Life in the Adirondacks and North Country is finding the right balance.
A good example of this are the many Lake Champlain fishing tournaments.
Overall, there were 687 bass weighing 1,839 pounds, 9 ounces caught by 146 pros Thursday. The catch included 127 five-bass limits.
I’m not a fisherman, nor do I know how many bass are in Lake Champlain, but this seems like kind of a big impact for a few days of fishing. Were any other fish-species caught in the process?
Of course, we weren’t surprised by the Economic Impact of Fishing Study earlier this year:
The recently released economic-impact study of the 2009 pro tournament season on Lake Champlain reported:
- $4,722,459 generated annually for the region.
- $8,419,831 generated with the inclusion of ancillary visits.
- 4,355 room nights.
- 42.5 regional jobs created.
- 2,852-percent return on investment on host fees.
“I counted 91 bass washed up on shore between Rocky Point Beach and the State Park beach…They were all fresh kills, and they were all trophy-sized bass.”
Mel Frechette said it best, “Bass tourneys denuding lake of fish“:
We cannot simply pull out 8,000 bass in two weekends, as quoted in your recent article, without severely devastating the population. We are literally killing the golden goose with so many of these tournaments. Can’t anyone else see this?
When we announce Lake Champlain on the schedule, it always brings a smile to people’s faces.
Oh no, not again:
Anyone else seeing dead bass floating around ? I have a bunch of them washing up around my place…all in the 3 lb range from the looks of them, nothing smaller than that. And bass only, nothing else. Wondering if it was lakewide or just a local thing.
Perhaps someone could classify Bass as an invasive species, then it would be a win-win situation for everyone.