Lake George Fishing Derby to be Held this Weekend

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The fourth annual King George Fishing Derby, an annual benefit for lake protection efforts, opens September 14.

Usually held in summer, the tournament was rescheduled so as to avoid potential conflicts with recreational boaters, said Lake George Village Mayor Bob Blais, the tournament’s chairman.

Last year, more than 200 anglers competed for $15,000 in prize money.

A record number of anglers are expected to compete this weekend in this year’s King George Fishing Derby.

Tournament officials report an early registration ahead of last years by more than 10%.

Blais said this year’s tournament includes features that will attract even more anglers to the event, drawing more visitors to the area and enhancing the fundraising effort.

Prize money will be awarded to those landing lake trout and small and large mouthed bass. Winners in junior classes will receive merchandise.

Since its inception in 2015, the event has raised more than $30,000 for lake protection programs.

Entries are available online at and at local fish and bait shops. The derby is sponsored by the Town of Bolton, the Town & Village of Lake George and fishing tackle superstores.

All fisherman, adults and juniors, are asked to register Friday, September 13 from 4 to 8pm at the Lake George American Legion on US Route 9L.

Competition begins at 6am on Saturday as well as Sunday, ending at 2pm on Sunday.

Anglers can bring their catch to two weigh stations, one located at Roger’s Memorial Park in Bolton Landing, the other at the Lake George Village public docks.

An awards ceremony is scheduled for Sunday at 4 pm at the American Legion.

Net proceeds are donated to The FUND for Lake George to protect the lake’s water quality.