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Camp Chingachgook fishing tournament planned

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Fisherman Rich Ortiz and his son, Taylor, with last year’s 1st place pike.

— YMCA Camp Chingachgook welcomes ice fishermen to its shores Feb. 15 and 16 to raise funds for camper scholarships. Chris Thompson, property manager at the camp and avid fisherman, hopes to raise $3,000 to help area children attend summer camp on Lake George.

The contest is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Camp staff will serve hot food and beverages by a bonfire on the camp’s beach at the end of the Pilot Knob Rd off Route 9L. Cash prizes are awarded for the three heaviest fish in categories of lake trout, salmon, pike, and perch. All participants are eligible for door prizes donated by FISH307.com. Children 12 years old and younger can win prizes for the three heaviest lake trout and perch.

The entry fee is $25 per person per day, or $30 for both days. Kids under 12 may register for $6/day or $10 for both days. Participants may park in Camp Chingachgook’s parking lot. Fishermen and women 16 years and older must show a current NYS fishing license.

Proceeds of the Chingachgook Classic help children and families participate in camp programs. In addition to day and overnight summer camp, Chingachgook offers school outdoor education programs and is a popular Adirondack retreat destination. More than 11,000 people, including school, church, and family groups, visit YMCA Camp Chingachgook on Lake George each year. Chingachgook is a branch of the Capital District YMCA.

For information on this and other Chingachgook programs, call 656-9462 or visit LakeGeorgeCamp.org.

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