good has it been!!! This Ice fishing season is one of the best in along time. Ice will hold even though we are seeing thaws!! Just enough cold nights to keep Ice locked in. Always put safety first and check the conditions before unloading hardware. Sometimes your just better off walking!! Most are reporting 10 to 18 inches of good Ice. Ramps where there’s a lot of traffic are taking a pounding but are shaping up after below freezing nights. If the shore line is soft find better access for machines!! We are coming into a ton of staging before spawn and rule of thumb fishing will heat up!! just be safe out there…Happy Fishing!! srss j button.

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Hello Everyone!,
Ice fishing reports over the last few days have been all over the place. Some are saying they are doing great, while others are claiming to not be doing that well. Same today with reports off the pond. With the local derbies taking place on the pond today, there was what one fisherman stated as a little village out there. Mixed reports from those participating and those not participating filtered in through out the late morning and early afternoon, going both ways. The biggest thing to remember when ice fishing is safety! One thing many of the fisherman that came in today off the pond reported was questionable conditions when getting on to the ice. Public access to the pond in many areas was slushy and waterlogged. Be sure to keep your wits about you and try to be aware of situations that may be dangerous. The ice itself once you are out there is great with as much as 18 inches being reported. The Winter Classic is going full steam as we head into the final weeks of the statewide tournament. The Salmon River Sports Shop innerboard is filling out as well. Listed below are the top 3 fish for each category so far. If you don’t see your name on the list, don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to catch that monster. If you are not signed up for the innerboard, you still have time, just remember you have to be signed up before you bring in your fish and you must be signed up or sign up for the Winter Classic.

Northern Pike
Cameron Reed – 10.22# 34.75″
William Kinne – 8.58# 31″
Chris Grieco – 8.36# 32.25″

Yellow Perch
Tom Smith – 1.47# 13.25″
Hunter Wojslaw – 1.41# 14″
Matt Harmych – 1.24# 13″

Dan Peschler – 9.48# 28.25″
Chris Grieco – 7.63# 27.25″

Chris Masuicca – 1.22# 12.75″
David Fox – 1.02# 12.5″
Jese Horning – 1.01# 11.75″

Bernard Reschke II – 3.22# 23.25″
Hunter Wojslaw – 2.18# 20.25″
Mitch Butler – 1.88# 20″

Hunter Wojslaw – .64# 9.125″
Jesse Horning – .63# 9″
Bernard Reschke – .52# 8.75″

David Warner – 13.5# 29.75″
Matt Harmych – 13.45# 30.25″
Elaine Supp – 12.3# 30″

A lot can change in the next couple weeks, so don’t give up! There are plenty of fish out there! We just go in a shipment of Slender Spoons, rods, and combos! Stop in and see us! Don’t forget that we love seeing fish! Bring in your catch of day so we can get a picture and put it on our Facebook page! As always, stay safe and warm out there.

Chris “Grasshopper”

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Hi everyone, Walleye!! The best world class Walleye fishing in upstate New York. Most of these massive fish are weighed out in double digits. Anything less is considered small. Chaumont Bay is where most of these giant’s are fished. Fishermen from all over travel up North to take a chance at landing Walleye’s up to fifteen-sixteen pounds!! Elaine Supp with some of the biggest Wallies I’ve ever seen. Elaine is taking on Ice fishing by storm, she is turning into a true Walleye head!! Salmon River Sports Shop sponsored the bait for team USA in the Northeast Challenge tournament. Go team USA!! The Northeast Challenge is one of the biggest one day fishing derby’s in upstate New York. Many weeks left and many fish to catch!! We are stocking heavy and have plenty of bait!! Happy Fishing!! srss j button

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Hi everyone, Here we go again!!! I counted 6 more fish-able weekends for Ice fishing. I can safely say we are half way through the season. Who’s to say we don’t go into April if it stays cold!! It’s been awhile!!! Fishing report goes as follows, fish everywhere!!! Reports pouring in from all over pick a spot and get go’in. One of the best seasons in quite some time!! Are bait tanks are always loaded and many have commented on the keep of are bait, staying alive for days!! Thank you!! I work hard keeping minnows happy and healthy. TACKLE!!!!!!!!!! Loading gear as fast as we can get our hands on it!! In stock- Jigging Raps, Kastmasters, Pimps, PK’s, Sonars, Moonshines, Buck shots, Frosty’s, Snap Raps, Splinters and Little Cleo’s. Lures have been a hot ticket for most waters! I have one Eskimo gas auger, four Eskimo hand augers, one Lazer five inch and one Mora 8 inch. Shanty’s are getting thin but I have a great deal on two Fx 100 Insulated one man for 299.99 and two Shappell pop ups in sock. All Ice Blue light series rods and many rods and reels for both Ice and Trout!! Store is packed!!! Yee- Haw!!! Call 315-298-4343 and I will help you. Oh jigs too out the wazoo!! We are selling hard and having fun. Happy Fishing!! srss j button

