OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) – Anglers hoping to participate in next weekend’s Battle on Bago are going to have to wait until next year. The organization made the decision, this morning, to cancel the 10th annual fishing tournament because of what’s expected to be deteriorating ice conditions. On shore events will still take place.
More than a week before thousands of people were expected to take to the ice for Battle on Bago, trucks and ATVs are already struggling with deteriorating ice conditions on Lake Winnebago and the warm weather has just started. Those questionable ice conditions are what led the Battle on Bago board of directors to vote seven to three in favor of canceling the fishing tournament this year.
Board member Jim Erdman says, “We’ve been back and forth on it a lot, watching the extended forecast and we’ve not necessarily all been on the same page about it. But this morning we all voted and we came up with the decision to go ahead and do away with the fishing side of our event this year for general safety and to keep all our anglers safe.”
The Battle on Bago board says it was the toughest decision it’s ever had to make in the nine year history of the event, especially since the tournament has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for kids and conservation in the past.
“It’s definitely going to affect everyone, some,” says Erdman. “We’ve helped a lot of people with some pretty significant numbers and we want to be able to be there in the future for them and move on and hopefully they’ll stick with us.”
While the fishing tournament is canceled, event organizers say there will still be plenty of activities on shore for people to enjoy next weekend.
Erdman adds, “We’ll have live music, Friday night RoadTrip will be playing. We’ll do our fish fry, Todd will be doing the fish fry like we always do. The raffles will be going on and there will be beverages and people coming and going. It will be a good time, no doubt.”
Either way, as long as nature cooperates, the board says the tournament will be back in 2018.
Options for people who purchased fishing tickets:
- Hold on to the tickets and they will be honored for the 2018 Battle on Bago Tournament.
- Trade the tickets at the event for 7 raffle tickets (per fishing ticket). Prize drawing held on Saturday at 5:00pm. (MUST BE PRESENT TO TRADE-IN TICKETS, NEED NOT BE PRESENT TO WIN WHEN RAFFLE’S ARE DRAWN)
- Donate the tickets back to Battle on Bago for a Tax Donation Letter
- Mail the tickets for a full refund by March 31, 2017 to:
Associated Bank c/o Battle on Bago Foundation
444 N Sawyer Street
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Temperatures are expected to be in the 50s through next Wednesday.
StormCenter 2 Forecast: http://wbay.com/1953/03/17/stormcenter-2-forecast/