CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – After a two year hiatus, the Mosquito Lake Ice Fishing Tournament returned this year.
The weather was perfect this year, for the 5th Annual Mosquito Lake Ice Fishing Tournament. The event was canceled the last two years due to poor ice.
This year, 19 teams fished on 12 inches of ice, trying to catch 15 of the largest pan fish.
“The pan fish in today’s tournament, we’re including the crappies, blue gills and perch,” said tornament director Dave Hoheisel.
This was the first year Johanna Ware and her husband competed. They drove in from Akron.
“ It was fun. We had an adventure. A lot of walking,” said Ware.
They spent five hours on the ice, but caught one little fish.
“I caught one little perch. That’s it,” said Ware.
IceFishOhio.com, Causeway Sporting Goods in Cortland and the Trumbull County Visitors Bureau sponsor the event each year, attracting fishermen and women from as far away as New York.
The event also gives a nice boost to the Valley’s economy.
“We’ve got teams traveling 2 to 3 hours to get here. They’re spending the night. You have hotel money that’s generated from the tournament,” explained Hohiesel.
The tournament also brings a lot of attention to Mosquito Lake. Bill Harris of Youngstown didn’t compete, he just wanted to get out on the ice and fish.
“ It’s cold. We didn’t really do very well,” said Harris.
However those who did well in the competition went home with nice prizes. The winning team, Oreint and Kline, won $500. They caught 9.47 pounds of perch and crappie.
They also took home an extra $75 for biggest crappie contest.
Second place took home $250, third place $100.