- Associated Press - Saturday, February 6, 2016

WADDINGTON, N.Y. (AP) - A northern New York ice fishing contest has been canceled for the first time in about a decade because a warm winter has made for thin ice on the St. Lawrence River.

The Watertown Daily Times (https://bit.ly/20NPpqn ) says the St. Lawrence River Walleye Association made the decision Friday. President Mike Gagner tells the newspaper “it’s too scary to be out on the ice in conditions like this.”

The state Department of Environmental Conservation warned that statewide, ice began forming late this year and isn’t as thick as usual.

Some of the fishing areas in pike challenge, near Massena, have open water or only a few inches of ice. There was nearly 20 inches of ice at this time last year.

Gagner says almost 1,000 anglers flocked to last year’s contest.

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