Fishing tournament continues growth

GLOVERSVILLE – Representatives of the Sixth Annual Walleye Ice Fishing Tournament presented a $1,500 check, as well as $770 from a special raffle raised by Lou Stutzke, to the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation for fish stocking this fall.

The Walleye Challenge this year was held Jan. 25 on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Event Coordinators Lou Stutzke, owner of Fuel-N-Food of Mayfield, Hank “Beaver” Ross and Fulton County Director of Tourism, Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, presented the check to Randy Gardinier of the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation at a recent ceremony at the Fulton County Visitors Center in Vail Mills.

The tournament registered 1,750 fishing enthusiasts, a 250 person increase from previous years, with approximately 54 percent of participants coming from outside of Fulton County from 11 states and various parts of New York state. The event has sold out in each of the six years it has been held.

Besides cash prizes for the heaviest fish caught in each hour between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., there were several door prizes awarded throughout the day, and two recreational vehicles and a snowmobile were given away to three of the participants.

The 2015 Walleye Ice Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Jan. 31, 2015.

The Fulton County Tourism Department encourages anyone interested in adding their name to the event’s mailing list can call the Fulton County Tourism Department a 725-0641.

Requests can also be sent via email to events@fultonmontgomeryny.org.