4th Annual Fishing CT Ice Fishing Gala

February 17, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bantam Lake Boat Launch
16 Palmer Rd
Morris, CT 06763
4th Annual Fishing CT Ice Fishing Gala @ Bantam Lake Boat Launch | Morris | Connecticut | United States


Fishing Northeast has cancelled its fourth annual Fishing CT ice gala, scheduled to take place on the ice of Bantam Lake in Morris, CT on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 8am-2pm due to this weeks forecasted weather and the potential effects on safe ice conditions it may have. Rather than holding our breath in hopes that the ice remains “safe” enough we feel it is just better to cancel in advance rather than put anglers in a potentially dangerous situation. All refunds will be made in the upcoming week. 

Are you ready for some ice fishing and the chance to win some nice cash prizes? Then here is your opportunity to take part in Fishing CT’s Annual Ice Gala which is sure to be a great time for all.


All fish weighed must be accompanied by your gala registration slip. You cannot pay with a fish in hand….that fish will not be eligible. We will be opening the registration table at approximately 6:30am Saturday morning….maybe earlier but definitely no later. All pre-registered contestants and those registering the day of will receive your registration card immediate after payment (if necessary) and search of sleds by a judge. You can register up until 10:00am or up to 100 registered participants….whichever comes first. Limited parking will be available at the state boat launch and I have also gained permission from the First Selectman of Morris to use the beach parking lot as well.

1-$25 entry fee-No refunds or exchanges will be given for any reason other than cancellation of the event.

2-Registration starts at 6:30am. All sleds will be checked prior to entering the competition area-Please keep alcohol consumption to a minimal and on the down low. Be respectful to all participants and other anglers not partaking in the competition.

3-Limited to 100 competitors-Numbered ticket cards will be provided for each participant.

4-Only 100 tickets will be sold, any tickets not presold will be available for purchase morning of the event.

5-Tickets that are pre-purchased must be picked up at the registration table upon signing in.

6-All fires must be contained-no on ice fires and no dumping of ash and embers on ice or in drilled holes.

7-Lines must be attended to at all times.

8-Contestants can pre-drill holes and drop a baitless line to test depths but all lines must be out of water by 7:45

9-Lines must be out of the water no later than 2pm….extended to 2:05pm if fish is on a line at 2pm.

10-There will be no contestant sharing of fish.  All fish must be weighed in no later than 2:15pm…..or within reason as determined by the judges. If you are not at the weigh table by 2:15pm your fish will not qualify.

11-Special creel limits (keeper size) for “GALA”: Northern Pike 1 at 36+inches , 6 Smallmouth Bass 12-16 inches, 6 Largemouth Bass 12-18 inches ,White Perch-Any size with no limit, Yellow Perch-Any size with no limit, Crappie-Any size with no limit , Sunnies-Any size with no limit (Note: Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass is in aggregate, meaning you may keep a total of 6 combined of the two species). NEW DUE TO LEGALITY ISSUES: MINIMUM SIZE TO WEIGH A PIKE IN IS 36″.

12-You may have more than one fish weighed but only the heaviest will count in each category.

13-All other CT regulations apply

14- Judges shall have the right to verify that fish were legally caught. The decision of the judge is final.

15- Failure to comply with these rules may lead to a contestant’s disqualification and cancellation of participation in this contest.

16- In the event of a tie in weight, the first fish weighed will be awarded the higher position.

17-Contestants are responsible for their own safety, actions, and property at all times.  BE AWARE at ALL TIMES for open ice holes.  Parents of minors do not allow your children to run on the ice or play running games.

18-Participants must act and behave in an orderly manner and be responsible for their actions.  No debris to be left by you in your area during or after the contest.

19-Please remove what you bring in, including cigarette butts.

20-All contestants and others here-by consent to the use of any photographs or likeness of themselves to be used in the promotion of our contest, including but not limited to media print, radio, television, internet, and other media coverage.

21-Cash prize amounts to be determined by final number of participants.

  • Three Categories (Pike/Pickerel, Blackbass, Panfish)
  • Money breakdown: 20% to FNE, pike/pickerel category 50% of prize money, blackbass category 35% of prize money and the panfish 15% of prize money.
  • 3rd place in each category receives $25, 2nd place receives $35 and 1st place receives remaining prize money for that category.
  • Unclaimed prize money due to no fish being entered will be split 50-50 between FNE and the 2019 (5th Annual FCT Ice Gala).

Based on the maximum of 100 entrants:
$2500 in registration fees: $500 to FNE, $1000 to pike/pickerel ($940 1st, $35 2nd, $25 3rd), $700 to blackbass ($640 1st, $35 2nd, $25 3rd) and $300 to panfish ($240 1st, $35 2nd, $25 3rd)

Additional $180 will be added to the pot as a result of no winner in black bass category in 2017.

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