We had a great day of fishing on Lake George with Ed Lockhart - he knows the lake and the fish too. Hot day but Ed found the spots where the fish were biting and everybody caught a lunker (big and small). Ed knows the history as well as the water, so we learned a lot, had a great time, laughed a lot, and came off the water with the perfect Lake George memories - thanks to Ed Lockhart.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ed and accompanying him on almost every trip this past ice fishing season. I was able to learn so much from him and his partner Jared. Every trip Ed meets his guests at the bait shop, where they get a chance to meet, get their fishing licenses, load up on some bait and head to the lake as a group. Ed makes sure that even though “no ice is safe ice” that he knows weather conditions and ice conditions before allowing guests on the ice and will reschedule if he doesn’t think it’s safe. Ed provides all equipment for ice fishing, ice augers, ice scoops, rods and reels, tip ups, lures, bait and a few added luxuries like hand warmers, hot chocolate, chairs, shanty’s, heaters and propane. He even has a hard shack that he puts out when the ice is safe enough, sadly that wasn’t the case this year. Ed has myself and Jared go out on the ice and set up shanty’s, turn on the heaters and start putting in tip ups before the guests even arrive at the bait shop. Weather and equipment permitting everything is usually ready to go when the guests hit the ice. Ed takes his guests to where the fish are. Regardless of “how close to shore” you are, it’s a hot spot for big lake trout and that’s why he chooses those spots, he wants you to catch fish just as much as you want to catch fish. Ed makes sure his guests have lines in the water and have been well educated on different jigging methods before he starts putting in tip ups himself. After everything is set up he makes sure he interacts with all of his guests. Ed really knows his history and has so many wonderful stories to share. Ed always treats his guests with respect and kindness. Even guests that are threatening and aggressive, Ed handles every situation with a level head. I recall one trip rather well, a group of four came out, it was a mess from the very beginning when they were late arriving to the bait shop. As soon as these two men got on the ice the were angry. Demanding more time because they had been late. They questioned everything and acted as if we were trying to scam them, when all we were doing was trying to catch them fish. Being the avid ice fishermen that they were, they complained about the spot that was chosen. They became loud and confrontational and it took a bit of time for Ed to get them to calm down and start fishing. They made the trip miserable. I felt very uncomfortable. Ed was great the whole time. He did everything he could to keep these two grown men happy. Even tried fixing a broken rod until he was told “not to touch my f*cken stuff”. Ed is an awesome guide, he has close to 40 years of experience. I would recommend him to anyone looking to do some great fishing, at a beautiful spot on Lake George. I know I can’t wait for this coming season!