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Registration for the 2022 NYS Winter Classic is open! With over 600 participants last year we are looking to top 1,000 this year which would generate a cash payout over $18,700 (including both Weekly & Monthly Cash Prizes for the largest fish entered in each division) plus over $10k in product giveaways! Register before December 1st to get in on the Early Bird Drawings and 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways featuring a brand new product from Kahtoola! There will also be a round of door prizes drawn on Dec. 31st and a second round at the awards ceremony at Batavia Downs on March 19th. 


Current sponsors include: Batavia Downs Casino, Plano, Frabill, Kahtoola, Jiffy, Automatic Fisherman, Okuma, Addicted Fishing, Nautic Start, Fish Donkey, Fillet Away Fish Mats, Deep Freeze, Reel Cool Lures, Vital Signs, Koyote Ugly Spoons, Celox, Factory Direct Trailers, Lake Ontario United, Ice Fishing Finactics, and Green Mt. Sporting Supplies. (More too come)


For tourney information and to register, visit:



Tourney Specifics:

Dates: Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, 2022

Location: All NY State Waterways

Cost: $25/angler (register in Fish Donkey)

Species Divisions: Pike, Walleye, Trout, Pickerel, Crappie, Yellow Perch, Panfish

Fish Placement: By Length

Fish Entry: Via the Fish Donkey Platform



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We have started to put together the prize listing for the upcoming Early Bird Drawings and 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! Check them out at:

Prize Listing (scroll towards the bottom of the page)


To be eligible, simply register before December 1st on Fish Donkey:

Tourney Entry


If you have never fished the event before, or if it has been a few years, join in the fun this season and see why so many anglers love the new format, higher payouts, and prize giveaways! 

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2 hours ago, websterwilli said:

Where could you buy a copy of the  decal for the contest  ? Very sharp !!

Thank you! We are hoping to have decals available at local tackle shops in December when tourney posters are distributed. They will also be available at the NYS Spring Classic Sportsman Show and Winter Classic Awards Ceremony in March. There is also customizable apparel available now at: 

Classic Tourney Apparel

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**Pre-Tourney Update**
The winning starts Dec. 1st - are you ready?? Registrations continue to flood in pushing the guaranteed cash payouts higher for all 7 species divisions (245 entrees):
1st Place = $285
2nd Place = $135
3rd Place = $92
PLUS Weekly Cash Awards = $19/species/week for the largest in each division!
PLUS over $17,000 in sponsored cash & prizes to win!
Anglers have until tomorrow (Nov. 30th) at midnight to enter and be eligible for the Early Bird Drawings and Day 1 of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Then for each remaining day through Dec. 12th, to be eligible for the drawing that day entrees must be received by Noon. Here are just some of the prizes up for grabs:
*New Kahtoola Ice Products
*HT Jig Packs
*Automatic Fisherman Base Kits
*Fillet Away Mats
*Ice Rods & Combos
*Northland Lures
*TJ Morgan's Seasonings
*Gift Certificates
*Makiplastic Baits
*Reel Cool Lure Packs
*Hammer Walleye Harnesses
*Frabill Ice Products
*Magnum Bait Stations
*Automatic Fisherman Snappers
*Hand Augers
*Ice Well Live Wells w/ Gear
*Kahtoola Microspikes
*Ice Safety Kits
*Addicted Apparel
We'll post the full list of confirmed sponsors in tomorrow night's Facebook post, then we'll start highlighting them one by one all through the month of December leading up to the start of the event on January 1st! If there are any other companies or individuals who would like to support the event via sponsorship or in any other capacity, please drop us a PM with the details of your support. We greatly appreciate all of our sponsoring companies and individuals who help make these events possible!!
To register, simply visit NYSwinterclassic.com and follow the links, or go directly to fishdonkey.com and search for "NYS" to find the 2022 event. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Register TODAY and join in the fun this winter season!!

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**Pre-Tourney Update**


There are now 390 anglers registered in the event which has boosted the payouts for each of the 7 species divisions to:

1st Place = $420

2nd Place = $218

3rd Place = $145

PLUS Weekly Cash Awards  = $30/week/species for all 7 species.

PLUS Monthly Prizes for the leading fish at the end of January.

PLUS two Youth Lifetime License Awards.

PLUS over $3,500 in door prizes yet to be given out.

PLUS trophies for all the Top-3 winners.

PLUS Cash Awards for the Top-3 Bass ($150/$100/$50).

PLUS additional awards and youth giveaways!


We have more sponsors adding to the prize structure almost daily - like and follow the tourney Facebook Page to stay up on all the tourney news, announcements, and updates! Register today (only $25) to be eligible for all remaining drawings and giveaways, and plan to attend the awards ceremony at the Batavia Downs Casino on March 19th! Simply go to NYSwinterclassic.com    or     fishdonkey.com

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A few updates/announcements as mentioned on the Tourney Facebook Page:


New this year:

*Shoreline B&T Cash awards for the Top-3 Bass ($150 / $100 / $50)

*Grantley's B&T Youth Lifetime Fishing License Award

*Climbing Bines Youth Lifetime Fishing License Award

*14 Youth Angler Achievement Awards (7 male, 7 female)

*Premier trophies for all Top-3 anglers

*New 2022 Sponsors: Climbing Bines Craft Ale Co., Walleye Freak, Grantley's Bait & Tackle, Ontario Seafood, The Glow Tub, Hagemann's Bait & Tackle, Coldwater Customz, TJ Morgan's Seasoning, Sportsman's Warehouse, Shoreline Bait & Tackle, NE Bait Supply, and Amped Outdoors

*4" and 6" tourney decals now available at Grantley's B&T


Today we received the Aqua-Vu camera systems to give away in this year's event, including an HD7i Pro system valued at $850! Just a reminder, for any youth registered in the event this year, they will need to have the word "YOUTH" after their registered name to be identified as a youth angler and be eligible for the NYS Lifetime Fishing License Awards. With so many new sponsors coming onboard over the last couple weeks, we will be making a new flier for the 2022 event - stay tuned for the new design and downloadable file! It's not too late if you have a company willing to sponsor the event (or if you know of a company that could benefit from statewide exposure), get them in touch with us now to discuss sponsorship details and get them listed!


Register before December 31st at noon to be eligible for the $1,800+ in door prize drawings including at least one Aqua-Vu camera system!

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Last call for getting in for the Kick-Off Door Prize Drawings TONIGHT AT 7PM - anglers must be registered by NOON FRI DEC. 31ST to be eligible. Anglers will still be able to register later but will need to register the day before they wish to start entering fish!
Pictured are the trophies for the Top-3 anglers in each of the 7 main species divisions. Youth Angler Achievement Award Trophies are still TBA. 
We've made some additions to the NYS Winter Classic in the FishDonkey app. You will need to refresh your app. Here's how: Go to the app home screen and place your finger about 1/3 of the way down the page. Drag your finger to the bottom of the screen. You will see a roving circle. That's it! If you can see the Bass Division Leaderboard you are all set!
We would also like to give a huge shout out to all of the sponsoring companies for this year's event:
Batavia Downs, Aqua-Vu, Kahtoola, Climbing Bines Craft Ale Co., Shoreline B&T, Automatic Fisherman, Hammer Built Homes, Fish Hounds Outdoors, The Glow Tub, Fish Donkey, Grantley's B&T, Ontario Seafood, FishUSA, hagemann's B&T, Amped Outdoors, Reel Cool Lures, Soco Baits, Walleye Freak, Sportsman's Warehouse, TJ Morgan's Seasonings, NE Bait Supply, Rocky Mt. Custom Jigs, Fillet Away Fish Mats, Treat Taxidermy, Makiplastic, Addicted Fishing, Coldwater Customz, Tim's Herks, Jiffy Ice Drills, Frabill, Plano, Deep Freeze, Vital Signs & Design, Hirsch Taxidermy, Koyote Ugly Spoons, Sullivan Tip Down, Celox, Nautic Sport, Green Mt. Sporting Supplies, Ice Strong, BHammer Tackle, Adirondack Fishing Junkies, Ice Fishing Tournament Guide, Nebulus, Factory Direct Trailers, NY Outdoor Talk, Savage Gear, Lake Ontario United, Ice Fishing Fanatics, Filer's Power Sports, and Ice Fishing 247.
Best of luck to everyone in tonight's drawings and tight lines to all for the next two months of tourney action!!

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**Tourney Update**


The 2022 NYS Winter Classic is off to an amazing start this year! We have over 520 anglers competing this year making the current cash payouts for all 7 species divisions:

1st Place = $545

2nd Place = $295

3rd Place = $195

PLUS Weekly Cash Awards = $41/species/week

PLUS Shoreline B&T Bass Cash Awards ($150/$100/$50)

PLUS the Grantley's B&T Youth Lifetime Fishing License Award

PLUS the Climbing Bines Youth Lifetime Fishing License Award

PLUS 14 Youth Angler Achievement Awards

PLUS a ton of prizes and giveaways to offload at the awards ceremony March 19th at Batavia Downs!


Anglers can register at any time for only $25 but must do so the day before they wish to start entering fish - register at:

NYS Winter Classic Registration


There is still over 4 weeks of tourney action left - gotta be in it to win it!! Best of luck and tight lines!

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Another amazing event in the books! Just under 400 fish entered, over 500 participants from all across the Northeast USA, and after the awards ceremony on March 19th at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort we will have given away over $30,000 in cash and prizes! Can't wait to see which two of our youth anglers walk away with Lifetime NYS Fishing Licenses and who wins the Aqua-Vu HD7i Pro camera system! 


See all the results at: 



Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors, including LOU!! We hope to see just as many anglers getting into the upcoming 2022 NYS Summer Classic! Best of luck to everyone in the open water season and we'll see you all next ice season!!

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