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The $4,500 fish: Cicero angler wins big in weekend Oneida Lake Walleye Derby

2021 Chittenango Lions Club Walleye Derby


The angler who reeled in the biggest fish in this weekend’s Chittenango Lions Club Walleye Derby on Oneida Lake was lucky enough to more than doubled his winnings as the fish also had a special tag attached. As a result, his winnings totaled $4,500.

Kyle Magill-Jones’s 25 ¾-inch walleye, caught at around 9 p.m. Saturday evening, was the biggest fish landed by the 1,200 anglers who participated in this weekend’s derby. He won $2,000 for first place.

The fish also happened to be one of three tagged fish stocked in the lake earlier this month by the state Department of Environmental, especially for the tournament. For catching one of the tagged fish, the Cicero, resident received an additional $2,500.

Magill-Jones, 26, was fishing at the time in his boat with his buddy, Jeffrey Boshart, of Brewerton. He said he caught the fish on the lake’s west end by casting a Rapala Shadow Rap lure.

“I didn’t realize it was tagged until it was in the (boat’s) livewell,” he said, adding he got confirmation on the tag’s worth when he had the fish measured at 11 p.m. later that evening at Lakeside Outfitters in Canastota, one of the derby’s official measuring stations.

“At that point, I said ‘Oh my God, Oh my God’ a lot. I was freaking out. It was amazing,” he said, adding he’s been fishing in the derby since he was a little kid and this is the first time he’s won anything.

Deborah Pollock, of Memphis, finished second and won $1,500 for her walleye measuring 25 1/8 inches. George Walker, of Moravia, placed third with his 24 ½ inch fish, winning $950. See the Chittenango County Lions Club Walleye Derby website for the final results.

The derby’s entry fee was $20. Bruce Hall, the derby director, said a total of $8,900 in cash prizes were handed out to the top 25 anglers, along with raffle ticket prizes of $500, $250 and $150, plus a lifetime fishing license. With Magill-Jones’s tagged fish award, a total of $12.275 was given out.

The fish entered in the derby had be caught in Oneida Lake, its tributaries or estuaries. Awards to the top 25 anglers were based on length. In the event of a tie, derby officials were directed to use eight, than girth and finally a flip of a coin to determine a winner.

In addition, fish had to be alive when weighed. In addition to the above prizes, the angler with the longest fish measured Saturday and Sunday at each of the derby’s six weighing stations won $25. However, if that angler also placed in the top 25, he or she was ineligible for the $25 and the award went to next biggest fish.

Due to Covid-19, derby officials did not hold an in-person awards ceremony this year. Instead, the awards ceremony, held at Chapman Park in Bridgeport, was schedule to air as a Facebook Live event on Chittenango Lions Club Walleye Derby Facebook page at 4 p.m. Due to technical difficulties, that didn’t happen.

Under the derby rules, the first, second and third place winners were required to a Truth Verification Test at derby headquarters prior to the awards ceremony. Failure to comply would have resulted in forfeiture of the angler’s award and disqualification and forfeiture of the angler’s award.

Earlier this month, the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which stocks the lake with walleyes each year, tagged three special ones and released them into the lake. The fish had a derby value of $5,000, $2,500 or $1,250 only for derby participants during the weekend. The tag numbers and values were disclosed Saturday morning at Derby Headquarters, online, and at each of the lake’s measuring stations.

This was the second time in the derby’s history that a tagged fish was caught by a derby angler. In the 2019 contest, Bill McCracken won $5,000 for catching a specially tagged 18-inch walleye. The derby was not held last year due to the pandemic.


2019    Walleye Fishing Derby

The Chittenango Lions Club is proud to present to Bill McCracken a $5000 check for catching a tagged fish during our May Walleye Derby. Lion Bruce Hall, winner Bill McCracken, Lions Jim English and Dee McDermott


   Lions Club Top Ten Winners  2019

Laurie Nolan                         25 1/2                      $1500

Joe Saverino                           25                                     $1150

Casey Guilfoil Jr                 24 3/4                      $750

Louie Parolin                          24 3/4                     $575

Mark Grenga                          24 5/8                     $375

William Hook                          24 1/4                     $300

Anthony White                    24 1/4                    $275

Ronald S. Harris Jr     24 1/4                     $175

Dave Stonecipher            24 1/4                     $150

Pennsylvania High School Anglers win Bass Pro Shops FLW High School                                                  Fishing New York Open on Oneida Lake


1st Place Wildcats Fishing Team – Jacob Jones, Milton, Pa., and Austin Gaab, Montoursville, Pa.


BREWERTON, N.Y. – The Wildcats Fishing team of Jacob Jones of Milton, Pennsylvania, and Austin Gaab of Montoursville, Pennsylvania, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 18 pounds, 9 ounces to win the 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing New York Open tournament on Oneida Lake. The win advanced the team to the 2018 High School Fishing National championship, held June 26-30, on a fishery yet to be revealed.

According to post-tournament reports, the Wildcats Fishing duo caught their limit by fishing topwater baits over grass on the west side of Lake Oneida.

A field of 10 teams competed in the no-entry fee, tournament which launched from Oneida Shores County Park in Brewerton. In FLW/TBF High School Fishing competition, the top 10-percent of teams competing advance to the High School Fishing National Championship.   

The top team on Oneida Lake that advanced to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship was:              

  1st:        Wildcats Fishing Team – Jacob Jones, Milton, Pa., and Austin Gaab, Montoursville, Pa., five bass, 18-9

Rounding out the top 10 teams were:            

  2nd:      Palisades High School, Kintnersville, Pa. – Brandon Lawson, Kintnersville, Pa., and Parker Lambert, Riegelsville, Pa., five bass 18-0

  3rd:       New York Student Angler Federation – Christopher Perrotta, Clay, N.Y., and Brent Tyrell, Gilbertsville, N.Y., five bass, 17-0

  4th:       Oneida Lake Bassmasters –  Logan Ukleya, Clay, N.Y., and Matthew Arndt, North Syracuse, N.Y., five bass, 15-8

  5th:       Susquehanna Valley Fishing Club – Blaise Hock, Bloomsburg, Pa., and Ashton Irion, Montoursville, Pa., five bass, 15-6

  6th:       Midlakes High School, Springs, N.Y. – Derrick Jones, Clifton Springs, N.Y., and Harrison Day, Phelps, N.Y., five bass, 14-2

  7th:       Coxsackie-Athens High School, Coxsackie, N.Y. – Logan Hansen, Athens, N.Y., and Valentino Camacho, Hillsdale, N.Y., five bass, 11-5

  8th:       Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square, N.Y. – Eric Newman, Liverpool, N.Y., and Ethan Davis, Hastings, N.Y., three bass, 10-3

  9th:       A. Philip Randolph Campus High School, Ney York, N.Y. – Carter Pinkley and Kyle Pinkley, both of Clay, N.Y., five bass, 10-0

  10th:     Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square, N.Y. – Ryan McRitchie, Hastings, N.Y., and Joseph Cook, Brewerton, N.Y., four bass, 8-9

Complete results from the event and photos of the top five teams can be found at

The 2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing New York Open was a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12, open to any Student Angler Federation (SAF) affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10 percent of each Challenge, Open, and state championship field will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.

In addition to the High School Fishing National Championship, all High School Fishing anglers nationwide automatically qualify for the world’s largest high school bass tournament, the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, held in conjunction with the National Championship. At the 2017 World Finals more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes were awarded.

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