Fishing Derby

Mike Norris Derby in Raquette Lake

The 22nd Annual Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby will take place in Raquette Lake on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Registration is available on line – click here for link.  

The Mike Norris Ice Fishing Derby happens every year in Raquette Lake on the last Saturday of January. Fish for Lake Trout, Brook Trout, Perch and Salmon. Registration begins at 6am at the Raquette Lake Fire Hall. Cash Prizes, Plaques for Winners.  Sponsored by the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club. 

There will be cash prizes and plaques for winners, and hot chocolate and snacks provided throughout the day. First line in at 7am, last line out at 3pm, final weigh-ins concluded by 3:30pm.

The Mike Norris Fishing Derby originated 22 years ago in memory of Mike Norris who was an avid outdoorsman with a deep commitment to providing safety and learning courses through the Raquette Lake Fish and Game Club. A hiking trail situated on State Route 28 between Raquette Lake and Inlet is also dedicated to Norris.  

Kids Fishing Derby of 2021 and 100 Fish!

The Long Lake Kids Fishing Derby was held in Long Lake, New York on Saturday, June 5, 2021. The event was staged at the Long Lake causeway overlooking Jennings Park Pond.  Over 46 children through age 15 registered for the event and over 100 fish were caught.  Jennings Park Pond had been stocked by the Long Lake Fish and Game Club and Town of Long Lake with trout provided by Avery’s Fish Hatchery.  In addition to the rainbow and brook trout two Golden Trout were stocked as part of the coveted catch.
A variety of sunfish, perch and trout were weighed in by Garrett Clark. Master of Ceremonies and Fish and Game Club volunteer Jimmy Waite and his trusty assistant Louie the Lobster were happy to get back to business collecting prizes and coordinating the event.  Jim Waite garnered over $800 in prizes and  donations from businesses in the community.  Volunteers Jim Swedberg and Marty Furlong handled bbq duties serving up hot dogs and hamburgers to all the participants. Bruce Jennings helped get the grill and tent to the staging area provided by Another Paradise Cove.
Winners by Age Category
Ages 0-5
First Place Silas Thompson 11 ¾ inch trout
Second Place Landon Salvia 10 ¼ inch trout
Third Place  SJ Hosley  9 ¾ inch trout
Ages 6-9
First Place Rosie Delehanty 13 inch trout
Second Place Axel Lewis 11 ½ inch trout
Third Place Carole Tulley 11 ¼ inch trout
Ages 10-15
First Place Sye Fisher 13 ¼ inch trout
Second Place Tie Stephen LaPlant 12 ½ inch trout
Second Place Tie  Griffin Farr 12 1/2inch trout
Third Place Pailin Hample 12 3/4
No one caught the Golden Trout so the prize money is up for grabs. If someone catches a Golden Trout please contact Bruce Jennings at the Long Lake Fish and Game Club at 518-624-2145.

DEC Announces Opening of New York’s 2018 Trout Fishing Season

Residents and Tourists Encouraged to Catch Wild and Stocked Trout throughout State

DEC to Stock 2.26 Million Catchable-Size Trout in New York Waters
State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that this year’s trout fishing season in New York opens on Sunday, April 1. Supporting the State’s growing sport fishing industry with an estimated $1.8 billion in economic activity each year, DEC will stock 2.26 million catchable-size trout in 315 lakes and ponds and roughly 2,845 miles of streams across the state. Anglers should visit DEC’s website for a list of stocked waters and the 2018 Coldwater Fishing Forecast for recommended trout and salmon fishing locations.

DEC Commissioner Seggos said, “Good stewardship and improved water quality has resulted in an increase wild trout abundance in many waters across the State. Learning the habits and needs of wild trout contributes to angling success and a deeper appreciation of the resource and I encourage anglers to experience these fisheries.”

DEC’s spring stockings will include 1.72 million brown trout, 377,500 rainbow trout, and 158,500 brook trout. Approximately 97,000 two-year-old brown trout 13 to 14 inches in length will also be stocked into lakes and streams across the state. These fish will provide enhanced angling experiences for the estimated 647,000 anglers that fish for trout in New York

Although fishing conditions can be less than optimal during the early season, conditions will improve as the weather warms. 


New York also provides some of the finest backwoods brook trout fishing in the northeast. These opportunities are most abundant in the Adirondacks, where more than 500 waters are managed for brook trout. Fish in these waters can weigh more than three pounds. In 2018, more than 310,000 brook trout fingerlings will be stocked in 345 lakes and ponds in the Adirondacks during the spring and fall to restore or enhance brook trout populations. Anglers new to brook trout fishing should look to the Guide to Brook Trout Fishing in Adirondack Pondsfor assistance.

