man holds up fish

Thomas Russell Jr. of Albion, New York reeled in an 8-pound, 6-ounce smallmouth bass from Cayuga Lake to set a new state record.

At the last Fish & Wildlife Board meeting which was held on Monday, July 18, board member Stephen Sears of Dalton was elected the new acting chairman. He replaced Joseph Larson who served as chairman since 2017, when he replaced the late, legendary George “Gige” Darey of Lenox upon his retirement.



Gene Chague can be reached at or 413-637-1818.

Gene Chague is a longtime sportsman and editor of The Eagle's Berkshire Woods and Waters outdoors column.