Walleye Ice Fishing tourney representative gives $1,000

Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, director of tourism with the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, presents a $1,000 check to Randy Gardinier, president of the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation, for fish restocking. Missing from the photo are the Walleye Challenge coordinators Hank “Beaver” Ross and Lou Stutzke of Fuel-N-Food. (Photo submitted)

GLOVERSVILLE — Representatives of the 10th annual Walleye Ice Fishing Tournament presented a $1,000 check, as well as $445 from a special raffle raised by event co- coordinator Lou Stutzke, owner of Fuel-N-Food of Mayfield, to the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation for fish stocking this fall.

The Walleye Challenge was held on held on Feb. 17 on the Great Sacandaga Lake. Gina DaBiere-Gibbs, director of tourism for the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce presented the check to Randy Gardinier, president of the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation at a recent ceremony at the chamber.

The tournament registered 1,750 fishing enthusiasts with about 54 percent of the registered participants from outside of Fulton County, including 10 states outside of New York: Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia. The event has sold out in each of the years it has been held.

The 2019 Walleye Ice Fishing Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 16. People interested in adding their names to the event’s mailing list can call the Fulton County Tourism Department at (518) 725-0641 or to send an email to tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org.

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