Ice Fishing

Just a half-mile wide, three miles long with a maximum depth of 37 feet, Silver Lake is the first New York lake to freeze in winter.

Known for its panfish, the lake has more anglers on hardwater than in summer. It hosts several contests year-round. The largest is the North American Ice Fishing Championship Tournament series in which contestants placing in the top 15 spots are eligible to earn points toward the national championship title.

Purse payouts are dependent upon numbers of two-person team entries. On Silver Lake, the NAIFC anglers who reel in the heaviest total of 8 perch and 8 bluegill win the series trophy, purse and more importantly, the bragging rights. That's what the 2008 winners Zbigniew “Zibi” Wojcik and Jacek Gawlinski of Illinois said about it.

They caught 8 of each species for a total weight of 7.07 pounds. It's all about the bragging rights....