LAKEVIEW, N.Y. (WIVB) — Joe Schmelzinger loves to fish. The Lakeview resident has caught small fish, big fish in all kinds of water — Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, you name it.
On Aug. 26, Joe and his family were on vacation in the Thousand Islands, where they travel often. It’s the scene of perhaps his biggest fish story — and doesn’t involve a fish.
The family — kids included — was enjoying one of the final weekends of the summer a few weeks ago, cruising Lake Ontario.
“We were driving along, and all of the sudden, my husband saw something in the water, and it was a deer just swimming in the middle of Lake Ontario,” said Annette Schmelzinger. “Our first reaction was, we gotta help this deer.”
Added 6-year-old Alivia Schmelzinger: “That thing didn’t even have floaties!”
Something on shore likely spooked the young buck, who, by the time the boat floated up, was …