Quabbin Anglers cancel annual fishing derby due to thin ice

  • Silver Lake Park, in Athol. Photo by Jared Robinson

Staff Writer
Thursday, February 15, 2018

ATHOL — The North Worcester County Quabbin Anglers Association has decided to cancel its annual fishing derby originally scheduled for this Saturday morning at Silver Lake because it’s afraid the ice will be too thin by then.

The Anglers had originally planned to move their annual derby from Lake Ellis to Silver Lake due to a concern that repeated derbies at uptown lake had thinned out the amount of fish available.

Quabbin Anglers President Andrew Robinson and Secretary Scott Robinson conducted a test of the ice at Silver Lake Saturday morning, along with a test of how well the fish were biting, and found there to be 8 inches of ice on the lake. There was no comment regarding how well the fish were biting.

For their to be a derby, the Quabbin Anglers require there to be a minimum of 8 inches of ice on the lake, however with Silver Lake being a spring fed pond, coupled with the heavy rain from Sunday and the forecast for a significant warm-up for the rest of the week, the duo agreed the potential of a loss of ice was too great. There has also been reports from around the region of ice now thinning out and receding from the edges of lakes and ponds.

The North Worcester County Quabbin Anglers Association was founded in 1979 with the goal of keeping the Quabbin Reservoir accessible for fishing, boating and recreational use.

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