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PORT HENRY The inaugural Lake Champlain Ice Fishing Tournament will go on as scheduled Feb. 17-18. The tournament, a joint project of the Moriah, Ticonderoga and Westport chambers of commerce, was to be held last winter but had to be canceled because of lack of ice on Lake Champlain. Recent cold weather has frozen the lake from Moriah south and organizers hope the ice extends to Westport before the tourney arrives. We are ready to go, said Bart Swan, a tournament committee member. We have really good ice from Port Henry south and were hoping it reaches Westport. If not, the tournaments still on. This is the first time the local chambers have all come together to plan an event like this, Swan added. We hope its the first of many joint projects. Swan hopes the event attracts 400 anglers. Fishermen can register at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Gallos in Ticonderoga; at Norms Bait and tackle and Pats Bait and Tackle in Crown Point; at Swans Brookside and FMB Bait and Tackle in Port Henry; at Boyeas Grocery in Moriah Center; at Ernies Market in Westport; and at the West Addison General Store in Addison, Vt. Registration fee is $30 and includes a chance at winning a 2005 250cc Yamaha Bruin ATV. For more information call 1-866-THE-LAKE or go online at www.lakechamplainregion.com The tournament is lake-wide with weigh stations located at the ferry landing in Ticonderoga, Monitor Bay in Crown Point, the state boat launch in Port Henry and the boat launch in Westport ice permitting. Even if theres not ice in Westport, the community is still part of the tournament, Swan said. Anglers will compete in lake trout, northern pike, smelt and perch categories with winners determined by largest individual fish. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top five finishers in each class. based on 400 entries, first place will get $715, second $355, third $170, fourth $115 and fifth $72. Awards will be given at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Port Henry weigh station. Radio stations WOKO and WKOL will provide live updates throughout the tournament.

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