Big lakers bite in Placid

LAKE PLACID – A Kinderhook man caught a 38.5-inch, 22.5-pound lake trout in Lake Placid Wednesday morning.

Brian Barkley said he was trolling at a depth of about 80 to 90 feet with a lure when he caught the large fish. He was with his brother, Mike, and son, Andrew.

“It took about 15 minutes to get it into the boat,” he said. “I didn’t realize how big it was.”

Barkley said the fish ran to the bottom of the lake three times prior to him getting it to the surface. He said it felt like a log when he was reeling it in.

Barkley said he is in town this week with his family and comes up to Lake Placid annually. However, this is the first time he’s had success fishing on the lake.

“I’ve really never caught anything out of there,” he said. “The two years I fished it, I never caught a fish.”

The large laker wasn’t the only big fish Barkley caught this week. On Tuesday, he caught a 13-pound, 10-ounce lake trout using the same methods. It was one of five lakers his group caught that day. They caught three or four Wednesday.

Barkley plans to mount the 22.5-pound laker.

Lake Placid is known for its good lake trout fishing. In 1986, Alder Creek resident Eric Pflendler caught a 39-inch, 32-pound laker, which was the state record at the time.

The current lake trout record is 41 pounds and 8 ounces. The 42.75-inch-long fish was caught by Jesse Wykstra in Lake Erie on Aug. 9, 2003.