Honeywell Supports Onondaga Lake Partnership Carp Fishing Weekend
Nearly a hundred fishing enthusiasts from across Central New York gathered this weekend at Willow Bay in Onondaga Lake for the second Onondaga Lake Partnership (OLP) Carp Fishing Tournament and Family Fun Fishing Derby. Honeywell was a major sponsor of the event.
“Honeywell is proud to help the OLP promote carp fishing as a family-fun recreational activity on Onondaga Lake,” said Honeywell Syracuse Area Remediation Program Director John McAuliffe. “It’s great to see more people enjoying the lake. The carp tournament and fishing derby illustrate how people can use the lake for recreation now and in the future.”
During Saturday’s Carp Fishing Tournament, children and adults caught, weighed, measured and released 15 to 26 pound carp from Onondaga Lake’s waters. Tournament winners included Jeno Tamas, first place, and Tamas Vegari, second and third place, for the adult big fish category; and Adam France, first place, and Ben Markle, second place, for the junior big fish category.
Weekend activities also demonstrated how Onondaga Lake is a viable fishery for warm water fish including wild carp and bass – a fact often included in discussions for the OLP’s Onondaga Lake 2020 Vision Project.
“Our vision is to put Onondaga Lake on the map as a tourist destination and carp fishing is a means for us to do that,” said Les Monostory, carp tournament director and co-chairman of the OLP Outreach Committee’s Fisheries Subcommittee. “Onondaga Lake has two features which make it an ideal location for regional, national and even international carp fishing tournaments: a healthy population and continuous supply of carp, and four miles of public shoreline. Not many lakes have that kind of access.”
The OLP Onondaga Lake 2020 Vision Project is developing a community-based vision for Onondaga Lake as a sustainable resource. When complete, the vision will guide the OLP as it prioritizes funding for future projects on the lake.
For more information on the Onondaga Lake cleanup, visit www.onondaga-lake-initiatives.com.