Two hundred fishermen, women and children participated in the Fourth Annual Hooked On The Tonawandas Fishing Tournament at Erie Canal Gateway Harbor.
The event was held during New York State’s Free Fishing Weekend on June 28-29. Anglers could compete in the adult division for $3000 in cash prizes or in the free kids division for trophies and merchandise prizes.
Officials called the haul to the scales “impressive” over just two days from the one mile stretch of eligible waters.
Winners in the adult division were: Anthony Henley of Lockport with a six pound pike; Matt Steffan of Williamsville with a 16 and one-half pound carp; Ernie Kielbasa of Niagara Falls with a three pound catfish; Robert Grant of Niagara Falls with a 2.3 pound smallmouth bass; and John Green of Tonawanda with a .73 pound perch.
Three juniors won trophies in the kids division including Tiffany Phelps of Buffalo with a 1.3 pound bass; Victoria Alciki of Clarence Center with a one pound bullhead; and Kalub Allen of North Tonawanda with a .36 pound perch.
Over thirty corporate sponsors supported the event.
Proceeds were donated to the Twin Cities Community Outreach, Inc.