Kids Fishing Class at Oneida Lake Hatchery Huge Success

Spider Rybaak and McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services' free kids fishing class recently at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Oneida Lake Fish Hatchery in Constantia is a huge success.

A free kids fishing class held on the grounds of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Oneida Lake Fish Hatchery in Constantia over the weekend was a huge success, claim its instructors, local author Spider Rybaak and Mike McGrath of McGrath & Associates Carp Angling Services.

“A dozen youngsters showed up and tried their luck,” says Rybaak. “And even though their casting arms were rusty after a winter of inactivity, everyone caught fish, including three little girls who landed 10 apiece, and one little two-year-old who caught a sunny bigger than her hands cupped together.”

“The action was so fast and furious,” adds Mike McGrath, “that Spider and I, his partner Susan, and three parents had all we could do cutting bait, tying rigs, unhooking fish…you name it.”

Pumpkinseeds and bluegills were the most common species landed, but a couple yellow perch and rock bass, and a nice strawberry bass also took the bait.

This marks Spider’s 10th year conducting free kids fishing classes in venues ranging from Wellesley Island State Park and Fulton’s Lake Neatahwanta to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and the Oneida River at Brewerton.

The next of 23 classes scheduled for this summer will be held on May 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Lake Neatahwanta, located on NYS Rte. 3 on the west side of Fulton.

McGrath will reveal his secrets on catching huge catfish and monster carp, while Spider will give instructions on fishing with bait and artificial lures.

Tackle and bait, donated by Berkley, Shakespeare, Cortland Line Co., Marukyu Baits of Japan, Alvey and SAMPO will be provided.

For more information, contact McGrath at 315-882-1549, mmcgrath2@twcny.rr.com; or Spider at srybaak@yahoo.com.