Panfish Marathon in full swing on Black Lake, NY

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July 28, 2022
Bill Dashnaw
Black Lake Chamber of Commerce
Brooke Rouse
Director of Tourism, St. Lawrence County Chamber
For Immediate Release: Panfish Marathon in full swing on Black Lake
Those looking for a family friendly marathon can expect a memorable experience with big prizes and no running – on Black Lake in St. Lawrence County, New York. The Panfish Marathon is through October 10, 2022 and the rules are simple: each participant must register for a badge at one of several host businesses along the Lake before going out to fish.
“There are 300 fish in Black Lake with tags on them. Each number represents a prize, amounting to $85,000 if all are caught,” noted Bill Dashnaw, Director of the Black Lake Chamber of Commerce. “There are multiple Check-In Stations around the lake, and the tagged panfish must be brought in alive to redeem the corresponding prize.”
The Black Lake Panfish Marathon is a season long tournament, welcoming locals and visitors to experience the great quality fishing on the lake, while supporting the businesses that make Black Lake a unique destination. Seven fish have been caught so far, with $900 in prizes going to New York State anglers from Buffalo, Gouverneur, Heuvelton, and Ogdensburg, plus Pennsylvania.
The 2022 event is being hosted by the Black Lake Chamber of Commerce and St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. It is part of a series of tournaments supported by a Market New York grant from I LOVE NY/New York State’s Division of Tourism through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
For more information on the Black Lake Panfish Marathon, visit
Photo Caption: Sabrina McNeal of Buffalo, NY with her prize winning catch in the Black Lake Panfish Marathon

Bill Dashnaw, Black Lake Chamber of Commerce