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It's fishing derby time!

As in the past, prizes will still be awarded to children and adults for heaviest fish in the categories of perch, pike, lake trout and salmon during the two-day tourney, but the event has been expanded to include the first annual panfish tournament.

This is a total weight tournament open to those entering a total of 10 panfish, which can include any combination of perch, bluegill, sunfish or crappie.

The contest is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with an awards ceremony to immediately follow. The Chinga-Classic is headquartered at the camp at the end of Pilot Knob Road off State Route 9L.

The entry fee is $25 per person per day, or $30 for both days. Kids under 12 may register for $6 per day, or $10 for both days. The fee will be $35 with the panfish tourney included.

For more information, visit FISH307.com or northeasticefishing.com

Northern Lake George Ice Fishing Tournament: Feb. 26-27

HAGUE - One of the region's longest-running hardwater contests - the annual Northern Lake George Ice Fishing Tournament - will be held this year Feb. 26-27.

The event, now in its 52nd year, is sponsored by the Hague Fish & Game Club and chambers of commerce of Hague and Ticonderoga. The entry fee is again just $15 for the two-day event with kids under 16 and seniors over 65 fishing for free. Cash and prizes will be awarded to the top six in the categories of lake trout, salmon, perch and northern pike.

Organizer Steve Ramant said prizes include a Strikemaster gas auger, Perch a Clam Kenai ice-shelters, and Vexilar Cold-Snap parka and bib sets.

New this year will be a clinic offered to area youth and novice anglers by Strikemaster pro angler Shawn Hayes. The clinic will be offered Feb. 26 at 8 a.m. at the town beach in Hague, and equipment will be provided to the first 40 registrants.

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