Fishing contest set for Saturday

The sixth annual Walleye Ice Fishing Challenge will take place Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Great Sacandaga Lake in Fulton County.

The tournament has registered 1,750 fishing enthusiasts from 11 states, including New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Idaho, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Kansas, a news release said.

Fish weigh-ins will take place throughout the day at Lanzi’s on the Lake, 1751 Route 30, Mayfield, and the Broadalbin Boat Launch on Lakeview Road in Broadalbin.

The tournament will award $1,649 in prizes per hour and door prizes throughout the day.

Each registrant is entered into a drawing for three recreational vehicles – a four-wheeler, a snowmobile and a side-by-side vehicle.

Organizer Lou Stutzke said the ice is 14 inches thick at a minimum. He said the conditions are the best he’s seen in four years.

Stutzke, who started the tournament with Beaver Ross six years ago, said he expects 2,500 to 3,000 people to attend the event.

“This thing is so big … I’d like to see it go on … for years and years,” he said.

“I bet you it’s one of the biggest [fishing tournaments] in the Northeast” for a single-day tournament, he said.

He said the prizes are what attracts so many people.

“Every hour, it’s a new contest,” he said.

He said the door prizes and other giveaways give people more chances to win something.

“It’s one of the best, fairest ways to have a contest,” he said.