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2017 NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament Continues through February

NYS Winter Fishing Tournament Continues through February

OSWEGO COUNTY – The 2017 NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament is considered the largest winter fishing tournament ever conducted in NY state, the NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament continues through the end of February. The event features seven categories of fish to target, a catch-and-release event for trout and pike, 58 weigh-in locations, and a prize structure that tops $80,000 in sponsored cash and prizes from over 50 sponsors making this event one of the most sponsored tournaments in the country.

Anglers fishing in the tournament can visit three local businesses — All Seasons Sports and Salmon River Sports Shop in Pulaski, and App’s Bait and Tackle in Cleveland — to weigh in their catches.

Angler catches a steelhead fish at a tournament

Anglers fishing Oswego County waters can enter their catches for the New York State Winter Classic at three Oswego County tackle shops: All Season Sports and Salmon River Sports in Pulaski, and App’s Bait and Tackle in Cleveland. Pictured holding a steelhead he released back into the Oswego River is Tommy Quinzi. Photo courtesy of Capt. Kevin Davis, Catch the Drift Guide Service

“This will be the third year for this statewide event and it continues to grow with more anglers getting involved and larger prizes to the winners,” said tournament organizer Tim Thomas. “The event allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state, any time between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, using any legal angling method, to target seven categories of fish. ”

Live leaderboards on the website keep anglers updated in near real-time throughout the event for both the main event and weekly awards. This year’s event features two large prizes: a $2,500 cash grand prize sponsored by Clam Outdoors (to be given to one of the first place finishing anglers by random draw) and a Case canoe with graphics wrap and fishing accessories for the overall largest fish entered.

Additional prizes include weekly, monthly, and overall prize packages, product specific awards, female angler awards, species specific awards including a $1,500 stainless steel artistic steelhead mount by world-renown artist Steve Nielsen, door prizes, and angler achievement awards for catching fish of substantial size.

Registered anglers will also have a chance at 58 shanties being given away in raffles – every weigh-in location has one to give away. Anglers can gain entries either by registering for the event or bringing fish in to the stations during the event (one entry per angler per day per location per fish). Registration is $25/angler ($35/angler with the optional lunker pool) and anglers can register at most weigh-in locations or online at www.nyswinterclassic.com.

“The New York State Ice Pro-Am Corporation in association with Finders Keepers Sportfishing continues to strive to offer exposure for the New York State fishery through their tournament events and sponsor connections to promote the industry and encourage tourism,” said Thomas. ” These tournament events have been very successful at offering new product companies and tackle shops exposure to turn profits.”

For more tournament information, contact Thomas at (585) 330-0494 or email info@FKsportfishing.com or visit www.NYSwinterclassic.com.

For Oswego County fishing conditions and visitor information go to www.visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN.

Go Ice Fishing in Oswego County This February!

A man in flannel ice fishing [Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism]

Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism

The lakes are frozen, the fish are biting, and there’s no better place to be than out on the ice this February! On February 15th, grab your friends, pack up your ice fishing gear and head to Oneida Lake for the NYS Ice Pro-Am Team Tournament sponsored by Oswego County Division of Promotion and Tourism. With high stakes and only 100 teams allowed to participate, you don’t want to miss out on this tournament!

An angler holds up two fish caught while ice fishing [Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism]

Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism

This upcoming NYS Ice Pro-Am Team Tournament is part of a series of ice fishing tournaments happening in New York. These tournaments set up shop at the best fishing holes, and with its capacity for harboring lunkers, we know that Oneida Lake will not disappoint! Besides the allure of trophies and prize packages (some that include ATVs!), the NYS Ice Pro-Am Team Tournament on February15th will be a great time to catch up with old friends and make some new ones, too.

Little girl holds large fish [Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism]

Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism

Oswego County Division of Promotion and Tourism is a proud sponsor of the New York Pocket Ranger® Apps. While you’re out on the ice, check out the advanced GPS mapping features on the New York State Pocket Ranger® App and the Official New York Fish & Wildlife Pocket Ranger® App. The GPS mapping technology on our apps allows you to cache maps for offline use, something that definitely comes in handy when you’re miles out in the middle of Oneida Lake!

Meeting up with your buddies on the ice? With the Pocket Ranger® app, easily mark waypoints and email to friends or share on Facebook, so they’ll know just where to find you. Or, if you’ve discovered a new, secret fishing spot and want to keep it under your hat, mark a waypoint so only you can remember just where it is.

An angler holds up the day's catch on the ice [Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism]

Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism

From perch to bluegills, tiger muskies to walleyes, Oneida Lake has plenty of gamefish and panfish to keep you busy. While you’re jigging, use the Official New York Fish & Wildlife Pocket Ranger® App to identify fish species and check rules and regulations for catch limits and size requirements. During the tournament, the largest fish caught of each species will be displayed in a 180-gallon custom tank.

Man in camo ice fishes [Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism]

Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism

Keep in mind ice safety when out fishing. To safely fish this February, ice should have a minimum thickness of four inches. Avoid areas near docks, since thinner ice can often be found there. Stick to clear or blue-colored ice, which is high in density and very strong, perfect for ice fishing. In case of emergency, all of our Pocket Ranger® apps are equipped with an easy-to-use Alert Me feature that supplies a user’s GPS coordinates to designated contacts.

Man holds up large bass caught while ice fishing in NY [Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism]

Image Credit: Oswego County Tourism

And what’s a day spent out on the ice without a little snowmobiling? Oswego County is home to 400 miles of groomed snowmobiling trails! For information about conditions, call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386). Take a break from jigging, grab your helmet and hit the trails for a bit!

Wishing everyone at the NYS Ice Pro-Am Team Tournament good luck & tight lines!