The Northeast Panfish League held its July 7 tournament at Walker Lake in Snyder County. First place went to Ron Wagner and Nathaniel Treas, of Sunbury, who weighed in 4.74 pounds of fish. They also won the "lunker slab" pool with a 0.59 fish included in their total weight of 12 fish.
Second place went to Charlie Bauman and Ron Andrews, both of Lock Haven, with 3.95 pounds, and third place went to Ed Bower, of Williamsport, and Nate Jordan, of Middleburg, with 3.79 pounds.
It was one of those hot, dog days of summer, and the average surface water temperature was 85.5 degrees. The bite seemed to slow down late morning into early afternoon, but the morning bite was pretty good.
The next tournament is Aug. 4 at Rose Valley Lake in Lycoming County. It may be a test for even the most seasoned angler. Rose Valley has its challenges at almost any time of year, but we will fish it in the midst of summer, with the warmest water temps, dense weed growth and, possibly, challenging weather.
This is a very frustrating body of water for a lot of people to fish. There are still good-sized fish here, but you must work hard to hunt them down and then get them to bite. I think it will take a special combination of skill and determination to bring a good creel to the weigh-in scale for this tournament - but that is part of the challenge.
Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. at the north launch off of Lake Road, nearest the causeway. The tournament begins at 7 a.m. and finishes at 1 p.m.
We encourage anglers to come try the Northeast Panfish League out and see if they get hooked, too.