The statewide NYS Winter Classic Tournament offered anglers an unprecedented prize pool during this 2-month long tournament that started January 1st and ran through February 28th.
One of the main goals of this event is to highlight and draw attention to the world-class fisheries here in NY state, and this year’s event has done just that with trophy fish hitting the scales in all categories!
Despite another weak ice season, the event drew 561 anglers– up from only 182 last year– with a Lunker Pool totaling $2,800.
Those who placed first in their species division came away with $100 from the main payout pool (plus an additional $200 if in the Lunker Pool), a weekly awards package, a shot at winning one of the 58 shanties, a shot at the the weekly Nautic-Sport Power Pack giveaway, entered into the door prizes, and had a 1 in 7 shot at the Clam Outdoors $2,500 Grand Prize or free fish mount by Hirsch Taxidermy.
The NYS Winter Classic Ice Fishing Tournament winners included:
- 1st Place Pike Division: Tyler Seamon (from Ridgefield, NY) – 21.51 lbs caught on Delta
- 1st Place Trout Division: Lynn Thomson Jr. (from Camillus, NY) – 21.85 lbs caught on
- 1st Place Walleye Division: Thomas Carney (from Chaumont, NY) – 14.60 lbs caught on
- 1st Place Pickerel Division: Scott Castor (from Adams, NY) – 7.30 lbs
- 1st Place Crappie Division: Parker Umbra (from Bainbridge, NY) – 2.30 lbs
- 1st Place Yellow Perch Division: Steve LaBarr (from Himrod, NY) – 2.38 lbs caught on
- 1st Place Panfish Division: Steve Ball (from Alden, NY) – 1.09 lbs
Drawn by Clam Outdoors Pro-Staffer Scott Brauer, Tyler Seamon won the $2,500 Grand Prize with Parker Umbra winning the free fish mount by Hirsch Taxidermy. All other 1st place finishers were awarded a 25-Bait Pack from Clam & Makiplastic.
Other prizes included a new 2017 Case Canoe package valued at over $5,000 won by Lynn Thomson Jr. who took the honors of the Overall Largest Fish entered.
Jessie Rogers finished the event with the Overall Largest Fish entered by a female angler with her 13.93 lb Northern Pike and won an Arctic Armor Lift Suit, and Jay Mahar was lucky enough on the last day of the event to land a 16.00 lb steelhead while fishing in the Salmon River to secure the $1,500 Steve Nielsen Stainless artistic steelhead piece this year.
While we didn’t reach the 1,000 angler threshold for the awards dinner ceremony, we have scheduled small awards ceremonies with Tyler and Lynn to present the $2,500 check and Case Canoe this coming Saturday, March 25th at Hometown Bait & Tackle (for Tyler at 3:00 pm) and Oneida Shores Boat Launch (for Lynn at 5:30 pm).
While many other tournament events across the state were canceled due to a lack of safe ice conditions, this event’s unique structure including using any legal angling methods, allows anglers the opportunity to fish open water, streams and rivers, etc. Along with its long duration, this will allow this event to go on each year without the chance of cancellation on account of the weather or weak ice conditions.
In addition to the event’s growth in numbers, the online presence sky-rocketed this year with some Facebook posts topping 30,000 people reached and over 10,000 engaged in the posts, while the website captured over 50,000 hits!
This momentum will carry over to an even bigger 2018 event, and has led to the creation of a new statewide summer event: the 2017 NYS Summer Classic. Similar in design to the Winter Classic, this event will have a $25 registration fee per angler and include 8 fish categories.
Full details of this new event will be released in the upcoming weeks with online registration open by April 1st.
There are many people and companies to thank for the success of the 2017 Winter Classic:
Headlining sponsors (Clam Outdoors, Frabill, Plano, Case Canoe, Automatic Fisherman, and Brite-Strike), all other tournament sponsors (see website for full listing), our entire network of weigh-in stations, all the participating anglers, and the media connections that helped spread word of the event along with updates during the event.
Pictures from the 2017 Winter Classic Tournament can be found at:
Full results from the event can be found at:
With weekly and additional award winners at:
Contact Tournament Director Tim Thomas at (585) 330-0494 or email@example.com with any questions or inquiries.