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Northern Pike Challenge set for this weekend

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WADDINGTON — Anglers will descend upon Waddington this weekend for the annual St. Lawrence River Walleye Association’s annual Northern Pike Challenge.

Last year’s tournament included 849 participants. This year the group is hoping for 1,000, association President Michael J. Gagner said.

“The last two years in a row we have had the worst storm of the year that day, and I think it had deterred some people south of us from making the trip up,” he said. “This year, this is the best ice we’ve had in a long time. We should have a good turnout.”

Registration for the tournament will begin at 3 a.m. Saturday at the Louisville Fire Hall on Route 37, continuing until 7 a.m., when the tournament will begin. Tournament sites are Coles Creek, Brandy Brook, Fobare’s Pond and Wilson Hill.

While many tournaments assign anglers a location or hold lotteries to determine fishing sites, Mr. Gagner said participants in the Northern Pike Challenge can fish at any site they choose. Registration is $35 for the adult division and $10 for youths 15 and younger.

“All youths will receive a prize upon registration,” he said.

Adult entrants will compete for nearly $20,000 in cash and prizes, with $1,000 awarded each hour, divided among the top three fish during that hour. A $100 cash prize also will be awarded to the angler catching the largest walleye of the day and the largest pike of the day. Mountings for those fish have been donated by Three Rivers Taxidermy and Nature’s Trophies.

The tournament also will include nearly $15,000 in door prizes, with two cash prizes of $2,500 and a wacky hat contest among the offerings.

“Anyone, except for youth entrants, has a chance at those if they catch any fish or not,” Mr. Gagner said.

Door prizes as well as the tournament’s other prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. at Sandy Beach.

For more information, visit www.stlawrenceriverwalleyeassociation.com.

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