In Plattsburgh, flexibility reels in record number of fishing tournaments on Lake Champlain

Matt Becker holds up a catch during a professional bass fishing tournament held along Lake Champlain
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This year, seven professional bass fishing tournaments are coming to the City of Plattsburgh. Kristy Kennedy, the vice president of marketing for the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, chalks that up to leaving the door open for tourism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cara ChapmanIn Plattsburgh, flexibility reels in record number of fishing tournaments on Lake Champlain

The pandemic put a halt on a lot of things, like concerts, fairs and other large-scale events. But many local fishing tournaments went on as planned. Kennedy said the visitors bureau went above and beyond to work with organizers who still wanted to bring their competitions to Plattsburgh.

“We went through all the hoops, we did all the reporting,” she said, “but we showed that it could still be done.”

The chamber took on a…

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