2/1/23 UPDATE: 14TH ANNUAL WALLEYE CHALLENGE: FISHING PORTION CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS

2/1/23 UPDATE:
14TH ANNUAL WALLEYE CHALLENGE: FISHING PORTION CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
Due to the unusual and historically warm weather conditions and with recommendations from the Fulton County Emergency Management Team and neighboring counties, The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce announces that the Walleye Challenge fishing tournament will be cancelled for February 18th.
Even with this cold snap 2/2-2/4, the future weather forecast shows warmer weather and rain that will not freeze safe ice throughout all areas of the lake. After careful consideration due to the unusual weather systems this winter, the fluctuating water levels on the Great Sacandaga and hazards under the snow cover, the Chamber will be following the recommendations that the Walleye Tournament not be held this year. Safety is the upmost importance.
However, the grand prizes, hourly monetary prizes and door prizes will be in-person. Raffle drawing will begin at Lanzi’s on the Lake (1751 State Highway 30, Mayfield) on Saturday February 18th, starting at 12pm. Food and drink will be available, with live music from Steve Cowles and Diane Eames.

There are so many variables that can affect how safe the ice is including moving water, springs, and even snow that insulates certain spots on the ice.  Please consider downloading the Send It – HDR III app, available on iPhone and android smart phones.

This is a real time recreational GPS based app which allows users to mark potential hazards or alerts on our lakes, trails and everyday places often overlooked. The app will mark the GPS location giving all users the visibility. It is free to download and it’s available for use anywhere.  Our emergency management team will be updating the app as they will continue to review conditions as the season progresses.

Thank you in advance for understanding.

 

Walleye Challenge 2023 Updates!

Dear Fishing Enthusiast:

Thank you for your interest in the Walleye Challenge! It is a welcomed tradition in Fulton County NY, and we are glad you are a part of it.

The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 14th Annual Walleye Challenge on the Great Sacandaga Lake on Saturday, February 18th, 2023.

Things will look a little different next year,  But the best parts remain the same- fishing, fun, hourly cash prizes, and big UTV and ATV raffle.

Cash prizes and recreational vehicles will be announced at 4:00pm day of contest AT LANZI’S ON THE LAKE, ROUTE 30, MAYFIELD.  We are going to have a heated tent with food, drink and fun. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day at the  LANZI’S Weigh Station.   At the LANZIS, Weigh Station, there will be a  list of all of the numbers of the winners throughout the day (corresponding to tags).

Please like and Follow Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on Walleye Challenge.

Thank you to our legendary and supportive Premier sponsors: Fuel-n-Food (3006 State Highway 30, Gloversville), Franks gun shop (3831 State Highway 30, Amsterdam), Saratoga Eagle (https://saratogaeagle.com/) , and newcomer Wiggly Worm Bait Supply (885 State Route 50, Ballston Lake).  Thank you to Manny at Screen Designs for sweatshirt design and production. Big thanks to Frank N Sons for tags, trailer, and sweatshirt orders!

Please take a moment to read the rules: they are posted on our Fulton County Tourism Website: https://www.44lakes.com/category/fishing/

It is a privilege to continue this premier event in Fulton County and looking forward to seeing familiar and new faces at the tournament. See you in 2023 and good luck!  Any questions please call 518-725-0641 or email tourism@fultonmontgomeryny.org

Sincerely,

The Staff at The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

2023 Walleye Challenge- Rules

2023 Walleye Challenge Rules

Entry fee is $50 with pre-registration required.  Payment and registration is due NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2021 with NO EXCEPTIONS.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

