OSHKOSH, Wis. - The fishing portion of Battle on Bago next weekend has been canceled, according to the Board of Directors on the event's Facebook page.
The post cited unseasonably warm weather and uncertainty in ice conditions as the reason for canceling the fishing portion of the event.
"We understand that there are many fishermen that would safely navigate the ice on the Winnebago System next weekend; however, we have to take into account the number of participants who are unfamiliar with the rapidly changing ice conditions," the post explained.
This is the first year the fishing event has been canceled since the start of the tournament ten years ago.
The 10th Anniversary celebration will still take place at Menominee Park on Friday and Saturday.
Those who purchased 2017 fishing tickets have a few options, according to the Facebook post.
Fishermen can hold onto the tickets and they will be honored for 2018 Battle on Bago or trade the tickets at the event for seven raffle tickets per fishing ticket.
Tickets can also be donated back to Battle on Bago for a Tax Donation Letter, or can be mailed for a full refund.
For the refund, mail the tickets by March 31, 2017 to the following address:
Associated Bank c/o Battle on Bago Foundation, 444 N Sawyer Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902.