2022 Ditch Pickle Classic

We're very excited to announce the 2022 Ditch Pickle Classic "Catch-Photo-Release" Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain!

The 2022 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 25th-26th 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 DitchPickleClassic@gmail.com 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

2022 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 25th, 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 25th
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 6/26 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 2022 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 2022 DPC experience... 

2022 Team Listings...Check Back Frequently!...

1. Salmon River Scum
Todd Alden
Nolan Moss

2. Kiss Micropterus
Jay Modry
Matt Dickstein

3. Bassking in the Sun
Shreve Soule
Brian Lang

4. Bass Badge Plus
Michael Woulf
Ben Wilcox

5. You’re Killing Me Smallies
Dillon Brooker
Dan Russell

6. Puff Puff Bass 
Evan Potter
Sean Sorrell

7. Fish'n'Chips
Quintin Lynch
Noah Lynch
Chris Lynch

8. Floaters n Sinkers
Casey Thomas

9. Big Chungus and Horatio Holmes
Kyle Forrest
Bennett Chadbourne

10. Bass to Mouth
Dan Romanelli
Rob Small

11. Imbassiles
John Cooper
Jeff Faulkner

12. Bathtub Bull Pout
Chris Bernier
Michael Hill

13. Mountain High Fly
CJ Freeman 
Laura Pinkham 
Bly Gray

14. Pickle Pirates
Ryan Fitzgerald
Chalaun Blanchard
Kyle Travis

15. Shaw's Law
Jared Shaw
Tim Shaw

16. Smokin bAss fishing
Christopher Overton
Isaac Overton

17. Old Dirty Basstards
Dana Evans
Noah Novotny

18. Debarb
Nathan Scott
Mathew Rogerson

19. We're Bass Guys
Nick Chiarelli
Matthew Scott

Kyle Matzke
Jeremy Restucci 

21. Bass Ackwards 
Tom Carton
Jeff Heney
Justin Ward

22. Nuthin' But Gas and Bass
William Sylvester 
Brian Cadoret 

23. Understood The Bassignment
Stefan king
Brendon Hutchins

24. Gyros & Perogies
Mike Kontos
Calvin Kontos
Jeff Dybinski

25. Lay Down Sally
Erik Hurley 
John Hurley

26. Castaways
John Synnott
Brian Zinger

27. Lil Game of GraBass
Patrick Sharrow
Rebecca Reynolds

28. I'm Pickled
Tim Birmingham
Scott Edwards

29. Bassic AF
John Abair
Kevin Ramirez

30. Lunker Bunker Boyz
Andrew Fraser
Jay Seals

31. Borjee
Jake Borgeson
Reed Atkinson

32. The Bill Pickles
Bill Sullivan
Sam Ferreira

33. Pickled Poppers, LLC.
Elton Bonneville
Matt Hart

34. Little Pickle & the Gerkin
Jon Lindeberg
David Underwood

35. Basscar
Brendan Hare
Tom Getz

36. Wharf RatZ
Mackenzie Cayer 
Madeline Zukowski 

37. Keep Fishing Simple
Luis Ayala
Rosa Ortiz 

38. Go Bass or Go Home
Steve Stanley
Jonathan Debono

39. Stop Playing GraBass!
Andy Conlan
Doggie Dowhan

40. Dad Take Me Fishing
Chad Johnson 
Chris Samson
Chris Samson

41. Like Father, Like Daughter
Brian Price
Piper Price

42. Bass Assassins
Mark Collins
Evan Collins

43. Streamer Dreamers
Owen Kinney
Jacob Kinney

44. Bast Place
Ralph Kucharek
Nathan Thurber

45. Paradise II
Joe White
Corey Barrows

46. Fish Tank
David Girard
Adin Girard

47. David Buoy
Brian Forrest
Scanlan Forrest