New Yorkers heading to Oneida Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – The New York Division 23 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its two-day divisional championship Sept. 21-22, 2013, on Oneida Lake.
The competitors will launch at Oneida Shores County Park, located at 9400 Bartell Road in Brewerton, N.Y. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 20. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=734.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. For New York fishing license information, call 518-402-8843 or see www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6091.html.
One of the best bass lakes in the nation, Oneida Lake ranks Number 38 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. The second-most popular fishing lake in the state, behind only Lake Ontario, Oneida Lake can provide outstanding largemouth and smallmouth bass action.
Sometimes called the “Thumb of the Finger Lakes,” the largest lake entirely within the state of New York covers 51,072 acres northeast of Syracuse. Running generally east to west, the natural lake stretches about 21 miles long by about five miles wide. Formed by glacial activity eons ago, it offers anglers about 55 miles of shoreline.
Oneida Lake empties into the Oneida River, which flows into the Oswego River, a tributary of Lake Ontario. More shallow than many other upstate New York lakes, Oneida averages about 22 feet deep. However, the Erie Canal passes through the lake, so some dredge holes can drop to more than 55 feet deep. The Erie Canal enters the lake near Sylvan Beach in the east and exits near Brewerton.
During the July 20, 2013, BWS tournament on Oneida Lake, Jamie Hartman of Newport, N.Y., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 17.14 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.58-pound kicker. Hartman caught most of his fish on crankbaits and swimbaits. Randy C. Huffman of Charleston, W. Va., won the tournament big bass title with a 4.27-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Roxanne Przelski of Poland, N.Y., landed a three-fish division limit going 9.85 pounds. Chad Gorman of Dimock, Pa., set the Co-Angler Division big bass standard with a 3.88-pounder.
The top anglers from this division, plus those from the Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio divisions advance to the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 11-12, 2013, on the James River out of Chickahominy Riverfront Park near Williamsburg, Va. After the four regional tournaments, the top anglers from those events will compete in the BWS National Championship tournament, scheduled for Nov. 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
For more information on this tournament, call Joe Angelone, tournament manager, at 256-777-6152 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.