Carp is King in the Finger Lakes

What will be the effect of the harsh winter and the spring floods on the Finger Lakes carp population?  

Can anyone top the haul of Dave Rickerson and Travis Groot of Penn Yan whose fish last year weighed nearly 109 pounds and captured first, second and third places, earning the friends $900 in prize money?

In 2012, the dynamic duo entered four fish that totaled more than 128 pounds and captured first, fourth, fifth and seventh places and earned them $700.

Dave Rickerson and Travis Groet show off their winning fish. Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio

The questions will be answered on Sunday, June 15, when Waterloo Rotary hosts the 34th annual Carp Derby. Weigh in will be on Oak Island between noon and 3 p.m.

Kathy Sigrist, who is chairing this year’s event, said $1,6450 in prize money is up for grabs.

“We hope to better last year’s turnout, when 275 anglers turned in 447 fish,” she said.

Entry fee is $10 per person or $25 per family. Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, June 11, or dropped off at Nugent Hardware, 5 W. Main St., Waterloo; Rich & Vern’s, 64 Washington St., Waterloo; or The Copy Shop, 105 Fall St., Seneca Falls no later than 4 p.m. Saturday, June 14.   Checks should be made payable to Waterloo Rotary.

The carp derby is more than an opportunity for fun. It’s important to remove the carp from the lakes because they destroy the eggs of other sport fish. And for some people, the fish are good eating.  People who would like to test their favorite recipes may pick up fish caught in this year’s tourney following the weigh in. Otherwise, they will be used to fertilize fields. 

Sponsors IESI Seneca Meadows, Sessler Companies, Generations Bank, Nugent Hardware and Canal Side Experiences helped boost the proceeds from the event, which will benefit Waterloo Rotary’s community service projects.

More information is available at www.fingerlakescarpderby.net.

2013 Carp Derby

2012 Carp Derby


2011 Carp Derby

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