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Unseasonably warm temps threaten Valley ice fishing tournament

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CORTLAND, Ohio - The unseasonably warm weather is being met with an icy reception by some recreational fishermen.

The water at Mosquito Lake is flowing with no sign of any ice and there are only flurries in the forecast for the next week. And because of that, an ice fishing tournament scheduled for January 27th could be in jeopardy.

"We'll have to have at least four inches of good clear ice to hold the event on the 27th," said David Hoheisel from IceFishOhio.com.

But some are holding out hope that temperatures forecasted to be in the teens next week will bring several inches of ice on the lake, enough to hold a tournament with up to 75 two man teams fishing for fun and cash prizes.

Each angler is responsible for testing the ice and using his or her own judgment.

"Ice fishing is a social sport. So you'll see 50 or 100 guys out there in their shanties and they're all talking and cooking food," Hoheisel said.

Casueway Sporting Goods on Greenville Road in Cortland depends on the ice fishing tournament and solid ice to make money selling bait and renting boats.

The tournaments payout to the winner is based on the number of competitors, but could be up to $1,500 dollars for the winning team.

If there is no ice on the lake, the tournament will be canceled, but there are alternative dates in February.

The event brings in $10,000 to $15,000 to the area.

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