OSHKOSH, Wis.- For Richard Ames, when it comes to the Battle on Bago Tournament he's seen it all.
"It has grown beyond all of our wildest dreams," said Ames.
Ames was part of the Southwest Rotary Club, who originally started Battle on Bago, an event that's grown immensely since it's inception nearly a decade ago.
"We're going to be weighing over 10,000 fish in the next two days," said Board of Directors and weigh-in station volunteer, Brian Gliszinski.
The tournament president Glenn Curren says attendance is down about 30 percent from last year as a result of the warm weather and less than ideal ice conditions.
"We've had many years where people are concerned about the ice and rightfully so, you need to be safe and you need to be smart about it," said Gliszinski.
People are being reminded to take ATV's and four wheelers out on the ice and avoid vehicles to be safe.
"That ice is over a foot thick unless you get near the opening of the river," said Ames.
This is the ninth year for the Battle on Bago Tournament which brings in thousands of dollars for youth organizations across Northeast Wisconsin.