2024 Walleye Challenge Rules Entry fee is $60 with pre-registration required. Payment and registration is due NO LATER THAN JANUARY 19TH 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 17th, 2024. 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. NEW FOR 2024: TAGS WILL BE MAILED VIA USPS REGULAR MAIL. YOUR MAILING ADDRESS MUST BE ON YOUR REGISTRATION FORM. Please do not lose your tags as they cannot be replaced. There will be no tags available on the day of the contest. The event committee is not responsible for tags that were mailed to the wrong address. It is the responsibility of the participants to have their correct mailing address on the form.
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. Cash prizes and recreational vehicles will be awarded at 4:00pm at Lanzi’s on the Lake, 1751 State Highway 30, 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 event, there will be whiteboards at both weigh stations that will list all 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 Lanzi’s on the Lake at 12 noon on Saturday, February 17th, 2024 BY 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 FUEL-N-FOOD at (518) 661-6917 or THE FULTON MONTGOMERY REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE at (518) 725-0641
– Adventure destination: Fulton County – join Fulton County Tourism for Outdoor Adventure Day, Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event hub is hosted at the Fulton County Visitor’s Center, adjacent to the traffic circle at State Highway 30 and Route 29 in Vail’s Mills. In addition six other local business are partnering in, each hosting their own adventure opportunities.
Visit Adirondack Harley Davidson (106 Bellin Rd., Broadalbin) to begin an Adirondack adventure on a Harley. The Historic Hotel Broadalbin (59 W. Main St., Broadalbin) is hosting a fall festival with a 9 a.m. fish stocking, activities and music. Kick off an antiquing treasure hunt at School House Treasures & Antiques Gift Center (3678 St. Hwy. 30, Broadalbin) with rooms of antiquities and valuables.
Stop at Frank’s Gun Shop (3831 St. Hwy 30, Broadalbin) to secure the latest hunting and fishing supplies for your outdoorsmen adventure. Experience a big game quest at The Wildlife Sports & Educational Museum (3747 St. Hwy. 30, Broadalbin) with their newly expanded showroom and much more exotic wildlife to see.
Starting at noon, The Great Sacandaga Brewing Company (3647 St. Hwy. 30, Broadalbin, is hosting Octoberfest with games, food, brews and Polka music.
Live at the Fulton County Visitor’s Center will be a KISS FM remote at 10 a.m., followed by music from Top Shelf Entertainment from noon to 4 p.m. The GSL Safe Lake Pirate and Crew will be at the Fulton County Visitor Center 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with games and prizes for children. There will be a 4-person rock wall to climb, a bounce house for the little ones, food and outdoor adventure information. Adjacent to the FJ&G Rail Trail, you can walk or ride your bike.
Additional vendors present will be Alpin Haus, The Archery Den, Caroga Lake Marina, Wheelerville Trails, Charlton Snowmobile Club, Mac Factor, Salute to Service, and much more. Learn about the Fulton County 5 Hiking Challenge, and visit the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation (GSLFF.)
Offered amongst the Visitor’s Center and business partner sites are adventure exhibits, sporting exhibits, food and entertainment. Park and take the trolley to visit all seven locations and qualify for a grand drawing.
For more information visit www.44lakes.com.
GLOVERSVILLE, NY– The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum has announced Babe Ruth Induction Day for Saturday, Sept, 9 at the new home of New York baseball, located at 45 Harrison Street, directly across the street from Parkhurst Field Little League Stadium.
Babe Ruth, notably the best baseball player of all time, will be the first inductee to be honored new facility that recently opened in July.
“Probably the most recognizable name in sports, Babe Ruth is a true ambassador to the game,” states New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Executive Director, Rene LeRoux. “And he was as notable off the field as he was on.”
Babe Ruth’s grandson, Tom Stevens, and great-grandson Brent Stevens will both be attending the ceremony in Ruth’s honor. They will share their stories and memories of this larger than life generous, humanitarian.
Also attending the ceremony are two Ruth historians and authors; Bill Jenkinson and Kevin Larkin sharing their knowledge and research of Ruth. On site, New York State Baseball Hall of
Fame Museum Rene M. LeRoux Movie Theater, with authentic baseball stadium seating will be playing a Babe Ruth documentary, and expect to see special Babe Ruth exhibits.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public through 4 p.m.
The museum will be open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is always free.
Photos by Carla Kolbe, Fulton County Tourism
1. A sample exhibit of Babe Ruth at The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, Babe Ruth Induction Day, Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.
2. Life-sized Babe Ruth cut-out on display at The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, Babe Ruth Induction Day, Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.
3. Babe Ruth’s wall plaque on the New York State Baseball Wall of Fame, at The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, Babe Ruth Induction Day, Saturday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.
New York State Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Grand Opening slated for Saturday, July 29th at 11AM
The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame Museum has announced the grand opening of its new facility in Gloversville. Located at 45 Harrison Street, directly across the street from Parkhurst Field Little League Stadium. – A stunning replica and tribute to the original grand stands built in 1906. Together they will be putting Fulton County on the map for baseball fanatics.
Executive Director Rene LeRoux, a retired stockbroker – now sports enthusiast spearheaded the museum. “I have wanted to create a NYS Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, and believe I am in the perfect location,” claims LeRoux.
Recognizing New York baseball accomplishments began with LeRoux in 2011 with his Hall of Fame induction ceremonies – an annual packed house ceremony acknowledging the many people and faceted aspects of all who contribute to New York’s rich baseball history.
LeRoux chose the Gloversville site in Fulton County geographically for starters. Only 45 miles from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the location is an easily accessible destination for families and baseball fans.
