2015 Events News Feed:
Mark your calendars now and get ready to fish
the largest ice fishing events across NYS!!
The first 12 Pro-Am Teams to register for an event (not including the Invitational) will receive
one Bass Pro Shops XPS Tournament Culling Beam!
The first 18 Pro-Am Teams to register for for the Triple Crown will receive
one Bass Pro Shops XPS Tournament Weigh Bag!
1/19/15: This past weekend's event on Chaumont Bay kicked-off at 5:07 am with the shotgun start of 34 teams heading out in the -16 degree temps. Many nice fish were caught that ended up also making the Winter Classic leader board. Full results are listed on our FB page and via the link above.
Online registration is now open for the 2-day Chaumont Bay Full IPA Event on Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st, along with the Walleye Dinner Banquet hosted at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel on Sat. the 31st at 6pm. Registration for the walleye dinner is required and will be open until the 26th. Other anglers are welcome to attend but will need to order off their general menu. We will continue to update the event pages throughout this week so stop back often!!
1/14/15: We are good to go for machines. Greg reported 6" of black ice over 30 fow tonight. However, we are urging anglers to exercise extreme caution if venturing to deep water (over 20 ft) especially with ATV's. Check ice often and when going out from the shotgun, use navigational equipment or follow those who do.
I am very happy to add that we will have 3 fire departments at the ready as they practice ice rescue, along with an airboat to add to our safety net should anyone get into trouble during the event.
1/13/15: For those teams fishing the event this weekend, please get to the launch after registering as early as possible to ensure you get checked in (gear checked) and staged prior to 5am. We will not be delaying the shotgun start for teams arriving too early to 5am to get checked and staged. Registration opens at 2am to ensure there is time to get everyone processed and ready for the 5am shotgun start.
1/12/15: Major changes to the Chaumont Bay/Black Lake Full IPA Event:
1) Now is a 2-day event (Jan. 31st & Feb. 1st)
2) Only on Chaumont Bay
3) Registration & Awards Ceremony will occur at 3-mile Bay Fire Hall (8581 NY Rt. 12E)
More details to come! The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel has rooms available for those needing a place to stay, and we will be putting together a walleye dinner/banquet on Saturday night at the hotel. Online registration will be going up soon for the dinner (regisration required for walleye dinner, otherwise main menu items will be available).
1/7/15: The statewide Winter Classic has kicked-off and already some nice fish have been weighed in! With the ice setting in across the state, our first IPA event on Jan. 17th on Chaumont Bay is most likely going to happen! We have updated the pages for the Chaumont Bay Team-Only event for teams to check out!! Ask questions if you need more info!
We would also like to welcome and announce Bob-Light as our newest sponsor!! Check them out HERE!!
12/18/14: We are waiving the deadline for teams to sign up for the IPA events, so teams will be able to sign up for the main IPA events up until the captains meeting prior to the events, and up until the morning of each of the Team-Only events. The first 15 teams to sign up however will receive some free Bass Pro Shops gear listed above!
12/16/14: Teams for the Pro-Am events are starting to send in their registrations - teams will be listed for the events soon. All 29 weigh-in stations will be outfitted with registrations forms for the Winter Classic by the end of this week. Stop in and register (stores get a kick-back for every registration) or register online HERE.
11/27/14: Shipments of sponsored products continue to arrive for the IPA events this year!! Just a reminder for those fishing the Full IPA Event on Chaumont Bay/Black Lake on January 31st, the promo hotel rate of $99/night at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel will only be available until December 15th, after which the rates will return to their normal price of $152/night. Also, teams register now to take advantage of the special promo's listed above for some great tournament items from Bass Pro Shops!! If you don't have a culling beam, they come in handy for events like ours where every once counts! These allow you to compare weights of fish against each other to see which will put you closer to #1!! And the Tournament weigh bags are a great way to transport your fish to the weigh-in stations!!
11/2/14: Online registration for the Winter Classic is now OPEN for anglers to register via PayPal. Following the link above to the Winter Classic website and click on Registration. Online registration for the Ice Pro-Am events will be open as soon as we finish the portal. There are currently 3 openings for the Invitational event, so we will be sending out a second round of invites later this week!