Berkshire Woods and Waters: It's fishing derby time

The 25th Annual Harry A. Bateman Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby will take place on Saturday, June 3, at the Frank Controy Pavilion at Onota Lake in Pittsfield from 6 a.m. to noon.

No fishing license is required because it is Free Fishing Weekend for Massachusetts.

The derby's purpose is to raise money for the Jimmy Fund-Dana Farber Cancer Institute For Children. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund in memory of Harry A. Bateman, a former member of Central Berkshire Bowmen and I.U.E. Local 255 who was well known throughout Berkshire County and who became a victim of cancer in 1992.

Many trophies and prizes will be given out to the adult and youth winners of the fishing derby. There is even a special category for those fishing with a bow and arrow. All fish must be weighed in at noon and can be caught at Onota Lake from boat or shore. Fishing tackle is given with the trophy prizes and two prizes for heaviest trout. A sportsman award, which includes a tackle box with over $100 of tackle, is given out to a child.

Fee is $10 for adults and $5 for children 14 years old and younger and it includes food and beverages. No alcohol is served at this event. All children receive a free gift and they get a chance at winning a mountain bike.

The carp shoot is part of the fishing derby because that was something that Harry enjoyed. Advanced tickets may be purchased at Avid Sports, Dave's Sporting Goods, Maces Marine and Onota Boat Livery.

Stockbridge Sportsmen's Club Fishing Derbies

Seventy-seven anglers participated in the Stockbridge Sportsmen's Club (SSC) Spring Derby which was held last Sunday at Stockbridge Bowl. According to Club spokesman Tim Minkler, it was cold in the morning but warmed up in the afternoon. The derby results were as follows: $100 Winners — Largest Trout: John Herrington, Richmond, (4 pounds, 6 ounces, 20 -inch Brown Trout. Wow!) Largest Bass: John Nemec, Westfield, (3 lbs., 5 oz., 18"), Largest Pickerel: John Jones, Lee, (3 lbs., 12 oz., 24"), Largest Bullhead: Seth Slemp, Lee, (1 lb., 5 oz., 13").

Age 12 and under Winners — Largest Pickerel: 1st, Blake Cella, Lenox, (1 lb., 11 oz., 20 1/2"), 2nd, Mitchell Keenan, Lee, (1 lb., 15 ") Age 8. Largest Trout — 1st, Thomas Koldys, Housatonic (1 lb., 14 oz., 15 "), Age 11, 2nd, Blake Cella, Lenox, (1 lb. 5 oz., 16") Age 12.

The SSC also recently held its Kids Fishing Derby (for SSC Club members and their family, age 12 and younger) at Minkler Pond. There, 2-year-old Dominic Curtin of Tyringham took first prize by catching a 19", 2 lb., 10 oz. rainbow trout. Son of Josh and Eden Curtin, he is on a roll. Last year he also came in first for his age group and now is the reigning champ two years in a row.

Bass Fishing

On Sunday, May 14, bass fishing was pretty good at the Greylock Bass Club Tournament on Congamond Lakes in Southwick.

Only 1.5 oz. decided first and second places and 5 oz. between fourth and fifth. Joe Chague took 1st place with a total weight of 14 lbs., 6.5 oz. The 2nd place winner was Mike Naventi with 14 lbs., 5 oz., 3rd was Dave Behnam (DJ) with 13 lbs., 6 oz., 4th was Dan Miraglia with 10 lbs., 3.5 oz., and 5th was Carlos Torra with 10 lb., 3 oz.

The Lunker Largemouth Bass, which weighed 3 lb., 10 oz. was taken by Joe Chague. After official weigh-in, all bass were returned safely to the waters.

Family Fun Day

Next Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mass Audubon at Pleasant Valley welcomes all to its Family Fun Day, its annual day of fun and learning for people of all ages.

There will be kids' crafts and educational exhibits by Berkshire Environmental Action Team, Housatonic Valley Association, Flying Deer and Northern Berkshire Beekeepers Association. At 10 a.m., there will be Fiddle Tunes with Eric Buddington, at 10:30 a.m. an "Owl's for Tots" presentation, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. an Eyes on Owls presentation show. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., lunch from Lucia's Empanadas, available for purchase, and at 3 p.m., Tom Tyning's "Fantastic Frogs" presentation.

Snacks will be available for purchase

Trout stockings

The following waters were scheduled to be stocked during the week of May 15-19: Deerfield River in Buckland, Charlemont and Florida; Chickley River in Charlemont and Hawley; Cold River in Charlemont and Florida; Westfield River in Chesterfield, Cummington, Huntington and Russell; Walker Brook in Becket and Chester; Sackett Brook in Dalton and Pittsfield; Littleville Reservoir in Chesterfield and Huntington; North Pond in Florida; Upper Highland Lake in Goshen, Bennett Brook and Plunkett Reservoir in Hinsdale; Norwich Pond in Huntington; Lake Buel, Onota Lake, Ashfield Pond in Ashfield and Windsor Pond in Windsor.

The following waters were scheduled to be stocked last week: All branches of the Westfield River in Huntington, Chesterfield, Cummington, Becket, Middlefield, Russell, Worthington, Savoy and Windsor; Littleville Reservoir in Chester and Huntington; Deerfield River in Buckland, Charlemont and Florida; Laurel Lake, Onota Lake, Otis Reservoir, North Pond, Lake Buel, Goose Pond, Housatonic River C&R in Lee; Windsor Pond, Pontoosuc Lake, Plunkett Reservoir, Stockbridge Bowl and Richmond Pond.

Questions/comments: Phone: 413-637-1818.


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