FORT CASSIN-The annual LCI All-Season Tournament returned to Lake Champlain last week for another exciting season of big fish and happy, dedicated Vermont and New York anglers.
The event features seven species categories which include the most sought-after fish Lake Champlain offers: steelhead trout, landlocked Atlantic salmon, brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, catfish, and walleye.
Monthly cash and merchandise prizes are awarded to the anglers who amass the most derby prize points in the Warm, Cool and Cold Water Divisions. Each species category is given a point scale and total derby prize points are based on the weight of the fish multiplied by the appropriate species points for that fish.
A cash-prize pool based on the number of entries in the tournament is distributed to the 18 monthly winners based on their overall derby points at the end of the All-Season Tournament presented by Apple Island Resort and Marina. Any registered angler can enter more than one fish, so the possibilities for major cash and prize winnings are significant.
New for 2010, LCI has announced an exciting promotion. One qualified angler who lands a 20-pound or greater lake trout between June 21st and June 23rd is eligible for $100,000. Anglers who register for the LCI Father's Day Derby presented by Yamaha with the Everything Pass or who are registered in the LCI All-Season Tournament presented by Apple Island Resort and Marina are eligible to compete in the promotion.
The LCI All-Season Tournament presented by Apple Island Resort and Marina runs to Sept. 30. Interested anglers may register at participating LCI Retail Registration Outlets or on the web at www.mychamplain.net.
There are 12 participating All-Season weigh stations around Lake Champlain, making it simple for anglers to weigh in their catch, either in Vermont or New York.
Anglers who register for both the All-Season Tournament presented by Apple Island Resort and Marina and the annual Father's Day Derby presented by Yamaha this year could be eligible to amass derby prize points in both tournaments with any big fish caught between June 19 and June 21.
Anglers could potentially take home checks as large as $50,000 from the Father's Day Derby presented by Yamaha, $1,000 from the All-Season Tournament presented by Apple Island Resort and Marina, or $100,000, if a qualified angler catches a 20-pound or greater lake trout. And by participating in the Derbies, anglers are making an investment in the future of our youth and the fishing heritage.