Peter Dubuc went fishing one September day in 1940 on Great Sacandaga Lake and caught a northern pike that weighed 46 pounds, 2 ounces. Today, it remains the largest northern pike ever caught in New York. The 46-pounder actually reigned as the biggest recorded pike ever caught on Earth until 1979 when it was bumped into second place by a European fish.
Great Sacandaga Lake graces the foothills of the Adirondacks in northern New York near the cities of Johnstown and Gloversville, and is less than an hour’s drive from the Albany state capital. The manmade reservoir serves as a fishing haven for pike, walleye, trout and bass.
“The Hudson River-Black River Regulating District manages Great Sacandaga and stocks it often,” says George Albert, professional fishing guide and owner of All Seasons Charter in nearby Northville. “The average depth of the lake is 40 feet, and it yields good catches no matter the season, whether it’s ice fishing or warm-weather fishing.”
Albert says anglers have many ways to fish Great Sacandaga, whether by personal boat, charter boat, canoe, kayak or off the shore.
“I dock at Northampton Marina and occasionally fish right there, and often catch just as many fish off the dock as when I’m at my hotspots in the middle of the lake,” he says.
As for pike fishing and the record northern pike catch in 1940, Albert says numerous 30-pounders have been verified since that time, and hundreds of 20- to 25-pound northern pikes are still caught each year.
“Great Sacandaga is steadily becoming a top fishing and tourism destination, with the lake playing an ever-increasing role in the local economy,” he says. “Fishing enthusiasts from more cities and towns are starting to visit the lake because there is a good chance they’re going to catch fish.”
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