Ice fishing tournament this weekend
The Nicholson Masonic Lodge No. 438 will be hosting its fourth annual Ice Fishing Tournament at Lackawanna State Park on Saturday, Feb. 22.
The event first started in 2010 with 80 attendees and has increased each year.
Registration for ice fishing begins at 7 a.m. at the main boat launch. The entry fee for adults is $10 and children 12-under are free admission. The tournament will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cash prizes will be awarded for the heaviest largemouth bass (at least 15 inches), pickerel (at least 18 inches) and crappie (no minimum size).
All fish must be legal size and short fish will be disqualified. Prize money will be determined by the number of entries. All fish must be brought to the weigh-in area by 2 p.m. and the heaviest fish weight will determine the winner in each class of fish.
Anglers must have a valid Pa. fishing license and all fishing laws will be enforced at the tournament.
Last year’s event brought in 130 anglers and raised $780 for the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Cash prizes totalling $240 and 20 trophies were awarded to the winning anglers.
Last year’s winners Randy Sevinski reeled in a large mouth bass weighing in at 3 pounds 14 ounces, and A.J Santarsiero in the children’s division hauled in an 8 pound 8 ounce pickerel, only to be bested by Ray Buckingham in the adult division with an 8 pound 11 ounce 28 inch pickerel.
This year’s event will be held in conjunction with Lackawanna State Park Winterfest.
Other activities during Winterfest, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., include kid’s winter crafts, horse and wagon rides and sled dog demos. Patrons should meet at the Environmental Learning Center for more information on the locations of daily events.
Event chairman Eric Krisa is hoping for yet another great showing on the ice.
“This is a great family day on the ice,” Krisa said. “Conditions are looking good for the tournament.”
Krisa would also like to personally thank all anglers who come out and support the tournament.
For more information about the tournament, please call Krisa at 570-563-2027 or co-chairman Frank Hares at 570-945-3720.