DEC also provides maps of its public fishing rights easements. Anglers are reminded to observe special trout regulations on waters noted in the current fishing guide. Additional information on places to fish for wild and stocked trout is available on DEC’s website.

For beginning or youth anglers, ponds are easiest to fish, particularly during the early season. Information about where and how to fish, including a new highly effective technique for early season trout, can be found on the DEC’s website.

Fishing License Required
Anyone 16 years of age and older must have a current State fishing license to fish in New York. Fishing licenses are now valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. More information on purchasing a fishing license can be found on DEC’s website.

License purchasers are reminded that by law, every dollar spent on a fishing license helps fund fish stocking and other programs conducted by the Bureau of Fisheries. Please also consider purchasing a Habitat/Access Stamp which helps fund important access and habitat improvement projects. For more information on the Habitat/Access Stamp program visit DEC’s website.


The Long Lake Fish and Game Club stock the “Golden Trout”

Check out maps, locations for fishing and general info about fishing in Raquette Lake & Long Lake here.

Fishing Licenses available in Long Lake at Hoss’s Country Corner. Call 518-624-2481.

Fishing Derby and Open House in Long Lake NY

Long Lake Annual Bass and Pike Opening Day Derby will be on Saturday, June 17th with launch from the Long Lake Town Beach, located at 1258 Main Street.  Registration is held from 6am – 6:30am and is $25 per person. Cash prizes are awarded for fish caught in Long Lake including Pike, Largemouth & Small mouth Bass.  Weigh in is 3pm – 3:30pm at the Long Lake Town Beach.

Fishing Licenses, equipment & bait available at Hoss’s Country Corner

Equipment also available at the ADK Trading Post

Also on June 17th from 9am – 6pm the Long Lake Fish & Game Club will be hosting an Open House at 8196 Newcomb Rd.  Food, live music and shooting events will be on the docket. All are welcome to attend and check out the expanding facilities.  

A great day of recreation and sporting events in Long Lake, NY in the heart of the Adirondacks.  



Bass Derby Results Long Lake Opening Day!

The Long Lake Fish and Game Club hosted their annual Local Bass Derby on Saturday, June 18th from the Long Lake Town Beach located in the center of the Adirondacks of Upstate NY. There were 49 entries in the contest. Weigh in saw 48 – Small Mouth Bass, 11 Large Mouth Bass, 17 Northern Pike.

The Fish and Game Club uses the $25 entry fee as the base for prizes. First Place winners received $160, second place winners received $100 and third place winners received $60.

Happy Participants Tony Cardon and Craig Wamback  weighing in the catch of the day

Happy Participants Tony Cardon and Craig Wamback weighing in the catch of the day

Small Mouth Bass
1st Mary Jo Waite 3.14 lbs
2nd Al Januszewski 2.81 lbs
3rd Cody Fraiser 2.79 lbs

Large Mouth Bass
1st Brian O’Hagen 4.24 lbs
2nd Al Januszewski 3.89 lbs
3rd Hudson Gereau 3.34 lbs

Northern Pike
1st Stan Baberacki 5.47 lbs
2nd Jack Desmond 4.51 lbs
3rd Tom Ridgeway 4.01 lbs

Next LL Fish & Game Derby is Sat. July 9th!

Next LL Fish & Game Derby is Sat. July 9th!

The next Long Lake Fish and Game Club Bass Derby will be held on Saturday, July 9th, starting at 6am. Registration Link Here. is $110 for 2-person limit boat. Amateur only, no live bait, fee includes $10 lunker. Total weight of five legal black bass. There will be live-well inspections and first boat departs at 6am from the Long Lake Town Beach located at 1258 Main Street, Long Lake, NY. Each boat has eight hours of fishing. Public weigh-in begins at 1:30pm at the Shamrock Motel and Cottages Beach. For more information and registration form go to or email

There are plenty of events coming up throughout the summer at the Long Lake Fish and Game Club.
July 9th – Long Lake Pro Bass Fishing Derby
August 6 – 100 Bird Shoot (Trap)
August 19th-20th – Long Lake Black Bear Annual Championship (Bullseye Pistol)
September 16th-17th – New York State Outdoor Pistol Match For a complete list of events and how to join check out

For more info contact our office at 518-624-3077

Long Lake Bass Derby August 8th, 2015

Look for Long Lake’s 7th Annual Bass Fishing Derby August 8th, 2015. $110 a boat with two person maximum. Registration fee includes $10 lunker. Timed tournament of eight hours. Total weight of five fish, one pound penalty for dead fish. Prizes awarded for Lunker as well as 1st thru 3rd (and probably more depending on entries) Contact 518.624.2145 for registration information and official rules.

Sponsored by the Fish and Game Club.

Long Lake Bass Derby Winners in 2013 hauled in a nice catch.

