The organizers of the NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament have announced that the 2017 tournament is poised to be the largest winter tournament ever conducted in NY state. This year it will feature the main event with 7 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 & prizes from over 50 sponsors making this event one of the most sponsored tournaments in the country.

Now in its third year, this statewide tournament allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state, any time between Jan. 1st and Feb. 28th, using any legal angling method, to target 7 categories of fish. Live leaderboards on the NYS Winter Classic website  will 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:

  •     $2,500 Cash Grand Prize sponsored by Clam Outdoors (to be given to one of the 1st place finishing anglers by random draw)

  •      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 and 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 only $25/angler ($35/angler with the optional Lunker Pool) and anglers can register at most weigh-in locations (see map at the NYS Winter Classic Website) or via the website registration link.

Tournament Director Tim Thomas is inviting the public to visit him on December 28th from 10am-1pm at the Bartel Rd. Bait & Tackle Shop in Brewerton, NY. He will be available to answer questions about the event the one of the big prizes, the Case Canoe, is showcased. will also be on hand and we will continue to bring you updates about the tournament all winter long.


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