HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y.-- The West Canada Creek full of excited anglers this weekend, each trying to catch as many inches of trout as possible for the sold out first annual Trout Power fishing tournament.
The tournament kicked off Saturday morning with 60 anglers from all over the country fishing from sunrise to sunset.
They kept logs of each fish in the catch and release tournament and turned them in either in person, or by e-mail.
Participants were also required to verify each catch by sending in a photo of every fish they catch.
Officials are using the anglers' results to study the river's ecology and health, with trout health as a benchmark.
"The creek study is going to give us a sense of where the creek could need a little bit of help, where the creek is already very, very healthy. Because we're photographing all the fish you can get a sense of where the fish are healthy or starved or whatever," said Jordan Ross, Trout Power Founder.
Trout Power offered more than just fishing for the weekend. There was also a gala event, a 5K run, and a rubber duck race down the creek.