The sixth annual Walleye Ice Fishing Challenge took place Jan. 25 on the Great Sacandaga Lake, with weigh stations in Mayfield at Lanzi's on the Lake and at the Broadalbin boat launch. The tournament once again was a sellout, with 1,750 fishing enthusiasts allowing for 250 more participants than in previous years. Approximately 54 percent of participants were from outside of Fulton County, including participants from 11 states and various parts of New York state. These participants spent money in our county on hotel rooms, fishing supplies, fuel, bait and tackle, food and refreshments, and much more. We are grateful to all of them, their families and friends for making our county their destination on that day, and hopefully to return to Fulton County on many more occasions.
The continued success of this tournament would not be possible without the help of our entire Fulton County community and its businesses - Bartyzel, Inc., Frank's Gun Shop, Frank & Sons Body Works, Inc., the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce and its dedicated staff, the great staff and family at Fuel-N-Food, Lanzi's on the Lake, Powerhouse Motorsports, All Seasons Equipment, County Line Auctions, Final Reward Trophy, Delaney Crushed Stone Products, Doherty Window & Door, Kingsboro Lumber, Greenscapes, Ross' Bait Shop, Jim's Bait Shop, Dave's Bait Shop, Beebie Printing, R & D Contracting, the town of Broadalbin, the town of Mayfield, the town of Northampton, the town of Edinburg, the New York state DEC, the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation, Maria and Beaver Ross, Denise and Nancy Stutzke, Jack Belknap, Ron Barnes, Rick Coyne, and many other individuals who helped in many ways to make this a great event.
We are thankful to all of these businesses and individuals. And we are thankful to our Fulton County residents who welcome with open arms these and thousands of other visitors as they explore the great resources of Fulton County.
LOU STUTZKE, Fuel-N-Food
and GINA DaBIERE-GIBBS, director of tourism, Fulton Montgomery
Regional Chamber of Commerce