Wednesday, May 1, 2024

2024 DPC Registration Open!


We're very excited to announce the 2024 Ditch Pickle Classic "Catch-Photo-Release" Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain!

The 2024 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 22nd-23rd on beautiful Lake Champlain.  The DPC is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels.

2021 DPC Champs - Bash Badge Plus

You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are all permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. 
Each team will have 1-3 anglers and, if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $100. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason.
Spectators may ride along or pilot a boat for a team.

Don't be scared off if you don't have a boat! If you have a strong desire to fish in the DPC but have any apprehension what-so-ever, please send us an email to and we'll do whatever we can to make it happen for you! The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can get you set up!

Calvin Kontos - Top Junior Angler of 2021

2024 Prize Categories...

- 1st Place Team-
- 2nd Place Team-
- 3rd Place Team-

- 1st Place Individual-
- 2nd Place Individual-
- 3rd Place Individual-

- 1st Place Paddler-
- 2nd Place Paddler-
- 3rd Place Paddler-

- 1st Place Junior Angler (under 18)-

- Jr. Rock Bass Award-

- Largest Northern Pike-

- Best Exotic Fish (Bowfin, Gar, Carp)-

- Dink Award (Smallest Bass)-

- Breakdown Award (it happens every year!)-

*Big Pickle (Largest Bass / Largemouth or  Smallmouth)
* Seperate $ Pool

Tournament Weekend... 

Check in...
On Saturday the 22nd, we will have our check-in at the Headquarters for the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge on Tabor Road. Click HERE for directions and info about the site.
Checking in at the refuge headquarters (2015)

We will be open for check-in as of 8:30am on the 22nd
Check-in hours = 8:30 - 10am
Lines in @ 10am!!

We encourage all competitors to arrive early for check-in!

The headquarters has plenty of parking for boats/trailers, and it is very close to our designated launch at the Larry Greene Access.

The Larry Greene Access is located on Rte. 78 and directions can be found HERE.

Every angler must check-in and sign a waiver prior to launching!

Awards Venue on Lakewood Road

Awards Ceremony / Pizza Party...

We will hold the post-tournament pizza party/awards ceremony on Sunday 6/23 at the Lakewood Farm on Lakewood Road. 
Lakewood Rd. is directly across the street from the Larry Greene Access (see the map below.)  
The official tournament "Weigh-in/Awards Ceremony" will take place during the pizza party, so all entrants and spectators are strongly encouraged to attend regardless of how you did in the tournament!  There is no charge to attend and we'll do our best to make sure you don't leave hungry! BYOB!


The Goods... 

This year the DPC is excited to once again team up with Predator Fly Gear to supply our custom 2024 DPC shirts to our competitors!

PFG is a Vermont based company featuring the amazing artwork of Nick Mayer on Slick looking high performance fishing shirts.

We're also supplying each team with a captain's bag, filled with an assortment of products from the many other generous sponsors of the Ditch Pickle Classic! 


The DPC Experience...

The Pickle has become a highlight of the season for many.  Several years ago, we expanded the event to a 2-day format to make room for more quality fishing and more time hangin' with buddies, soaking in the Lake Champlain vibes.  Take the DPC too seriously and you might miss the point, which is to have fun.  Don't come the the DPC for the win...come for the experience.


Here's a list of folks that are down for the 2024 DPC experience... 

Team #1.....
"Popper Dropper"
Eli Martell-Crawford
Alex Skowron

Team #2.....
"The Basston Tea Party"
Evan Potter
Sean Sorrell

Team #3.....
Brandon Weaver
John Bond

Team #4.....
"Hog Island Strip Club"
Matt Dickstein
Jay Modry

Team #5.....
"Gyros & Pierogies"
Calvin Kontos
Mike Kontos

Team #6.....
John Synnott
Brian Zinger

Team #7.....
"Finglorious Basstards"
Kyle Forest
Bennett Chadbourne

Team #8.....
Kyle Matzke

Team #9.....
"Fat Bass Turds"
Casey Thomas
James Russell

Team #10......
"Bash Badge Plus"
Ben Wilcox
Mike Woulf

Team #11.....
Brendan Hare
Dana Evans

Team #12.....
"You're Killing Me Smallies"
Dillon Brooker
Dan Russell

Team #13.....
"Bar Flies"
Chris Bernier
Michael Hill
Rick Zacher

Team #14.....
"Keep Fishing Simple"
Luis Ayala
Madre Ayala

Team #15.....
"Shaw's Law"
Jared Shaw
Tim Shaw

Team #16.....
"Team Anger"
Tom Anger
William Deming
Mike Sachs

Team #17.....
"Crappie Pro's"
Jeff Spaulding
Shane West Jr.

Team #18.....
"Basstro Physicists"
Matt Crawford
Henry Rackliff

Team #19.....
"Fly's Down"
Ethan West
Noah Abernathy

Team #20.....
"Dad's Weekend"
Nate Scott

Team #21.....
"Weather Permitting"
Dave Underwood
Jon Lindeberg

Team #22.....
"Bass Station Attendants"
Zach Rabideau
Kevin Ramirez

Team #23.....
"Boat Scoot N' Boogie"
Adam Lloyd
Casey Scolaro

Team #24.....
"Fishfull Thinking"
Shawn Ricker

Team #25.....
"Party at the Bass Tower"
Scott Edwards
Tim Birmingham

Team #26.....
"Pike Tyson"
Chalaun Blanchard
Ryan Fitzgerald

Team #27.....
"Go Bass or Go Home"
Steve Stanley 
Jonathan Debono

Team #28.....
"Bassin Barkeaters"
Chris Wiley
Nick Arnold

Team #29.....
"Lay Down Sally"
John Hurley
Erik Hurley

Team #30.....
"Hippo Hammers"
Patrick Sharrow
Rebecca Reynolds

Team #31.....
"Dinks R' Us"
Elton Bonneville
Scott Megan
Todd Megan

Team #32.....
"The Wilted Pickles"
Tom Carton
Jeff Heney

Team #33.....
"Shake n' Bake"
Alex Giroux
Stefan King

Team #34.....
"80 Grit Thumb"
Brendan Barden
Finn Barden

Team #35.....
Joe White
Corey Barrows

Team #36.....
"Mountain High Fly"
CJ Freeman
Devon Gulick

Team #37.....
"Pond Potatoes"
Dan Kirsch
Kyle Travis

Team #38.....
"Dirk Pickler"
Tony Lewis
Kevin Welsh

Team #39.....
"Gone With the Wind Knots"
CV Howe
Seth Talmon

Team #40.....
"Gherkin Dills"
Robert Auen
Justin Hennard-Ruth

Team #41.....
Dominic Scaglione
Maddie Mezitt
Sean Cook