Secondly, the location directly across from a scale, 1906 replica of Parkhurst Field, already a historic baseball destination, was monumental. Sitting the two facilities together puts Fulton County on the map for baseball fanatics.
“It’s beautiful, it’s perfect here, we are creating a legacy that will be here long after we’re gone,” added LeRoux.
Another factor in choosing the Gloversville location was overall community spirit. Specific individuals such as Mike Hauser and David Karpinski with a vision supporting community sports and history, together with the full support of Fulton County government have helped create a literal field of dreams in an unprecedented of timely fashion.
In addition, Fulton County has roots in early baseball history with the manufacturing of professional baseball gloves in Gloversville, and baseball bats in nearby Dolgeville. A proud Fulton County legacy not to be lost over time.
Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead commented on this new development, “The New York State Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is a wonderful addition to our regional tourism attractions. It is a great organization that recognizes unique baseball accomplishments. Congratulations to Executive Director Rene LeRoux on the launch of this tremendous accomplishment right here in Fulton County.”
The 6500 sq. ft. museum has two large rooms, including a dedicated movie theater complete with authentic stadium seating. It will house historic baseball artifacts including signed baseballs, jerseys, bats, photos, baseball cards and baseball memorabilia. On display will be every Major League Baseball World Series program dating back to the early 1900’s, and the Wall of Fame will host more than 150 famed inductees.
The museum’s goal is to recognize many people and their contributions to the game of baseball. Individuals such as players and managers, but also including the key players such as writers, announcers, historians, scouts, team organizations and minor league contributors.
Inductees from major league, minor league, collegiate baseball and high school have been enshrined. Such stars as Bernie Williams, Cleon Jones, Babe Ruth, Perry Barber – the most accomplished female umpire, and Fort Plain’s Craig Phillips, among the winningest high school coaches in New York State history are among those honored.
n the future, a $2.5M baseball collection, generously donated by Stanley Silver of Beverly Hills will be displayed. The collection has 1145 autographed baseballs, including one signed by the 1927 New York Yankees, also known as “Murderer’s Row,” with signatures from Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Just released, lifetime New York Met; a member of the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame, Ed Kranepool will be attending the grand opening. He went from James Monroe High School directly to the NY METS. Ed was a good hitter, had a great glove and playing a pivotal role in the 1969 year of the World Champion “Miracle Mets.”. Kranepool will be among a list of impressive inductees to meet and greet at the museum’s grand opening.
The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m. kicking off with an official ribbon cutting. Along with baseball dignitaries in attendance, there will be giveaways and tours. The museum will be open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free.
Fulton/Montgomery Farmers set for Farm to Table Tour: Sunday, July 30th
During the peak of summer harvest, local farms will welcome visitors, showcase and sell products, provide tours, and host other farm specific activities and demonstrations at the Inaugural Farm to Table Tour, scheduled for Sunday, July 30th, from 10am-4pm.
This is a “self-guided” tour, meaning you choose your route and the farms you wish to stop at in Fulton and Montgomery County. Maps will be provided on-line and in-person to help guests plan and navigate their day.
Co-Chair Erika Gogis says: “In a world that is 6 generations removed from farming, the Farm To Table Tour is the perfect opportunity for folks to get back to their roots! No matter your food preferences, the Farm To Table Tour will surely link you up with a local farmer or small business that has goods you’re looking for.”
Gogis is the CEO/owner of the Plaid Farm Store, located on 6419 State Highway 30, Amsterdam. The Plaid Farm Store carries a variety of baked goods, produce, and meats all sourced from local businesses and farmers.
The farm to table team is extremely excited to build on the success from last year and showcase their farms and products. The goal is to create lasting farm to consumer relationships and provide education on the importance of local agriculture.
Co-Chair Rebecca Ferry says: “People have learned that big stores might not have what you need. Farm To Table Tour will introduce you to your neighbors that have been there for years that you might have missed, and build relationships you can trust and value for the future.”
Ferry is the Owner/CEO of DreamRoad Farm Store, located on 193 LaGrange Road, Johnstown. DreamRoad features local products and beef from their own farm on property, and items from area farms.
The Plaid Farm Store and Dreamroad will be participating in the event, along with 27 more farm to table businesses.
For more information, please visit their Facebook page @FultonMontgomeryfarmtotabletour or online at www.farmtotabletour.org
This summer read what makes you happy. No need to track how much or what you read. Simply come into the Johnstown library and sign the pledge to read this summer. Try a new genre, author or read an old favorite. Read while relaxing under a tree, in a comfy chair, at the beach or wherever you choose. We want everyone to enjoy reading! Happy Reading!
The Johnstown Library is located on: 38 South Market Street in Johnstown
For more information, please contact Erin Gavin, or call 518-762-8317.
Walk In the Footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Take an afternoon to enjoy beautiful historical downtown Johnstown. Downtown Johnstown marks the birthplace of the Women’s revolution and suffrage movement pioneer- Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In honor of Women’s History Month, it’s a great time to check out the cell phone tour. (https://www.ecstantonhometown.org/)
The tour is narrated by Coline Jenkins, who is the Great Great Granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. She narrates the story with such dignity and grace, you might just press a number twice, so you can hear the story again.
The tour starts right on the corner of Market and Main Street in Johnstown, and takes you on a mile tour, allowing you to envision the time when she lived here, went to school here, and brought her ideas of Women’s Equality to life. You call the number 518-406-7081, and from there you will take a journey and walk the footsteps of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
*Roaming charges may apply, and even though this tour is free, your minutes will be used. You can call the number, listen to the history at the site, then hang up and call back for the next stop.
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.
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 email@example.com
The Staff at The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce