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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 12th. We are hoping to secure rooms for all Top-3 winners in all 7 species divisions again at the casino and will announce once that is in place. 


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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1 minute ago, scottatsummerville said:

I want a sticker that looks like that!

6" and 4" decals will be available starting next week at Grantley's in Ontario and Davenport's on Sodus Bay, additional locations later in December.

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