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Hi everyone, Salmon river is running @ 500 cfs…with run off!! River looks good and we are coming into a fish-able weekend. Weather permitting should see lines in the water and some good catches on a bite. Still getting calls is there fish in the river? My gosh more fish now then the last 5 years put together!! Keep the warm ups coming for Trout fishermen and the cold fronts for hard water. ICE FISHING is still going!! Plenty of ice!! The shore line will take a pounding from foot traffic. Just gotta move down the shore till ya find good access. The main bodies are plenty good with reports of 10 to 18 inches of Ice most everywhere. Cameron Reed brought in this nice Northern Pike for the Winter Classic weighing out at 10.22 pounds. Cameron is in first place on our Salmon River Sports Shop inner board. Great Job!! Happy Fishing!! srss j button

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Hi everyone, Salmon river is running @ 2000 cfs… The first real good window to get after Steelies. We are loaded with fish that have been untouched for about a month!! A few of our old time bank fishermen poking around the town hole and hit some fish. Despite high water if you know were to look there’s fish right up under your feet. Drift boats are spanking them up top. Steelies on every cast!! Ton of fish!! Drift boat is the way to go and it looks like we can stay on with better weather. Grab a boat and get after ’em!! On a whole we have some of the best fishing not only in our river but in all the Harbors, Bays and Ponds fishing through the Ice!! Perch everywhere!! Whale size Walleye!! Crappie at night!! Northern Pike just starting to pick up as there mouth’s harden! Lake Trout in the 20 pound class!! World Class fishing and it’s on fire!! Can’t say enough let’s go!! srss j button

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Hello everyone!
A quick river report and then on to ice fishing! The Salmon River is currently running at 2200 cfs. With such high flow and breaking up of the shelf ice, the river isn’t really fishable right now. Water flow is shown to remain at 2200 cfs at least until midnight tomorrow. Hopefully in the next few days it will be going down to safer levels. Ice fishing this week however has been great. I have had lots of reports of great fishing off of the pond and areas to the north. Remember that you should always practice safety when on the ice and always have the appropriate safety gear with you, you never know what is gonna happen. Stop in and pick up any safety gear you might be missing, we just got in new shipments of ice picks, safety sets, and safety treads. The winter classic is running hot and heavy, and boy is it heavy! The leading fish in the state right now is a whopping 19.26 lb Northern Pike! With about a month and a half left, who knows what we will see! Our inner board is going strong with several entries! If you are on our inner board, bring in those fish! It’s also not too late to sign up for the winter classic and our inner board. Stop and sign up today! If you didn’t know, one day passes for the winter classic are available, just remember that you have to purchase one before you bring in that monster fish! Stop by the store for more details. We have pop ups, augers, rods, reels, and other accessories all in stock! We have plenty of bait as well! As always, stay safe and warm out there!

Chris “Grasshopper”

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Hi Everyone! Ice fishing over the last week has been great. We have had lots of reports of fish from all over. The biggest issue recently has been the really cold weather. The good news is that we are going to be having a couple warmer days in the coming week starting tomorrow! If you haven’t been on the ice yet because of the freezing cold, then your time has come! Be sure to stop in and see us for your bait and gear. We just received a brand new shipment of PK Lures, Ice Blues rods, several different reels, augers, and air bubblers! We also still have plenty of live bait! Our tanks are full! Take advantage of the nice weather coming and get out there! The Winter Classic is in full swing as well as our inner board so bring in those fish! If you are not signed up for the Classic or our inner board, don’t worry it’s not too late! Come in and sign up! Don’t miss your chance to win a free shanty! If you have any questions stop in and see us or give the Ice Fishing Hotline a Call. Stay safe and warm out there!

Chris “Grasshopper”

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