WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) -- County officials are preparing for hundreds of fisherman to hit the ice and reel in the fish at the first New York State Almost Annual Crappie Derby in Whitney Point since 2015.
Broome County Parks Director Matthew Gawors told 12 News on Monday that the latest readings from Whitney Point Lake at Dorchester Park measured the ice thickness at 15 inches, a full three inches more than the one foot required for the derby to take place.
Although temperatures are expected to go into the 40s and near 50 degrees mid-week, Gawors said there is more than enough ice to account for possible ice melt, estimating a maximum of one inch to melt.
Saturday's derby in Whitney Point will be the first in three years, after warm weather and insufficient ice levels forced the 2016 and 2017 competitions to be canceled.
Registration on the day of the event begins at 7 a.m. February 17, with the derby officially beginning at 8 a.m.
To register for the derby, click here.