  1. The contest is limited to 2,000 entrants on a first-come, first-served basis with NO EXCEPTIONS.
  2. All fishing to take place ONLY on the Great Sacandaga Lake.
  3. Contestants may fish anywhere on the Great Sacandaga Lake.
  4. Contest runs from 7:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, February 18th, 2023.  Contestants may be on the ice, holes drilled and cleaned, but there are no tip-ups allowed in the water prior to 7:00am
  5. All New York State DEC laws apply.
  6. You will be issued a tag after registration that MUST be worn on the day of the contest.  Anyone fishing without a tag will be disqualified.  If someone without a tag is fishing in a group, the entire group will be disqualified.  There can be as many people in your group as you want who are not participating in the contest as long as they are not fishing.  Those not fishing may bring in a contestant’s fish to the weigh-in stations for entry.
  7. Only one entry per registrant’s name is allowed.  You may purchase multiple tags for multiple people, but each entry form MUST have an exclusive name to it.
  8. TAGS MUST BE PICKED UP AT FUEL-N-FOOD, 3006 State Highway 30, Mayfield, NY starting January 16th, 2023 through Friday, February 17th, 2023.  You can have your tag mailed to you, return receipt requested, for an additional $20 fee.  Please do not lose your tags as they cannot be replacedThere will be no tags available on the day of the contest. The event committee is not responsible for tags that are picked up by someone other than the contestant assigned to the tag.
  9. Once you receive your tag you are registered to fish in the Walleye Challenge.  There will be no need to check-in or register the morning/day of the contest. There is NO transferring of tags.
  10. There will be three weigh stations for the contest; one in front of Lanzi’s on the Lake (Route 30, Mayfield), one in front of Sport Island Pub (108 Riverside Drive, Northville) and one in front of the New York State Boat Launch in Broadalbin (Lakeview Road).
  11. All fishing must be done in the open view of officials or contestants will be disqualified.  Contestants can be in an ice shanty, but there will be no fresh holes in the ice under your shanty and no fishing will be allowed inside closed shelters.
  12. There will be official clocks at both weigh stations that can be viewed by everyone.  All start times and end times and hourly changes will go by those clocks with no exceptions.  You must be at either weigh station with fish no later than 3:00pm and zero seconds to qualify.  PLEASE SYNCHRONIZE YOUR WATCHES TO THESE CLOCKS.
  13. A total of seven (7) lines are allowed per each person with a contest tag; any seven (7) line combination of jig poles and tip-ups is allowed.
  14. All fish must be weighed in on the official scales at weigh stations by event officials.  In the event of a tie in weight, the first fish entered will win.  NO DEAD FISH WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR ENTRY. Bags are the best way to transport fish.
  15. All fish entered become the property of the event officials who will release the fish back into the Great Sacandaga Lake.
  16. Entry times for fish will be determined when the fish arrives at the weigh station NOT when it is caught.  If the hour changes while you are en route to the weigh station it will be entered for the next hour’s contest.
  17. Fish may not be held for entry within another contest hour.  When fish is caught, it must either be entered for that hour or released immediately back into the Great Sacandaga Lake.
  18. There will be $2,149 in prizes per hour awarded: $599 1st prize; $500 2nd prize; $400 3rd prize; $300 4th prize; $200 5th prize; $100 6th prize; $50 7th prize.
  19. FOR 2023 ONLY: Cash prizes will be announced throughout the day, and recreational vehicles will be announced at 4:00pm day of contest LANZIS ON THE LAKE, MAYFIELD.  Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day.  Door prizes not picked up by 5:00pm will become the property of the event committee.  At the LANZIS ON THE LAKE, MAYFIELD Weigh Station, there will be a list of all of the numbers of the winners throughout the day (corresponding to tags).
  20. You must be present to win contest door prizes (except for the recreational vehicles). Identification may be required to claim prizes. Again– prizes not picked up by 5:00pm will become the property of the event committee.  You may pick them up at the LANZI’S ON THE LAKE, MAYFIELD weigh station throughout the day.
  21. In the event that an hourly prize is not awarded due to the lack of entries, money will be awarded as determined by event officials.
  22. If a tagged Walleye is caught during the 8-hour contest, an additional $300 will be paid (yellow tag).
  23. IN CASE THERE IS NO ICE ON THE GREAT SACANDAGA LAKE, all prizes will be given away at (NEW FOR 2023 ONLY)- LANZIS ON THE LAKE, ROUTE 30, MAYFIELD in a  RANDOM DRAWING (contest tag numbers).
  24. Any unsportsmanlike conduct, as determined by the event officials, will be cause for disqualification. All winning entrants may be subject to a polygraph test before awarding of cash prizes. 
  25. The event committee reserves the right to revise contest rules as necessary.
  26. Part of the event proceeds will be donated to the Great Sacandaga Fisheries Federation for Walleye stocking on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL

THE FULTON MONTGOMERY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE at

(518) 725-0641

Fall In Love with Fulton County

It’s a beautiful time to:
Hike
Go to a fall festival
Visit a Haunted forest at Stump City Brewing LLC
Tasting rooms are open at Higher Ground Distilling Company and KBC Beer
Apple and pumpkin picking, all day cideryard open at 4 at Rogers Family Orchard
and Lakeview Orchards
Leaf peeping
Mountain biking (@wheelerville and Meco)
Visit historical parks and monuments
Enjoy the beauty of fall in #fultoncountyny

Parkhurst Field Groundbreaking Scheduled for Saturday June 18th

The Parkhurst Field Foundation will be holding a ground breaking ceremony at Parkhurst Field to kick-off their $3.5M Renovation Project on Saturday June 18th at Parkhurst Field (50 Harrison Street, Gloversville).  The ceremony will take place at 9:30am and will mark the start of Phase I of the $3.5M project set to start in July.  Phase I will include the creation of a brand new premier field with turn of the century period specific grand stands that will seat 500 spectators.  The project will transform one of the oldest baseball grounds in America into a destination and economic diamond for Upstate New York that will continue to service the local Little League teams and travel teams from around the country.  On hand will be Gloversville Little League organization players and board members, Parkhurst Field Foundation members and political dignitaries who have been influential in assisting with the project.  All former players and families are urged to attend and have a “final catch” on the fields they grew up playing on.  The Parkhurst Field Museum, which chronicles the complete history of the park dating back to professional days in 1906 up to the Gloversville Little League era will be open.  Following the ground breaking ceremony, the Fulton County Baseball & Sports Hall of Fame will be holding their 2022 Inductions.  Set for induction is the Undefeated 1951 Gloversville High School Varsity Baseball Team and its four members who went on to play professionally; Jack Sanford, Don Shoblom, Joe Kobuskie and Frank Ricco.

The Parkhurst Field Foundation, a 509(a)2 non-profit foundation, was formed to help promote and preserve Parkhurst Field in Gloversville, NY, one of the oldest baseball grounds in America.  Our mission is to chronicle its rich history dating back to its opening in 1906, promote its historic significance through media and events, attain grants and donations to fund the revitalization and preservation of the park’s infrastructure to ensure its sustainability and to serve as a success model for other communities looking to preserve their athletic parks. www.parkhurstfield.org

For More Information about the Parkhurst Field Foundation, contact David Karpinski at 518-461-9250.

Maple Weekends are BACK! March 19th-20th, and March 26th-27th.

How Sweet It Is! Maple Weekends are BACK! March 19th-20th, and March 26th-27th.
During Maple Weekend maple farms across New York State invite visitors to their “sugar houses” to experience firsthand how pure, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made.
Visitors also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest syrup and purchase maple products.
Come visit our Fulton County NY Sugarhouses!
Peaceful Valley Maple Farms (reserve your table now for a family style pancake breakfast this weekend!!)
See you out and about this weekend!