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2015 dues are needed from all members, we will be sending everyone a letter with a return envelope. Thank you.

Board of Directors Meetings 2015: dates are Jan 14, Apr 8, May 6, Jun 10, Sept 9, Oct 21, Dec 2; 7 PM at the Lake George Association. All meetings are open to the public.

King George Fishing Derby: The LGFA is a proud sponsor of the new Derby to be held July 10-12, 2015. www.kinggeorgefishingderby.com

The Lake George Fishing Alliance is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to conserve, restore, and manage the game, fish, and other wildlife and its habitat in the Lake George watershed and its environs, thereby seeking to procure better fishing for sportsman.

Our members have positively impacted the Lake George fishery in two general ways. Firstly, as an organization of numbers we can and have successfully encouraged more interest in the fishery from New York State. The LGFA work with fisheries staff at the regional DEC office and are members of both the Warren County Conservation Council and Washington County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs. Secondly, our members have volunteered their personal time toward various projects that continue to benefit the fishery and the Lake George region. Active membership is vital to our cause! We need YOU!

The LGFA has been involved in many projects since its inception. One of our most successful projects was bolstering the smelt population by providing additional eggs from Indian Lake and Schroon Lake. The numbers of smelt, the main forage fish in Lake George, had been on the decline. From 2001 until 2004, Alliance members harvested fertilized smelt eggs from these lakes and transferred them to various Lake George tributaries. In 2005 the project was suspended after an excellent run of spawning smelt were observed.

Landlocked salmon, arguably the most popular game fish in Lake George, have been on the decline since their heyday in the 1980s. In 2001, in conjunction with the DEC, the LGFA initiated a fall stocking program in which 3000 salmon are held at the Warren County Hatchery each summer; rather than being stocked into the lake with others in the spring. Marked with a left ventral fin clip, these fish are being caught with increasing frequency and the program will continue. In May 2005, LGFA volunteers rejuvenated the past practice of stocking salmon from boats. Instead of just dumping the fish near the shore, boats were used to transport the fish out in the lake, away from potential predators and spread out into smaller schools.

LGFA members would like to continue the salmon stocking programs mentioned above, hopefully the salmon fishery will continue to improve. Additionally, we encourage all trout and salmon anglers to join the Angler Diary Cooperator Program with the NYSDEC. The number of cooperators has dropped significantly in recent years; even if you only fish a few times a year, your catch data is very important. Fisheries biologists need this valuable information on the Lake George fishery so they can make informed, scientific decisions regarding future regulation changes.

The Fishing Alliance also realizes that the future of the fishery depends on young people becoming involved with fishing. We will continue to offer free fishing clinics for youths taught by volunteers from the Alliance and will maintain our annual fishing trips with various groups from the area. We also encourage you to take a kid fishing today!








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