Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby Proceeds Used to Restock the Lake

(Erieville, NY – March 2012) Even though this was a very mild winter with a lot of people skeptical about whether or not we would be able to have the Derby, a week of cold nights and then snow the night before made for a safe and beautiful day on Saturday, Feb. 18.

The newly opened Blue Canoe Grill (formerly Rosie’s) on North Lake Road, Erieville, graciously agreed to host the event.  They provided a place to warm up and fuel up with tasty hot food throughout the day, beginning with breakfast at 5am.

Over 130 people registered for the Derby, including several youths. Over $1,000 was raised to contribute to the Fish Fund for stocking Tuscarora Lake.

Fishing Derby winners:


Longest walleye: 19-and-a-hald inches – Jason Clark

Heaviest walleye: 2-and-a-half pounds – Buddy Hunsinger Jr.

Longest perch:  12-and-one-eighth inches – Scott Will

Longest other (legal) fish:  21-and-three-quarter inch Pickerel – Mark Bufano


Longest perch: 10-and-seven-eighth inches – Daniel Hines

Longest other (legal) fish:  21-and-a-half inches – Dillan Lyrek Jr.

Through the support of businesses and individuals in the community, there were numerous wonderful door prizes. The Derby committee would like to thank the following donors of door prizes:

A-n-Z E-Z Mart, A-Z Massage Therapy, Automatic Utilities, Back On Track, Brewster Inn, Brookside Greenhouses, Buyea’s Hardware, Cazenovia Bookstore, Caz Pizza, Caz Sports Powl, Cooley’s Do It Best Home Center, Dave’s Diner at Common Grounds, Falls Village Market and Sunoco Station, The Fort, Kinney’s, Highland Lakes Construction, Hotel Solsville, Irish Knots, Lincklaen House, Maken Frenz Plus Bait Shop, Meralee deClercq, McCraith Beverage, Inc., McKinnon’s Liquors, Nelson Farms Store, Nelson Odeon, Pampered Chef, RA-LINS, Rod and Bobber Bait Shop, Southern Wine and Spirits, Thirty-One, TOPS Market, TriValley Beverages, Trooper Larry Puccio, Tuscarora Lake Association, Davis Brothers Meats, Queensboro Farm Products and Sorbellos.

Winner of the Grand Prize, a 37-inch VIZIO HD/LED flat screen TV donated by the Tuscarora Lake Association was Kimberly Davis.

The Ice Fishing Derby Committee, comprised of Roy Hatch, Sue Henderson, Jennifer Markowski, Lori Markowski, Michelle Pipas, and Diane Cass, would like to thank the following volunteers and contributors:

Blue Canoe Grill, hosting; Scott Bunting, Fresher Graphics, Poster Design; Steve Davies, PA system; Tom Harvey, poster distribution; Kim, Ethan and Madison Davis, and Kelly Bradley, help with raffle day of Derby and news media for running advertisements and articles.

Next year the Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby is tentatively planned for the third weekend in February.

Tuscarora Lake Ice Fishing Derby Committee







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