Long Lake Bass Derby Winners in 2013 hauled in a nice catch.

Pick up contestant number at the LL Town Hall Nutrition Site on Saturday, August 8th between 5am – 5:30am at the Long Lake Town Hall Nutrition Site (located in the rear of the building).

Rules include no pre-fishing tournament waters after Wednesday, August 5th

Depart after a live well inspection at the Town Beach. Public weigh in at the Shamrock Motel and Cottages Beach Area.

  • Long Lake Bass Derby Application 2015
  • Adult/Kid Team Fishing Derby Long Lake

    On March 1st, 2014 join the Long Lake Fish and Game Club for the Adult / Child Team Fishing Derby Event. Teams of adults and child fish any of the waters around Long Lake for prizes. Sponsored by the Fish and Game Club. Call 518-624.2145 for more information.


    Registration 8:30am – 9am and weigh in 3pm at the LL Town Hall Nutrition Site.
    1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY
    Pizza served at the weigh in.
    Fish for Pike, Trout, Perch, Landlocked Salmon.
    Fish Lake Eaton, South Pond or Long Lake
    No entry fee.
    Kids Ages 15- Under with an adult can participate

    Usually members of the Fish & Game Club will set up a community fishing hole for folks who don’t have all the necessary equipment to drill a good hole. Check in at registration to find out where to go. Normally they will to set up a walkable spot near the Causeway/spillway with parking available at the Long Lake Town Beach. Check with an official. Other available access to the lake includes the State Boat Launch at the end of Olivet Road. Live Bait is available at the Adk Trading Post and Hoss’s Country Corner.

    Prize money is presented to the first three largest fish in three categories to the adult/child team which catches them. The object is for the child to actually do the fishing with the encouragement and instructions from the adults. While not everyone has this kind of luck, the children often surprise everyone with big catch!

    Poker Run and Fishing Derby

    Plenty of activities in the Long Lake area February 8th and 9th. Visitors and residents in the area can enjoy an Ice Fishing Derby and a Poker Run.

    The Long Lake Moonlighter’s invite you to participate in the Annual Poker run spanning three communities from February 8th to February 9th. Cards will be available on Friday, February 8th at the open of business at the Raquette Lake Tap Room or the Newcomb House. It is $10 per person and players must be 18 or over to enter. Players pick up a card and receive a stamp at each location. Upon completion of the run, players check into the Adirondack Hotel on Saturday, February 9th by 5pm. Players are dealt the number of cards corresponding with the number of stamps they collect. Player with the best hand wins. Travel by car, boat, bus, airplane or snowmobile. Snowmobile trails will be ready to go. For more information or a map contact 518-624-3077 or visit

    The Long Lake Fish and Game Club will be hosting an Ice Fishing Derby on Lake Eaton on Saturday, February 9th, 2013. Registration is $25 per person at 6am at the LL Town Hall Nutrition Site, 1204 Main Street, Long Lake, NY 12847. Fish for Land-locked Salmon and Trout. Live Weigh in will be at the Lake Eaton Beach area. Lines in at 7am and derby ends at 3pm. There will be a 50/50 drawing benefiting the LL Fish and Game Club and cash prizes. Participants must have a valid NYS Fishing License.

    Big Fish Ice Fish

    Raquette Lake, NY Big Fish

    Photo by Rachel Pohl

    Big Fish caught in Raquette Lake, NY on February 23, 2011. Weighing in at 17 pounds and 37 inches. Based on many facebook comments and deduction crowd consensus labels this a Lake Trout. Or a Monster. Congrats to local Long Laker Mike Lance for making the venture. Common questions.. how big was his auger? How did the tip ups not fall into the lake?

    2010 Long Lake Kids Fishing Derby

    Saturday June 5th, 2010, Jim & Mary Jo Waite with the assistance of the B-Team (the Parks & Rec Crew) set up a tent, table, snacks and a grill on the edge of Jennings Park Pond to host the annual Kid’s Fishing Derby in Long Lake.  Families from all over New York State arrive to participate.  Local residents, families from Syracuse and Clifton Park gathered on the shoreline along route 30 and along the Spillway.  Worms on the hooks and let the games begin.  There are prizes for Longest Trout and Longest Non-Trout, Best Fish Story… one of which involved an alien taking the fish away and only leaving a feather behind.  Prizes ranged from tackle boxes, fishing poles and gift certificates from area businesses.  Cabela’s got in the action, providing sponsorship for many of the prizes including hats, tackle, tools and huge coffee mugs.  The weather was windy, a stroller went into the pond, luckily the baby wasn’t in it! There were 35 participants and it grows every year.  It’s a casual event.  Great for grandparents, families, friends.  No registration, just good old fashion fun and an Adirondack hobby is born.  There is nothing more thrilling than reeling in the big one!

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