Will Lake Hopatcong have enough Ice for the 1st Ice Fishing Contest?

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We are just one short week away from the Knee-Deep Club’s first ice fishing contest on Lake Hopatcong. So, the question is will we have enough ice?

With the recent cold weather Lake Hopatcong has just started to ice over, but with the forecast of nightly lows in the teen’s be enough to provide solid ice for the fishing contest?

We’ll have to wait until we get closer to the event to get the final call from the Knee-Deep Club on if they determine the conditions to be safe enough to hold the first ice fishing contest.

Ice Thickness Guide:

Knee Deep Club 2019 Ice Fishing Contest #1

The Knee Deep Club will hold the first 2019 Ice Fishing contest on Sunday January 20, 2019. The contest will begin at 6 AM and conclude at 4PM.The contest entry fee is $20.00 for club members and $25.00 ($20.00 fee plus $5.00 non-member fee) for non-members.

Cash prizes will be based on an 80% pay out of entry fees for each of these three categories: Perch/Crappie, Pickerel, and “All other Species (excluding Muskies)”. A cash prize will be paid for the three heaviest fish in each of these categories. Top finishers will be based on weight and any ties will be broken by which fish was entered first.

Please read the entry form for complete rules, entry forms are available on line at, www.kneedeepclub.org, or at the Clubs’ official weigh stations located at: Dow’s Boat Rental, Nolan’s Point, Lake Hopatcong, and Lake’s End Marina, Mount Arlington Blvd, Landing. Mail in entries must be received by Friday, January 18, 2019, in person entries can be made up until 8AM the morning of the contest. In the event the contest is postponed due to unsafe ice conditions, a notice will be posted. For additional information call 973-663-3826.

The Knee Deep Club is wishing for a real cold period so we can have safe ice for the contest. The very best of fishing luck, see you on the Ice.

Take a kid fishing. A contestant may enter a child who is under age 16 in this contest for a $5.00 entry fee. The child with the heaviest fish in each category will win a jigging rod and reel. Ties will be broken by which fish was entered first.

We will schedule contest #2 for February 10, and contest #3 for March 3, 2019

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