Fish Stories? You Bet


Here are a few Oneida Lake fish stories from history. If you have a contemporary or historical fish story to share, send it to the OLA and we’ll be pleased to post it on this page.


Oswego Palladium-Times, August 20, 1936
Fish Tows Boat*

Utica - Charley Zebley’s fish story of seeing a boat pulled a mile and a half on Oneida Lake was just another fish story until the fisherman came back with the proof. After being dragged about the lake all afternoon by his catch, he finally landed a 17-pound catfish!

Oswego Daily Palladium, December 23, 1924
George Hoyt’s Latest Fish Story. *

George Hoyt, versatile correspondent- of Central Square, told another
one. He writes that while fishing through the ice of Oneida Lake, Adam
Klock. of Jewell, caught an albino eel and a pike, and that the cause of the unnatural color in the fish is through their feeding on wheat in a barge sunk in the lake two years ago. Now that’s an interesting effect of diet on fish!

Utica Herald-Dispatch, July 24, 1908
Mayor Kingsbury Gets Some Big Fish

Little Falls. Julv 14.—Two happy fishermen returned from Oneida Lake
last night in the persons of Mayor Kingsbury of Little Fal ls and K. C.
Carp of this city, says today's Syracuse Post-Standard. They had in
their possession ten pickerel and eight pike. Four of the pike weighed six-pounds each and the Mayor forwarded two of them to the biggest fish-story tellers in the Little Falls Common Council. He said that when he returns home there is likely to be an exodus of politicians from Little Falls to Brewerton and South Bay as a result of his fishing trip.